Forest Excursion

Southern Thailand: 7 Days of Forest and Beaches

Bangkok, Thailand

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Prices From: $2,683 per person

There is something about Thailand that is undeniably enticing; the balmy, tropical weather creates a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, the aromas engulf your senses, the local people are charming and welcoming and the cuisine is simply delicious. However, all of these alluring qualities pale in comparison to Thailand's natural beauty and cultural attributes.

*This option includes the luxurious Shore at Katathani Resort in Phuket (Pool Villa).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Bangkok Arrival

Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

A contemporary Bangkok luxury design hotel, Metropolitan by COMO combines passionate service with a vibrant award-winning Thai restaurant, Met Bar and proximity to the city’s renowned shopping and nightlife. All 171 rooms and suites offer the cool, light-filled spaces typical of COMO Hotels and Resorts, while the 25m outdoor pool, yoga studio and spa secure the enduring appeal among design-focused travellers seeking a place of calm amid the urban buzz.

Overnight: Metropolitan by COMO

Day 2 - Bangkok: Private Half Day Guided Tour

This morning, meet your guide and depart on a private half-day exploration of Bangkok. Begin today's tour with a visit to the Grand Palace, where an English governess once tutored a young prince and may have influenced his powerful father. The highlight of this mind-and-eye boggling palace is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.

Located next to the Grand Palace, pay a visit to Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. The temple houses the gigantic gold-plated Reclining Buddha and is the headquarters for the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok.

Then, take a water taxi to visit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. This is one of the best-known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period. The tall, elongated central Khmer-style tower is surrounded by four minor towers, symbolizing Mount Meru, the earthly representation of the thirty-three heavens. Here, you'll find pavilions containing statues of the Buddha at the most important stages of life. The beautiful architecture and fine craftsmanship mark Wat Arun as one of the most remarkable temples in Thailand.

After your tour you will be returned to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Metropolitan by COMO (Breakfast included)

Day 3 - Bangkok - Phuket - Khao Lak

This morning after breakfast, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to Suvarnabhumi Airport for your flight to Phuket. On arrival in Phuket you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Khao Lak. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day free.

Enjoy an amazing get-away at Khao Lak’s Sarojin Hotel, located on a secluded 11 km private white sandy beach, where each guest residence provides total privacy, entered by crossing a stream and private garden. The landscaped gardens abound in wild fruit, herbs and local trees. This five-star resort is close to three 18 hole golf courses.

Overnight: The Sarojin Resort (Breakfast included)

Day 4 - Khao Lak - Khao Sok

This morning you'll be picked-up by an Elephant Hills representative from your hotel and transferred to Khao Sok. En-route, glimpses of tropical rural life here in southern Thailand can be caught. Upon arrival at Elephant Hills Camp, buffet lunch is served at 12:00pm, a variety of delicious Thai dishes awaits you.

After lunch you can relax during a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. The canoes are very stable and safe; life jackets are provided as well as a local river guide to paddle the canoe. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Sometimes hornbill birds can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience some of the last areas of primary rainforest, a world that has changed little in thousands of years.

Get out of the canoe and head over to the elephant sanctuary. Here you can see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants and about the Elephant Hills elephant conservation project. Your guide will also teach you about the mahout, the elephant caretaker. While participating in our amazing Elephant Experience you will get very close to and even get your hands on these magnificent animals, you will have the chance to interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts. You will prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, including their dietary supplements that help with their digestion and their overall well-being, then watch them bathe before you scrub and wash them clean. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really experience the Asian Elephant, this part of the world's largest land animal!

After all this activity close to nature it is time for a hot shower in the unique bathroom of your luxury safari tent. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding jungle-covered mountains – this is 100% real nature! A wide selection of cocktails, wines and spirits is available at the "Jungle explorer's club bar". Optional evening entertainment includes a movie presentation, a traditional Thai dance performance from local school children and a cooking demonstration, where you learn how to properly prepare Thai specialties. At 8:00pm it is time for dinner in this unique location beside the rainforest, the sounds and the atmosphere will make this a memorable meal. Spend the night in your luxury safari tent with a comfortable bed, reading lights, hot water and a western-style toilet. The tents' doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps, so insects and reptiles will not bother you. Temperatures at night drop a little, the tents are well ventilated; blankets keep you warm in the chill of the night. This is real luxury so close to the heart of the rainforest!

