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Discover Thailand like a Local

From £1342 pp

Bangkok, Thailand

12 Days / 11 Nights

Private Experience for 1-8 People

Discover Thailand like a Local

What You'll Do

This 12 day adventure in Thailand is an immersion into the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of this wonderful country. Discover backstreet Bangkok and wonderful deserted islands, take an overnight sleeper train, Embark on a morning mist wildlife safari, and discover the best street food with your local guide.

Explore Bangkok’s  Wat Khun Chan where you will be inspired by the modern temples on one side of the  khlong and Thai ancient history on the other, with the beauty of the river crossing through the landscape as you sail on a traditional long tail boat.

Visit the Artist Village, with old wooden walkways with artists, an old barber shop, an old grocery, vintage posters, colours of freedom, and a small stupa shining in the sunlight.

Stay in the gorgeous Khao Sok National Park, surrounded by breathtaking limestone cliffs, hovering high above the ancient forests.

Enjoy a truly responsible elephant experience, at a charitable elephant sanctuary, spending time preparing elephant food for one of the elderly elephant residents. You will have opportunity to bathe it and spend time with the elephant and mahout (elephant care taker). By taking part in this experience we support the elephants and contribute to their ethical upkeep.

Spend the day at Cheow Lan Lake – without a doubt one of the most strikingly beautiful places in Thailand! With over 100 little islets and towering limestone cliffs, a full day lake tour gives you not only the opportunity to marvel at the magnificent ‘fairy-tale’ like scenery, but also to spot wild life in their natural habitat.

Rise before breakfast to board a long tail boat for a morning mist wildlife safari. From your boat you may see macaque monkeys, dusty languor, great hornbills, wild boars, gibbon monkeys, and if you are lucky, a wild elephant!

Enjoy Island Hopping between some of the most beautiful islands off Trang Province by speedboat,  Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan, Koh Chuck, and Koh Mook with its popular Emerald Cave. You will enjoy a great mix of beaches, snorkelling, and stunning views.

Experience
Highlights

Explore a local rural stilt village

Stay in a gorgeous floating raft house

Take a 'morning mist' long boat wildlife safari

Explore stunning deserted beaches

Stay in Khao Sok National Park with its breathtaking limestone cliffs and ancient forests

Your Local Host:

Martin

I have spent many years travelling through Thailand and have made many lasting memories and friendships. The region is rich in natural beauty and culture and offers one of the greatest culinary kitchens in the world. Many years have passed and I still think that the people are everything and I'm still surprised at the hospitality and friendliness. Working in travel is a passion for me and I enjoy helping our customers to enjoy all the best that Thailand has to offer.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport), a driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Bangkok. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Accommodation

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort   -Breakfast included

The hotel was originally built in the late 1800’s as a royal residence and has been restored and carefully designed to reflect the heritage of Old-Siam with contemporary touches. It is a true oasis with lush green vegetatian and gardens including a Banyan tree more than 100 years old.

 

Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort room

Bangkok Cultural Tour

Enjoy your first Thai breakfast at the hotel  before meeting up with your local guide who will accompany you to the nearby pier to board our traditional Thai long tail boat.

From here you’ll sail down the Chao Phraya,  Bangkok’s main river, with amazing views of the Bangkok skyline, before turning to enter the ‘khlongs’ or canals,  and here you will see why Bangkok is known as the Venice of the East. There is a network of canals throughout Bangkok and other low lying areas of Thailand, which were the main traffic and trade routes before cars.

You will pass a range of local wooden stilt houses with clothes hanging to be dried in the sun, a local “7 eleven”, khlong style. Feel the more traditional and exotic  atmosphere of this area.

You will hear Thai music being played from the houses, you will see birds looking at the trespassing boats, if you are lucky you may spot one of the sunbathing lizards.

The first stop is at the temple Wat Khun Chan where you will be inspired by the modern temples on one side of the khlongs and the tradition and heritage of  days gone by on the other, with the beauty of the river crossing through the landscape.

From there it’s onwards to the Artist Village, old wooden walkways house artists, an old barbers shop, a traditional grocery, vintage posters, the Thai flags of freedom, and a small stupa ( a bell shaped Bhuddist shrine).

Feel the quietness surrounding this place. A stop will be made where you can feed holy Catfish. It’s a remarkable sight when hundreds of fish come to the surface seemingly out of nowhere!

Upon leaving the khlongs you will see several houses on stilts where the locals live in small houses on the river. Then we leave the quietness and sail back towards the noisy, Chao Phraya river and Bangkok’s  majestic grand palace.

Once your boat trip has ended there is time for Your trip ends at Pier 9 on the Chao Phraya River, from where you you can visit the nearby temples on your own, continue to the shopping malls or return to your accommodation.

Accommodation

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort, the Montha Room.

Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort room

Explore Bangkok

Today, breakfast and dinner are included, with you spending the morning at your leisure, enjoying the pool or exploring the temples nearby.

