SOUTHERN THAILAND: BEACHES, ELEPHANTS AND ISLAND HOPPING
14 days, from £1,100 per person, based on a family of 4 sharing.
Plus international flights from £500 per adult.
Recommended for travel between December - May.
Travel Style: Self-Guided
This itinerary is perfect for those who want to limit their time travelling around. You can enjoy authentic Thai adventures amongst jaw-dropping scenery, without any internal flights or overnight trains, making this area particularly appealing to those travelling with young children. The region offers a perfect mix of golden sandy beaches, lush tropical jungle, elephant encounters and island hopping.
Take your perfect snap on idyllic Railay Beach.
Collect an impressive array of shells along Nopparatthara's shores.
Wash and feed the elephants in Khao Sok NP.
Stay on a luxury floating camp in the middle of Cheow Larn Lake.
Explore the unspoilt beaches and mangrove forests of the less-travelled Koh Yao Islands.
THE BORING (BUT NECESSARY) BITS
Average flight time from UK: 15 hours (1 stop)
Total domestic travel time: 8 hours
Longest drive: 2.5 hours
No visa required for UK passport holders
Days 1 – 6 Krabi Province
Your international flight will land at Krabi airport and within minutes you'll be transferring to your hand-picked accommodation. Krabi's coastline is postcard-picture Thailand. Limestone karsts rise out of crystal-clear seas forming a natural backdrop to the palm-fringed beaches below. Longtail boats bob lazily in the warm shallow waters and the west facing Ao Phang-Nga bay has some of the most spectacular sunsets you're likely to see.
Your base for the next four days is Nopparat Thara beach, a fabulous W-shaped bay favoured by local Thai families. At low tide, the warm shallow waters receed to reveal hundreds of shells, great fun for little adventurers to collect and enjoy. The beach is perfectly located to explore Krabi's coastline with Klong Muang and Tubkaek beaches to the north, and longtail boats heading south to the fabulous beaches of East and West Railay. When the family want to take a break from the sun and the sand, you're a short drive away from in-land attractions, including natural lagoons, waterfalls and temples.
Day 6 - 8 Khao Sok National Park
Your adventure takes you in-land next, to the stunning Khao Sok National Park, covered by one of the world's oldest rainforests dating back 160 million years. At its centre, the vast Cheow Lan Lake, interspersed with caves, waterfalls and limestone pillars, has some of the most spectacular scenery around as well as a host of activities for adventurers of all ages to enjoy.
Your Tribe can enjoy a unique jungle stay in permanent safari-style tents. Here, you will feed, wash and interact with rescued Asian elephants, take a canoe safari down the River Sok, go on guided treks through tropical jungle and stay at a floating rainforest camp in the middle of the Cheow Lan Lake. Thai cooking demonstrations and local dancing is on offer in the evenings, while a Thai massage or refreshing dip in a swimming pool framed by mist-wrapped mountains adds to a truly unforgettable experience.
Day 8 - 14 Ko Yao islands
Head back south and into the Ao Phang-Nga National Park for some Thai island hopping with a twist. The twin islands of Ko Yao Yai and Ko Yao Noi, with their mountainous interiors and unspoilt shorelines, provide the perfect Thai island hideaway. The twist? The islands are far quieter and wilder than many of their better-known counterparts, offering you and your Tribe the opportunity for both relaxation and adventure. Enjoy mornings lazing on powder-white sands a stones-throw from your accommodation, then grab your snorkel, hop on a sea kayak and spend your afternoon exploring mangrove swamps, coral reefs and hidden archipelagos.
On your final day, transfer to Phuket airport, for your flight home.