At a very slow pace the houseboat is pulled by a small engine boat. We will literally pass hundreds of islands in this picturesque area and there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the landscape. Activities include walking in dense jungle, visit a waterfall, a coconut farm, caves, bamboo-raft down a river and sit high up in the air on the back of an elephant. A Thai cook is on board and you can look forward to delicious Thai food and tropical fruits.
Lake Safari is also very suitable for families with children as the houseboat gives a safe and comfortable platform for adventures. The speed of the houseboat is about 5-7 km. pr. hour, but you are the one who set the pace on board. Relax in a sun-chair, read a book and watch the fantastic scenery slowly passing by. Or grab the fishing gear and catch the dinner. Take a swim - or a kayak and explore the area. At night-time it all gets very quiet, and very dark indeed except from the stars that shines very bright as city-lights are so distant from here.
Day 1: From bustling Bangkok to tropical peaceful surroundings.
The tour starts from your hotel in Bangkok, Hua Hin or Kanchanaburi in the morning where the guide and the minivan will pick you up. First stop will be Kanchanaburi where we will have lunch at a good restaurant with a view to the famous "Bridge over River Kwai" from the second world war. There will be time to walk over the bridge and also time to visit the cemetery where thousands of allied forces ended their lives at the hands of Japanese in the second world war.
After a couple of hours we reach the small fishing village and board the houseboat. The atmosphere is so peaceful and relaxed and suddenly Bangkok seems a lot more than just six hours away. The rest of the day is free to do whatever you want to do. Jump from the tower, relax on a sundeck or take a nap in a hammock. Meanwhile the cook will prepare a delicious Thai-dinner. There will always be dishes to choose from in case somebody doesn’t like the local fish. The breeze on the lake normally secures a pleasant night temperature. Oddly enough mosquitos are rarely.
Day 2: Waterfall and Coconut Island.
After breakfast consisting of eggs any style, sausages, bread, fresh fruit, cornflakes and cold milk for the kids we will go by kayak to the end of a small bay. (Or go by the engine boat) From the distance you can hear the waterfall and after thirty minutes of walking in jungle we will reach Dai Chong Thong waterfall, which is worth the walking. Just bring sandals and swim-suit as you do get wet going up to the waterfall. (please note that there is no water in the waterfall from March - May).
When we return to the houseboat we will head towards coconut-island. We will reach the island after lunch and a couple of hours of sailing – probably after a good deal of swimming and bathing. Coconut island is one of few islands inhabited in this area. A small village consisting of seven people is making a living out of their rare kind of coconuts and cacao. Of course we will taste the local coconut and bring a couple back. We will cross the island and the boat will pick us op on the other side. Sailing slowly up the lake we will pass some tall cliffs dropping directly into the lake. We will take a break here before moving further on and find a beautiful spot for the night.
Day 3: Caves, Elephants and Rafting.
After breakfast a short paddle tour in kayak will take you to five small caves. You can actually paddle into them. In one of the caves you can be lucky and see lots of bats flying out as you make your way in. After this the houseboat will head north for some time. At 1.00 PM a long-tail boat will be waiting and it will take you through a narrow river to a Karen village where you will meet the mighty elephants.
You will be riding on the back of an elephant for just about an hour in a very beautiful part of the jungle. A light lunch is served before you will be rafting downstream. You can choose to steer the raft or just sit down and enjoy it. In the rainy-season the rafting tour is not for the fainthearted as it takes a good deal of balance and strength to go all the way downriver smoothly.
Back for dinner its time again to just sit and enjoy the sun fading behind the mountains only interrupted by the sound of longtailboats with fishermen going out to set up their nets. Most evenings the sky is so clear that it feels like the stars are almost down to earth. It’s a priceless experience to sit counting shooting stars while having a glass of the local whisky.
Day 4: Sangklaburi and back to Bangkok, Hua Hin or Kanchanaburi.
Swimming, fishing or sunbathing are options. At around 11 AM we will say goodbye to the houseboat. The small engine boat will transfer us to the village of Wang Kha where ethnic minorities: Karen, Mon, og Lao people live in harmony with the Burmese and Thai. We will explore the picturesque temple which you until now have just seen from the distance. We will spend some time at the Burmese market where lots of art crafts and jewelry is sold.
After the market we will walk through the charming village of Wang Kha, where the Mon people live. They are said to be of Indian or Mongolian origin and are known for their special dress - the longyi or sarong. We will continue to Sangklaburi via Thailand's longest wooden bridge. Here the minivan is waiting with the luggage. Its time to go back to Bangkok.
Enjoy especially the first stretch of an hour or so where you drive through untouched jungle with rainforest on both sides of the road. You will see several panorama views of the lake you have just been sailing on. Expected arrival time in Bangkok is 20:00 PM.
- Return transportation Bangkok – Houseboat - Bangkok in air-conditioned minivan
- 3 nights on the houseboat in own room with windows, beds with linen, mosquito-net, towels. share western style toilets with shower-facilities.
- All meals on the houseboat are included (3 breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Free drinking water, fruit, ice-cubes, coffee and tea is included
- All excursions as mentioned in the program
- English speaking local guide on the whole trip
- Beer, soft drinks, whisky, gin, snacks etc. can be bought on the houseboat at reasonable prices.
Facilities on the houseboat:
- Big dining area “living- room” on the first floor.
- Sundeck with sun-beds
- Comfortable sitting-chairs
- Jumping tower 180 cm.
- Professional fishing-gear
What to bring:
- Comfortable clothing for a hot climate
- Clothing for cool nights
- Sandals – trekking shoes are not needed
- Sunglasses and sun creme
- Pocket money
- Personal travel-insurance
- Important: Passport as it is a border area.
- Price: Lake Safari, double room 17.600 Baht pr. person
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