This south Thailand trip follows from Bangkok the Gulf Coast to the south and ends in Phuket, on the shores of the Andaman Sea. During this trip the diverse cultural and natural attractions are visited. There are fantastic temples, ancient cities, secluded picturesque sandy beaches and fascinating national parks. A highlight is one of the world's oldest rainforests. Phuket can be combined with just about any resort on the west coast of Thailand such as Krabi and Khao Lak.
In the early morning pick up at the hotel in Bangkok and drive along the Gulf Coast to the west. Stop at the salt fields of the province Samut Sakhon. Visit of the traditional floating market in Damnoen Saduak. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards explore the Erawan National Park with the impressive seven-tier waterfall. Drive to the historical Hellfire Pass where during World War II a railway line was built to Burma by prisoners of war. Continue the tour by long tail boat on the Kwai River along the virgin jungle to the floating hotel. Overnight at the unique raft hotel, surrounded by dense rainforest. After dinner enjoy a performance of traditional Mon dances.
After breakfast visit the Mon village and then elephant trek through the picturesque mountain landscape. Return by boat to the waiting car and visit the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall. Lunch at a local restaurant. Train ride on the famous Death Railway route to Kanchanaburi. Visit the historic railway bridge over the River Kwai. Drive south to the Phetchaburi Province. Visit the former summer residence of King Rama 4 atop the Khao Wang Mountain and enjoy the splendid view. Continue along the coast to Hua Hin and visit to the old train station. Transfer and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay. In the evening explore the lively night market.
Breakfast at the hotel and then drive south along the coast to the Sam Roi Yot National Park. Stop on the way at a shrimp farm. Afterwards boat ride to a secluded beach in the National Park. During the following hike to Phraya Nakhon cave are several vantage points. The huge cave is open at the top and for a certain time of the day sunlight falls on the little pavilion. Back to the beach and by boat to the waiting car. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive further along the west coast to the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Visit the Khao Chong Krajok, known as the Mirror Mountain. Afterwards stop at the Ban Krut temple with the giant golden Buddha on the hill. Drive to the beach in Chumphon with check-in and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the scenic Hat Sai Ri Beach. The long white sandy beach offers a good view of the small islands. Visit the shrine of the Prince of Chumphon, standing on the summit of a nearby hill. Afterwards drive to Lang Suan and stroll through the local fruit market. The next stop is Chaiya, one of the oldest cities on the western Gulf coast of Thailand. Visit the Phra Borom That Chaiya temple with the ancient Chedi and Buddha relics. In Surat Thani boat trip on small side arms of the Tapi River. Drive along mangrove forests, traditional wooden stilt houses and local fishermen. Check-in at the hotel, followed by a dinner on the banks of the river.
After breakfast visit a monkey school. A local farmer teaches monkeys to pick coconuts from the tall palm trees. Drive direction Khao Sok National Park with a stop at Ratchaprabha Dam, also known as Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy a boat cruise on the fascinating lake with its impressive karst formations. Afterwards lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the National Park and check in at the resort, surrounded by tropical jungle. Opportunity to relax by the Sok River. Dinner at the resort.
After breakfast enjoy a canoe trip on the river Sok through the dense jungle and impressive limestone rocks. Then drive to Phang Nga Bay. Boat ride through the mangrove forests of the marine national park. Lunch in the local fishing village on Koh Phanhee, which is built on wooden stilts over the water. Afterwards visits the nearby James Bond Island with the famous Mushroom Rock. Return by boat to the waiting car.
Final transfer to your hotel.
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|Chumphon||Chumphon Cabana Resort||Superior Bungalow||1|
|Hua Hin||Thipurai City Hotel||Standard Room||1|
River Kwai Jungle Rafts
River Kwai Resotel
Raft Room (Half Board)
|Khao Sok||Khao Sok Riverside Cottages||Cottage Room||1|
|Surat Thani||Diamond Plaza Hotel Suratthani||Deluxe Room||1|
Air-conditioned car /van and driver
English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)
Rates include all entrance fees as per program.
Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)
Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.
Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.