Experience a seven-day nature lover’s adventure through Southern Thailand, as you hike through fauna-filled national parks, voyage through majestic lakes, explore fantastical caves and inhale the pure air of tropical forests. Drop anchor on the turquoise beaches of some of the most stunning islands of the world in the Andaman Sea. From the coast to the interior and back, this incredible region of Thailand is wildly different from what you might expect, so prepare yourself for a sensory splendour of the south.
Hot & spicy: Prepare your taste buds for a flavour explosion like no other! Typical Southern Thai fare tends to be full-bodied and pack a punch
Beautiful batik: This hand-painted fabric uses traditional Indochinese methods and could make a great addition to your wardrobe
Birds galore: See how many of these flying beauties you can spot all over the region
A wide range of optional excursions and pre and post-programme extensions are available on request. Please ask tour designer Daniel Gregori for rates and conditions
Khao Sok National Park: A lush natural habitat where a plethora of exotic wild animals roam free
Caving in Khanom: Trek through the Tham Khao Wang Tong cave as you admire nature’s rare stalagmite and stalactite creations
Nakhon Si Thammarat: Visit the ancient Wat Phra Mahathat temple and breathe in the fresh air of Baan Kiri Wong in Southern Thailand’s largest province
Phatthalung: Tranquil Thale Noi Lake offers a numerous variety of birdlife, lilies and lotus flowers
Trang: Have fun in Tham Le Khao Kob cave on this eco-tourism adventure
Andaman Sea isles: Hop on a boat to see the remarkable islands of the Andaman coast in this pristine paradise
Krabi: Take a glimpse into the past on Koh Klang island and see how the locals live
Upon arrival at Phuket or Krabi Airport, transfer to Khao Sok National Park, in between the Andaman coast and the Gulf of Thailand. The park boasts Thailand’s largest virgin forests and is considered one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. Some of the park’s amazing features include enormous limestone rock formations which jut dramatically out of the pristine lakes, deep valleys, mysterious caves, and much more. If lucky, you may stumble upon one of the many species of wild animals that live in the park, including elephants, leopards, bears, gibbons and even tigers. After the visit, return to the hotel and spend the night at the resort.
After breakfast at the hotel, we make our way Cheow Lan Lake within Khao Sok National Park for an exciting day trip. Cheow Lan is an enormous man-made lake that features towering limestone cliffs, crystal-clear water and stunning views to match. Take a boat trip on the lake to see all the area has to offer and enjoy a light trek into the jungle and explore a cave. We have lunch at a local restaurant and once the tour is finished, return to the resort to relax and unwind.
Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before you depart Khao Sok onward to Surat Thani. On the way, visit Phra Boromathat in Chaiya, which possibly dates back to the eight century. This temple has maintained its status as a local treasure for time immemorial, and an old pagoda within the temple compound is said to house relics of Lord Buddha. After the stop in Chaiya, drive to Surat Thani and transfer to the pier to board the motorized long-tail boat for an hour-long ride on the River Tapi – the longest river in Southern Thailand – passing the waterfront houses and observing local life in motion. Have lunch at a restaurant in town, then continue onward to Tham Khao Wang Thong, a limestone and iron ore cave full of imposing stalactites. Afterwards, continue to your hotel in the evening.
This morning, continue the journey on to Nakhon Si Thammarat after breakfast at hotel. Arrive at the city to visit Wat Phra Mahathat, considered the oldest temple in Thailand with its giant chedi, or pagoda, which towers almost 60ft / 80m high. Although uncertain, some say it could date back to the 11th century. Afterwards, continue to the shadow puppet museum and the old home of shadow puppet master Suchart Subsin to learn about the region’s shadow theatre culture. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then continue your trip to breathe in the fresh air of Baan Kiri Wong, which translates to ‘village surrounded by the mountains’. Make friends with the locals during your visit of the village community and take in the beautiful view of the creek and mountain before moving on to the final stop of the day, Phatthalung.
Wake up early this morning for an outing to Thale Noi Lake, one of the most important wetland ecosystems in the country and Thailand’s largest waterfowl reserve. Enjoy the scenic views of the area, where you can observe numerous species of birds around the lake in their natural habitat. If you come in season, you can to see the lake full of dreamlike water lilies with blooming lotus flowers. Return to the resort to enjoy breakfast and replenish your energy before heading off on the next part of the day’s journey. Continue your trip towards Trang, and on the way, visit Tham Le Khao Kob cave in the Huai Yot district, a wonderful an eco-tourism adventure spot. Inside, observe the cave’s stream and its impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations as your guide navigates the way through some of the nooks and crannies. Finish the day in Trang where you have the evening to relax at your pleasure, perhaps visiting the night market for a bite to eat.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then make your way for a morning transfer to Pak Meng Pier to join the day-trip visit to Koh Kradan, Koh Mook and Koh Chuak islands including Emerald Cave (Koh Kradan weather permitting). This relaxing boat trip takes you around the islands where you can bask in the sun in this earthly paradise and take in the beautiful scenery of the white sand beaches and crystal-clear water. Enjoy your picnic lunch before your return to Pak Meng Pier, then continue your adventure onward to Krabi.
Begin the day with breakfast and depart to explore the other side of Krabi, visiting the small island of Koh Klang, located at the mouth of the River Krabi and the Andaman Sea. Arrive at Tara Pier and take a long-tail boat for a short five-minute ride to the island. As cars are not used on the island, take a tuk-tuk and travel into the unspoilt village of Baan Koh Klang where the indigenous locals still live the old, traditional way. See the rice fields, the local boat-crafting house, or batik fabric painting. Savour the lively flavours of a Thai set lunch at a local restaurant, then explore the mangrove forest by long-tail boat. After a relaxing time at this small village, transfer back to the mainland, then to your hotel in Krabi or the Krabi Airport.