Overnight: Elephant Hills Tented Luxury Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Khao Sok - Phuket

Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent. By the time the sun comes up and the mist over the rainforest-covered mountains to the south of Elephant Hills clears, gibbons’ territorial morning calls echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure.

Having experienced the Asian Elephant and been paddled by canoe along the river the day before it is now time to come face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. It is not an army survival exercise, there are no prizes for the fastest, snakes and spiders do not jump out at you – it is just an excellent opportunity to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests, to see a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses… the variety is huge. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or a leaf monkey may be swinging through the branches, beautiful butterflies buzz around – every day is different, but it is always truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life-forms that co-exists here together. Walk slowly. Look, learn and listen. Then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. Weather-dependent lunch can be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries.

Sadly around mid-day it is already time to return to Elephant Hills, and after a refreshing shower you'll be met and driven to Phkuet. Upon arrival in Phuket, check in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

With jaw dropping views, spacious interiors, and with all the amenities that you could possibly think of, this resort celebrates romance.

Overnight: The Shore at Katathani (Breakfast, Lunch included)

Day 6 - Phuket: Free Day

Enjoy this full free day at your leisure in Phuket.

Spend your time lounging by the private pool, taking in a round of golf, or opting for a relaxing couple's spa treatment. The more adventurous can head out for a dive, island hopping, deep sea fishing or sailing.

This all villa property is designed with a borderless living concept, and includes free flowing indoor and outdoor spaces. The resort also practices sustainability by offering organic menus, locally sourced produce, and salt water pools. The Shore at Katathani Resort is definitely one of the most charming properties guests will come across in Phuket.

Overnight: The Shore at Katathani (Breakfast included)

Day 7 - Phuket Free: Day

Enjoy your last full day in Thailand at your leisure.

Overnight: The Shore at Katathani (Breakfast included)

Day 8 - Phuket Departure

This morning after breakfast, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Phuket Airport for your mid-day international departure flight. We hope you enjoyed your amazing experience in Thailand and we wish you a pleasant journey home.

Accommodation Information

Metropolitan by COMO

A contemporary Bangkok luxury design hotel, Metropolitan by COMO combines passionate service with a vibrant award-winning Thai restaurant, Met Bar and proximity to the city’s renowned shopping and nightlife.

All 171 rooms and suites offer the cool, light-filled spaces typical of COMO Hotels and Resorts, while the 25m outdoor pool, yoga studio and spa secure the enduring appeal among design-focused travellers seeking a place of calm amid the urban buzz.

The Sarojin Resort

Enjoy an amazing get-away at Khao Lak’s Sarojin Hotel, located on a secluded 11 km private white sandy beach, where each guest residence provides total privacy, entered by crossing a stream and private garden. The landscaped gardens abound in wild fruit, herbs and local trees. This five-star resort is close to three 18 hole golf courses. Facilities include a swimming pool, spa, fitness center, several restaurants, croquet lawn, water sports, library and a luxury boat exclusively for guest use. To make your reservation at Sarojin Hotel please proceed to our secure online booking form.

Elephant Hills Tented Luxury Camp

Elephant Hills is Thailands first luxury tented jungle camp, combining the camp idea of African national parks with Thai tropical forest environment.

Overnight in luxury safari tents with comfortable beds, reading lights, hot water and western style toilets. Real luxury close to the heart of the rainforest. The tents doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps so insects and reptiles are not a problem. Temperatures at night drops, the tents are well ventilated; blankets you snug in the cool of the night.

Elephant Hills offers a range of multi-day safari's that incorporate elephant trekking through the rainforest, canoeing down the Sok River, jungle trekking and visits to the Cheow Larn Lake and mangrove forests.

The camp is located in Khao Sok National Park, approximately 2 to 3 hours from Phuket.

The Shore at Katathani

With jaw dropping views, spacious interiors, and with all the amenities that you could possibly think of, this resort celebrates romance. Located on Kata Noi Beach, guests are just south of the popular Patong Beach. Spend your time lounging by the private pool, taking in a round of golf, or opting for a relaxing couple's spa treatment. The more adventurous can head out for a dive, island hopping, deep sea fishing or sailing.

This all villa property is designed with a borderless living concept, and includes free flowing indoor and outdoor spaces. The resort also practices sustainability by offering organic menus, locally sourced produce, and salt water pools. The Shore at Katathani Resort is definitely one of the most charming properties guests will come across in Phuket.

Location

Region: Asia - Southeast

Address:
Bangkok
Thailand

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Family Friendly Family Friendly