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What to Expect

This awe-inspiring nature tour takes you to some of Thailand’s most amazing wildlife locations, using the latest sustainable technology to ensure your carbon footprint is as light as possible. Over two weeks, you will discover the picturesque limestone karts formations and picture-perfect beaches of Krabi, swim in the emerald waterfalls of Erawan National Park, bathe with elephants in Hua Hin and explore ancient cave systems. Uncover Bangkok’s floral traditions during an insightful city tour, and meet the Mon people of Kanchanaburi to learn about their traditional way of life. With eco-friendly transport included, and sponsorship projects such as tree planting set up to offset carbon emissions, this is a clean and serene way to explore the natural wonders of Thailand.

What You Will Do

Day 1

Bangkok Arrival – Sunset Drinks and Night Tour

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Following your arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, you will be met by our friendly and licensed representative. Transfer in your carbon-free electric car to your selected hotel in Bangkok.

In the evening, depart from your hotel at approximately 5pm. Travel by LPG-powered vehicle to the nearest BTS Station into the city centre. Experience the public sky train in metropolitan Bangkok to the river pier, then board an express boat to Flower Market (or Pak Klong Talad); one of the world's best flower markets and the third biggest orchid flower market in the world. Flowers on sale include roses, lotus, classic pinks, calendulas, lilies, jasmine and orchids. Moreover, there are flower and garland arrangement services and flower arrangement equipment for sale.

Take a short tuk-tuk ride to one of the riverside rooftop bars for a sunset cocktail. Above the rooftop are breath-taking panoramic views of Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun and Wat Pho - two of the city’s most iconic temples. Continue by tuk-tuk from there to join the locals at Chinatown, where you will find a selection of traditional dishes for dinner. Along the way, we will also grab some Thai street snacks and sweets before returning to the hotel.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2

Bangkok – Bike Tour in Urban Oasis: Bang Krachao

(B/L/D)

Following breakfast at hotel, you will be picked up and transferred by LPG-powered vehicle across the river to a paradise of lush tropical vegetation and a slower, more traditional pace of life. Ride a bike through local communities, passing traditional villages and houses. You would never believe you are still within the Bangkok city limits!

Discover tropical fruits and flowers along the way as the trail leads to an ancient temple. The peeled-off paint reveals the underlying bricks hints at the age of the temple, built many centuries ago.

Next, cross the river by local boat. From there, it's a combination of minor roads and elevated pathways, through temple gardens and tropical jungle with no hills. The elevated canal pathways may not be suitable for those afraid of heights, but we think these add to the adventure! Local lunch will be served here.

After the tour, we will return to the hotel for leisure time and dinner will be served here.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 3

Bangkok – City Temples

(B/L/D)

After breakfast, start your journey in Bangkok, travelling by LPG-powered vehicle to the nearest BTS Station on the Chao Praya Central Pier. Continue to travel along the waterway to visit city temples and enjoy a captivating experience of culture, art, architecture and history in Thailand’s colourful capital, with local insights from your private and professional guide.

Begin with a visit to the Grand Palace, which has served as the official residence of Thai kings since 1782. Comprising several halls, pavilions and courtyards, the palace complex is one of the most beautiful examples of the Siamese court, adorned with glittering gold lacquer and glass mosaics. Walk around the compound to see the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Reception Palace and the Funeral Palace. Pay homage to Thailand's most revered religious image in the ornately decorated Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also called Wat Phra Kaew.

After lunch in a local restaurant, explore Bangkok by using an electric & sustainable tuk-tuk. The first stop will be at Phra Sumeru Fortress on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. Continue sightseeing to the City Pillar Shrine. This shrine was built by King Rama I to mark the new capital, Bangkok. Drive around The Giant Swing - the unusual 200-year-old red swing outside Wat Suthat, which was once used in Brahmanic ceremonies to honour the highest God Shiva. Finish the day at Wat Saket (or The Golden Mount), where you will climb up 318 steps to a panoramic viewpoint. When you reach the top, you will be met with a 360-degree view of Rattanakosin Island.

Overnight in Bangkok

Day 4

BANGKOK – BAN BANG PHLAP COMMUNITY - KANCHANABURI

(B/L/D)

After breakfast, journey about 75 miles west of Bangkok to Ratchaburi, set on the banks of the Mae Klong River. We begin with a stop at the amazing railway market to witness a train running through the middle of the stalls. Then, after a small tour of the market by foot, we will visit the Ban Bang Phlap community, which is known for local rural life, crafts, unique culture and fruit orchards. Grab a bicycle and go for a bike ride via a scenic route. You can also join a workshop that makes coconut sugar and kites.

