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Overview

Experience Thailand’s stunning natural beauty on this 10-day trip by visiting some of Thailand’s least-seen and most incredible national parks such as Sri Phang Nga, Sam Roi Yot, Kui Buri, Chumphon Islands, Sri Phang Nga and Khao Sok National Park. Combined, these parks prove beyond doubt that Thailand’s heralded natural wonders and incredible wildlife remain ripe for discovery. Plenty of natural wonders are to be seen here, but other activities also await outside the national parks as well such as island hopping, boating and snorkelling. This is a truly remarkable experience of southern Thailand’s natural gems.

Trip Highlights

Southern Thailand Nature Wildlife

Experience Thai views of nature

Explore pristine stretches of jungle and see exotic wildlife in Thailand’s biggest national park.

See and learn about traditional crafts

Observe the local people’s way of life  and learn about the production of local coffee, silk and paper.

Be immersed in Thai history

Alongside an expert guide, learn about the history of important sites in Thailand such as Rattanarangsarn Palace in Ranong and the shrine of Prince Chumphon.

Itinerary

1

Bangkok – Hua Hin

Bangkok – Hua Hin (201 km): 2.46 hr

Transfer from Bangkok Hotel to Hua Hin, one of the famous summer beach towns in Thailand.

OPTIONAL: FD Experience at WFFT

En-route to Hua Hin, make a stop at 10:00 at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) to experience a full day wildlife program. WFFT is a registered foundation under Thai law with the main objectives to rescue maltreated and/or neglected wild animals, provide sanctuary for sick and disabled animals, educate people, prevent hunting and promote conservation of all natural resources, etc. This full day program offers you to learn about the rescued creatures living at the rescue center and elephant refugee, and get up close and personal to elephant in a way which is cruelty-free and does not exploit them. Lunch at WFFT. 

After the full day program, transfer to Hua Hin. (L)

Time: 10:00 – 15:30

Departure: Daily

Price: 1,340 THB per person.

Overnight at Worabura Hotel in Hua Hin.

2

Hua Hin

Hua Hin – Sam Roi Yot (43.2 km): 52 min

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today’s tour will begin at 08:30. Spend a day exploring the south’s wild landscapes on this Sam Roi Yot National Park tour. Meaning ‘Mountain of Three Hundred Peaks’, Sam Roi Yot was Thailand’s first coastal national park and covers an expansive stretch of wetlands, limestone mountains and beaches. Today’s visit covers a mix of sites, giving a taste of the wonderful diversity of this part of the country.

Set off from Hua Hin on a scenic drive to the south. After passing through the park’s entrance visit a pineapple plantation, learning how these tasty fruits are grown and harvested. Continue onwards to Bang-Pu, a thriving fishing village for a glimpse into the lives of the fishermen. Then board a motorboat and cast out to sea. Cruise away from the shoreline and enjoy fabulous views of the ocean and coast. (Note: the boat trip may be cancelled if sea conditions are unfavourable)

After twenty minutes, the boat will dock at a beautiful stretch of beach. Walk to the nearby entrance of Phraya Nakhon Cave where a longer, 430-metre walk awaits. Although called a ‘cave’ Phraya Nakhon is actually a sunlit cavern formed by two sinkholes. Travel deeper into the earth, enjoying the surreal landscapes before reaching the centre of the cavern. Be amazed at the site of a royal pavilion, surrounded by dripping stalactites and illuminated by the sun filtering through.

Return to the beach where a delicious lunch awaits. The afternoon is free to relax on the pristine sands and swim in the warm sea before returning to Hua Hin.

Overnight at Evason in Hua Hin.

3

Hua Hin – Kui Buri

Hua Hin – Kui Buri (80 km): 1.20 hr

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive about 1.30 hour to down to Kui Buri district. Head towards the Kui Buri community village where you will experience some local sustainable activities and produces such as making paper from elephants’ poo poo and pineapple, rubber tapping demonstration, and silk making process from silk worms.

Lunch at the village.

Following lunch, set off to the Kui Buri National Park to observe the wildlife, no set up… all real experience. You will see how they live together in the nature.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Kui Buri.

4

Kui Buri – Chumphon

Kui Buri – Chumphon (223 km): 2.51 hr

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive down south to Chumphon, approximately 3 hours drive. Upon arrival in Chumphon, first visit is Chumphon Islands National Park where you can enjoy strolling along an amazing 1km long wooden walkway winding through the mangrove forest. Following this, drive up the hill of Khao Matsri Viewpoint to enjoy the stunning 360-degree view of the city spread out below.

The day continues to Hat Sai Ri beach and the shrine of Prince Chumphon, the founder of the modern Royal Thai navy.