Then, in the late afternoon be prepared for a walk through Bangkok’s Chinatown. Your local guide knows Chinatown inside out, its  jungle of markets, lights, sounds, and street life, they will take you on a journey showing you the very best from a locals perspective, this way you will see what most visitors miss! Once you have learnt all about the area and its history you’ll then have some time to spend exploring on your own.

This evening, you will meet up with your guide again South of Chinatown and from here we’ll venture north by public bus or tuk-tuk to the heart of night-time Chinatown and explore the evening secrets of this bustling neighbourhood when all the eateries and bars come alive.

On this 4-hour trip, we experience the wave of life on Yaowarat Road that mixes locals and foreign tourists alike. We’ll stop at some of the best street food shops and try multiple dishes that are loved by Thai and Chinese people alike, some will be familiar to you and some may be new!

We’ll try the spicy stuff, indulge in the sweet deserts, hear stories about the dishes, and talk to the food sellers and food lovers around us.

In between, we’ll explore the less-traveled side-streets and hidden alleys for temples, local customs, and the behind-the-scenes of this world-famous foodie haven.

If you still have space, we’ll finish our trip with some local desserts and your guide will bid you farewell and you can choose to continue exploring Chinatown on your own or return to your hotel to prepare for tomorrow!

Accommodation

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort, breakfast included.

Raweekanlaya Bangkok Wellness Cuisine Resort room

Transfer from Bangkok to Surat Thani

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure, in the comfort of your hotel.

Today is your last day in Bangkok, after checkout take the opportunity to take a stroll in the city for one last time.

In the late afternoon you will be  heading to Hua Lumphong railway station by a private transfer.

You wll be boarding on the sleeper train and experience a typical and very local mode of  transport, to Surat Thani.

Accommodation

2nd Class Sleeper Train.

Explore Khao Sok National Park

Welcome to Surat Thani! A private transfer takes you to the Khao Sok National Park.

Khao Sok National Park is one of the oldest rainforests in the world and home to the man-made Cheow Lan Lake. It is conveniently located in Southern Thailand, between the two coasts, and in the morning you will transfer from either Surat Thani or Khao Lak to Anurak Community Lodge.

Anurak Community Lodge is on the edge of Khao Sok National Park, surrounded by breathtaking limestone cliffs, hovering high above the ancient forests. Take your time to settle in, enjoy the jungle surroundings and the charm of your community lodge.

In the late afternoon go for a true and sustainable elephant experience. You will spend time preparing elephant food to feed an old elephant.

You will have opportunity to bathe it and spend time with the elephant and mahout (elephant care taker). By taking part in this low impact experience we support the elephants and contribute to their ethical upkeep.

A traditional Thai dinner will be served in the lodge restaurant around 18:00, included in the cost, and the rest of the evening is free to relax and let the day’s experience sink in.

Accommodation

Anurak Community Lodge, in a Standard Room.

Nested in the heart of a palm plantation, Anurak Community Lodge is an ideal place to escape busy city life. Located a 15-minute drive from the entrance of the Khao Sok National park, the property offers free WiFi in public area, free parking and free bicycle rental.

Surrounded by jungles, each bungalow is equipped with air conditioning, a private balcony and a safety box. An en suite bathroom comes with a shower.

Group and private tours to Khao Sok National park can be arranged at the property. Other activities include table tennis, trekking, canoeing, bamboo rafting, cycling and bird watching. Arranging a cooking class is also possible.

Anurak Community Lodge

Khao Sok Adventure and Floating Raft House

Today, you will be able to enjoy breakfast lunch and dinner at no extra cost.

Wake up to the sound of birds singing and gibbons calling from the treetops. Have breakfast in the early morning as the mist slowly lifts itself from the mountains.

You will spend the coming day and night at Cheow Lan Lake – without a doubt one of the most strikingly beautiful places in Thailand!

With over 100 little islets and towering limestone cliffs, a full day lake tour gives you not only the opportunity to marvel at the magnificent ‘fairy-tale’ like scenery, but also to spot wild life in their natural habitat.

Upon arrival at the Rajaprabha Dam you will board a long tail boat and head deep into a remote corner of the lake. Surrounding you is the giant limestone cliffs, green rainforest, and bold trees rising from the water surface.

Around noon, you will arrive at the raft house, and the rest of the day is all about relaxation in amazingly beautiful surroundings. Either go for a swim, borrow a kayak and explore the many paths and canals of Khao Sok Lake, or just relax and sunbathe while enjoying the beautiful nature.

You will experience spectacular views, incredible atmosphere and natural scenery in front of you, which many travelers compare to Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam. Be sure to be at the raft house as the sun sets over the lake, and enjoy a Thai dinner and the quietness of the lake while stars sparkle above you.

Accommodation

Thara Rafthouse in a Bungalow with a fan.

You will be staying in a floating bungalow on the gorgeous Khao Sok Lake. This unique and truly off the beaten track experience is sure to amaze you, staying in authentic accommodations! This bungalow will include all necessities, as well as a fan for the warmer nights.

