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Southern Thailand - Land of the Gibbon

14 days from £3470 per person

A land of great biodiversity, Thailand supports a rich variety of flora, fauna and birdlife. With nearly 300 species of mammal, 18,000 types of plant and close to 1,000 kinds of bird the country's national parks are a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Arriving in Bangkok, explore this vibrant city and also visit Bang Pa-In and historic Ayutthaya on a day trip from the capital. From Bangkok fly to Phuket and stay two nights in Khao Sok National Park which supports a staggeringly wide range of flora and fauna, reptile and bird life. End the journey on the beach in Khao Lak at the excellent Sarojin Resort.

Route: Bangkok – Khao Sok National Park – Khao Lak – Bangkok

Itinerary Highlights

Bang Pa-In has an interesting collection of pavilions, mansions and palaces in Thai, Chinese and European styles. The highlight is the Aisawan Thiphya-At which is built to a traditional Thai design.

Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand consists of dense virgin jungle, limestone karst formations and a man-made lake. Hornbill, gibbon and tiger are amongst the extensive wildlife.

Located approximately an hour north of Phuket on Thailand’s Andaman coast, Khao Lak offers a relaxed atmosphere in beautiful surroundings with white-sand beaches and thick jungle.

Itinerary: Southern Thailand - Land of the Gibbon

Depart the UK on the non-stop Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. (N)
Arrive into Bangkok where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. Bustling and eccentric, intriguing and unforgettable, Bangkok is the gateway to the country and Thailand’s principle city. With a history stretching back a little over two-hundred years, Bangkok has always been a modern forward-thinking place yet much traditional Thai culture remains, as do beautiful monasteries, colourful markets and opulent palaces. (N)
Accommodation in Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa (or similar)
Alternative option: The Sukhothai
Upgrade option: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Today explore Bangkok with your guide starting at the Grand Palace. Built by the early kings of the Chakri dynasty, this vast complex contains not only the King’s private residence, stables and ministries but also over fifty temples including Wat Phra Kaeo, Thailand’s oldest temple which houses the thousand year old Emerald Buddha. Afterwards visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, then the atmospheric flower market before boarding a private long-tail boat to cruise the quiet canals of the Chao Phraya River. End the day at Wat Arun for a panoramic view of the Grand Palace and river. (B/L)
Accommodation in Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa (or similar)
Alternative option: The Sukhothai
Upgrade option: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
This morning travel by local train north to Bang Pa-In, the former summer residence of the Ayutthayan kings, before travelling by long-tail boat to Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s historic capitals and current UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Chai Wattanaram and Wat Phra Mahathat with the remains characterised by reliquary towers and vast monasteries which indicate the city’s former splendour. Later in the afternoon return to Bangkok by car. (B)
Accommodation in Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa (or similar)
Alternative option: The Sukhothai
Upgrade option: Mandarin Oriental Hotel
After breakfast fly south from Bangkok to Phuket then continue by road towards Khao Sok National Park where you will stay for the next two nights. Famous for its limestone karst mountain scenery, Khao Sok is considered to be one of Thailand’s most beautiful wildlife reserves and the thick evergreen forest supports a staggeringly wide range of flora and fauna, reptile and bird life. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Khao Sok National Park: Khao Sok River Lodge
At Khao Sok there is an impressive variety of wildlife and today explore the reserve with your naturalist. Almost 50 different types of mammal and close to 200 bird species have been recorded in Khao Sok including elephant, tiger and cloud leopard, gibbon, deer and the great hornbill. The park is also known for its extensive flora including orchids, best seen from February to March, and the Rafflesia Kerri Meijer which flowers between December and February and which can only be found in Khao Sok. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Khao Sok National Park: Khao Sok River Lodge
Today drive to Khao Lak and stay for seven nights at the beautiful Sarojin Resort. Set in large tropical grounds, the resort has access to a secluded white-sand beach and close to the fabulous dive sites of the Simlan and Surin Islands and the dazzling Phang Nga Bay. Known for its attention to detail and personal service, rooms are contemporary in style, the food first-rate and there is a fine swimming pool and spa. (B)
Accommodation in Khao Lak: Sarojin Resort
At leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel. (B)
Accommodation in Khao Lak: Sarojin Resort
This morning return to Phuket and fly to Bangkok. Here connect onto the Thai Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

What To Do Next?

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Wildlife viewing with local naturalist
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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