Mountains and Rainforests
2-week south Thailand tour taking in the famous sites and hidden secrets from Bangkok to the Andaman Sea
Off the beaten track south Thailand Tour
Our 2-week south Thailand tour, Mountains and Rainforests, includes spectacular sights, stunning landscapes, a wide range of activities and of course plenty of great food and friendly people. This tour takes in some of the well known, as well as some of the off the beaten track highlights of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi Province and the far south. We’ll journey from the vibrant capital, through jungles, mountains, rivers and along the coastline of Western and Southern Thailand to finish in Trang Town on the Andaman Sea coast.
Explore fascinating, bustling Bangkok on an unusual behind the scenes tour; canoe down the famous River Kwai; hike along the route of the old Death Railway; travel by boat through the lush jungles and karst scenery of spectacular Khao Sok and Khao Luang National Parks; visit fabulous cave temples; get up close with nature, hike through the jungle, canoe through mangrove swamps and bathe in forest cascades.
Despite their numbers, most visitors do no more than scratch the surface of the country so this is an ideal opportunity to discover the ‘real Thailand’ that surprisingly few get to see.
For those with a few extra days to spare, we also offer an October to May beach extension to the delightfully low key and little developed Libong island on Thailand’s picturesque Andaman Sea Coast.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Bangkok - arrival and time to explore the area
Arrival in Bangkok and check in to a downtown hotel in the City’s lively Banglamphu district. Time to relax, explore the area or perhaps check out some of the lively local markets?
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Bangkok - city tour with a difference
City tour with a difference taking in both the famous sites and the parts tourists don’t usually get to see! Bangkok by riverboat, sky-train, tuk-tuk and canal boat with visits along the way to include the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow, (‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’) and the fascinating Jim Thompson House Museum.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Train, Taxi, Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L,
Day 3 - Amphawa - explore the canals
After a visit to the famous Mae Klong ‘Railway Market,’ we’ll head to Amphawa to explore the old-style stilt houses, canals and markets of this picturesque district as well as discovering some of the resident’s traditional livelihoods such as parasol making or sea salt fabrication.
Overnight: Amphawa Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B,
Day 4 - Bangkok to Kanchanaburi - on the 'Death Railway'
Early morning boat ride along the canals before continuing to Kanchanaburi where we’ll ride the local train across the historic Bridge on the River Kwai and along the infamous, but highly scenic, ‘Death Railway’. Afternoon visit to Sai Yok Noi Waterfall and short jungle hike through the National Park before checking into our accommodation on the banks of the Kwai itself.
Overnight: Sai Yok Transport: Minibus, Train, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 4 - Kanchanaburi - down the River Kwai
Departure for nearby Hellfire Pass; visit the fascinating museum and hike along the route of the ‘Death Railway’ itself. (So named because of the numbers of local workers and Allied POWs who died during its construction.) Afternoon expedition down the jungle-lined River Kwai with a choice of kayaks or 2-person canoes for the uninitiated.
Overnight: Kanchanaburi Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L,
Day 5 - Kanchanaburi - Angkor period ruins and a night train
Complete our Western Thailand loop with a return to Kanchanaburi Town by way of the impressive 12th-century Khmer ruins of Muang Singh – a former, fortified, frontier town of the Angkor Empire. Time to visit some of the sites of Kanchanaburi Town on foot or bicycle, such as the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ and war museum before catching a night sleeper train to the South.
Overnight: Night sleeper train Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 6 - Khao Sok - explore the stunning scenery
On to Khao Sok in Surat Thani Province – acknowledged as one of Thailand’s most spectacular National Parks – with its dramatic limestone, karst scenery, lakes, waterfalls and lush jungle. Our 2-day exploration of the park includes canoeing or tubing, a boat trip on the lake and jungle hiking, with time to relax, splash around in the streams and waterfalls or just kick back in your chalet and admire the fabulous tropical flora and fauna.
Overnight: Khao Sok Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 8 - Nakorn Si Thammarat - the deep south
A scenic morning drive east to Nakorn Si Thammarat Town with an afternoon tour to discover this friendly southern town’s bustling markets and temples and check out some of the local handicrafts.
Overnight: Nakorn Si Thammarat Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 10 - Nakorn to Trang - bird sanctuary and cave temple
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.
Overnight: Trang Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 11 - Trang - canopy walkway and jungle hike
Into the surrounding countryside to take 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 nomadic, hunter-gatherer, jungle-dwelling people.
Overnight: Trang Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 12 - Trang - mangroves and sea caves
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 Krabi for flight to Bangkok and the end of your tour.
