Thailand Beach & Rainforest 11d/10n

11 days/10 nights Krabi Beach & Rainforest Elephant Hills

Day 1: Bangkok
Meals: None
Welcome to Bangkok. On arrival, clear immigration and customs. Exit into the arrival
area where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in and enjoy a day of rest after your long international flights to get here.

Overnight at Royal Orchid Sheraton – Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok
Meals: B L
0730hrs transfer to the start of the bike tour (Soi 71, Rama 3 Road). We will visit a local Buddhist temple complex, a sweatshop making sandals or other items, take a short boat trip across the Chao Praya river in a long tail boat, see not only luxurious villas and apartments but also slum houses and the people living there as well, see an openair Muay Thai school (kick boxing), a Burmese style (Mon) built Chedi, a local elementary school, ride through the greenest area of Bangkok and recognize the plants you have at home, only here they are bigger. On the biggest part of “Colors of Bangkok”, cars and other heavy traffic are not able to drive, which results in a 95% traffic free route.
During the trip we stop every hour for a short rest and to provide you with drinking water or a soft drink. Halfway we will offer a small local meal (Pad Tai Kung or Kao Pad) in a local restaurant. Afternoon, return to your hotel
Note: Visit of the above mentioned schools will be skipped if closed.

Overnight at Royal Orchid Sheraton – Bangkok

Day 3: Bangkok
Meals: B L
Today you will visit the most important temples of Bangkok. After being picked up from the hotel by your guide, you will travel by private boat to Tha Chang, the pier closest to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw. As you wander around this amazing temple complex, your guide will explain the history and importance of this most important Thai heritage site. Next, you will walk to the nearby Wat Po. This ancient temple houses a giant Reclining Buddha – at 46-meters long and 15 meters high, truly an incredible sight!
Lunch will be taken at the Deck. After lunch board your private longtail boat for a cruise through the canals of Bangkok. Visit the Royal Barges, the ornamented rowing boats that are being used in Royal processions on the Chao Phraya River. Visit Wat Arun before returning to the hotel.
The rest of the afternoon you are free at leisure.

Overnight at Royal Orchid Sheraton (Deluxe River View) – Bangkok

Day 4:  Bangkok – Phuket
Meals: B
After breakfast, transfer to Bangkok airport for a flight to Phuket
Fly from Bangkok – Phuket by Thai Airways
Arrive Phuket, you will meet with resort’s representative for transfer to resort and checkin.
After that, times for relaxing.

Overnight Indigo Pearl (Kelly Quarters)

Day 5:  James Bond Island
Meals: B L
James Bond Island by road (Private)
Program:
07.30-08.00 hrs
Pick up from your hotel in Phuket. Head forward to Phang Nga by road
10.00 hrs
Visit Suwanakuha Temple, exploring Buddha cave, stalactites, stalagmites, a lot of
monkeys will be waiting to welcome you in front of the temple, a good time for photo
taking.
10.30 hrs
Get to awaiting long tail boat, cruise around Phang Nga Bay en-route National Park,
Mangrove swamps. Visit the renowned Lord Cave. When you emerge from the cave,
observe the rocky statue of the Khao Ma Ju, Khao Nom Sao and Khao Chang. You can see glimpse of daily life in Muslim Village and pass two mountains of Khao Ta Poo better know as James Bond Island before reaching the island of Ping-Kan.
12.30 hrs
Enjoy Thai set lunch, fruits, your favorite tea or coffee at Panyee Village. (Muslim Village)
14.00 hrs
Return to Phang Nga Jetty and transfer back to Phuket
15.30 hrs
Arrival at your hotel in Phuket
* Program is subject to change without notice depends on the tide & weather condition for the safety reason*

Overnight Indigo Pearl (Kelly Quarters)

