Royal Serenity Observed on Koh Si Chang

Royal Serenity Observed
on Koh Si Chang

A world apart from nearby Pattaya, Koh Si Chang’s charming and historical vibe is a sharp contrast
to coastal hotspots. This laid-back island, void of mass tourism, certainly stimulates
the royal senses of a bygone era when in need of an island escape.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Pattaya was once a small fishing village, yet this beach destination has become the equivalent of a famous European Riviera destination and searched for by many tourists, both local as international. Off the coast, beautiful bounty-like islands can be found, where you can enjoy the widespread sandy beaches, palm trees and blue-coloured sea.

When combining a small island that has its roots still deeply buried in keeping traditions alive, Koh Si Chang will definitely pop up. Void of mass tourism and filled with landmarks, dating back to the reign of Rama V, one is in for a full day treat of historical and local allure.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Royal Serenity Observed on Koh Si Chang

07:30 - 17:00

We will pick you up in the early morning from your downtown Pattaya hotel and head in the northern direction to Si Racha, one of the industrial regions of the Chonburi province. Located within easy reach of the shores of the Gulf of Thailand, our guide and driver for the day will head straight for the boat pier, offering regular ferry services to our destination for the day – Koh Si Chang (not to be confused with Koh Chang). The sailing distance from the commercially developed mainland to the scenic landscape of this historical pearl is a mere 12 kilometres, but the differences between both destinations look like worlds apart.

Once arriving on the island, venturing over the island by motorcycle trishaw is the only way to get a feeling of what it was like during the reign of King Rama V (1868 – 1910). His love for the island has resulted in the construction of various residential buildings for himself and his children when seeking respite for his daily duties in serving and ruling Thailand. One of the most recognisable sites is the Chao Por Khao Yai; this Buddha image is famous among Thai and Chinese people who live on the island and Si Racha Province and still draws many visitors from other parts of the country.

Before we head out for our lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Vimarnmek Palace. This palace was initially constructed exclusively for the Lady of the Court in providing her with this exclusive retreat. Nowadays, the palace serves as a museum with artefacts and memorabilia of times gone by. Koh Si Chang may not have the best and softest sandy beaches in the region it still is a nice escape for an afternoon of sun, sand and sea, with little foreign tourism developments and plenty of local flavours to be found. We head back to the boat pier, catching the ferry back to the mainland and ending up back at Pattaya at around 5 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking assistance.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Ferry tickets from and to Koh Si Chang
  • Local transportation on the island
  • Lunch at local restaurant (food only)
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis, with English speaking guide only. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Pattaya and Naklua areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Jomtien, Sattahip, Rayong, Chonburi, Koh Samet, any surrounding islands resort outside the Pattaya city borders and U-Tapao International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • According to regulations set by the Port Authority of Thailand, we are unable to pick-up and drop off customers from main cruise ports such as the Laem Chabang Cruise Terminal in Chonburi.
  • Special permits are required to enter the cruise terminal premises.
  • For Seat-in-Coach tours; a minimum number of guests are required for this excursion to operate; many of our tours do not have limitations on group size, depending on the availability of seats and other factors. We regret that we are not able to communicate in advance about this.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • This tour includes driving over uneven paths, surfaces and off-road bumpy roads, unsuitable for pregnant women, people with neck and back problems and those with limited mobility.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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