Extra nights in Bangkok prior to, or after your tour are available on request. Or take up our optional island extension with a transfer to Koh Libong Island for accommodation at a secluded beach resort (October to April)
Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
Just a few of the many highlights
Hike through lush jungle, boat on lotus-covered lakes, canoe through mangroves and sea caves, kayak the River Kwai and take a ride on the Death Railway
- Discover Bangkok - famous sites, temples, markets, museums as well as the hidden parts that few visitors ever see, on our unique Bangkok day
- Boat journey through the serene landscapes of lotus filled Thale Noi Lake & Bird Sanctuary
- Sample the superb regional Thai food of Bangkok and southern Thailand in street stalls & local markets where the locals eat
- Trek through the tropical rainforest and check out the lush flora and fauna and dramatic landscapes of Thailand's Khao Sok National Park
- Canoe through mangrove swamps and underground tunnels in Hat Chao Mai National Park
- Optional extension on an unspoilt tropical island
Air Departures (UK)
- 18 April 19 2,300 GBP
- 8 June 19 2,200 GBP
- 27 July 19 2,300 GBP
- 26 October 19 2,200 GBP
- 26 December 19 2,200 GBP
- 19 April 19 1,400 GBP
- 9 June 19 1,400 GBP
- 28 July 19 1,400 GBP
- 27 October 19 1,400 GBP
- 27 December 19 1,400 GBP
Guaranteed Places Left Special Price Solo Traveller Closed
*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Bangkok
*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Nanda Heritage Hotel, Bangkok view
- Based around a beautifully restored 1920s teak family villa
- The award winning design combines traditional and modern
- Great central location for restaurants, cafes and shopping
Our Jungle House, Khao Sok view
- Our choice for South Thailand's Khao Sok National Park
- Tree houses or garden chalets
- Friendly servcie and spot on location
Thumrin Thana Hotel, Trang view
- The comfortable 3* Thumrin Thana in central Trang Town
- Welcome pool and coffee shop after your jungle exertions
- Central location for cafes, restaurants and the market
Libong Island Resort, Trang view
- A very popular stop on this unspoilt Andaman Sea island.
- Individual, traditonal style, wooden beachfront chalets
- Great sunset bar and seafood restaurant
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
Visa Info & Notes
This information is for anyone embarking on this tour and does not pertain to long-stay visitors or expats.
Most nationalities simply receive a 30-day visa waiver stamp on arrival at Bangkok airport. Your passport must be valid for a full 6 months, in good condition with no pages torn or missing, and while we can’t find any specific information regarding the number of blank pages, as usual in South East Asia, you’re better off with at least 2 available.
Importantly you may be asked for proof of onward travel and proof you have sufficient funds for your stay.
More details, including a list of all nationalities eligible for the visa waiver, can be found on our blog A Round-Up of Thai Entry and Visa Requirements for Visitors
Further info: more details and photos of our Jungles and Islands tour
Here is what out guest have to say about their experience on this tour...
" We really enjoyed our first visit to Thailand and found everyone good-natured, helpful and attentive. The holiday itself was just a stream of new experiences. We loved using the local transport, from the skytrain and canal boat in Bangkok, the overnight sleeper, the trike bikes in Kanchanaburi, and the kayak on the River Kwai. And Wi took us to tried and tested local restaurants, where the service was always friendly and the food excellent. Wi also ‘tweaked’ the holiday to include local festivals, so we bought flower arrangements to send down the Kwai on the Festival of the Full Moon, and bells at the Pagoda Festival in Nakhon Pathom.
Our accommodation was quirky, to say the least: a room literally on the river in Sai Nok, a tree house in Khao Sok, and a house on the beach with open-air bathroom on Koh Libong. Not everything worked as it should and some of the beds were really hard, but we never stayed more than a night or two, so it all added to the fun! And we definitely made the right decision to end the holiday on Koh Libong: delightful chalet, beautiful sunsets, excellent food, and two dugongs.
We were both really pleased with the overall holiday, and would not hesitate to recommend it and All Points East (as we have done) to friends "
Dan and Becky
" We love SE Asia and know Thailand fairly well, but this particular adventure was even better than we'd hoped for. A huge variety of things to do: from canoeing on the Kwai, to trekking to a remote hill tribe, to treasured Thai temples and the authentic puppet theatre in Nakhon Si Thammarat. We definitely saw (and ate) things we wouldn't have done if it wasn't for the lovely Wi, who was just a brilliant tour leader. Five nights on the idyllic Koh Thalu were unforgettable. Great people, great food, never mind the squid fishing and snorkelling. Oh, and we went in 'rainy' season. We had the odd shower, but most of the time the weather was just perfect! One to remember.... "
" The tour was wonderful, beyond all expectations. It was our first tour and first trek. Thank you so much to everyone from safe drivers and thoughtful guides to hotel staff. We learnt so much about Thailand and its people directly and from our guides Wi, Tat and Pi. We enjoyed the time we spent with Wi very much and had quiet times too. I have already recommended All Points East to friends. "
" Everything about this tour was excellent! Our guide Wi was wonderful, very helpful, knowledgeable and supportive, and locals Tad and Pi were also lovely. Something I really liked about the tour was the variety of cultural experiences and locations visited. I have already recommended your company to friends. Thank you for a great tour! "