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Reefs and Rainforests (May-Sept)

A 2 week family special tour to off the beaten track South Thailand

South Thailand family tour

Designed with families in mind this 12 day overland tour takes you through some of the off the beaten track parts of southern Thailand from a behind the scenes and unusual tour of Bangkok by public transport to the limestone landscapes of Trang and Nakorn Sri Thammarat Provinces in the far south before finishing with a stay on the unspoilt tropical island of Koh Thalu.

Exciting and varied activities include tuk-tuk and canal boat rides through Bangkok’s backstreets; overnight with locals in a jungle village, canoeing through mangrove swamps and sea caves, nature hikes through the rainforest and snorkelling tours on coral reefs in the Gulf of Thailand.

 

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Bangkok - arrival and time to explore the area

Morning arrival in Bangkok and check in 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.

Extra nights in Bangkok prior to, or after your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Bangkok - city tour with a difference

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 Trang Town on South Thailand’s Andaman Sea Coast.

Overnight: Night sleeper train Transport: Train, Boat, Walk, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 3 - Trang - jungle hike

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.

Overnight: Trang Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - Trang - mangrove swamps and sea caves

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.

Overnight: Trang Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 5 - Phattalung - cave temple and bird sanctuary

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.

Overnight: Nakorn Sri Thammarat Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 6 - Khao Luang - village home-stay in the national park

Excursion to Khao Luang National Park, and the dramatic Promloke Waterfall – one of Thailand’s most spectacular.  Bathing, nature hike and scrambling up the falls with an overnight stay as guests of local villagers. A Thai cookery lesson and batik class are on the evening’s menu.

Overnight: Promloke (home-stay) Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 7 - Nakorn Sri Thammarat - check out the street life and local markets

A morning village tour by bicycle includes the local market, a visit to a mushroom farm and a snake bite healer! In the afternoon we’ll return to Nakorn Sri Thammarat Town with a visit to the bustling night market.

Overnight: Nakorn Sri Thammarat Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 8 - Chumporn - north up the coast

Heading north up the coast our stops include the historic town of Chaiya – one of the oldest towns in Thailand – 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 with a visit to the lively night market.

Overnight: Chumporn Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 9 - Koh Thalu - transfer to the island and afternoon at leisure

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.

Overnight: Koh Thalu Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 10 - Koh Thalu - a choice of activities

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.

Overnight: Koh Thalu Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 11 - Koh Thalu - morning at leisure and return to Bangkok

Morning at leisure on the island and afternoon drive back to Bangkok and end of tour.

Extra nights in Bangkok prior to, or after your tour are available on request.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Steamy jungles, tropical islands, coral reefs and exotic temples. Discover the fantastic sites, spectacular scenery, friendly people and of course the region’s superb cuisine on this family adventure to South Thailand

  • Famous sites, temples, markets, museums plus the hidden parts that few visitors ever see on our unique Bangkok tour
  • A nature hike and village home-stay amid the spectacular scenery Khao Luang National Park
  • Snorkel on vibrant coral reefs in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea
  • Discover lush tropical flora and exotic fauna as you trek through the lush rain-forests of Southern Thailand
  • Canoe through mangrove swamps and underground tunnels in Hat Chao Mai National Park
  • Check-out the unspoilt beaches of this lesser known part of the Thai Peninsular

Air Departures (UK)

Land Departures

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*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

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

Koh Thalu Resort, Prachuap Khiri Khan view

  • The secluded beach-side Koh Thalu Resort
  • Sheltered location makes a great monsoon season choice
  • Snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, hiking, fishing and more

*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 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

 

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