Take a trip to sandy Southern Thailand, where the shorelines are serene and the beaches pristine.

From the pearly white shorelines of Phuket’s Patong and Nai Harn beaches to the lost islands of Koh Gum, Koh Kangkaw and Koh Yeepoon, Southern Thailand offers a splendid balance between resort-like charm and hidden excitement. Plunge headfirst on an adventure to soak up both sun and culture, spending time relaxing on the ambient shores of Khao Lak or bumping arms with the locals in the markets at Ramong. Lose yourself in the jungle or find tropical fish in the ocean – just remember that discovery comes naturally in a place as colourful as this.


Start
Phuket, Thailand
Finish
Phuket, Thailand
Country
Thailand
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
TTSP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Go beach-hopping through sunny Phuket, often regarded as one of the best seaside locations in Thailand (if not the world!)

  • Sink into the slower pace of Khao Lak – a realm full of ambient charm and calming coastlines

  • Trek through thick jungle landscape to serene waterfalls in the midst of the jungle – finding tiny pockets of serenity hiding under the trees as you go

  • An island hopping trip through Koh Gum, Koh Kangkaw, Koh Yeepoon offers an incredible insight into Thailand’s stunning coastal environments. Explore them further from above and below the water on beach-walks and snorkelling adventures

  • Visit a local community and learn about the ceramic and tin mining industries in a rural location- if you are lucky you might get the chance to participate

Is this trip right for you?

  • There's a bit of driving on the trip for those who get fidgety or carsick, but it shouldn't be too excessive – the longest you'll drive at a time will be five hours

  • Passengers who suffer sea-sickness should also be made aware that a whole day trip at sea might set them off. It would also be wise to pack enough sunscreen to prevent a nasty sunburn from ruining your adventures

