- Khao Sok National Park
- Khao Lak
Take in the sights and sounds of the capital Bangkok.
Experience the jungle at firsthand.
Learn about elephants in the Khao Sok National Park.
Relax on the beautiful beaches of Khao Lak.
What our specialists say...
This itinerary uncovers some of the more unusual and unseen parts of Thailand, getting you away from the established tourist trail. The trip makes the most of Thailand's diversity with time in the buzzing city of Bangkok, a national park and on one of the country's quieter beaches. Exploring with experienced guides, you can discover some of Thailand's hidden spots with a city safari through Bangkok and trekking through the dramatic jungle and hills of Khao Sok National Park. Finish your trip by relaxing on the unspoilt beaches of Khao Lak.
We recommend this trip for:
- Khao Sok National Park
- Khao Lak
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok
Meet your guide at Bangkok Airport before being driven by private transfer to your small boutique hotel, tucked away along a narrow soi (street). You may have some time free to relax this afternoon - there are some interesting shops and cafes near your hotel to explore.
Day 3 Bangkok
Have a private guided tour of Bangkok today visiting the capital's key attractions: the Grand Palace, Wat Po (home to the reclining Buddha) and Jim Thompson's house. Get used to Bangkok's different forms of public transport - the Skytrain which winds its way through the skyscrapers and shopping malls, the public taxi boat, a long-tail boat and of course the infamous Thai tuk tuk. This is a fun excursion which gives you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the people that call Bangkok home.
Day 4 Khao Sok National Park
An early start today for your private transfer to the airport to catch your internal flight to Phuket, a journey of around one and a half hours. Upon arrival at Phuket Airport you'll be met by staff from Elephant Hills to take you and other guests to the Khao Sok National Park. The Elephant Hills Camp is a fantastic rainforest and elephants experience. The welfare of the elephants is at the heart of this camp and it has received numerous awards for this. This is one of the few places where you can see elephants without chains, enjoying their natural habitat. Upon arrival at the camp, meet the elephants and learn more about these magnificent creatures. You'll have the opportunity to help feed and bathe them in a small group session. After a traditional Thai lunch, take a jungle canoe paddling past stunning limestone karsts with an experienced guide in a small group.
Day 5 Khao Sok National Park
Leave the tented camp today with other guests and head inland by road and then by boat for your scenic journey to the relatively untouched and stunning Cheow Larn Lake. This is a great place to be amongst nature and experience a unique accommodation experience - a floating tent! Your afternoon includes a guided canoe safari as part of a small group. During your stay at Elephant Hills, all your meals are included.
Day 6 Khao Sok National Park
After breakfast you have the option to join your guide and fellow guests on a walk through the jungle listening to the chorus of the many primates, reptiles and birds that inhabit the national park. In the afternoon you may like to swim in the warm waters of the lake or take a kayak out to explore the area.
Day 7 Khao Lak
The morning is at leisure to enjoy your beautiful setting. After lunch, take a small group transfer to your beach accommodation where you can spend the remainder of your holiday relaxing by the sea. Bangsak Village is a lovely boutique resort located on a beautiful beach. It has great facilities with a spa, swimming pool and a tour desk. Children under 12 years old are not allowed at this hotel.
Day 8 Khao Lak
Today is free to relax and enjoy your surroundings. In addition to the beach there is plenty to do on Khao Lak and your time can be as busy or as relaxed as you like. The nearby Similan Islands are one of the world's top dive sites and there are great snorkelling trips out to the Surin Islands which can be arranged from your hotel.
Day 9 Khao Lak
Day at leisure. You may like to consider a day trip to Pung Chang cave with its fascinating rock formations which is accessed via a bamboo raft or head out on a long-tail boat to visit the famous James Bond Island! These trips can be booked locally, or your specialist can pre-arrange a trip for you.
Day 10 Khao Lak
Today is your last day by the beach before heading home. You may like to head to the Khao Sok National Park for more wildlife and nature experiences - the park is home of one of the world's largest flowers (the Rafflesia kerrii). The hotel staff will be happy to arrange this for you.
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