Encounter perfect beaches and small village life in the less-visited isles off the west coast of Southern Thailand

The spoils of Southern Thailand are no secret, but like in so many other paradise-like pockets of South East Asia, there’s always more to discover. Escape the tourists on an adventure cruise that takes in some of the most spectacular little islands off Thailand’s west coast. The Similan Islands, Ko Miang Ko Surin Tai and Khao Lak offer all the hallmarks of Thailand’s idyllic south – the warm blue-green Andaman Sea, blinding white sands and marvellous limestone oddities – without the glitz and bustle of mainland Phuket. Dine and share stories with locals in small villages, explore jungle and boulder-studded shorelines, and swim and snorkel the afternoons away.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Phuket, Thailand
Finish
Phuket, Thailand
Destination
Thailand
Style
Comfort
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
TTMT
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • The ocean is your swimming pool on this adventure cruise – and what an ocean it is. The clear warm waters of the Andaman Sea are a dream to wake up to each day

  • Get unrivalled access to snorkelling spots around the Andaman islands from your comfortable small ship

  • Enjoy the laidback nightlife of Khao Lak. This area has not adopted the seedier side of Thai tourism, so it’s great chance to spend a night out without hassle

  • See how the minority Sea Gypsies of Moken Village live, and hear first-hand hear stories of survival in Baan Talay Nok Village which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

  • This trip is very much focused around marine activities so confidence in the water will allow you to make the most of the snorkelling opportunities. Flotation aids will be available as well as kayaks and stand up paddleboards and plenty of time to just enjoy the small ship cruising life.

Boats

Panorama II

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Panorama II

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Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Nov 2019 to 31 Mar 2020.
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Welcome to Phuket. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for the night. Enjoy the night life of this lively beach area, or enjoy a quiet meal under the tropical stars. The choice is yours.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An arrival transfer is included from the airport to the joining hotel if you are arriving today. If you are arriving earlier and have booked additional nights at the same hotel, a transfer is included. If you are staying elsewhere, please make your own way to your hotel and then to the joining hotel for your stay tonight.
This morning, you will be taken on a guided tour of the old town of Phuket before boarding the Panorama II late afternoon. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing to go over the finer details of your upcoming journey. After dinner onboard with your fellow travellers, set sail at around 9 pm, heading for Ko Similan overnight.

Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Phuket old town tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arrive nice and early in Ko Similan, one of the gorgeous Similan Islands. Renowned among divers for good reason, these islands combine rainforest, white sands and clear blue water to dazzling effect. Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling. Late afternoon sailing for Koh Surin. Overnight at sea.
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The transfer from the Panorama II to Ko Similan will be by local motor boat.
Visit Moken Village for a tour with a local guide. This is the home of the Moken people, a Sea Gypsy ethnic group of Austronesian origin who still mostly live a seminomadic hunter-gatherer life (despite Thai and Burmese attempts to assimilate them into the wider culture). Notice their colourful poles, known as labong, which represent their ancestors. Lunch is included so you can enjoy some local cuisine.
Later, in the afternoon, enjoy some snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. We will spend the night at anchor.
Included Activities
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a day of pure relaxation. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and make use of all the toys that the Panorama II has onboard. Lunch will be a picnic on the beach. Tonight, we will sail south to Mu Koh Kam
Optional Activities
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The transfer from the Panorama II to the beach will be by a local longboat.
Travel by longtail boat to Baan Talay Nok village. Enjoy a local-guided tour around the village, which was actually destroyed by 2004 tsunami. You'll hear some eye-opening stories of survival and how the village has recovered. For lunch, sit down with local families and dine on some tasty local dishes. Try your hand not only at soap-making but also at some cooking, preparing a local dish of grilled coconut wrapped in leaf. Tonight we'll enjoy under the stars at anchor near Mu Koh Kam.
Included Activities
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today will be a day that reads like a page from the Swiss family Robinson. The Kam islands are undeveloped and rarely visited. Our last day of beach and sea activities will be spent in these idyllic surroundings. But unlike a castaway, you won't want for sustenance as your lunch will be a sumptuous beach BBQ.
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
On arrival at Khao Lak, we will disembark for a day of land activities to help you get our land legs back. A visit the Sai Rung (rainbow) waterfall is a chance for a fresh water swim so be sure to have your swim suit with you.
Having met survivors of the 2004 tsunami at Ban Thalay Nok, the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial may seem that much more poignant. The wave shaped memorial represents the wall of water that invaded the beaches around Khao Lak on boxing day 2004, and features hundreds and hundreds of names of the tourists and locals that were lost that day. We finish our day around Khao Lak at the beautiful Bangsak beach. Your last chance to enjoy the warmth of the Andaman Sea.
Tonight, the Captain will host a farewell dinner to toast your journey.
Included Activities
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Bangsak Beach
  • Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial
  • Sai Rung Waterfall
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arriving in Phuket early in the morning, disembark after breakfast as the adventure comes to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
A departure transfer is not included but can be booked for an additional cost to the airport or Phuket hotel.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, zodiac, bus

Accommodation

Small cruise ship, 7 nights

Included activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Phuket old town tour
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
  • Beach BBQ
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Bangsak Beach
  • Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial
  • Sai Rung Waterfall

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Rooming on this trip is twin-share. Single travellers will share a Twin room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge.
Please note, it is not possible to share with a stranger in any double cabin category (as bedding in these cabins is one double bed).

PORT FEES AND GRATUITIES
All Port and National Park fees are included in the cost of your voyage. Gratuities for the ships' crew and any local guides or drivers are also included. A tip for your tour leaders is not included and is at your discretion.

PASSPORT DETAILS:
Passport details are required at least 30 days prior to departure. This is due to a limited number of tourists allowed to visit the Similan Islands National Park each day and the entry permit has to be organised in advance.

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