Spend a few days discovering a different side of Bangkok with a week to relax on Thailand's picturesque west coast.
2 nights Bangkok, including breakfast and excursions; 1 night Ayutthaya, including breakfast and excursion; 7 nights The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
12 days from £1,920pp
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On the beach - 7 days
The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
The Tubkaak Resort is situated on one of Thailand’s most beautiful stretches of coastline with majestic views of craggy limestone peaks rising out of the sea. A charming hideaway with award-winning design, it maintains a respect for nature at its core.
This small stylish resort, barely visible from the sea, has a wonderfully intimate atmosphere. With a gorgeous setting in lush forest by a soft sandy beach, it is a fantastic place to relax and the attentive service ensures a personal touch. Natural materials such as local woods and stone give the resort a very harmonious feel with a canopy of mature trees offering welcome shade around the pool. There is a small spa and a beachfront restaurant with glorious views as well as an Italian restaurant. You can take a Thai cookery course, explore local islands or meander through the mangroves by kayak or canoe. Jungle treks, fishing and golf are also available but with the local reefs teeming with marine life, one of the most rewarding activities is simply snorkelling in the deep-blue sea.
The beautifully conceived rooms are contemporary in style with interiors featuring bare woods, natural stone and delicate prints of birds, leaves and flowers. All rooms have outdoor tropical bathrooms with sunken baths. There are also villas with pools available.
Before the beach - 3 days
Bangkok & Ayutthaya
Known as the ‘City of Angels’, Bangkok’s streets are lined with a tangle of ancient temples, village homes and cutting-edge architecture. Visit the temple of Wat Pho, one of the largest in Bangkok and home to the famous Reclining Buddha, take a bus boat along the Saen Saap canal to the home of Jim Thompson and his extensive collection of antiques, paintings and sculptures, and discover the magnificent former Siamese capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring many historic temples, statues and ruins.
The Ariyasom Villa in Bangkok is a charming family-run hotel. The 25 rooms and suites feature teak floors and antique furniture. You will also spend a night at Sala Ayutthaya before your tour of Ayutthaya.
The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort
61 rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 pool
This small, stylish resort offers excellent service and an idyllic location, right on Tubkaak Beach. A great deal of thought went into the design of the buildings, constructed in the style of southern Thailand, and no trees were felled for construction. This means that from the sea, the resort is barely visible.
The resort is small and intimate, with lots of honeymooners and couples, so the place is calm and quiet: most people are there to enjoy the glorious surroundings.
You would expect service to be friendly being in Thailand, but at Tubkaak they add in charm and efficiency too.
This is a quiet, boutique property that doesn't have the family facilities available in other larger properties, so families may feel it is not suitable for them.
No children under ten years old are allowed in the resort from 21 December - 28 February, and no children under ten are allowed in the pool villas at any time.
Set in Krabi province on the west coast of Thailand, the resort is on Tubkakk Beach, backed by the forested Hang Nak Mountain. The pearly-white sands overlook the Hong Islands, an archipelago of 13 limestone islands that rise dramatically from Phang Nga Bay. Two of the largest islands in the bay, Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi shelter the beach, maintaining year-round calm waters.
The resort is quite remote, although you may think it's more remote than it actually is, due to its clever landscaping and surrounding jungle canopy. There are shops and restaurants in Klong Muang, 15 minutes away by taxi, and more at Ao Nang, 25 minutes away.
This boutique resort is one of Audley's top-picks, with dramatic views, creative architecture and a selection of good facilities. The peaceful location means it's perfect for those looking for a secluded escape in a peaceful location.
The thoughtfully designed rooms blend contemporary and Thai style with distinctive curved roofs, teak floors and locally-sourced coconut furnishings. Each has an outdoor bathroom with a sunken bath as well as plenty of space to relax. With a wide range of room categories, there’s likely to be an option to suit.
All rooms have a terrace, air-conditioning, outdoor sunken bathtub and separate shower, fridge, DVD player, TV, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Classic Tubkaak design features include silk cushions, unique light fittings and thoughtful touches including beach bags and flip-flops.
Superior Rooms are on the ground floor level of two-storey villas that nestle around a freeform swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Deluxe Rooms are on the first floor of the two-storey villas, above the Superior Rooms. The high slanted roofs give a feeling of space, while the wooden balcony offers views over the pool and garden.
Shaded by the trees, and set just steps away from the sea, these rooms are larger than the Superior or Deluxe rooms. As well as having views of Phang Nga Bay, they also have the added benefit of a terrace with daybed or outdoor bath.
Extremely spacious at 120 square metres, the Laurel suite enjoys complete privacy and seclusion. There’s a separate bedroom and living room, opening out on to panoramic ocean views. The outdoor bathroom has a sunken bath and separate shower.
This two-storey private villa has a prime beachfront position, shaded by mature trees and surrounded by gardens. The infinity pool overlooks the Andaman Sea, where you can swim, relax in the Jacuzzi or lie back on the loungers. The luxurious 300 sq m (3,229 sq ft) suite includes a private sauna and an open-plan lounge and dining area, as well as two separate bedrooms.
