Discover the pristine islands, hidden waterfalls and laidback villages of the Andaman Sea between Penang and Phuket

Discover the spectacular west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise with Peregrine. Between the more popular holiday destinations of Penang and Phuket, there’s a medley of laid back islands and villages to explore. We then head north to experience the mesmerising beauty of the Similan Islands.  Once the daytrippers go home, we will have the sea to ourselves.  Choose from leisure and adventure activities around Ao Nang, join in local life in laid back Ko Yao Yai, visit waterfalls tucked away in the jungle, and use the Andaman Sea as your swimming pool. With comfortable accommodation onboard, snorkelling and kayaking equipment, and knowledgeable local guides at your service, this is South East Asian paradise done in style.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Pulau Penang, Malaysia
Finish
Phuket, Thailand
Destinations
Malaysia, Thailand
Style
Comfort
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
TTCIC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • See Krabi's beautiful and bizarre limestone karst formations from the comfort of your small cruise ship

  • Wake up each morning to the clear azure waters of the Andaman Sea, which you’re free to swim in right off the back of the boat

  • Visit the iconic holiday islands of Penang, Langkawi and Phuket, but also enjoy the natural beauty of Turatao National Park and the Similan Islands.

  • Ride the cable car to the highest point on Langkawi for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the sea and surrounding islands

  • Spend an evening at an authentic Thai homestay, enjoying home cooked specialties of the region

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 onboard 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.

Itinerary

Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Embarkation takes place between 2 and 4 pm. After meeting your leader and attending a welcome meeting and safety briefing on board, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
An arrival transfer is included from the airport to the port if you are arriving today. If you are arriving earlier, a transfer is included from the airport to our Penang hotel. Please make your own way from the hotel to the port or a transfer can be arranged at an additional cost.
After breakfast, tour the old town of Penang, taking in the historic shophouses, narrow streets and unique atmosphere. Enjoy lunch at a local market, where your leader will select a variety of interesting local dishes for the group to try. Return to the boat by rickshaw and set sail for Langkawi at around 2 pm. If the weather is right, sail for a while with the sails up and the engine off, a nice way to absorb the ambience of the wide open ocean. Overnight at sea en route to Langkawi.
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
  • Local Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Join a local guide for a tour of idyllic Langkawi. You'll see this is a town that has retained its everyday local life and spectacular natural beauty despite it popularity among travellers. Visit Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, then enjoy a free evening in Langkawi to enjoy the local food and nightlife or have dinner on board the Panorama II, the choice is yours.
Included Activities
  • Guided Tour of Langkawi
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Depart Langkawi for Taruatao early this morning. A day of snorkelling, swimming, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding is yours to enjoy in the beautiful waters around the island. For lunch, feast on a beach barbecue on Adang Island. Set sail for Koh Rok Noi, having dinner en route. Spend the night at anchor at Ko Rok Noi, one of many beautiful islands with white sands and blue-green waters against a jungle backdrop.
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
Optional Activities
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend the morning enjoying the spoils of Ko Rok Noi. Set sail for Ao Nang, arriving at around 6 pm. Half of the group will head off to Bung Ae House homestay for some home-cooked Thai food with a local family; the other half will enjoy a free evening in Ao Nang.
Included Activities
  • Bung Ae House Homestay dinner with local family
Optional Activities
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
With a full day in Ao Nang, you're free to partake in a range of optional activities. Whip up some local specialties in a Thai cooking class, spot colourful tropical fish on a snorkelling trip, take the adventure to the next level with some diving or rock climbing, unwind with a traditional Thai massage, or make tracks on two wheels to a local waterfall. Another great option is to take a longtail boat to Railay Beach. Alternatively, simply stay on the Panorama II, which can take you around Phang Na bay for some snorkelling and swimming. Tonight, the second group will have dinner at Bung Ae's House.
Optional Activities
  • Ao Nang - Thai Massage - THB300
  • Thai Cooking Class - THB1200
  • Ao Nang - Longtail Boat Taxi to Railay Beach - THB100
  • Railay - Half day Eco Cycle - THB1500
  • Diving Phi Phi Island - THB3900
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Climb aboard a songtheaw for a tour with a local guide. Ko Yao Yoi is known for beautiful beaches, friendly Muslim fisherman and diverse birdlife, not to mention some delicious local seafood. Today is your last chance for some swimming and snorkelling before the trip draws to a close. For our last night on board, it is the Captain's dinner. Enjoy an a la carte meal while taking in a no doubt spectacular sunset. Relax and unwind as the night is spent at anchor.
Included Activities
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
  • Farewell Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today is a free day in Phuket. You may feel like a day on one of the beautiful beaches, or a day of shopping. Rejoin the boat in the late afternoon and we set sail for Ko Miang at around 9 pm.
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arrive nice and early in Ko Miang, 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, or make use of the stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Then depart mid-afternoon for the short sail to the main group of the Similan Islands, where the boat will remain at anchor overnight.
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
Enjoy a full day of exploring the Similan Islands. You're free to hike the rainforest interior, scramble over huge boulders on pristine beaches or go snorkelling in search of tropical fish and coral. These islands, constituting a national park, were made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, and it's not hard to see why. Later, it's off for a late-night sail to Ko Surin Tai, and the night is spent at sea.
Included Activities
  • Rain Forest Hike
Optional Activities
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After an early-morning arrival, 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.
Later, in the afternoon, enjoy some snorkelling and relaxing on the beach.
Included Activities
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
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
Enjoy another day basking in the beauty of Surin Tai. Explore its incredible ecosystem, perhaps watching for a nesting turtle if it's the season. Otherwise, enjoy the sun and sand of this beautifully offtrack location while you can. In the evening, settle into a leisurely barbecue on deck with fellow travellers. The night is spent at anchor
here.
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
Make the journey to Khao Lak, a village among a collection of gorgeous beaches along Phang Nga's coastline. If the conditions are right, you might enjoy some old fashioned sailing, with the sails up and the engine off for a little while. After arriving in the afternoon, you're free to explore Khao Lak Town as you please. In the evening, perhaps seek out some fresh seafood in one of the restaurants and explore the local nightlife. This laidback haven is a nice escape from the glitzier side of Phuket.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel by coach 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. After returning by bus to Ko Pra Thong, join the Panorama II once again. Enjoy a farewell dinner onboard as the boat sails for Phuket.
Included Activities
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
  • Farewell Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, zodiac, songtheaw, rickshaw, bus

Accommodation

Small cruise ship 14 nights

Included activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
  • Local Lunch
  • Guided Tour of Langkawi
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
  • Beach BBQ
  • Bung Ae House Homestay dinner with local family
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Rain Forest Hike
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch

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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.

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