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 a new Peregrine adventure cruise that takes in some of the most spectacular little islands off Thailand’s west coast. The Simian 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.


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

Why we 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.

Itinerary

Arrive in Phuket, greeting your shipmates as you board in the 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 Miang overnight.
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 Phuket hotel. Please make your own way from the
hotel to the port or a transfer can be arranged at an additional cost.
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

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, zodiac, bus

Accommodation

Small cruise ship, 7 nights

Included activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Rain Forest Hike
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
  • Beach BBQ
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
  • Farewell Dinner

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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).

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