Southern Thailand adventure holiday
Description of Southern Thailand adventure holiday
This trip is a must for all those adventurous types out there! From the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to the remoteness of Khao Sok National Park, this tour takes you to the quiet jewels of the south while staying in some quirky accommodations. In Bangkok, spend a muddy day experiencing the Klong Klone Mangrove Forest and by night stay on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the super eco-friendly Bangkok Tree House, a quiet oasis from which to explore this exciting city.
A Khao Sok Safari is one of the reasons people come to Khao Lak and is by far our most popular excursion. With repeat bookings year after year, the place always guarantees to amaze. This trip is everyone’s favourite, with lots of activities including elephant trekking (no riding elephants or tricks!) and canoeing. You can tour the river and see the limestone mountains, incredible rock formations and beautiful caves.
From here you will take a speedboat to the Surin Islands and then head out for your snorkelling adventure at Pakkard and Pae Bays. Not a snorkelling fan? Then you can also go nature trekking along the national park trails in Mai Ngam Bay.
End your adventure with 5 well deserved nights at the breathtakingly beautiful natural sanctuary of the Kantary Beach Hotel. Tucked away from the busy tourist spots of Phuket this elegant beach front hotel is located on one of the few remaining stretches of pristine beach in Phang Nga.
This trip aims to avoid some of the busier regions of the country to offer you a true 'off the beaten track' Thailand experience.
|Day 1:||Departure: Depart the UK and fly to Bangkok.|
|Day 2:||Arrive Bangkok: On arrival at Bangkok Airport, you will be welcomed by your local English speaking guide and transfer to the jetty where you will board a local public boat for short transfer to the resort on another side of the Chao Phraya River. This evening you may join a complimentary boat trip to see Fireflies - arranged by Bangkok Tree House.|
|Day 3:||Klong Klone Mangrove Forest: Experience an active and 'muddy' day trip starting at the Klong Klone Mangrove Conservation Centre. Learn about the mangrove eco-system and the local community revitalisation project before setting out by long tail boat to feed the crab-eating Macaques and witness the local way of life, collecting blood cockles using a mud sledge and catching catfish and krill to make shrimp paste. After lunch at a local platform cottage, help with planting mangroves and enjoy skiing by mud sledge. (B.L)|
|Days 4:||Bangkok: At leisure to explore the city at your own pace - by foot, bike or tuk tuk if you prefer! Please ask us for further day tour options. This evening enjoy a Bangkok by Night tour. Bangkok is a city that never sleeps and this tour takes us around the “old quarter” to see iconic buildings that are illuminated at night and serve as a backdrop to the activities of market traders, street food hawkers and people enjoying the capital’s entertainment venues.(B)|
|Day 5:||Bangkok - Kuraburi: This morning return to Bangkok Airport and take the short flight down to Phuket. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,D)|
|Day 6:||Kuraburi - Today you will depart from your hotel at around 08:30 for a full day with jungle and canoeing along the Khao Sok River. A Khao Sok Safari is one of the reasons people come to Khao Lak and is by far our most popular excursion. With repeat bookings year after year, the place always guarantees to amaze. This trip is everyone’s favourite, with lots of activities including hiking and canoeing. You can tour the river and see the limestone mountains, incredible rock formations and beautiful caves. (B,L)|
|Day 7:||Day at leisure to relax or explore your surroundings. (B)|
|Day 8:||Koh Surin: This morning you will be collected from your hotel for the transfer to the pier where you will register and choose your suitable snorkeling equipment. At around 9am you will take a speedboat to the Surin Islands and then head out for your snorkelling adventure at Pakkard and Pae Bays. Return ashore to the Surin National Park restaurant for lunch before more snorkelling this afternoon at Sapparto and Bon Bays. Tonight will be spent in your private tent on the beach at Surin National Park. (B,L,D)|
|Day 9:||Koh Surin: Following breakfast you will travel out by long tail boat to 2 wonderful snorkelling areas. Return to the National park restaurant for lunch. This afternoon you will head off to explore 2 more snorkelling sites before returning the park for your evening meal and overnight on the beach in your private tent. (B,L,D)|
|Day 10:||Today you will take breakfast before deciding on your morning activities which are either a traditional long boat to a snorkelling spot or nature trekking along the national park trails in Mai Ngam Bay. (B,L)|
|Day 11-14:||Khao Lak: Enjoy days at leisure relaxing at this beautiful. natural sanctuary. (B)|
|Day 15:||Departure: Transfer to Phuket Airport for your flight home. (B)|
PlanetThe Bangkok Tree House is a truly environmentally responsible lodge/hotel in central Bangkok. The Tree House has an A-Z list of responsible policies including the employment of locals who live within walking distance and the purchase of herbal soaps, shampoos and food products from local sellers. All organic and kitchen waste is composted which reduces waste going to landfill and creates compost for the on-site vegetable gardens – some of these vegetable gardens are located on the roof of the Tree House which helps keep rooms cool without the need for air-conditioning: the Tree House does not use air-conditioners in public spaces.
