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Southern Thailand Nature Tour

Trip Code:
TH-PKT-206
Destination:
Phuket
Language:
English
Duration:
5 days / 4 nights
Frequency:
Sunday
Departure time:
 
Suitable for:
 

Adventure, History

This 5 day adventure tour through the 4 southern provinces as: Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani show both the cultural and natural history of this part of Southern Thailand. From Elephant Trekking on
Southern Thailand Nature Tour

Phuket island, ancient temples over to the prehistoric caves and paintings of Phang Nga and Krabi provinces to exploring the 'Cheow Larn Lake' at the Khao Sok Nationalpark to untouched mangroves on board of a traditional Burmaese Junk at Surat Thani is just the beginning.

Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour

A program filled with nature, culture and adventure; Elephant Trekking on 'Phuket Island' and ancient temples with their Buddist beliefs to the prehistoric caves and paintings of Phang Nga and Krabi. Stay overnight in 'Ao Luk' and be amazed by local culture, beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and see through the eyes of prehistoric man in his paintings. Transfer to 'Earthlodge' for overnight in mud houses close to the rainforest. Head to 'Cheow Larn Lake', reminiscent of Vietnam's Halong Bay and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding rainforest covered mountains. Overnight on one of the lakes floating raft houses, canoe and swim in the crystal waters. Wake up to the sounds of Gibbons and trek through southern Thailand's rainforest, a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the diversity of this part of Thailand. Travel through the untouched mangroves of Takuapa by traditional Burmese Junk.

Program:

Day 01: Phuket - Ao
Lunch / Dinner

Pick up from hotel in Phuket by local English speaking guide and transfer to Chalong. Travel by four wheel drive Land Rover into Chalong highlands. Arrive at the Safari elephant camp on the top of a mountain. Meet the elephants; learn about them and the mahouts who take care of them and also about Thai elephant conservation and how everybody can help. See how young elephants are trained, touch them and feed them bananas. Trek on elephant back in Chalong highlands and enjoy an amazing view over Amazing Sok River at the Khao Sok National ParkChalong bay and out to Phi Phi Island. Visit a local farmyard to see how buffalo plough the rice fields, learn how to harvest and de-husk rice and about the different varieties available. Try a ride on a wooden cart pulled by buffalo before sampling local coffee and experiencing the smells of the herb garden. Learn how Thai jungle curry is made and try it. See how rubber trees are "tapped" to produce natural rubber latex. Learn how coconuts are processed to make coconut milk and oil. The morning tour ends with a delicious buffet lunch, a selection of Thai dishes cooked not to spicy.

In the afternoon, transfer by air conditioned van off Phuket Island towards 'Ao Luk' at the Phang Nga province, passing rubber plantations and small villages en route. Arrive in Phang Nga town and spend the afternoon visiting local temples and spectacular caves looking at Stalactites and Stalagmites rising and falling in the caves interior. Visit a traditional coffee house and sample the specialties, local coffee 'Kaffe Boran' and sweets 'Kanom Waan' a favorite of the locals. Head to the hotel in 'Ao Luk' and check in. Relax and get prepare to leave the hotel for dinner at a local restaurant downtown. Enjoy several of local Thai dishes before transfer back to the hotel. – Overnight at the hotel in Ao Luk

Day 02: Ao Luk - Laem Sak - Krabi - Khao Sok Nationalpark
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After breakfast head to situated in the mangroves of Ao Luk and take a long tail boat through some of the last areas of the mangrove forest in Thailand passing local people who have worked the mangroves for centuries. Arrive at the site of thousand year old prehistoric cave paintings; cave 'Pee Hooa Tor'. Pass ancient paintings and marvel at the images these prehistoric people have drawn. On a par with the aboriginal paintings in Australia this is truly the wonder of Ao Luk. After exploring the caves travel to 'Laem Sak' - Krabi for a seafood lunch with views over the 'Ao Luk Bay'.