Enjoy a homemade lunch, then in the afternoon travel overland to Kanchanaburi Province; a green region where the riverside scenery belies a dramatic history, portrayed in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. Walk across the original bridge on the River Kwai, then visit Kanchanaburi's War Cemetery and Thai-Burma Railway Museum.

In the evening, check in at the resort, which offers unique floating accommodation. Experience a night in the jungle on the River Kwai. Due to its ecology conservation concept, the entire floatel does NOT use electricity but rather utilises traditional kerosene lamps at night maintaining a true eco hideaway in nature. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight in Kanchanaburi

Day 5

KANCHANABURI - NATURAL BEAUTY OF ERAWAN WATERFALL

(B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will drive to the Erawan Waterfall - a beautiful 7-tiered waterfall located in Erawan National Park. You will trek through the seasonal mixed forest and learn about the natural ecosystem, including info about plant and tree species, conservation related issues and some forest ‘survival tips’ from the local team, led by knowledgeable park rangers. Also, do remember to bring your swimming suit if you wish to swim in this natural pool. Relax, swim and enjoy natural surroundings at leisure. Lunch is included. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel to enjoy free time and rest before dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Kanchanaburi

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Day 6

KANCHANABURI – EXPLORE THE STALAGMITES AT LAWA CAVE

(B/L/D)

Breakfast is at the hotel, then visit an original Mon Village to witness the way of living of the Mon people (Mon is an ethnic minority originating in Myanmar). Mon temples are reserved for religious or spiritual activIties, in which the villagers all help each other. Everything is built and made from local materials, mostly bamboo.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant, then in the afternoon explore Kanchanaburi’s largest and most famous cave located in Saiyok National Park. It has not been fully explored yet, due to its gigantic size. The cave is beautifully formed by nature with stalactites and stalagmites in many unique formations; the Lawa Cave consists of various chambers inside. Each chamber has its own stunning stalactites and stalagmites formations. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Overnight in Kanchanaburi

Day 7

KANCHANABURI – HUA HIN – WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTRE

(B/L/D)

Enjoy an early breakfast before transfer by LPG-powered vehicle to WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. A dedicated guide will give you a personal guided tour around all of the Centre, where you will see most of the 400 rescued animals, hear about their stories and learn why they are living there. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

After lunch, you will join the elephant volunteers at the Elephant Refuge and Education Centre. You will watch as the elephants take their daily baths and have the opportunity to feed and give one of the elephants a shower! If lucky, you will also be able to observe the vet team treating one of the rescued elephants still recovering from their life prior to rescue.

Remarks:
We do not allow any touching of the animals or feeding without permission from the guide. In turn you will get to encounter healthy and secure animals enjoying their food and living in an environment as close to nature as possible.

After that, check in at your accommodation and enjoy free time to rest. Enjoy dinner and overnight accommodation in eco-lodges that aim to be sustainable by using solar-powered electricity and filtered groundwater in the rooms. Sponsorship of a nearby tree planting project has been set up to offset any carbon emissions.

Overnight in Hua Hin

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Day 8

HUA HIN – PRAYA NA-KORN CAVE – SURAT THANI

(B/L/-)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will explore Sam Roi Yod National Park, which roughly translates as ‘300 peaks.’ This is a wonderful place, where you can explore limestone cliffs, caves, beaches, islands and swamps. Within the park there are also two white sandy beaches.

After being picked up from your accommodation, you will visit a pineapple plantation. Afterwards, you travel to the fishing village of Bang- Pu, where you take a boat out to get an insight into the local fisherman's life.

Arrive at a beautiful long beach at the foot of the Praya na-Korn cave. There’s a challenging 430-metre hike of uneven and steep steps through the forest to contend with. The climb is steep enough to require the use of hand rope and this takes roughly 30 minutes. Inside you will encounter the cave pavilion of King Rama V, which was built in 1896. Lunch is at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, you will have free time to explore or enjoy the remainder of the day. You can enjoy optional refreshments in your room (at additional expense).

At night, transfer to Hua Hin train station and board the night train to Surat Thani. You can buy food and drinks at your own expense during the journey.

Overnight on night train

Day 9

SURAT THANI – KHAO SOK LAKE – JUNGLE HIKE & BANG HOI WATERFALL

(B/L/D)

Following an early morning arrival at Surat Thani train station, transfer to the Khao Sok area. Board a longtail boat with your guide. First stop is a visit at the Gui Lin Scenic area for pictures and a swim.

Arrive at a raft house for lunch before starting a jungle hike, where your guide will help you spot some of the Khao Sok wildlife and plant species. During this trek visit Bang Hoi Waterfall, diamond cave or one of the nature trails on the lake. Afterwards, board your longtail boat for an evening safari while the animals are finishing their daily routine. Return to the floating raft for dinner & overnight.

