THAILAND'S FLORA AND FAUNA
During this round trip, focus on the green side of Thailand. The many national parks house rare flora and fauna, if lucky you can see the Rafflesia flower, Hornbills, and Gibbons. Snorkel the colourful underwater world, walk green Ÿtracks, and spend a day with the elephants at an elephant refuge centre.
Day 01: Bangkok Arrival
Warm welcome by a local Thai guide upon arrival at the airport.
Day 02: Bangkok
Visit Wat Pho – just in time for the monk chanting, have a look at Lak Muang, visit the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Explore the khlongs; Bangkok's maze of canals and waterways, and end the day with a climb up Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.
Day 03: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Khao Yai National Park
On the way to Khao Yai, visit the summer palace at Bang Pa-In, and several of the impressive temple ruins in Ayutthaya.
Day 04: Khao Yai National Park
Day hike in Khao Yai National Park. Hopefully spot animals like hornbills, gibbons, macaques, and small reptiles. Lunch near a waterfall, where swimming is possible (depending on the season).
Day 05: Khao Yai National Park – Bangkok – Surat Thani – Cheow Larn Lake
Take an early morning flight to Surat Thani then onward transfer to the boat dock. The journey to the raft houses allows a stop at the scenic landmark of Sam Klur Limestone. Enjoy the afternoon at the lake; taking in the surroundings or going for a kayaking adventure.
Day 06: Cheow Larn Lake
Enjoy a 3-hour jungle trek to a highland viewpoint, plus take an afternoon safari to observe the nocturnal life of the rainforest. Return to the raft houses to relax before the evening meal.
Day 07: Cheow Larn Lake – Khao Sok National Park
Go for a pre-breakfast morning mist safari by boat, and in the afternoon tube down the Klong Sok. Observe the dramatic cliffs and wildlife while gliding onwards.
Day 08: Khao Sok National Park
Elephant trekking for those who wish, and a 3-hour trek inside the National Park (in the right season it's likely to spot the rare Rafflesia flower).
Day 09: Khao Sok NP – Khao Lak – Similan Islands
A guide explains about the Similan National Park's unique characteristics. Reach the islands to start a snorkelling adventure in the crystal blue waters off Koh Ha and Koh Ho. Overnight in tents on Koh Miang.
Day 10: Similan Islands
Breakfast on board, snorkelling at Koh Payu and Koh Similan, one of the best snorkelling sites on earth.
Day 11: Similan Islands – Khao Lak
Free time around Koh Ha, and visit a nice orchid garden at Koh Hok. Explore the pristine beach of Koh Ba Ngu and climb the Sailing Rock. Sail to the pier for transfer to Khao Lak.
Day 12: Khao Lak – Phuket – Bangkok – Hua Hin
Fly from Phuket to Bangkok and by private vehicle off to the royal coastal town of Hua Hin.
Day 13: Hua Hin
A day at your own leisure.
Day 14: Hua Hin
Have an opportunity to monitor wild elephants in the jungle of Kui Buri National Park. Also spot other wildlife like hornbills, guar, barking deer, and birds.
Day 15: Hua Hin
Drive through a countryside filled with rice fields, and mango and papaya plantations to Kaeng Krachan Reservoir that blocks the Petchburi River. Trek the jungle tracks and sail on the lake to fully take in the scenery of mountain ranges covered in deep green forest.
Day 16: Hua Hin
With a dedicated guide from the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Center, hear the stories of why these animals live at the centre. Join the volunteers at the Elephant Refugee and Education Center where the elephant's natural behaviour is highly valued.
Day 17: Hua Hin – Bangkok
Back to Bangkok for your final shopping and sightseeing.
Day 18: Bangkok Departure
Price per person sharing: ---- GBP (subject to change and availability)
All transfers and transport in air conditioned vehicle
All accommodation as per program (based on double sharing room)
English speaking guides
Sightseeing tours as indicated
All entrance fees
Dress code for trekking: sport shoes/trekking shoes, insect repellent, light clothes
Sometimes lunch/dinner boxes are included
Dress code for Grand Palace and other temples: No miniskirts/shorts/spaghetti straps for women, shoulders must be covered, no shorts and sleeveless shirts for men