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Reefs and Rainforests (Oct – April)

Escorted special family tour to off the beaten track Southern Thailand

South Thailand family tour

‘Reefs and Rainforests’; a spectacular, and highly varied 12 day South Thailand family tour. On this exploration of ‘off-the-beaten-track’ peninsular Thailand we’ll take you through high mountains, 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 and spicy curries on this family adventure tour through rarely visited parts of the Thai Peninsula.

An unusual look at Bangkok using only public transport; – boat, tuk-tuk and sky-train – exploring the lush rainforest and spectacular waterfalls in South Thai national parks,  canoeing through mangrove swamps, hikes to visit traditional jungle settlements, exploring cave temples and boating among the water-lilies and lotus flowers of Thale Noi Lake are just some of the varied and exciting activities. Our island stays include options for scuba-diving, snorkelling and boat trips.

Note, during the western monsoon period from May to September we’ll replace Koh Libong with picturesque and secluded Koh Thalu, situated on the sheltered  Gulf Of Thailand coast. Being much closer to Bangkok the return journey will then be made overland rather than a flight.

The price is based on a family of 4 without flights – flights from the UK are arranged on an individual basis with many options with various airlines.  Prices are, of course, available for different sized families or groups – please ask.

 

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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 Nakorn Si Thammarat in South Thailand.

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

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Day 3 - Nakorn Sri Thammarat - markets and handicrafts

Afternoon tour to discover this friendly, rarely visited and very typical southern town’s bustling markets,  temples and street-life and a chance to check out some of the local handicrafts.

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

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Day 4 - Khao Luang - explore the sumpuous scenery of 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: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 5 - Khao Luang National Park - village cycling tour

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, Bike,  Meals: B, 

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Day 6 - Thale Noi - 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, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 7 - Trang - jungle hike

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.

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

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Day 8 - Chao Mai - mangrove swamps 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 Koh Li bong Island for accommodation at a secluded beach resort.

Overnight: Koh Libong Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 9 - Koh Libong - at leisure on the island

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.

Overnight: Koh Libong Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 10 - Marine National Park - island hopping and snorkelling

Optional boat tour through the spectacular scenery of Chao Mai National Marine Park; snorkel and swim on the archipelago’s vibrant coral reefs.

Overnight: Koh Libong Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 11 - Koh Libong - at leisure and afternoon flight to Bangkok

Morning at leisure to explore the island or top up your suntan, before returning to Krabi for a flight to Bangkok and end of tour.

Extra nights in Bangkok 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, Plane, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Behind the scenes Bangkok tour, a home-stay in Khao Luang National Park, canoeing through mangrove swamps and sea caves, jungle hikes, island hopping and snorkelling tour; - fun, varied and informative!

  • Discover Bangkok - famous sites, temples, markets, museums as well as the hidden parts that few visitors see on our unique Bangkok day tour
  • Canoe through mangrove swamps and underground tunnels in Hat Chao Mai 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
  • Home stay with villagers in picturesque Khao Luang National Park
  • and receive an insiders' guide to the authentic and superb cuisine of Thailand and these southern regions

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

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 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

Notes: this tour is fully escorted with the exception of the beach stay on days 9, 10 & 11

Further info: more details and photos of our Reefs and Rainforests tour

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