Thailand - Elephants and Beaches

12 days
FROM £ 1590
Countries Visited: Thailand

Thailand - Elephants and Beaches

A fabulous tour of Thailand starting in the fascinating and historical cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. You have time to explore the vibrant and exciting city of Bangkok at your own pace finding the places that interest you. After that you head north to the ancient town of Chiang Mai which is full of wonderful temples, a famous night market and it is the perfect base for exploring the hill country and tribal villages of northern Thailand. In Bangkok you stay in a stylish modern hotel in the city centre and in Chiang Mai you stay in a gorgeous boutique riverside hotel.

You then head south to one of the last remaining areas of rainforest in Thailand; the Khao Sok National Park. In Khao Sok you will get the opportunity to see elephants up close and watch them bathing and feeding at an ethical and community-based elephant rescue project. You also stay in an authentically rustic jungle lodge which is a fabulous place to soak up the atmosphere.

Finally you head off to the stunning turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of the Andaman Sea where you will stay on the quiet and unspoilt island of Ko Yao Noi.

You stay in handpicked luxury accommodation throughout except for Khao Sok National Park where you get the unique opportunity to stay in a rustic resort for a few nights.

Khao Sok National Park is an important centre for conservation of Thailand's native wildlife including the Asian elephant. You will also visit the Elephant Experience where they look after rescued elephants. The Real World Conservation Trust raises money for various conservation charities including Save the Elephant and Save the Rhino. There is also an exciting conservation partnership in Asia in the offing - keep an eye for news in the near future!

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Holiday Itinerary

DAY 1

Bangkok
On arrival in Bangkok you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There are fabulous palaces and temples and the floating market is a great place to visit too.

DAY 2 - 4

Chiang Mai
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival in Chiang Mai you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next 3 nights. You have the rest of your days at leisure to explore under your own steam including the night market or the golden temple at Wat Doi Suthep. You can also book excursions through the hotel or our local representatives - you can book a hiking trip into the mountains or visit the hilltribes.

DAY 5 - 7

Khao Sok National Park
Today you will fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket. On arrival in Phuket you will be met and transferred to Phanom close to Khao Sok National Park. You have 2 whole days here to explore the park and enjoy the activities on offer here including jungle trekking, canoeing, visiting the elephants etc. Khao Sok National Park is remote and massive, and as a result it is one of Thailand’s best places to see wildlife. The park is home to gibbons, elephants, 5 types of monkey, plus several rare bird species. Most notably, it is one of the few places to see the different animals native to both the Malayan peninsula and the rest of Southeast Asia. The best time to see big animals is between February and May.
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Includes

  • Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Yao Noi
  • All transfers by road and boat
  • Excursions include hiking, a canoe trip, hot springs visit and a visit to the Khao Sok Elephant Experience whilst in Khao Sok National Park.
Not Included: International and domestic flights, visas, travel insurance, meals and drinks not included, tips and personal expenses, optional excursions and activities.

Price Guide

Per person sharing: from £1,590 (low season); from £1,760 (high season)

  • This trip is available all year round (Christmas and New Year supplements apply)
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation and transfers as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • For an exact quotation and itinerary based on your requirements please do get in touch.

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