Day 1 Departure from London
Day 2 Morning arrival in Bangkok - meet your tour leader and transfer to a downtown hotel in the City’s lively Banglamphu district. Afternoon to relax, recover from your jet-lag by the pool or explore the area and the local markets.
Day 3 City tour with a difference! Central Bangkok by riverboat, sky-train, tuk-tuk and canal boat. Stop-offs include the Grand Palace and fabulous Wat Phra Keow - “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” and the fascinating Jim Thompson House museum. In the evening we’ll board the night sleeper train to Nakorn Si Thammarat in South Thailand.
Day 4 Afternoon tour to discover this friendly southern town’s bustling markets and temples and check out some of the local handicrafts.
Day 5 Excursion to Khao Luang National Park, site of the dramatic Kharom Waterfall – one of the highest and most spectacular in Thailand. Bathing, nature hike and scrambling up the falls!
Day 6 On to Thale Noi Bird Sanctuary in Phattalung Province – one of the region’s most important water-bird sites – where we’ll travel by boat through the atmospheric marshes and lily-covered lakes. Afternoon visit to the Wat Tham Sumano cave temple complex and an evening arrival in Trang Town on the Andaman Coast.
Day 7 One day trip into the surrounding countryside taking in the Thung Khai botanical gardens with its new canopy walkway and a jungle expedition to Ban-Traat Mountain where we’ll trek through the rainforest, bathe in mountain streams and visit a Sakai settlement – a former hunter-gatherer, jungle dwelling people.
Day 8 Head for the coast to Ban Chao Mai National Park where we’ll canoe through mangrove swamps and along underground streams to visit the spectacular and mysterious sacred sea caves. Afternoon transfer to Koh Li bong Island for accommodation at a secluded beach resort.
Day 9 Leisurely day on this tranquil, unspoilt island; make the most of the turquoise waters and sandy beaches, sling a hammock between a couple of palm trees or visit the local fishing village.
Day 10 Optional boat tour through the spectacular scenery of Chao Mai National Marine Park; snorkel and swim on the archipelago’s vibrant coral reefs.
Day 11 Morning at leisure to explore the island or top up your suntan, before returning to Krabi for an evening flight to London via Bangkok.
Day 12 Morning arrival in London.
The alternative May to September itinerary is as follows;
Days 1 & 2 - as per above
Day 3 As per above except... In the evening we’ll board the night train to Trang Town on South Thailand’s Andaman Sea Coast.
Day 4 Morning arrival and afternoon jungle expedition to Ban-Trat Mountain. Hike through the rainforest, bathe in mountain streams and visit a Sakai settlement – a former hunter-gatherer, jungle dwelling people.
Day 5 Head for the coast to Ban Chao Mai ‘sea-gypsy’ village from where we’ll canoe through mangrove swamps and along underground streams to visit the spectacular and mysterious sacred sea caves.
Day 6 Drive into the mountainous interior for a visit to the spectacular cave temples of Wat Tham Sumano then on to Thale Noi Bird Sanctuary in Phattalung Province – one of the region’s most important water-bird sites – where we’ll travel by boat through the atmospheric marshes and lily-covered lakes. Afternoon arrival in Nakorn Si Thammarat.
Day 7 Excursion to Khao Luang National Park, site of the dramatic Karom Waterfall – one of the highest and most spectacular in SE Asia. Bathing, hiking and scrambling up the falls! Afternoon return to Nakorn with time to discover the impressive temples and bustling markets of this distinctively southern town.
Day 8 Heading north up the coast our stops include the historic town of Chaiya - one of the oldest towns in Thailand – Mu Koh Chumporn National Park for spectacular views over the nearby islands and the fishing village of Sairee for well-earned sunset drinks on the picturesque beach. Overnight in Chumporn Town with a visit to the lively night market to check-out some of the local specialties!
Day 9 Short transfer up the coast to Bang Saphan where we’ll take a speedboat to the scenic and unspoilt Koh Thalu Island for 2 night’s accommodation in a secluded, beach-side resort.