All food, cleaning products and bathroom amenities are organic. Only low-energy light bulbs are used and 100% of the energy used for outdoor and restaurant lighting is generated from wind and solar power. The Tree House does not serve or sell plastic bottled water, they serve house-distilled water in a glass flask free of charge. All rainwater is collected and used to water plants, flowers and vegetable gardens. The Tree House is aiming for a zero waste policy and for every booking made they remove 1kg of rubbish from the Chao Phraya River.
The return to life of neglected villages.
Klong Kone mangrove forest was once destroyed, harming the plentiful mangrove area, coastal ecosystem and marine animals. As fishing could not serve the local community sufficiently any longer, the youth turned to other occupations.
In 1991, villagers started to reforest the area to restore livelihoods and prosperity; however, many problems occurred during the first three years. There was a lack of knowledge of tree selection, tree-planting skills, and missing collaborative spirit from some villages. Nevertheless, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn viewed mangrove reforestation as a serious issue and went to Klong Klone five times between 1997 and 2004 to plant mangroves.
Currently, Klong Klone mangrove area is revitalized. There are people living along the coast in numbers, local fishing can serve villagers sufficiently, migrants have come back to earn a living in their hometown and families stay together. There are many self-sufficient occupations for villagers. Some gather to provide occupational classes based on their skills such as fishing, catering, Kra-tang or shell farm huts in the sea, boat trip services, cork trees planting, and Don Hoi Lod sightseeing. Others have an eco-tourism service for both day tourists and overnight accommodation at Kra-tang.
Nowadays, Klog Klone mangrove forest is an important eco-tourism spot in Samut Songkram combining mangrove conservation, sustainable livelihoods and a renewed sense of community.
PeopleOur local agents only employ local guides and drivers to accompany our clients, which we feel is an important way of keeping money in the country but also in offering our clients a ‘real’ experience of Thailand. All food in the lodges and hotels is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.
Our local agents support many humanitarian causes, such as the Binh Luc Orphanage Nutrition Program and Operation Smile missions, as well as an annual ‘Blue Dragon’ Children’s Charity Summer Camp and assistance for victims of typhoons and floods. In addition they have a ‘Porter Incentive Scheme’ in place on their Mount Fansipan Vietnam route, financially incentivising porters to collect rubbish both to keep the area tidy and to educate locals and tourists about the importance of removing litter.
Our local agents have introduced a Green Office Policy to reduce their impact on the environment. This is mainly through reducing the amount of materials used in the office and recycling any materials that are used. It also includes training staff on keeping energy consumption to a minimum. They work with local suppliers to promote more sustainable ways of getting from A to B including walking or cycling, rather than being in a vehicle. They work alongside hotels to encourage environmental awareness training and wherever possible select hotels that already have environmental policies in place.
The Koh Ra Ecolodge has also started a community-based tourism program with the local Sea Gypsy (or Moken) community. They have trained several interested members as guides and together conduct tours on traditional lifestyles and medicinal plants. A community fund from this endeavour uses a portion of the proceeds for community projects benefiting the entire community.