Exploring the temples of Thailand, swim in the heavenly Khao Sok National Park and visit an Elephant rehabilitation sanctury.
It’s easy to be sinful in Bangkok. You get glutinous with street food, experience slothful hangovers, and feel proud after seeing sensational temples. On this tempting trip, we ensure you go beyond the sins of Bangkok. Spend an afternoon exploring the temples of Thailand’s capital, go to heavenly Khao Sok National Park, swim in clear jungle rivers, and visit an Elephant rehabilitation sanctury before you finish up in the beautiful island of Phuket.
We spend 5 days exploring Thailand. We visit Bangkok, Phuket, Southern Overnight Train, Khao Sok National Park.
What Is Included...
Busabout guide & local Thai guide
1 night overnight train 2nd Class A/C, 1 night floating bungalow, 2 nights twin share hotel/hostel.
2 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Entrance to Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Temple of the Golden Buddha
Chao Phraya River and canals of Thonburi Tour
All National Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Cheow Larn Lake boat trip
Private Air-conditioned transport
Trip starts at 9:00am at Lubd Bangkok, Bangkok
Trip ends at 10:00am at Lubd Phuket, Phuket
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5 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Bangkok to Khao Sok
Your adventure begins this morning in the eclectic Thai capital of Bangkok. Meet your fantastic Busabout guide and fellow passengers before heading out with a local guide for a discovery tour of one of the biggest Chinatowns outside of China. Climb aboard a tuk tuk and see the giant gilded Buddha at Wat Traimit as we make our way through the Odeon Circle and into Chinatown. Visit the numerous market stalls and sample the street food as you are led to all the areas of interest before an optional lunch with magnificent views of the river. We’ll then board a longtail boat to explore the Chao Phraya River, see the canalside artist community of Klong Bang Luang, visit Wat Po and enjoy an optional foot massage before heading to the breathtaking Temple of Dawn. Thereafter we transfer to Hua Lamphong Railway Station for our overnight train to Surat Thani.
Day 2: Khao Sok National Park (Cheow Larn Lake)
We arrive into Surat Thani this morning and after a short transfer we arrive in our picturesque home for the next few days, Khao Sok National Park. This remnant of an ancient rainforest is home to some incredible fauna and flora and awesome limestone cliffs. We arrive at Cheow Lan Lake around mid-morning and board a longtail boat to explore the jaw dropping karst topography of the lake. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at our floating bungalow before having the rest of the day to relax on the lake. Take a kayak out and explore the stunning lake and surrounds, sunbathe and swim, or just relax on the deck. Tonight we enjoy a delicious Thai dinner on the water’s edge awash in the flooring natural beauty of Cheow Lan Lake.
Day 3: Khao Sok National Park
Enjoy the morning relaxing or exploring the area, before heading out for a mainland lunch followed by an unforgettable optional experience, an intimate encounter at the Khao Sok Elephant Experience. Meet Somboon the elephant, and the family that cares for him, and have the opportunity to prepare some tasty treats for him to enjoy. Then it’s time to scrub the gentle giant down with a coconut husk as he enjoys a refreshing mud bath, before planting sugar cane for Somboon and his friends to enjoy in the future. Participation helps to fund the program and assist in rescuing more of these incredible pachyderms. Thereafter we head to our overnight destination of Khao Sok town for a relaxing dinner and some drinks at our riverside accommodation.
Day 4: Khao Sok National Park to Phuket
Explore the town and it’s beautiful surrounds, relax at the riverside, or join us for a fantastic optional excursion. Join your guide for an exploratory meander down Sok River, see the diverse wildlife of the area and many a breathtaking sight as you pass alongside entwined roots that erupt skywards along sheer limestone cliffs in this dramatic landscape. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Khao Sok town before checking out for our afternoon transfer back to Phuket. We arrive in Patong this evening and have an orientation walk of the area before heading out for a final dinner followed by an excursion into the infamous Bangla Road to experience the rush of its vibrant nightlife.
Day 5: Phuket
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. We hope to see you again!
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Tour starts from:
Lubd Bangkok, Bangkok at 9:00am
Tour ends in:
Lubd Phuket, Phuket at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in Twin share in hotel, train, twin share floating bungalow, and hostel..
You can upgrade to single supplement from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Discover Bangkok’s Chinatown and its hidden markets and lesser visited temples shrines
- Tour through Bangkok Khlongs by boat and glimpse the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers.
- Get a Thai massage
- Haggle for curios in bustling markets
- Take a boat trip & swim in crystal clear waters, Cheow Larn Lake
- Stay overnight on a Thai style floating bungalow
- Hike in Khao Sok National Park
- Float down the Sok River
- Bathe and Feed an Elephant at the Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary
- Sleep in the mighty jungle
- Laze on the golden sand beach at Phuket
- Experience the nightlife of Bangla Road
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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