Khao Sok floating rafthouse accommodation

Transfer to Koh Lanta

Today, breakfast and lunch will be taken care of, allowing you not to worry about these and simply enjoy your trip.

Rise before breakfast to board a long tail boat for a morning mist wildlife safari. From your boat you may see macaque monkeys, dusty languor, great hornbills, wild boars, gibbon monkeys, and if you are lucky, a wild elephant!

Back at the raft house, enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast and a bit of free time to swim and relax. Around noon you will check out from your raft house, have lunch and prepare to return to dry land.

You will go by long tail boat back to the pier through the magical landscape. Once you reach the pier around 13:30, you will continue to your next destination.

A overland transfer will take you to Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta an island district in Krabi Province on Thailand’s Andaman coast. It’s known for its coral-fringed beaches, mangroves, limestone outcrops and rainforests.

Enjoy an afternoon and evening exploring this beautiful area of the country on your own.

Accommodation

SriLanta Resort in a Veranda Room.

Tucked away on Koh Lanta’s west coast and inspired by its natural surroundings, on the scenic Klongnin Beach, SriLanta is a boutique resort offering charming villas set amidst a tranquil tropical landscape, just across the road from the beach. It showcases different styles of accommodations including rustic Thai-style Veranda villas, Plantation Villas, deluxe suites, Mandara rooms as well as the Beach House. Guests can relax at a large beachside pool and a spa.

SriLanta’s rustic thatched villas sit on the hillside, offering garden or mountain views. They are designed to reflect traditional Thai living with its local furnishings. They are all equipped with air conditioning and a safe.

Indulge with a relaxing massage at the spa or recharge with Yoga and meditation sessions. The hotel has plenty of lounge chairs, perfect for enjoying a drink or reading in between swims.

If you’re looking for adventure, arrange with the helpful staff for activities that range from snorkelling and jungle trekking to island-hopping and diving.

Sri Lanta Resort

Explore Koh Lanta

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel, included in the price. Today, you have the day to spend at your leisure. Explore Koh Lanta as you desire, whether you decide to venture out into the gorgeous landscape, or enjoy the luxuries in your hotel, you are sure to have an amazing day!

Accommodation

SriLanta Resort in a Veranda Room.

Sri Lanta Resort

Koh Lanta Four Islands Speedboat Tour

Enjoy breakfast included in the price, in the comfort of your hotel room, before beginning today’s adventures.

Enjoy the Four Islands Tour Koh Lanta by Speedboat (Available from October to May).Outside of these dates an alternative activity will be provided instead.

The tour takes you Island Hopping between some of the most beautiful islands off Trang Province, which are Koh Ngai, Koh Kradan, Koh Chuck, and Koh Mook with its popular Emerald Cave. You will enjoy a great mix of beaches, snorkeling, and stunning views.

08:30-09:00 -> Pick up at your Koh Lanta hotel

09:30 -> Arrive at Koh Ngai and enjoy the first snorkeling session.

10:30 -> Visit the famous Emerald Cave at Koh Mook, the highlight of the trip.

12:00 -> Lunch will be served on the beach at Koh Kradan. Free time, can enjoy the fantastic beach and relax, sunbathe, or do more swimming & snorkeling off the beach.

14:00 -> Depart from Koh Kradan to move to the last island of the day, Koh Chuck. One more snorkeling session among colorful tropical fish and corals.

15:00-16:00 -> Time to cruise back to Koh Lanta and drop off at your resort.

Accommodation

SriLanta Resort in a Veranda Room.

Sri Lanta Resort

Relax in Koh Lanta

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at no extra cost, spend the day at your leisure.

Your hotel offers a range of activities, such as snorkelling and jungle trekking, as well as luxurious spa treatments.

Whether you choose to be active or relax, this is sure to be the perfect time to explore the area as you wish.

Turn in for the night at your beautiful hotel.

Accommodation

SriLanta Resort in a Veranda Room.

Sri Lanta Resort

Journey Back to Bangkok

After waking up and enjoying a delicious breakfast included in the cost, you will be spending your last day in paradise.

After checking out of your hotel, you will begin your journey back to Surat Thani, where you will then board your night train back to Bangkok.

This unique experience is sure to be one for the memories!

Accommodation

2nd Class Sleeper Train.

Departure Day

Arrive early morning to Bangkok and a private transfer takes you to the international airport for your flight back home. This marks the end of your amazing whirlwind trip here in Thailand, leaving you wanting to return!

Location Information

You will start and end in the gorgeous capital city of Thailand, Bangkok. You will be picked up and privately transferred to and from the airport, both when arriving and when departing.

Bangkok is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple.

Along the way, you will visit many other hidden treasures in Thailand.

  • All transfers and transport as per program
  • All accommodation as per program
  • Service of an English speaking local guide as mentioned
  • All meals mentioned
  • All entrance fees on the trip

FAQs

Yes! Both the transfer from the airport to your accommodation, and the transfer back to the airport in time for your departure are included.

Yes, you will have a local English speaking guide with you, ensuring you have the best time possible whilst here in Thailand.