Overnight in Khao Sok Lake

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Day 10

KHAO SOK LAKE – JUNGLE HIKE TO THE WORLD’S OLDEST FOREST

(B/L/D)

Breakfast is at the resort, then you will have free time to go swimming or kayaking in the lake.

After lunch, continue on a jungle hike, usually lasting 3-4 hours. Your guide will use this opportunity to show you what it's like in the world's oldest forest.

Return to the resort for accommodation on a floating raft, where you can rest and enjoy dinner.

Overnight in Khao Sok Lake

Day 11

KHAO SOK LAKE – MORNING MIST BOAT SAFARI - KRABI

(B/L/-)

In the early morning, meet your guide for the Morning Mist Boat Safari: Catch the mist drifting along the water as you search for wildlife. Return for breakfast and enjoy free time to swimming or kayaking.

Lunch is served, before your transfer to Krabi; a province on the Andaman coast, which lies in an area of limestone karsts and mangrove forest.

In the evening, you will arrive and check in at your hotel. Time is then spent free at leisure, with meals at your own expense in the surrounding restaurants.

Overnight in Krabi

Day 12 - 13

KRABI

(B/-/-)

Breakfast is at the hotel, then you will have a free day to relax or enjoy an optional excursion with supplement charges (please refer to the options below).

Overnight in Krabi

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Day 14

KRABI – DEPARTURE

(B/-/-)

Following breakfast at your hotel, proceed for check-out. Our driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to Krabi Airport for your departure flight.

Choice of accommodation

Our ‘Eco-Nature Thailand’ package includes:

  • • One night’s accommodation in a 2nd class air-conditioned night train: Hua Hin – Surat Thani
  • • Two nights’ accommodation in a floating bungalow with fan & private bathroom at Khao Sok Lake
  • • Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner).
  • • Private transportation in a chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned vehicle.
  • • Bottled drinking water during excursions.
  • • Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary.
  • • Professional and licensed English-speaking guide (additional charge applies for other language-speaking guide).
  • • All entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary.
  • • 7% local government tax.

Our ‘Eco-Nature Thailand’ package does NOT include:

  • • 11 nights’ accommodation.
  • • Visa fee / arrangements if applicable.
  • • Any domestic or international flights.
  • • Any alcoholic beverages.
  • • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, room service, mini bar, etc.
  • • Personal health and travel insurance.
  • • Gratuities/ tipping for driver and/or guide and porterage.
  • • Any applicable high season and peak /festive season surcharge.
  • • Any additional excursion/optional tours/activites that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

Good to know

  • Remarks:
    1. 1. Minor programme changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road conditions and room availability.
    2. 2. Should VAT [currently 7%], or any other government taxes be introduced within the contract period, we reserve the right to adjust our rates accordingly to reflect the change.
    3. 3. Panorama Destination reserves the right to adjust the rates if the fuel cost increase by over 10% [currently Baht 30 per litre Diesel] within the contract period.
    4. 4. Please also note that all services featured in the itinerary are calculated and/or provided as part of a package basis. Hence, there would be no refund, reimbursement, redeeming or compensation for any unused services or unjustifiable early departure.
  • Important Note:
    1. 1. Passport and Visas: Please visit our Visa Regulations for Thailand page for detailed information.
    2. 2. Insurance: The tour price does not include personal insurance, so we highly recommend you to take your own insurance before your departure, covering the cost of medical evacuation by air.
    3. 3. Do’s and Don’ts: Please visit our Thailand Do’s and Don’ts page for detailed information.
    4. 4. Tipping: Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in Thailand. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guide and drivers at the end of a tour; hotel porters should also be tipped a small amount for their efforts.
  • Liability:
    Panorama Destination (Thailand) Co., Ltd. acts as intermediary between the concerned airlines, hotels, all transport operators and local tourist offices providing the services. Panorama Destination (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by the tourists, including those occurring outside the touring programmes. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accidents, natural disaster, political actions and unrest must be borne by the tourists. Programmes and prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of printing and are therefore subject to change without advance notice before or during the tour. Participation in our tours implies the tourists’ agreement to the above conditions.

Terms & Condition

  • • Cancellation between 45 days before departure: 15% of total tour cost.
  • • Cancellation between 30 days before departure: 25% of total tour cost.
  • • Cancellation between 15 days before departure: 50% of total tour cost.
  • • Cancellation less than 08 days before departure: 100% of total tour cost.
  • • No-show at the airport on the day of departure: No refund.
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