Your adventure begins this morning in the eclectic Thai capital of Bangkok. Meet your fantastic Busabout guide and fellow passengers before heading out with a local guide for a discovery tour of one of the biggest Chinatowns outside of China. Climb aboard a tuk tuk and see the giant gilded Buddha at Wat Traimit as we make our way through the Odeon Circle and into Chinatown. Visit the numerous market stalls and sample the street food as you are led to all the areas of interest before an optional lunch with magnificent views of the river. We ll then board a longtail boat to explore the Chao Phraya River, see the canalside artist community of Klong Bang Luang, visit Wat Po and enjoy an optional foot massage before heading to the breathtaking Temple of Dawn. Thereafter we transfer to Hua Lamphong Railway Station for our overnight train to Surat Thani.
We arrive into Surat Thani this morning and after a short transfer we arrive in our picturesque home for the next few days, Khao Sok National Park. This remnant of an ancient rainforest is home to some incredible fauna and flora and awesome limestone cliffs. We arrive at Cheow Lan Lake around mid-morning and board a longtail boat to explore the jaw dropping karst topography of the lake. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at our floating bungalow before having the rest of the day to relax on the lake. Take a kayak out and explore the stunning lake and surrounds, sunbathe and swim, or just relax on the deck. Tonight we enjoy a delicious Thai dinner on the water s edge awash in the flooring natural beauty of Cheow Lan Lake.
Enjoy the morning relaxing or exploring the area, before heading out for a mainland lunch followed by an unforgettable optional experience, an intimate encounter at the Khao Sok Elephant Experience. Meet Somboon the elephant, and the family that cares for him, and have the opportunity to prepare some tasty treats for him to enjoy. Then it s time to scrub the gentle giant down with a coconut husk as he enjoys a refreshing mud bath, before planting sugar cane for Somboon and his friends to enjoy in the future. Participation helps to fund the program and assist in rescuing more of these incredible pachyderms. Thereafter we head to our overnight destination of Khao Sok town for a relaxing dinner and some drinks at our riverside accommodation.
Explore the town and it s beautiful surrounds, relax at the riverside, or join us for a fantastic optional excursion. Join your guide for an exploratory meander down Sok River, see the diverse wildlife of the area and many a breathtaking sight as you pass alongside entwined roots that erupt skywards along sheer limestone cliffs in this dramatic landscape. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Khao Sok town before checking out for our afternoon transfer back to Phuket. We arrive in Patong this evening and have an orientation walk of the area before heading out for a final dinner followed by an excursion into the infamous Bangla Road to experience the rush of its vibrant nightlife.
Your guide will be on hand to offer suggestions on activities to fill the gap before our early evening meeting in reception to acquaint yourself with the Busabout crew and your fellow passengers. Tonight we head out into the thick coastal air and onward to the nightlife epicentre of Phuket, Bangla Road, for an unmissable party in this infamous location.
Explore your tropical surroundings and take in the magnificent scenery of this idyllic island location from the many towering cliffs, visit the numerous temples, and see the monolithic 45m Buddha statue overlooking the coast. We have an optional excursion with an included traditional lunch to explore Phang Nga Bay by canoe, pass alongside the imposing karst islets that dot the seascape and take in the majesty of this picture perfect location before heading off to explore numerous caves and tranquil inlets. This evening we hope you ll join us for another foray into the swirling madness that is Bangla Road.
We have an early rise today as we board the ferry to the stunning Phi Phi Islands. Soak up the sun on the idyllic beaches, rent a kayak or snorkel gear and have an aquatic adventure. If that s not your style why not head into town and treat yourself to a massage and some retail therapy? This evening we meet for a short hike to Phi Phi s most famous viewpoint to enjoy the sunset over this incredible island. Afterwards we have an early dinner followed by our first taste of the notorious nightlife in Koh Phi Phi.
Today take a trip to Koh Phi Phi Leh and see the world famous setting of The Beach , Maya Bay and stand in Leonardo DiCaprio s footprints. Alternatively hike the lush surrounding wilderness, pamper yourself in town or just relax on the beach. Koh Phi Phi is a diverse nirvana with many exciting underwater sights to experience with oxygen on your back or a snorkel in your mouth, there are numerous reputable tour operators so chat to your guide for further insight. Tonight enjoy the mesmerising skill of fire dancers on the beach before heading into town to enjoy your last night in this epic island paradise.
Get those last minute souvenirs before our transfer to Tonsai pier. We arrive in Koh Lanta in the early afternoon and it s time to slip into comfort and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation in the least developed island in Thailand. Forget the hustle and bustle of the mainland as you sip cocktails on white sandy beaches, explore the coast s rock formations, take a dip in the pool, enjoy a relaxing massage, or give a little back and walk the dogs at the Lanta Animal Welfare centre. This evening we explore the quirky old town brimming with quirky boutiques and traditional sea gypsy houses overlooking the crystal clear waters.
Today we offer a truly magnificent expedition on our optional 4 Islands Boat Trip, spend the day swimming and snorkelling this amazing location as a speedboat ferries us from island to island, enjoy lunch on the sands of gorgeous Koh Kraden beach before heading off to the spectacular Emerald Cave and it s hidden beach within. Tonight we enjoy an included sunset picnic on the beach before heading into the night to seek out one last adventure on this endearing island.
Grab some breakfast and prepare for our transfer to Saladan Pier for our ferry ride to Krabi. We arrive in Ao Nang just in time to head out for lunch and an included visit to breathtaking Railay Beach. Spend the afternoon soaking in the spectacular scenery and lounging beside the warm Andaman Sea and take a trip to nearby Phra Nang beach to see its risque shrine. This evening we have the option to party the night away as we experience the nightlife of Krabi, filled to the brim with fun.
Explore the surrounding area of Krabi, head to the beach for some R&R, check out one of the many activities on offer from rock climbing to island boat trips, or join us for a fantastic optional excursion. Head out on an adventure tour inland to see the picturesque Emerald Pool, the cascading hot springs, the Tiger Cave Temple with its 1,237 steps (and an unbelievable view), and finishing off in the Krabi food markets to sample some fresh foods.
Have a quick bite for breakfast and head out to tick off those last minute sights before our departure to Phuket. We board our air-conditioned transport and make our way over the bridge to Phuket in comfort. We get to Phuket shortly after, just in time to rediscover its majesty and excitement. Tonight is your last chance to head into the vibrant Thai night to blow the roof off and forge the memories of a lifetime.
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. We hope to see you again!
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Trip Name: Southern Thailand & Thailand Island Hopper
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: £1,179
Supplier Tour ID: DA9/207920
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