A fantastic chance to explore one of the world's most remote and fascinating countries. Only open to tourists since 1974, Bhutan's philosophy of Gross National Happiness and entrenched Buddhism makes it a place like no other.
What do you think of when you picture Thailand? There are many things that may spring to your mind - the incredible culture, the mind-blowing architecture, the beautifully wild jungle or the remarkable wildlife, oh and the food! Glorious Thai food!
The other thing that is conjured up in most people’s mind when you mention Thailand is the beaches which line the thousands of islands that are dotted along Thailand’s coastline. These islands have much to offer and most are distinctively unique, some are known for their beaches, some for their caves and some for their wild parties. The island of Ko Phangnan is a tiny jewel in the Gulf of Thailand, this small island hosts the famous Full Moon parties. Each month 10,000-30,000 people flock to the island, at least doubling the population. The party begins at dusk, when the round, yellow moon makes its appearance over the white sand beach and doesn’t stop until the sun rises above the horizon the next morning.
Encounters Travel has 2 tours which spend a few nights on the nearby island of Ko Samui, this gives you ample opportunity to hop on a boat for the short ride to Ko Phangnan where you can dance the night away with 10,000 new friends! We have multiple departures that will get you there at the right time, we have our Jungles and Beaches tour, the following departures are timed with the Full Moon Party – 26th Aug, 23rd Sept, 28th Dec and Jan 26th 2013. The other tour that visits Ko Samui at the right time is, Siam Treasures – 19th Aug, 16th Dec or the 13th Jan 2013.
If the idea of an all night beach party doesn’t float your boat, Ko Samui and the surrounding islands have a myriad of options for any type of traveller, go elephant trekking, snorkelling, sunbathing, shopping, get a massage, go for a dive, take a cooking class, or just plan nothing and soak up the sun and relaxation of this amazing part of the world. Amazing Thailand will not disappoint.