Truly a mecca for those seeking tropical sun-washed pleasures. Relax on pristine white-sand beaches listening to the rustle of palm trees, and sip on a cool green coconut. Pure heaven! Then go sailing on the romantic Andaman sea, or snorkel among colorful reef fish. Spend the evening feasting on tropical seafood and round off the evening at a disco or have a relaxing massage at a top class Spa. You choose.
Day 1: Phuket - Phang Nga – Khao Sok National Park. Pick up from hotels in Phuket for transfer to Khao Sok. Enroute glimpses of tropical rural life here in southern Thailand can be seen along the way. Arrive at the elephant camp, here you can see, touch and find out about the life of Thai elephants and about the elephant breeding conservation 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 cooked not too spicy. 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 in Khao Sok. Includes: (L, D)
Day 2: Khao Sok. 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 Qualin 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. In the 70’s the area was a hide out for communist and students opposing the military dictatorship. We will see some of the spectacular scenery from the boat, have time for a swim and may be able to trek and explore some caves depending on the weather. Please bring swim wear 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 in Khao Sok. Includes: (B, L, D)
Day 3: Khao Sok – Krabi. 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, from your canoe on the river and even all around you from your boat on the lake 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. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbon can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or leaf monkey may be heard swinging through the branches, every day is different but it is truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life forms that co-exists together, this can only by experienced on foot, take it slowly, look, learn and listen then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. 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 check into the hotel in Ao-Nang Beach, Krabi. Overnight in Krabi. Includes: (B, L, D)
Day 4: Discover Krabi. The sightseeing tour of Krabi acquaints us with some major sights of the town. We pass the market that sells a wide array of local goods before we continue to a rubber plantation for a demonstration of how rubber is produced and how charcoal is made from old rubber trees. The drive on rural roads and dirt trails through small Muslim villages, passing rice fields and oil palm plantations. After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to a mineral water spring in the forest and explore a cave complex, consisting of several caves at different levels and a large variety of rock formations. Overnight in Krabi. Includes: (B, L, D)
Day 5: Krabi – Phuket. After breakfast, take a boat trip to Krabi’s popular ‘unseen’ island such as Poda Island, Tap Island, Chicken Island & lunch at Railey beach plus swimming opportunity at Pra-nang Cave Beach, perhaps one of the most beautiful spot in the south, before return to check out from the hotel and transfer to Phuket. Includes: (B, L)
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