Day 6: Elephant Hills Tented CampOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Meals: B L D
Pick up from hotels in Phuket and transfer to Khao Sok. Arrive at the elephant camp, here you can see, touch and find out about the life of Thai elephants and about the elephant project the company is running. Also the guide will explain about the mahout, the man who takes care of the elephant. Trekking on elephant back is a unique experience here in the rainforest, what better way is there to get a birds eye view of nature. Returning from the jungle with a huge appetite you will appreciate the buffet lunch that is served, a variety of Thai dishes. After lunch take a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. The canoes are very stable and safe, life jackets are provided as well as a local river guide to paddle the canoe. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Some times hornbill can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience a world that has changed little in thousands of years, some of the last areas of primary rainforest. After all this activity close to nature it is time for a hot shower and what better place than in the unique bathroom of your luxury safari tents. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding jungle covered mountains, 100% real nature. A wide selection of cocktails, wines, and spirits are available at the Jungle explorers’ club bar. Afterwards its time for dinner in this unique location beside the rainforest, the sounds and atmosphere will make this a memorable experience. Overnight in luxury safari tents with comfortable beds, reading lights, hot water and western style toilets. Real luxury close to the heart of the rainforest. The tents doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps so insects and reptile are not a problem. The temperature at night drops, the tents are well ventilated; blankets keep you snug in the cool of the night.

Overnight at Elephant Hills Tented Camp (Standard)

Day 7:  Elephant Hills Tented CampOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Meals: B L D
Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes close to the tent. When the sun comes up and clears the mist over the mountains and jungle to the south of Elephant Hills the gibbons start to make their morning territorial calls that echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure. The activity planned for today is to explore a lake in the jungle by local boat. The lake is surrounded by Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered in tropical rainforest that rise up from the shore of the lake and disappear into the far distance. The scenery has been compared to Quilin in China or Halong Bay in Vietnam. Few people know of the lake and even less have visited it. There are over one hundred islands in the lake and it is over 60 km from north to south. We will see some of the spectacular scenery from the boat and have time for a swim depending on the weather. Please bring swimwear and a towel. A packed lunch will be provided. In the late afternoon return to Elephant Hills for dinner and overnight in your luxury tents where a good nights sleep is assured after all your jungle exploring activities. The jungle bar will be open for people wanting to exchange stories of their day’s experiences on the lake.

Overnight at Elephant Hills Tented Camp (Standard)

Day 8:  Elephant Hills Tented Camp – Krabi
Meals: B L
After a good nights rest lulled to sleep by the back ground symphony of insects and frogs
its time for a wholesome breakfast before coming face to face with the jungle by exploring
it on foot. You have seen it from elephant back and from your canoe on the river but
nothing compares to actually walking yourself inside the jungle. It is not an army survival
exercise, there are no prizes for the fastest, snakes and spider do not jump out at you, it is
just an opportunity to explore the ecology of the rainforest, to see a great variety of exotic
plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses;
the variety is unlimited. Weather permitting lunch will be served in the rainforest cooked
in bamboo, a tradition of jungle explorers for centuries past. Sadly in the afternoon its time to return to Elephant Hills then onward transfer to your hotel in Krabi but you will Always know how it feels to be close to nature in the jungle, some thing you will never forget.
Arrive Krabi, then check-in. After that, times for relaxing.

Overnight at The Tubkaak Boutique Resort, Krabi (Deluxe)

Day 9:  Krabi
Meals: B LOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Krabi Excursion : 4 Islands Tours by longtail boat
You will be picked up from your resort. Walk to the beach and board your long tail boat
and start your private daytour.
Arrive at Phra Nang Cave Beach. Time for swimming. After that go to Chicken Island
sightseeing take a picture and snorkeling. Lunch. After lunch go to Tap Island exploring
and snorkeling sightseeing Sands Bank Unseen in Thailand.|
Finally today we will visit scenic Poda Island for relaxing and swimming. At 1530 we will head back to Ao Nang. Say goodbye to the captain and walk back to the hotel.
** Program is subject to change without notice depends on the tide & weather condition for the safety reason **
Late afternoon, return to your resort

Overnight at The Tubkaak Boutique Resort, Krabi (Deluxe)

Day 10: Krabi
Meals: B
Free day.

Overnight at The Tubkaak Boutique Resort, Krabi (Deluxe)

Day 11:
Meals: B
Enjoy your breakfast then take a van transfer to Krabi airport for a flight to Bangkok.
Fly from Krabi – Bangkok by Thai Airways

**END SERVICES**

INCLUDING: – All transfers and transport as per the program – Comfortable Minivan with air-conditioning – All accommodation as per program (based on double sharing room) – All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner) – English-speaking guide as mention on the itinerary. – All Entrance fees & boat fees – Fresh water & Tissue

NOT INCLUDING: – Air tickets both domestic and international – Insurance – Personal expenses – All drinks – Visa fees and/or visa authorization – Late check out – Tips – Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary – Any peak season surcharge (normally New Year period)

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