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Jungles and Beaches tour
Cultural Canoeing Jungles and Beaches package

Jungles and Beaches

Encounters Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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The perfect introduction to tropical Thailand, this 11 day tour begins in the bustling capital Bangkok, heads south to explore the rainforests of Khao Sok National Park staying in tree houses and raft houses, before ending with time relaxing on the beautiful island of Ko Samui

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Bangkok
End City Bangkok

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Trip Includes

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide during sightseeing and activities
  • Admission fees, with instruction where necessary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

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Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive into Bangkok, transfer to hotel
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Bangkok for the start of your trip.
| OVERNIGHT:
Bangkok hotel
| EXTRAS:
Single room supplement (THSGJB), Extra day in Bangkok - pre-tour
Day 2: Bangkok canal & city tour, overnight train to Surat Thani
Today we discover historical Bangkok as we enjoy a traditional long-tail boat tour of the city's old canals, stopping off at lively river markets to view the rituals of daily life that have hardly changed in hundreds of years. We finish with a visit to the iconic Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) before transferring to the station with time for a snack before boarding the overnight train to Surat Thani.
| OVERNIGHT:
On board sleeper train
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 3: Arrive in Surat Thani, transfer to Khao Sok
Arriving into Surat Thani this morning we then make the short journey into Khao Sok National Park. This verdant and tropical rainforest will be our home for the next 3 nights as we discover the flora and fauna unique to this part of the world. In the afternoon we take to the river for 2 hours of canoeing (or tubing!) and also visit a local temple famous for the monkeys that are kept here. Later you'll experience the night-time jungle up close by sleeping in tree houses.
| OVERNIGHT:
Khao Sok tree-house
| MEALS:
Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Khao Sok National Park
We start today with a 4-hour guided trek through the beautiful Khao Sok national park whose rich flora and fauna is famous throughout Thailand. After lunch we back to your tree house via Mai Yai waterfall and spend the evening relaxing after a long day and enjoying eating some local specialities.
| OVERNIGHT:
Khao Sok tree-house
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Khao Sok National Park
Leaving our tree house accommodation this morning we travel to Cheow Lan Lake and our raft houses, surrounded by the spectacular limestone cliffs and forested scenery. After lunch we trek through the nearby jungle to a beautiful local lagoon where you have the chance to explore a stunning cave, famous for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Then, return to the Raft house for dinner and to relax under the stars.
| OVERNIGHT:
Khao Sok raft-house
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Khao Sok, travel to Ko Samui
Today we swap the rainforest for the beautiful tropical island of Ko Samui on the South China Sea. Departing Khao Sok we travel back to Surat Thani from where we catch the ferry to the island and transfer to the hotel.
| OVERNIGHT:
Koh Samui hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 7: Ko Samui, free time
The next 3 days are yours to explore the sun-drenched island of Ko Samui at your own leisure. With many incredible dive sites dotted around the island this is a great place to arrange any diving or snorkelling options or just relax on one of the islands many golden and idyllic beaches.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ko Samui hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 8: Ko Samui, free time
Today and tomorrow are both free days on Ko Samui. The island offers so many options to fill these days - you may want to relax on the beautiful beaches or head out to one of the incredible dive sites. We would be happy to suggest some options for you to fill these days.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ko Samui hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 9: Ko Samui, free time
Today is your last day in beautiful Ko Samui. Don't miss the opportunity to catch your last rays of sunshine before heading but to Bangkok.
| OVERNIGHT:
Ko Samui hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 10: Ko Samui, fly to Bangkok
Saying farewell to our tropical island paradise we transfer to the airport for the short flight back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we transfer to the hotel.
| OVERNIGHT:
Bangkok hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
Day 11: Bangkok, departure
transfer to the airport
Free day, transfer to the airport for departure
flight.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Extra day in Bangkok - post-tour

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

Accomodations

  • I Residence Hotel Silom, Bangkok, Thailand: Occupying a prime location next to BTS Chong Nonsi Station, this stylish design hotel boasts a stunning infinity pool and rooftop restaurant. Guests enjoy free WiFi access, which is available throughout.
  • Sleeper Train, Bangkok, Thailand: Thailand has one of the best metre-gauge rail systems in the world, and train travel is easily the best way to get around & see the country.
  • Raft Houses, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand: The raft houses and tree house accommodation in Khao Sok National Park is basic but comfortable and designed to bring you close to nature in an amazing and beautiful setting.
  • Lamai Buri Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand: Located at Lamai Beach in Koh Samui, Lamai Buri Resort offers accommodation with satellite TV. The resort has an outdoor pool, a pool bar and a restaurant. Free WiFi access and parking are available.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, rafting guide and park guide
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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