The essence of Thailand

11 days - from £1,550

This itinerary is perfect for anyone looking for a good mix of wildlife, adventure and beach time. Start your holiday in Thailand with a few days in bustling Bangkok, a visit to the floating market and the railway market before exploring Khao Sok National Park and staying in a floating resort on the emerald green Cheow Lan Lake. Finish your holiday with a few days at the beach and a boat tour to see the rare pink dolphins of Khanom.

As always, all our tours are tailor-made, we can take days out or add some, or change accommodation to suit your travel plans and budget.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a a tuk tuk foodie tour through Bangkok’s Chinatown
  • Visit the colourful floating market and railway market
  • Bathe with elephants at Khao Sok National Park
  • Canoe through the jungle and spot monkeys and birds in the trees
  • Jump from your floating hotel into an emerald green lake
  • Relax on the white beach of Khanom
  • Spot the rare pink dolphins of Khanom patrolling the beach

 

Bangkok day tour

Day 1 - Welcome to Bangkok

Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, your Fleewinter guide will be waiting for you at the pick up area. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Casa Nithra, Superior Room)

Accommodation
Bangkok Chinatown tour

Day 2 - A Taste of Chinatown

We have nothing planned for you in the morning, so you can get accustomed to the buzz of Bangkok. In the afternoon, you will be picked up by your guide for a mouth-watering exploration of Bangkok’s 200-year-old Chinatown. As dusk falls we board a tuk-tuk and head into the labyrinth of Chinatown’s alleyways. You’ll get to sample all kinds of eats, such as the local dim sum, dumplings, fresh seafood, fragrant deserts and more.

Day 3 - Railway Market and Floating Market

Meet your guide and drive to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Part of the attraction is the enormous variety of vegetables, fruits, traditional sweets, beverages and more being showcased by the floating vendors in their traditional straw hats. We then continue to the old fishing port of Samut Songkram, well known for its colorful Maeklong Railway market. In front of the railway station vendors use the space between the railway tracks for their baskets of produce. The rue spectacle starts when the train arrives.

Day 4 - Bangkok - Khao Sok National Park

Early this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Surat Thani. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to the Elephant Hills Jungle Camp at Khao Sok National Park. Start your stay at the camp with their unique Elephant Experience, during which you will get to wash, feed and interact with these magnificent creatures. After an exciting day you may enjoy a drink from the Jungle Explorer’s Bars before sinking onto the comfortable mattress in your luxurious en-suite tent. (Elephant Hills Jungle Camp, Tent)

Accommodation
Rainforest Camp Elephant Hills

Day 5 - Jumping into an emerald green lake

Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent. Today you will explore Cheow Lan Lake by local long-tail boat. Cruise across emerald waters passing towering rainforest covered Limestone Mountains to the “Guilin” of Southern Thailand. After lunch at the Rainforest Camp, explore a cave in the forest around the lake. Canoes are available to explore the spectacular surrounding. (Rainforest Camp, floating tent).

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Cheow Lan Lake

Day 6 - Cheow Lan Lake - Khanom

Wake up to the sounds of Gibbons calling high up in the trees, whilst the clearing mist unveils the true beauty of the lake. After breakfast your guide will invite you to join in on a guided canoe safari into the little channels and side arms of Cheow Lan Lake. You will find yourself in heart of the rainforest on a silent adventure. Lunch is served at the floating tented camp before you will be transferred to Khanom for some well deserved beach time. (Aava Resort & Spa, Superior Bungalow)

Accommodation
Beach Khanom Aava Resort

Day 7 - And relax

Khanom is one of the last untouched beach destinations in Thailand which is why we love it. Enjoy the long white sand beach. The fine sand starts right underneath the coconut trees and continues for 20-30 meters to the clear green water. There are no corals, no rocks and water is clear – all needed attributes for a perfect swimming place.

Day 8 - The pink dolphins of Khanom

A local expert will take you on his long tail or fishing boat to witness the area’s unique pink dolphins patrolling the beach today, so be sure to have your camera ready!
After, you will go to the tiny island of Koh Nui Nork and learn about the miracle of the legendary Buddhist monk Luang Por Tuad, followed by lunch on a deserted beach. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing by the pool or the beach.

Thailand beach Khanom

Day 9 & Day 10 - Beach time

Relax by the pool or beach, or explore the hiking trails around the area. North-East to the village there is one national park, to the west liess another one. There are two waterfalls, and a cave within a few minutes drive from the village. If you venture 20 km to the south or north, you will discover many other small and lovely beaches. The mountains which guard the beach at both ends are covered in pristine jungle, full of colorful birds.

Thailand tour

Day 11 - Safe travels

This morning, you will be transferred to Surat Thani airport for your flight back home. Safe travels and bon voyage!

INCLUDED

  • Prices start from £1,550 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Dinners on Day 2, 4 and 5
  • Lunches on Day 3, 4 and 6
  • Internal flights
  • Elephant Hills programme including activities (Day 4, 5 and 6)
  • Pink dolphins tour
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered