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Tentative Itinerary for Thailand Travel Adventures 2017-18 Trip So
Southern Thailand – 19 days in Thailand
February 3 to 21, 2018

2017-18 Trip So Itineraries: Calendar  |  PDF – Calendar

The Southern trip also will be offered in January/February 2019 with an itinerary to be announced.

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Thailand beach Chillies at market Shrimp Dish Fish seen Snorkeling Tarutao Beach Coral Fan coral

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Itinerary is subject to change.

Travel Day, Friday, February 2, 2018 Arrive in Bangkok.


Day 1, Saturday, February 3, 2018 – Bangkok Explore Southeast Asia's largest bazaar – the exciting Chatuchak Weekend Market, where just about anything imaginable is available in over 8,000 stalls, including, of course, Thai handicrafts. Dine on superb Thai cuisine at a favorite restaurant!

Day 2, Sunday, February 4, 2018 – Bangkok to Ranong Head south along the narrow peninsula, stopping in Hua Hin for a colorful market walk (sample delicious jack fruit) and to stock up on kanom (snack foods). Take a break at Pranburi marina for a scrumptious seafood brunch. Overnight in Ranong, known for its healing hot mineral springs and spa.

Day 3, Monday, February 5, 2018 – Ranong to Koh SurinFrom the pier at park headquarters south of Ranong, a boat will take us out on the beautiful Andaman Sea to remote Mu Koh Surin Marine National Park, our island home for the next three days. After checking into our rustic park cabins, we will head for the nearby reefs to snorkel for the remainder of the afternoon.

Day 4, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Koh Surin National ParkToday will be spent boating to various spots around the Surin group of islands to snorkel the extensive reefs which support an extraordinary abundance of marine life. Swim among large schools of colorful fiishes and, if we're at the right place at the right time, we may see sea turtles. reef sharks and sting rays.

Day 5, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – Koh Surin National Park Another day to explore the Surin islands, both in and out of the water. Snorkel more of the fabulous reefs surrounding the five islands and marvel at the astounding array of sea life. We'll visit the Moken sea gypsy village on a beautiful cove of South Surin island near one of the long reefs where we'll snorkel.

Making RotiDay 6, Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Koh Surin to Kuraburi Free morning – go for a last snorkel or take a nature walk, keeping an eye out for wildlife and rare birds. After lunch, we'll head back for the mainland coast. Overnight stay at a luxurious resort set against lush rainforest vegetation, where we can once again enjoy the amenities of civilization.

Day 7, Friday, February 9, 2018 – Kuraburi to Koh Lanta A delicious brunch of different kinds of rotis in Takua Pa! Drive through spectacular mountain country of dramatic limestone karsts, surrounded by lush remains of a 160-million-year-old rainforest. Head across the peninsula to Koh Lanta on the west coast. Take the car ferry onto Lanta island, where we can relax at a beachside resort on the island’s southern end.

Day 8, Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Koh LantaDaytrip by longtail boat to the twin islands of Koh Rok. These islands are known for their extensive kilometer-square of coral reefs where we'll snorkel three of the best spots with exceptional coral formations and abundant marine life. Watch the sunset on renown Kantiang Bay where we’ll dine at a fine beachside restaurant.

Day 9, Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Koh LantaDaytrip to Koh Ha – five offshore limestone karst islets. Snorkel the karsts’ seawalls and discover hidden caves with chimneys to the sky, and the shallow lagoon formed by the karsts which is richly endowed with beautiful corals. Swim among big schools of fishes, keeping an eye out for turtles, sharks, sea snakes and eels.

Day 10, Monday, February 12, 2018 – Koh Lanta to Pakbara We'll check out of our Lanta lodging in the late morning and head for Pakbdara, stopping at a waterfall along the way. Walk the nature trail at Thale Ban National Park bordering Malaysia, which preserves one of the few remaining rainforests in the South and is home to the endangered great hornbills.

Day 11, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – To Tarutao National Park Following breakfast, we'll take a boat from Pakbara pier for our four-day excursion to Tarutao Marine National Park. Picnic lunch stop on a gorgeous island with stunning beaches, inviting aquamarine waters and picturesque natural rock arch. Swim, sun, snorkel before continuing on to Lipeh island, our home for the next few days.

Day 12, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Mu Koh Tarutao National Park – We'll stay in rustic huts alongside a beautiful white-sand beach, not far from a sea gypsy village. Boating tour to idyllic, uninhabited national park islands in the Adang-Rawi group with pristine, deserted beaches ringed by diverse coral formations, from very colorful soft coral to delightfully varied coral gardens.

Day 13, Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Mu Koh Tarutao National ParkAnother day to explore the many islands of Thailand's first marine National park. set up to protect sea turtles. Picnic on yet another charming island with long stretches of deserted beach and a lively coral reef. Visit an unusual pebble beach, circle unique rock formations and swim around a coral-ringed islet. Another inspiring sunset!

Day 14, Friday, February 16, 2018 – Tarutao National Park to Trang After a leisurely breakfast, we'll bid farewell to our tropical island home in the enchanting Andaman Sea and head back to the mainland. Along the way, keep watch for sea turtles, dolphins and whales. Scenic drive to Trang. Walk the night market and sample Trang's famous coffee and cakes.

Day 15, Saturday, February 17, 2018 – Trang to Krabi Following a scrumptious dim sum breakfast, we'll head on to Krabi town. Along the way, walk the nature trail through lovely lowland forest to the refreshing spring-fed Crystal (or Emerald) Pool for a swim, after which we'll go soak in the inviting natural pools of a waterfall hotspring.

Day 16, Sunday, February 18, 2018 – Krabi Explore Krabi province's magnificent coastline with its gigantic limestone cliffs, immense caves, idyllic islands and dazzling white and golden sand beaches. Swim, sunbathe, snorkel, beachcomb and enjoy the beauty of the Andaman seacoast. Snorkel around majestic limestone karsts and go island hopping for the day.

Eggplant Salad Day 17, Monday, February 19, 2018 – Krabi Daytrip to the enchanting islands of world-renown Phi Phi Marine National Park, with sparkling beaches backed by enormous limestone karsts, a gorgeous lagoon with lush, vertical walls and bountiful coral reefs, home to millions of colorful fishes. Picnic and enjoy the day in and out of the water in this tropical paradise.

Day 18, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Krabi Free Day. Explore Krabi town on your own from our centrally located hotel within walking distance of two bustling markets, several coffee houses, a temple, the scenic waterfront, and shops. Or pamper yourself, if you wish, with a Thai massage. After dinner, walk the weekend night market.

Day 19, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – Krabi to Bangkok Following breakfast, we’ll return to Bangkok by air, arriving in the capital city around mid-day. Walk and graze our way through a very colorful open-air fresh food and fruit market. Unwind from the trip and pack to return home. Farewell Party and Feast!

Travel day, Wednesday, February 22 – Depart Bangkok.


Itinerary is subject to change.

The Southern trip will also be offered in January/February 2019, itinerary to be announced.

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