Reefs and Rainforests (May-Sept)
A family special tour to off the beaten track South Thailand
South Thailand family tour
Designed with families in mind this 11-day overland tour takes you through some of the off the beaten track parts of southern Thailand. After an unusual behind the scenes tour of Bangkok using uniquely public transport we’ll travel 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.
This is our new May to October version of our popular South Thai Family Tour where we move our island stay to the more sheltered east coast of the Peninsula in order to avoid the western monsoon on Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast.
This is a private family tour and therefore can be organised on dates to suit your family and does not have set dates. The price is based on a family of 4 sharing two twin/double rooms. Flights are extra and vary according to the season. Please ask for our most competitive quote.
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
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 before a local-style welcome dinner.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
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 southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea Coast.
Overnight: Night sleeper train Transport: Train, Boat, Walk, Tuk Tuk, Meals: B,
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 Maniq settlement – a Negrito, former hunter-gatherer, jungle-dwelling people who were the Peninsula’s original inhabitants.
Overnight: Trang Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
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)
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
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
Further info: more details and photos of our Reefs and Rainforests tour
Here is what out guest have to say about their experience on this tour...
Rob and Ruth
" 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. 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. "
" 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. Thank you.