THAILAND TOUR, MOUNTAINS & RAINFORESTS

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DESCRIPTION OF THAILAND TOUR, MOUNTAINS & RAINFORESTS

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Thailand tour, ‚Mountains and Rainforests‘. Spectacular sights, stunning landscapes, a wide range of activities and plenty of great food and friendly people on this 2 week tour of some of the well known, as well as some of the lesser known, off the beaten track highlights of the rivers, jungles, mountains and coastline of Western and Southern Thailand.

Explore fascinating, bustling Bangkok: canoe down the River Kwai, hike along the route of the old ‘Death Railway’, travel by boat through the lush jungles of spectacular Khao Sok and Khao Luang National Parks, visit fabulous cave temples, ride elephants through the jungle, canoe through mangrove swamps and bathe in jungle cascades.

Highlights:

– Bangkok’s temples and palaces

– Travel by local train and on foot along Kanchanaburi’s Death Railway

– Kayaking on the picturesque jungle-lined River Kwai

– Jungle trek checking out the flora and fauna of Southern Thailand

– The lush landscapes of Khao Sok National Park

– Explore the limestone scenery and caves of one of the Kingdom’s most spectacular national parks

– Hike in picturesque Khao Luang National Park with the spectacular Kharom F
Falls

– Boat journey through the serene landscapes of lotus filled Thale Noi Lake & Bird Sanctuary

– Canoe through mangrove swamps and underground tunnels in Hat Chao Mai National Park

– Sample the superb Thai food including the different regional cuisines of Bangkok and southern Thailand in street stalls, markets, jungle picnics and local restaurants where Thais eat!

– Optional extension on an unspoilt tropical island

Note: this tour if offered with or without return flights from London. Persons not wishing to take up the flight option will join the tour on day 2 in Bangkok and depart in Bangkok on day 13.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY :

Day 1:

Departure from London.

Day 2:

Arrival in Bangkok; – meet your tour leader and transfer to a downtown hotel in the City’s lively Banglamphu district. Time to relax, explore the area or check out some local markets.

Day 3:

City tour with a difference! Bangkok by riverboat, skytrain, tuk-tuk and canal boat. Stop-offs include the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow – “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” – and the fascinating Jim Thompson House Museum.

Day 4:

Leaving the Capital we’ll journey by local train to Kanchanaburi Province, across the historic Bridge on the River Kwai and along the infamous, but highly scenic, ‘Death Railway’. Afternoon visit to Sai Yok Noi Waterfall and short jungle hike through the lush surrounding jungle before checking into our accommodation on the banks of the Kwai itself

Day 5:

Departure for nearby ‘Hellfire Pass’; visit the fascinating museum and hike along the former route of the ‘Death railway’ itself. (So named because of the numbers of local workers and Allied POWs who died during its construction by the Japanese army.) Afternoon expedition down the jungle-lined River Kwai with a choice of kayaks or 2 person canoes for the uninitiated.

Day 6:

Complete our Western Thailand loop with a return to Kanchanaburi Town by way of the impressive 12th century ruins of Muang Singh – a former, fortified, frontier town of the Angkor Empire. Time to visit some of the sites of Kanchanaburi Town on foot or bicycle, such as the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ and war museum before catching a night sleeper train to the South.

Day 7:

On to Khao Sok in Surat Thani Province – acknowledged as one of Thailand’s most spectacular National Parks – with its dramatic limestone, karst scenery, lakes, waterfalls and lush jungle. Our two day exploration of the park includes canoeing or tubing, a boat trip on the lake, elephant riding and jungle hiking, with time to relax, splash around in the streams and waterfalls or just kick back in your chalet and admire the fabulous tropical flora and fauna.

Day 8:

A boat trip to discover the incredible scenery of Chiew Lan Lake.

Day 9:

A scenic morning drive east to Nakorn Si Thammarat Town with an afternoon tour to discover this friendly southern town’s bustling markets and temples and check out some of the local handicrafts.

Day 10:

Excursion to Khao Luang National Park, site of the dramatic Kharom Waterfall – one of the highest and most spectacular in Thailand. Bathing, nature hike and scrambling up the falls!

Day 11:

On to Thale Noi Bird Sanctuary in Phattalung Province – one of the region’s most important water-bird sites – where we’ll travel by boat through the atmospheric marshes and lily-covered lakes. Afternoon visit to the Wat Tham Sumano cave temple complex and an evening arrival in Trang Town on the Andaman Coast.

Day 12:

One day trip into the surrounding countryside taking in the Thung Khai botanical gardens with its new canopy walkway and a jungle expedition to Ban-Traat Mountain where we’ll trek through the rainforest, bathe in mountain streams and visit a Sakai settlement – a former hunter-gatherer, jungle dwelling people.

Day 13:

Head for the coast to Ban Chao Mai National Park where we’ll canoe through mangrove swamps and along underground streams to visit the spectacular and mysterious sacred sea caves. Afternoon transfer to Koh Libong Island for accommodation at a secluded beach resort …..or return to Trang or Krabi for flight to BKK.

Day 14:

Arrival in London.

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