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Traveling in Southern Thailand – Trip So
18 days in Thailand – February 1 to 18, 2020

led by Kasma Loha-unchit

"I never could have imagined the wonders I witnessed through my mask! Already I'm trying to figure out where I can go snorkeling again." – Carol

This describes the 18-day (in Thailand) trip scheduled for February 1 to 18, 2020.
There is another page for the 2021 19-day snorkel intensive trip

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Thailand beach Fan coral Nemo fish Beautiful lake Thai island sunset

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This special trip to the South explores the rich natural heritage of the top part of the Malay peninsula, including rainforest preserves, an age-old pilgrimage site, and innumerable idyllic islands in the enchanting Andaman Sea. There is a special emphasis on snorkeling. We visit three marine national parks with exceptional and biologically diverse coral reefs. This is an excellent opportunity to explore many wonderful beaches and to experience some of the best snorkeling in Thailand.


Turtle seen snorkeling

Kasma's trip to Southern Thailand is a truly "off-the-beaten-track" adventure. Although the people of the south share many of the characteristics of the Thai people, this region has a very different flavor reflecting its lush equatorial terrain unlike other parts of the country, a different mix of ethnic cultures, and its proximity to the ocean.

Let's start with the beaches. You'll spend much of your time either on beautiful, white sand beaches or on boats getting there. Kasma is an avid snorkeler and takes you to the best snorkeling spots in Thailand. You will have several full days where all you do is eat, snorkel and then eat and snorkel some more. (If you do not have experience snorkeling this trip is not for you. To go on this particular trip you need to know how to swim well, know how to snorkel and love the ocean.) (Check out Kasma's underwater pictures and her snorkel Krabi photos.)

This is a trip for physically fit and active people who don't mind climbing in and out of boats when the occasion calls for it – and it will!

Market vendor

Market vendor

This trip is perfect for nature lovers who enjoy camping. Because so many of our spots are chosen for their beauty, either above or below the water, the accommodations can be rustic. On one national park island we may need to camp (it's happened once before); even if we don't camp on this island, we'll stay in cabins without air conditioning or hot water and with electricity available only for certain hours in the evening, night or morning. There won't be amenities such as room service – the consolation is that we're staying in paradise, at least by Kasma's definition!

On this 18-day trip, we'll still get a dose of Southern Thai culture when we visit the ancient Southern city of Nakhon Si Thammarat. While in Nakhon we’ll ”make a pilgrimage” to one of the most highly revered temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Mahatat. We’ll walk a lively market, see a demonstration of shadow puppet play, and explore other aspects of Southern culture.

Also, on this trip we’ll visit a magical lake in Khao Sok National Park that will showcase the same karsts that are part of the same mountain system that is so famous in Guilin China. It's one of the best kept secrets in Thailand.

And then there's the food. Whenever possible, we'll explore Thai markets, with their delectable offerings ready to eat or cooked to order. Street food is some of the most delicious food in Thailand and we'll do our share of grazing. If you like seafood, be prepared for many delicious meals with seafood as fresh as you can wish. Most dinners we'll share 5 or 6 dishes, family-style. In Krabi we'll have a few meals at one of Kasma's favorite restaurants. Just be warned, on the islands the food may not be quite as good as on other occasions as we are dependent on the national park service while there.

Thai salad

A delicious Thai salad

Food is an important part of the trip and participants must love spicy Thai food ‐ at least 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. We cannot accept anyone who has special dietary needs – including food allergies, strong food preferences or not eating a specific food be it animal (pork, chicken, fish, shellfish), vegetable (such as onions or peanuts) or grain (wheat, for example). Check out Kasma's Trip Food Photos as well as a former trip member's food photos from the South (offsite, opens in new window).

So be prepared for some fabulous snorkeling: you'll see an amazing variety of fishes, often in large schools, and we usually run into sharks, turtles and the occasional octopus. And be prepared to learn about Southern Thai culture and visit places most western tourists miss out on.

We'll travel around Thailand in one or two mini-vans with driver(s) who become part of the family. Our other main mode of transportation will be boats, both larger boats and the famous long-tail boats (see picture to the left). At some point we can almost guarantee a beautiful sunset or sunrise that will be one of the other memories you take home with you.

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Be sure to check out all the links for the Southern trip below!

Note: The Southern trip's itinerary varies. The 2008, 2012 & 2015 trips were 25-day trips.
The 2010 trip was a 17-day trip. The 2013 trip was an 18-day trip. The 2018 trip was a 19-day "snorkel" trip.

Explore Further

We suggest that you explore all of the links under Trip Information below. Read each of the Individual Trip Pages to see which you might be interested and then check out the itinerary, contract, blogs (if available) and photos for each trip. If you'd like to sign up, ask question, have us address concerns or would like to talk with a prior trip member, follow this Contact Kasma link and get in touch.

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Khorat market vendor Trip Information:   Overall Description  |   Details   |
Trip Information    FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)   |   Testimonials

Individual Trip Pages:   Trip Summaries   |   Trip B   |   Trip NF   |   Trip So 20   |   Trip So 21

Trip Itineraries:   Trip B  |   Trip NF   |   Trip So 20   |   Trip So 21

Trip Contracts (PDFs):   Trip B   |   Trip NF   |   Trip So 20   |   Trip So 21

Blogs on Trips:   Trip B, Part 1 & Trip B, Part 2   

Trip Photos

Buddha imageNote: All links open in a new window so that you can simply close that window to return to this page of links.

Onsite Photos:

Single Trips:   Trip B & Trip B 09   |    Trip So & Underwater & Snorkel Krabi   

Applies to all trips: Food Sampling   |   Thai Markets

Offsite Photos:Kasma's albums in Google Photos:.

Google Photos - Trip B: 11/2019 B | 2017 B-1 | 2017 B-2 | 2017 B-3  ||   2015 B-1 | 2015 B-2 | 2015 Videos
Google Photos - Trip B: 2013 B-1 | 2013 B-2 ||   2012 B-1 | 2012 B-2 | 2012 B-3   || 2011 B-1 | 2011 B-2   

Google Photos- Trip NF: 2018 NF-1  | 2018 NF-2  | 2018 NF-3  | Northern Frontiers

Google Photos - Trip So: 2018 So-1 | 2018 So-2  |  2018 So-3  ||  2016 So-1 | 2016 So-2
Google Photos - Trip So: 2015 So-1 | 2015 So-2  |  2015 So-3  |  2015 Videos
Google Photos - Trip So: 2013 So-1 | 2013 So-2   ||   2012 So-1 | 2012 So-2 | 2012 So-3
Google Photos - Trip So: 2010 So-1 | 2010 So-2 | 2010 So-3   ||   2008 C

Snorkel Trip So:   Snorkel 2018-1   | Snorkel 2018-2   | Snorkel 2018-3   || Snorkel 2010-11   || Snorkel 2009   || Snorkel 2007

Food Trip Pictures (all trips):   Thailand Trip Foods Sampling.


Getting on a Waiting List

Please make sure that you have read the Trip details and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); then Contact Kasma.

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