Itinerary

Welcome to Phuket! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Just ask the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the notice boards. Your insurance details and next of kin information will be collected at this meeting, so please ensure you have these to provide to your leader. Known as one of the world’s finest beach destinations, this paradise of white sands, swaying palm trees and glittering seas offers a fantastic range of things to see and do. Night one of this adventure is spent at a relaxing resort and spa location in Patong, sitting a mere 10 minutes walk from one of the most popular beaches the island has to offer. You might want to kick things off by sharing a cocktail with your group or taking a dip at the ocean.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Go beach-hopping with a local guide while exploring some of the finest sights Phuket has to offer. Start off at Phuket’s Big Buddha, one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks. The huge 45 metre tall (147 feet) statue sits atop the Nakkerd Hills like a beacon in the distance – enjoy stunning 360-degree views and a few cheeky photos once you arrive at the base of the statue itself. Travel onwards to Nai Harn Beach, arguably one of the prettiest in the area thanks to undeveloped tree-covered mountains clasping the shores on each side and clean, clear waters. While the secret about Nai Harn is out, it’s still less crowded than other beaches and remains a favourite for people in the know. Next stop – Kata Noi Beach. The pristine sands, turquoise waters and unhindered view of the Andaman Sea have earned this beach a reputation among locals as an excellent place to kick back and relax, made even better by the less-developed feel it offers in contrast to neighbouring Kata Yai Beach. Swimming is a fairly popular activity here, as is chucking the frisbee or grabbing a massage – dabble in any of these at your own leisure after a restaurant lunch with the group.
Included Activities
  • Phuket - Full day Island tour
Optional Activities
  • Phuket - Cabaret show - THB1200
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Continue travelling towards Khao Lak in a private minivan on a 2-hour drive. Spend a bit of time appreciating the natural splendour of the region with a stop-off at the Ton Chong Fa waterfall, located in the Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park. Soak your feet in the pool at the base of the timid falls, possibly catching a glimpse of the sun peeking through the canopy as it casts an illuminated view of the waters, rocks and surrounding forest. After jumping back in the minivan and pushing on to Khao Lak, drop off all your luggage at the resort. Perhaps head down to the beach afterwards, located an easy 3-minute walk away from your accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park & Ton Chong Fa WaterFall
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
From the tiny sandy beaches with their awning mangroves to the isolated lighthouses sitting perched on rocky outcrops, the Khao Lak shoreline offers a serene ambience that softly washes over you like an inviting tide of its own. Sink into its mellow groove with a free day to stroll along the beach or bask by the pool. Alternatively, if you’re feeling more adventurous then there’s plenty to do. Consider taking an optional snorkelling day trip to Koh Ra and Koh Khai, travelling out to the Similan Island for a tour or take part in a Thai cooking class set by a tropical fruit plantation. Just speak with your leader and they’ll be able to arrange the rest.
Optional Activities
  • Khao Lak - Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Ra & Koh Khai - THB2800
  • Khao Lak - Similan Island Tour - THB3800
  • Khao Lak - Pa-Kin-Na-Ka Thai Cooking Class - THB2000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Wrap up a relaxing stay at Khao Lak by jumping on a public bus for Ranong – a realm of unspoiled mangrove forests and hot springs. (bus journey approx 4 hours) Formerly known as a gritty backwater, the town has since evolved into a more upbeat location for divers and hikers. Bald Hill, Ranong Canyon and the nearby waterfalls are great locations to wander out to if there’s time, but failing that, consider hunting down a local durian vendor for a taste of this divisive fruit or travelling to some of the crumbling historic buildings.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Spend a full day on an island-hopping adventure, sailing between Koh Gum, Koh Kangkaw and Koh Yeepoon. These three relatively unspoiled isles offer a raw glimpse into Thailand’s pristine, natural beauty. Begin in the morning by departing from Bang Ben pier, then arrive at Koh Kangkaw for a spot of snorkelling off its natural, rocky shore. Afterwards, head to Koh Gum, a place boasting a soft beach shaped like a buffalo horn. Spend a bit of time here taking photos or swimming amongst the coral and beautiful fish before heading inland for a lunch under the trees. Push onwards to Koh Yeepoon, an island which formerly housed a Japanese military base. Bask in the sun on the white, powdery beach before returning back to Ranong.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ranong - Koh Kam Beach Hopping Day Trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Gain a greater understanding of Ranong’s local culture on a sightseeing trip throughout the area, meeting up with Thai communities as you go. Learn about the famous mining town of Had Som Paen, pay respects to the Buddhist monk Luang Por Klai, hop in a songthaew and see Klong Had Som Paen Reservoir, and visit one of Ranong's two mining factories. Later, taste traditional desserts and herbal drinks while enjoying a folk dance show at a learning centre. Try your hand making ceramics or mining for tin at Haad Som Pan, a great community visit that will give you a better understanding of the local industries in this rural area. With free time in the afternoon, choose to either wander around the area at your own pace or take an optional trip to the Raksa Warin hot spring for a lovely soak in the warm waters. The hustle and bustle of a late night visit to the Ranong Burmese Night Market offers a lively insight into the local community – perhaps snack on some of the street food with the group to round out a big day of cultural engagement.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ranong - sightseeing and community visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Jump back in a publicbus and return to Phuket. After a 5-hour drive, the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Consider taking an optional sightseeing walk through the streets of Old Phuket City, taking in the Spanish and Portuguese inspired architectural marvels and shopfronts that capture an air of old times. Either that or hit the beach again for a bit more sun and surf – both are great options. As the evening rolls in, consider sharing a final meal with your new friends along Patong’s beachfront.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Public bus, Private minvan, Songtheaw, Long tail boat

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Resort (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Phuket - Full day Island tour
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park & Ton Chong Fa WaterFall
  • Ranong - Koh Kam Beach Hopping Day Trip
  • Ranong - sightseeing and community visit

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Important notes

A single supplement is available and includes all nights on trip, please contact your sales agent if you would like to book a single supplement.

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