Overnight in Chumphon.

5

Chumphon - Ranong

Chumphon – Ranong (126 km): 2.07 hr

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and continue down to Ranong province. Drive to Gong Valley, a community enterprise of Kraburi District in Ranong, which focuses on chemical-free coffee growing and hand-roasting techniques to give their coffee its distinctive, unique aroma. This is where the sweet aroma and bitter taste of Robusta coffee from. Observe the process of good Robusta coffee making here.

Overnight in Ranong.

6

Ranong

Breakfast at the hotel.

The morning tour begins with the city tour in Ranong guided by two local experts. As the owner of Baan Taen Sue, a Chinese style house and museum, formerly financial division in King Rama 5’s period, Mr. Sup will show you around the house and explain the history of the Chinese settlement in Southern Thailand. Following this, continue to visit Ranong Governor’s House, meet with Mr. Kosol, one of the house resident who is an expert about the history of the house and explain about the collection and artifacts. Also, visit the King’s Palace.

Lunch at a local restaurant for Ranong food specialties.

In the afternoon, visit the lighthouse at the Andaman Pier, go up to the 9th floor to get a good view of the Ranong Bay.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Ranong.

7

Ranong

Option A:

After breakfast, enjoy a fun full day out to the sea, hopping around three islands from Koh Gum, Koh Yee Pun (Japanese island), and Koh Khang Khaw (Bat Island). Have fun sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming, and even climb up to the viewpoint of Koh Gum for the amazing view of the beach shaped like a half moon splitting the sea.  Lunch included. (Note: This program does not operate during May - Oct).

Option B:

After breakfast, drive out from your hotel to the Klong Lad Nod Pier where you will enjoy a day exploring the local community and embark on a local boat to survey the mangrove forest, and a nice view of Ka Per bay can be seen along the way. Enjoy the mangrove planting activity. Lunch served with fresh seafood. After lunch, prepare your cloth and get ready to be wet, and then hop on a bamboo rafting floating along the Klong. Have a chance to take a dip in the water. Visit the local fisherman village, see aquatic animals at the coastal aquaculture center and visit a floating community. Back to the land, change your cloth and say goodbye to local people.

If time permits in the late afternoon, enjoy natural hot spring and mineral water spa in town.

In the evening, stroll along the walking street browsing through various cool products.

Overnight in Ranong.

8

Ranong – Khao Sok

Ranong – Khao Sok (205 km): 3.03 hr

After early breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Khao Sok with an en-route stop at Sri Phang Nga National Park, located in the district of Kuraburi and Takua Pa. Enjoy natural scene of evergreen forest, hills, streams, waterfalls, and limestone cliffs. This national park is also famous for bird watching.

Proceed to Khao Sok and head toward Ratchaprapa Dam, as part of Khao Sok National Park. Embark on a scenic boat ride along Chiew-Larn Lake to the Greenery Panvaree.

Arrive at the Greenery Panvaree Floating Resort just in time for delicious lunch. Then spend the afternoon enjoying the heart of nature, swim, explore the surroundings by kayaking, or simply relax and bask in the atmosphere. 

Enjoy the boat trip along the Little Halong Bay.

Dinner at the resort.

Overnight at The Greenery Panvaree Floating Resort, Khao Sok.

9

Khao Sok

Morning safari in the early morning with the most beautiful view of the lake along with the sunrise over the mountains as the mist floats across the water.

Breakfast and free morning at leisure.

Lunch at the resort.

The afternoon begins with an adventure trip to Prakarang coral cave, jungle trek to the emerald lagoon, then ride the bamboo boat to the cave, the stalagmites have a similar shape to coral. See the wildlife and rare plants in the rainforest.

Dinner at the resort.

Overnight at The Greenery Panvaree Floating Resort, Khao Sok.

10

Khao Sok - Departure

Khao Sok – Khao Lak (57.7 km): 59 min Khao Sok – Phuket (152 km): 2.47 hr Khao Sok – Krabi (152 km): 2.09 hr Khao Sok – Koh Samui (248 km): 4.52 hr

Wake up in the morning under the beautiful mist across the sky, enjoy breakfast.

Check out, and board a long-tail boat back to the pier with a panoramic view of Guilin Thailand.

Arrive at the pier and transfer towards the beach destinations – Khao Lak, Phuket, Krabi or Don Sak Pier (The ferry ticket to Koh Samui is not included.)

Important Information

  • Accommodation in selected hotels.
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned visits
  • Drinking water
  • Tips for drivers and hotel porters
  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips, etc.).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
  • Ferry ticket to Samui

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