Elephants and Beaches

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Elephants and Beaches
This adventure is designed for families, elephant lovers or anyone looking to combine nature and beaches in Thailand away from the crowds. Start your journey in Bangkok before heading south where you will explore magnificent lakes and jungle by boat and on foot. When this all seems too much, enjoy some relaxation on one of the Kingdom’s finest beaches

  • Visiting Dong Xuan market, Hanoi Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ngoc Son temple, Hoan Kiem lake
  • Enjoying the beauty of Halong Bay, one of Seven Wonders of the World, discover mystic karsts
  • Visiting around Sapa town, find out about ethnic minority lifestyle such as: religion, belief, custom, culture and so on
  • Visiting Royal Citadel, Imperial Museum, the vibrant Dong Ba Riverside market
  • Visiting Thien Mu pagoda, Minh Mang, ancient architecture in Cham museum, free walking around Hoi An Ancient Town
  • To explore the vibrant floating market of Cai Rang and Phong Dien by boat
  • Day 1 Bangkok
    Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer you to hotel. Today is at leisure, you might like to wander around the streets near your hotel and try the local street food, or have a sunset drink at one of Bangkok’s many roof top bars.
  • Day 2 Bangkok
    Explore some of the capital city’s most impressive sights this morning. See the reclining Buddha at Wat Po and learn about the history of traditional Thai medicine and massage. Visit Wat Trimitr with its pure gold Buddha with an interesting story, and be dazzled by the glittering mosaics of the Grand Palace, the most sacred temple in the country. Later this afternoon, admire the panoramic view from Bangkok’s only hill – Wat Sraked, and travel by tuk tuk to Baan Baat and then on to Wat Suthat, renowned for its giant swing! Join the locals and beat the traffic as you ride the sky train to Siam Ocean World, a world-class aquarium that houses many different species of sharks, fish and corals.
  • Day 3 Bangkok Cooking School
    Getting to know the food is also the great way of learning about a country. Roll up your sleeves, pop on your apron and get ready to slice and dice in a half-day cooking class. You’ll learn the secrets to preparing authentic Thai food and by the end of it you’ll be whipping up papaya salad and spring rolls like a professional!
  • Day 4 Bangkok – Phuket – Elephant Hills
    This morning fly to Phuket where you will transfer from the airport to the province of Phang Nga. Along the way you will get glimpses of rural life as you pass by small villages and plantations of rubber and palm oil. Then hop aboard a speed-cat boat to explore the waterways of the mangroves, or take a kayak and paddle your way around the smaller creeks for a spot of bird watching. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch on board a classical Burmese junk as you cruise to a deserted beach to swim, relax or paddle a canoe. In the late afternoon drive to Khao Sok and Elephant Hills and stay in an amazing luxury, tented, safari camp.
  • Day 5 Elephant Hills
    Today is an experience like no other, where you will learn about the conservation projects to protect the Thai elephants. Meet the mahouts and learn the secrets to caring for the elephants. Get hands-on and roll up your sleeves and help plant the crops that feed the elephants, then prepare and feed the elephants one of their daily meals and dietary supplements. You’ll even get to help out at bath time, scrubbing the elephants and watching them bathe. Make sure you have your camera handy, as this is a once in a lifetime experience. In the afternoon go by canoe down the jungle-clad Sok River paddling past limestone mountains and cliffs. Keep a lookout for hornbills flying overhead, or lazy lizards basking in the sun on the riverbanks.
  • Day 6 Elephant Hills
    Today explore the many islands on Cheow-Lan-Lake by a long tail boat. This little visited lake spans 60km from north to south and is filled with spectacular scenery. In the 1970’s the region was a popular hideout for communists and students opposing the Thai military dictatorship, but today it’s home to wildlife and hundreds of limestone karsts jutting out of the water. Enjoy a boxed lunch and an afternoon of swimming in the cool waters. Return to camp for an evening of activities with traditional dance performances, cooking classes and more!
  • Day 7 Elephant Hills – Krabi
    Wake up to the sounds of nature as birds tweet from the trees and gibbons hoot their territorial calls that echo down the valley. This morning you have the opportunity to explore the ecology of the rainforest with a jungle trek. You’ll see a large variety of exotic plants such as jungle orchids, ferns, bamboo groves and tropical hardwood trees with huge roots. High in the canopy monkeys and gibbons swing through the trees and birds like the hornbill can be seen flying around or perched on a branch. Every day is different but it is truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life forms that co-exists together. Weather permitting lunch will be served in the rainforest cooked in bamboo, a tradition of jungle explorers for centuries past! Return back to camp and continue your onward travel to Krabi.
  • Day 8 Krabi
    After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the clear waters of the Andaman Sea. A variety of sea and land based activities are available for those who wish to explore more than the beach.
  • Day 9 Krabi
    After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the clear waters of the Andaman Sea. A variety of sea and land based activities are available for those who wish to explore more than the beach.
  • Day 10 Krabi
    After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the clear waters of the Andaman Sea. A variety of sea and land based activities are available for those who wish to explore more than the beach.
  • Day 11 Krabi – Bangkok
    In the afternoon fly from Krabi to Bangkok for an overnight stay, where you may have the chance to do some last minute shopping.
  • Day 12 Depart Bangkok
    You will be transferred to Bangkok airport for your onward journey.
Elephants and Beaches

Included

  • Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
  • Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Transport by private car with AC
  • Meals as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (soft sleeper cabin)
  • English speaking guides
  • All indicated internal flights
  • Water & tissues
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

Excluded

  • International flights to/from
  • Vietnam Travel insurance
  • Visa stamp fees
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks not mentioned
  • Tips & gratuities

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