After Lunch head to the waterfall 'Than Borkoranee'. The Jungle Bungalows at the Khao Sok National ParkAfter spending some time continue your journey to 'Khao Sok National Park' for dinner – Overnight at a jungle style resort (rooms with Mosquito nets and attached bathroom; rooms are simple but comfortable)

Day 03: Khao Sok Nationalpark (Surat Thani)
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Wake up on the edge of the jungle; the surrounding hills are covered in mist most of the mornings which slowly melts away as the sun comes up and hear the territorial calls high up in the rainforest canopy from gibbons. Take a leisurely breakfast at the resort before travel to the 'Cheow Larn Lake' in the center of 'Khao Sok National Park'. Experience the scenery by local boat. The lake was formed when Rhajaprabhar dam was built about 25 years ago to provide water for a hydro electric power plant. The lake is about 60 km from north to south and contains more than hundred islands. Many mountains and cliffs covered in rainforest forming spectacular natural scenery and combined with its remoteness make a very unique jungle area to explore. It is similar to the landscape in Halong bay in Vietnam or Guaylin in China. In the 70's the area was used as a hide out by communists and students fighting against the government which was a military dictatorship Padaung - Karin ethic villageat that time. Arrive at one of the floating raft houses on the lake and check in to your floating bungalows. Mosquito nets are provided and the raft house is basic but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a night in the center of the rainforest. Lunch will be served at the raft houses.

After lunch take the change for a swim in the clear turquoise waters of the lake from the side of the raft house and canoe down one of the channels either side. Enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight in floating bungalows.

Day 04: Khao Sok Nationalpark
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Wake up to the sounds of the forest, gibbons clamber through the trees and hornbill soaring in the sky above. Take a leisurely breakfast at the resort and take the time to explore the jungle on foot. The trek is designed to show a variety of ecological environments including big trees, jungle vines, lianas, palms, ferns, wild orchids, bamboo forest, insects, reptiles and sometimes mammals. It is not a wildlife safari but a chance to see the rainforest which has the greatest variety of life forms known to man. The wild animals that live here tend to be nocturnal but sometimes they can be heard moving in the undergrowth or their distinctive smells encountered. Leaf and macaque monkeys are occasional seen along the trail. Wild elephant live in the park but are seldom seen. The trek is not too difficult and OK for any normally fit and healthy person. After experiencing the jungle on foot it is time for lunch and one final opportunity to swim in the turquoise waters of the lake.

After lunch transfer back to Earthlodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 05: Khao Sok Nationalpark - Takuapa - Phuket
Breakfast / Lunch

Wake up and take breakfast at leisure. Check out and transfer to 'Takuapa' catching a glimpse of rural Thailand along the way. Explore the rivers that cut through the mangrove forest by dinghy with outboard motor (speed cat). There is a maze of channels between the islands and along the coast;Nature Bunglaows surrounding of Khao Sok National Park it really feels like some primeval swamp. For people who want to explore the smaller creeks and see some bird life or to get closer to nature self paddle canoes with life jackets are available for a silent journey into this dense green world. Emerging further along the coast meet up with a classical Burmese junk where lunch will be served, a variety of Thai dished. Drinks are available at the bar, as well as bathroom facilities on board.

Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the island and along the coast. The panoramic views of distant rain forest covered mountains stretch to the horizon. Few people live in the area and little has changed here in hundreds of years. Cruising on the junk gives the feeling of traveling back in time when nature was untouched. Late afternoon, transfer to your hotel or onward transfer.
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Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Southern Thailand Nature Tour
Package Includes:
  • Return and Joy-in transfer in air-conditioned van from hotel in Phuket ( Patong, Karon and Kata)
  • 1 overnight incl. breakfast at hotel in Ao Luk
  • 1 overnight incl. breakfast at jungle style resort
  • 1 overnight incl. breakfast at floating bunglalow
  • 1 overnight incl. breakfast at Earthlodge
  • 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • English speaking local guide (Other languages on request)
  • snacks, fruits, coffee, tea, and drinking water
  • All mentioned activities
  • National Park Fees an other additional fees involved with the excursion
  • Local Taxes, Insurance (Thai standard)
Package not Includes:
  • snacks & meals outside the mentioned program
  • personal expenses
  • Tips to bellboy and guide
Children Policy:
Children under 12 yrs: discounted price as mentioned below

Rates

From Date
To Date
Duration
Adults
Children
15 Jul 2011
31 Oct 2012
5 days / 4 nights
403 EUR
202 EUR
Price is quoted per person and subject to change without prior notice

A Thailand Registered Company # 0835554009550
Tourism Authority of Thailand # 34/00922
Board of Investment Company Thailand Certified # 1009(2)/2555
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