Day 10 Relaxing in this peaceful setting: swimming, beach-combing, snorkelling, kayaking, exploring the area or just lazing in a hammock are just a few of the options available.
Day 11 Morning at leisure on the island and afternoon drive back to Bangkok to catch an evening flight to London.
Note: During the May to September period we vary this tour to avoid the western monsoon and move our beach and snorkelling activities to Koh Thalu on the more sheltered Gulf of Thailand coast.
Land only version - flights not included: this tour if offered with or without return flights from London. Persons not wishing to take up the flight option will join the tour on day 2 in Bangkok and depart in Bangkok on day 11.
Notes: this tour is fully escorted with the exception of the beach stay on days 9, 10 & 11
Visa requirements: No visa in advance is required. A 30 day visa for Thailand is issued on arrival at an international airport free of charge. If entering Thailand by land crossing a 15 day only visa is issued, also free of charge.
Visa information applies to UK and US passport holders only. All other nationalities will need to consult the relevant embassies in their countries. Any visa/immigration costs are not included in the price of the tours – you will need to pay for these in addition, as indicated.
Suggestion: Pre, or post tour extra nights in Bangkok also available.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
Hotel De Moc. A big favourite in downtown Bangkok; the Hotel De Moc’s excellent location, and excellent facilities combined with friendly helpful service and well appointed rooms make this one a winner!
A berth on the night sleeper train – (Silk pyjamas not provided!)
The Nakorn Garden Hotel in South Thailand’s ‘Nakorn Si’. Central location, air/con, en-suite bathrooms and friendly service.
Excellent coffee shop and bar area in front of the Thumrin Thana Hotel in Trang.
View from the hotel of the distant mountains seen over the roof-tops of Trang Town. 3* accommodation, including pool, makes for a comfortable base to return to after your jungle exertions!
Traditional style wooden chalets a stone’s throw from the turquoise waters of Koh Libong Island.
…and the stunning beach right in front of your chalets! (Not too crowded eh!?)
"Just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic holiday. It was a trip of a lifetime with the visit to the Sakai Settlement and the snorkelling being some of the highlights. There was a good mix of activities in the itinerary and although we packed a lot into the 9 days, we did it at a comfortable pace. The organisation was faultless and Marc was brilliant, with his amazingly broad knowledge of religion, history, wildlife and geology and his relaxed, helpful and friendly attitude he made the trip memorable, fun and informative, a once in a life time experience. We will definitely recommend All Points East to our friends and would very much like to travel with you again at some point in the future. Please pass on our thanks to Marc. (Rob and Ruth - November 2012)
"The tour was absolutely incredible! It was fun, informative, full of fascinating culture and friendly people. This was one of those unforgettable experiences. Thanks!" Anon 2010
"The programme was a superb combination of the many facets of the country and I would never have seen so much and have done so many activities if I had travelled on my own". Ronald
"Well we are now back from all our travels and have (had) the most wonderful adventures we ever dreamed of. Please thank Aor for looking after us so well and all the other guides that came for the various activities. We are seriously now thinking of taking our extended family to Thailand - possible Christmas 2016 so may get back to you to see if Aor is available to take us all. Kind regards."
Pauline and Jim Gibbons, Oct 2015
"We've just returned from the South Thailand tour and wanted to say what an amazing time we've had! We enjoyed different, new experiences every day. It's so difficult to say what were the highlights, as the tour offered such a varied flavour of the Thai culture and lifestyle. Our guide, Jean-Daniel has a great amount of knowledge and was a good leader for the group. We also enjoyed our day in Bangkok with Oh. We will definitely consider another tour in the future. Thank you."
"The tour was absolutely incredible! It was fun, informative, full of fascinating culture and friendly people. Both of our tour guides, Oh and Wi, were fantastic and a credit to your company. Oh's humour was fantastic and Wi was knowledgeable and engaging. This was one of those unforgettable experiences. Thanks!"
“Absolutely brilliant holiday. The interaction with the local people and guides made it really enjoyable and definitely gave the feeling that us being there was responsible tourism and not exploitative tourism. Keep up the good work!"
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