Discover the fascinating mixture of cultures and religious influences of Bangkok’s Thonburi district on a walking tour. Hike through the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest in Khao Sok NP, then retire to your feature stay consisting of unique luxury tents overlooking the jungle – complete with private bathroom, air con and a viewing platform. Spend some time with our friends in the Ban Talae Nok Village – from seeing how they are recovering from the devastating Tsunami to learning locals handicrafts and sharing lunch with a local family, this is a memorable and enlightening visit. Cruise between the beautiful islands of Koh Ra and Koh Khai – swim, snorkel, and feast on fresh fish with a beach BBQ
There’s always a new part, a different side of Thailand to explore. Like a kaleidoscope, whichever way you turn a new place is uncovered, new colours are revealed, and unexpected delights appear. This 8-day trip begins in Bangkok and delves in-depth to the diverse Thonburi neighbourhood, before swapping the urban jungle for the incredible prehistoric forests of Khao Sok National Park. Based in unique boutique rainforest accommodation, explore the spectacular landscape of waterfalls and wildlife-laden trees of the park. Get acquainted with locals at a nearby village, then cross to the sublime Andaman Sea to cruise between isolated islands and feast on fresh fish. End on the extravagant island of Phuket, discovering the unique Old Town and farewelling this adventure with a final night dinner at a great restaurant in a stunning location. This luxurious adventure offers just the right mix of city, beach, jungle and culture.
Breakfast Included: 8 Lunches Included: 2 Dinner Included: 2
Welcome to Thailand. Bangkok is a heady mixture of ancient traditions and slick modernity, where bustling bazaars and world-class cuisine are only the beginning. One of our transfer representatives will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. After settling into your room, your journey begins with an important meeting at 6 pm. Please check for a welcome notice on the Peregrine noticeboard located in the hotels reception area. Please advise your flight details at the time of booking so we can arrange your airport transfer. With free time, acquaint yourself with this frenetic city of tuk tuks, street food and traditional khlong boats winding down the Chao Phraya River. Tonight you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at a great local Thai restaurant.
You will begin the day with a walking tour of the district of Thonburi, which covers the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Start from the Flower Market and take the ferry across the river to Wat Kalayanamitr pier. People come to this temple, whose name means ‘true friend’, to receive a blessing of good luck before a journey. Walk from the short distance from the river towards one of the canals and towards a Muslim community. Here you will visit the Bangluang Mosque, which was built in the reign of King Rama I (1785 AD) and is the only Thai-style mosque in the world. The mosque was built as the centre for Muslims in an area that was predominantly Chinese. Navigate through small alleyways for a few more minutes until you reach Santa Cruz Church. This is where a small Portuguese catholic community settled over 200 years ago. Wander through the Kuthi Jeen community and maybe fuel up with a taste of original Portuguese cake. Continue along the riverside, passing a Chinese shrine, then visit the amulet market of Thonburi. Here you can find small Buddha images that are used to ward off evil. The next stop is Princess Mother Memorial Park, formerly the childhood home of the Princess Mother. Continue to a hidden mosque, then finish at the Tha Din Dang Market, where you may want to try the local signature dish of Stewed goose and Pork Sateh. The afternoon is free to do as you wish, perhaps visiting the Grand Palace, What Pho, or Jim Thompson house. You’ll have a BTS day pass so you can use the sky train to help you get around.
After a leisurely morning, take a flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes). From the airport, travel to Khao Sok Boutique camp, with a stop for lunch along the way. You will arrive around 3 pm, with the rest of the day free to relax in this incredible setting. Your accommodation for the next two nights is in one of the most beautiful parts of Southern Thailand, surrounded by forest, wildlife and mountains. You will sleep in a boutique tent, a luxury style of camping where the tents have a private bathroom, air conditioning and twin beds. The raised platforms of the tents give a wooden deck to perch on and look out over the rainforest below. There’s also a great restaurant and mountain view coffee shop. This is unlike any camping you may have ever experienced.