Premier Pool Villas
Offering total privacy and a real hideaway feeling, these spacious, luxury villas have about 95 – 130 sq m (1,022 – 1,399 sq ft) of space, with a private pool and Jacuzzi.
Beach Pool Villas
Slightly larger than the premier pool villas at 130 - 145 sq m (1,399 - 1,500 sq ft), these four villas have a more open layout, allowing them to make the most of their position dotted along the beachfront, just steps from the water.
In each, guests can enjoy sea views from the private pool, or from their room.
The Haven Suite
The most luxurious accommodation at the hotel, the Haven Suite is a large, 250 sq m (2,690 sq ft) villa with a high vaulted ceiling and glass walls. The carefully-designed interior is matched with a private beachfront pool and Jacuzzi outside.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The Tubkaak has a large, jungle-fringed swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, as well as a gym and spa with steam room and sauna. Most guests spend their time relaxing and enjoying the views but with advance notice, yoga classes and Thai cooking lessons can be arranged. There are also lots of walking trails running through the jungle that backs onto the hotel.
Motorised water sports are not allowed off any of Krabi's beaches, but the hotel offers paddle boards and kayaks. Complimentary bicycles are also available.
Diving is excellent value in Thailand, and there’s a range of dive sites in the surrounding area.
The hotel can arrange diving with Kon Tiki Dive Centre in Ao Nang, a PADI-certified school. The school covers everything from beginner courses to technical skills for experience divers.
Food & drink
The Arundina restaurant is on the beachfront, featuring classic Thai dishes made with fresh ingredients. Built around a series of ponds, some tables are right on the sand, others are on their own platforms over the water. We highly recommend the Thai green curry.
Di Mare is on a wooden deck adjacent to the beach, with views across to the Hong islands. Based on a traditional Italian trattoria, the restaurant offers the simplicity of authentic Italian pizza and pasta by the sea.
The Sundowner bar, set above The Arundina, lives up to its name as the perfect place to enjoy the west coast sunset.
Surrounded by natural forest, shaded and peaceful, the spa provides a relaxing environment in which to re-energise. From relaxing massages to Asian beauty treatments using natural herbs, fruit and flower extracts, the Tubkaak spa offers an indulging range.
There are sauna and steam rooms, refreshing hot and cold plunge pools, and an outdoor massage area. Some treatments are in woven, cocoon-like rooms which have an open roof where you can, at night, lie back and watch the stars.
Bangkok & Ayutthaya
A frenzy of sights and sounds invigorates the senses as you arrive in Bangkok, a vibrant metropolis sprawling around a majestic meander in the Chao Phraya River.
Bangkok is Southeast Asia’s main hub, around which the entire region revolves; it is a big, working city where you will see real Asian life.
Things to see in Bangkok
Sights abound, with the soaring spires and bright-tiled roofs of the Grand Palace, the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, a million bright blooms at the flower market or the quiet timber elegance of Jim Thompson’s House among the highlights, but there’s something of interest around every corner: quiet temples where saffron-robed monks sweep leaves from the paths, shrines where devotees light candles and incense, and ancient stilted houses teetering over quiet residential canals.
Getting around by boat
The river itself is a constant delight, busy from dawn to dusk with barges and boats, and a quick and easy way to get around. For this reason we generally try to use hotels by the river, though there is a wide selection to choose from throughout the city.
Accommodation: Ariyasom Villa
This is a delightful family-run hotel tucked away down Soi 1, Sukhumvit and is far enough from the main road to provide a peaceful retreat. It is situated a 10 minute walk from the Ploen Chit skytrain stop or a five minute walk to the Nana Nue water taxi stop.
The 25 rooms are uniquely designed and provide a sanctuary for visitors to the capital, complemented by attractive and tranquil gardens. The hotel is a restored 1940s house and has been owned by the family for 67 years, the traditional Thai styled building and helpful hosts will make for a welcoming stay. The boutique hotel has a swimming pool and spa, so you can relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing.
The food served at the 'Na Aroon' restaurant is also very good, with an evening menu that serves predominantly fish and vegetarian dishes (please note that there are no meat dishes on the evening menu!). Breakfast is a delight, with a choice of al a carte freshly-prepared dishes served either in the original building or outside by the pool.
Day by day
Fly from London to Bangkok with Thai Airways.
On arrival you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to the charming Ariyasom Villa.
Today enjoy a full day tour of Thailand's capital using a variety of public transport. This is a fun and interesting way to see a more authentic side to the city.
From Bangkok you journey north to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya. You will spend the afternoon exploring the ancient temples and ruins of this former capital city.
This morning you have a little more time for exploring Ayutthaya with your guide before returning to the airport in Bangkok for the flight to Krabi.
On arrival in Krabi you will be met by a representative of the Tubkaak and transferred to the resort.
Relax and enjoy the Tubkaak.
Make use of a complimentary return transfer service to Ao Nang to explore the shops and local amenities.
Days 8 - 9
At leisure at the Tubkaak.
Days 10 - 11
At leisure on the beach.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your flight to London via Bangkok.
Early evening arrival into the UK.
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