Established as Thailand’s 22nd national park in 1980, Khao Sok is home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, along with deep valleys, numerous caves, and a significant wild animal population. This paradise includes elephants, exotic Hornbills, water-loving Langur Monkeys and even the occasional tiger deep inside the park. The flora is also incredible, with the rare Rafflesia Kerri, one of the world’s largest flowers, only found here. Today you will take a trek through the park along the dirt trails and riverbed tracks that snake through the forest of the quiet park. Look out for wildlife along the way and perhaps take a cooling dip in one of the numerous waterfalls that dot the park. Take the short drive back to the boutique camp and spend the rest of the day relishing in your surroundings.
Note - Hiking boots or shoes with a good grip and a rain jacket are recommended today. Rain is quite common in the National Park so the dirt tracks can get slippery after a down pour.
Leave Khao Sok this morning and travel to Ban Talae Nok Village. A bilingual guide will give you a quick briefing and cultural orientation, then you will be welcomed into the village and get an insight into the daily lives and history of the village on a walking tour. See first-hand an area of the village that was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami and learn from survivors how they have recovered. For lunch, enjoy authentic Southern Thai food with a local family. Then you will learn a new skill at the local handicraft workshop. The women’s group, established after the tsunami, makes beautifully hand-crafted soap, using only the finest natural ingredients. Watch an informative demonstration and then make soap for yourself with the expert guidance of the soap ladies. Or you could try your skill at making a local specialty desert – grilled coconut wrapped in a leaf – and then enjoy the delicious snack hot of the fire. After an enlightening day travel through verdant forests and hills to the sublime Andaman Sea and the laid-back beach town of Khao Lak. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach at your resort.
Famous for the likes of Memories Beach, Bang Niang Beach and the aptly-named White Sand Beach, Khao Lak is one Thailand’s quieter beach destinations and a great place to unwind and explore. Today you will take a full day boat tour that will travel to Koh Ra and Koh Khai. Climb aboard at Kuraburi pier and cruise out to Koh Khai (‘Paradise Island’), passing vast mangrove forest and crab and fish farms. Strap on a snorkel and swim between the colourful reef and fishes. Relax on the beach of Koh Khai, then sail across to Koh Ra. See the locals squid fishing, then choose some fresh produce straight from the fisherman and enjoy a seafood BBQ on the beach. After digesting, continue snorkelling in the waters surrounding Koh Ra. Return to Khao Lak and make the most of this wonderful beach side location.
Take a private minivan from Khao Lak to the tourist haven of Phuket, Thailand’s largest and most visited island (approximately 2 hours). The island is one of the brashest, more extrovert of the Thai islands. When you arrive you’ll take a walking tour of the streets of Old Phuket (approximately 1-1.5 hours). The old town has a distinctive architectural style in Thailand, thanks to the mix of different nationalities living there and the once strong links with Penang. Rich tin mining barons brought in architects and builders from the island to fashion their opulent houses. Walk though the beautiful restored architecture of Sino-Portuguese, Sino-colonial and Chinese style buildings of Baan Chinpracha, Thalang Road, Soi Rommanee, Yaowarat, Deebuk, and Krabi Roads and get an insight into the area’s history. Perhaps pick up some sweet snacks along the way, then enjoy a local Phuket-style lunch. Finish at the Khao Rang View Point with coffee and a spectacular view of Phuket Town. The rest of the afternoon is free. Phuket offers something for everyone so there’s a lot to do – or a little if you’d prefer to remain at the resort right on the beachfront of Kamala beach.
The island is ringed with beaches, each with their own distinct personalities, so perhaps use your free today to explore the beautiful sands and curving coast. Your leader will be able to recommend a variety of beaches to suit your needs. Alternatively spend some time by the pool with a good book, your resort is right on the beach front so it;s the perfect place to relax. Tonight you will travel by private mini to a fine dining restaurant located on a beautiful stretch of Patong Beach. The views are stunning and the food is delicious. It's a lovely way to finish your Thai journey.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.