Day 1 - Bangkok
After quite a long flight it feels like heaven to dip in the refreshing hotel pool. So nice. Fancy a walk or a bit of shopping around? Take it easy, ok? You want to be fully prepared and sharp for amazing adventures, as believe you me, they are about to start!
Day 2 - Bangkok (B)
Hovering in a skytrain above the ground and taking a speedy ride in a water taxi. That's how we start day 2. Anyway, after a nice breakfast that is. Next we explore the city in search of one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand, all in gold too. You will be given a few challenges here which I keep secret for now 😉 In the late afternoon we visit a market that never closes and smell like sweet lemons. Yup.
Day 3 - Bangkok (B-L)
Another day filled with all kinds of cool things. Do you know where and how you can dig up coconuts easily? No? Neither do we. They happen to grow on trees, you see. You will find out all nitty-gritty details in a real coconut farm. Make sure you are not bonked on the head by a falling coconut! Next a LIFE THREATENING market features on your programme (now it will not come to that, we are sure, and yet. It is incredibly special. On this market you have to keep your eyes peeled for ... no, that is secret as well for now 😊.
To continue in the same brave way we visit a temple Thai soldiers were trained in. We round off the day by a longtail boat ride to the floating market - and what that is, and why it is called that way, I will tell you on the spot. Bangkok here we come! Time to review this exciting day over a Pad Thai (Beg your pardon? A what? Don’ worry, you’ll soon find out and promiss, it is nice)
Day 4 - Bangkok > Surat Thani (B)
Last day in Bangkok for now. Ideal to browse through the gigantic shopping centres or enjoy the street food and bazaars along the boulevards and alleys. The evening is reserved for fun again. We spend the night in a hotel on wheels. How about that for a change of scenery? Affirmative, you board the overnight train. That is one to tick off your travel bucket list, isn’t it? By the time you wake up in the morning and watch the sun rise in your PJ’s. Can you feel the excitement grow?
Day 5 - Surat Thani > Khao Sok (L-D)
On day 5 you are in for the biggest shock of our trip: from the brilliant and buzzing Bangkok city you have now arrived in the serene, wild and green surroundings of the Khao Sok National Park where you will sleep in a canvas tent camp suitably called 'Elephant Hills' You can take a guess which animal roams freely here! You will meet the mastodon, help to wash and clean it, feed it… Are you cut out of the right wood to become a true elephant carer? It will soon show 😉. During your canoe trip on the Sok River your skills at animal spotting will be put through the test. Which one can you spot or identify like a real adventurer.
Day 6 - Khao Sok (B-L-D)
Have you ever been awakened by gibbons before? I did not say the monkeys will enter your room and tap you on your shoulders though. We mean by the cries of the gibbons? No one? What a way to start another action-packed day! What’s on your menu? Well, breakfast first of course. Then it is time for the market of Takhun and then you will board a longtail boat for a trip on Lake Cheow Larn and by then… 😉 you will feel king or queen of the jungle! This kind of pristine nature setting is harder and harder to come by, you know.
After lunch at the rainforest camp you can do things that make your heart sing, all afternoon. Time for a dip in the lake? Why not! Supper is served at the camp and then it is time to count stars. There are so many!
Day 7 - Khao Sok or Koh Samui (B-L)
Ok, adventurers. Ready for the next extraordinary, ground-breaking stunt? Today you will tackle the jungle on foot. Yep, you read it right, on FOOT. Why? You are all set to explore all kinds of mysterious plants and exotic animals. Some large, some small, some cuddly, some ... slightly less cuddly 😉 If you hold up – don’t worry we are only joking – you return to the camp by the afternoon. It is your final day in the jungle. Something to celebrate! From tomorrow on it’s all about sea, sand and sun and chilling out on the beach…
Days 8 - 12 - Khao Lak or Koh Samui (B)
Awesome hotel! Fabulous beach! Time to dance in the sand and feel the sea. Snorkel, relax, built sand castles. Nothing to do but to hang out, try out, enjoy and count down to the next trip to Thailand 😉
Day 13 - Khao Lak > Airport (B)
Flying is better on a happy tummy, so breakfast awaits. Then it is time for your transfer to the airport. There is no goodbyes, just a ‘so long, friend’. Don’t be sad. You know what, coming home with a suitcase full of amazing stories and experiences is quite an exciting thing as well isn’t it? Remember shared joy is double joy. Go for it!
Hotels & Meals
Thai cuisine blends five fundamental tastes: sweet, spicy, sour, bitter, and salty. Some common ingredients used in Thai cuisine include garlic, chillies, lime juice, lemon grass, and fish sauce. The staple food in Thailand is rice, particularly jasmine variety rice (also known as "hom mali" rice) which is included at almost every meal. Thailand was long the world's largest exporter of rice, and Thais domestically consume over 100 kg of milled rice per person per year. Over 5,000 varieties of rice from Thailand are preserved in the rice gene bank of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines. The king of Thailand is the official patron of IRRI.
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Cash euros can be exchanged at most places and credit cards are widely accepted as form of payment. AtMs are available in all tourist centres.
Thailand is a year-round destination with a tropical climate, influenced by monsoon winds. On the mainland the rainy season extends from May to October. Then it's warmer and you get, usually at the end of the day, hard but short rain showers. On the island of Koh Samui the rainy season runs from November to January. Up North you can count on cool temperatures during winter.
Average Temperatures (°C):
- 11 nights in B&B
- Overnight train ride Bangkok - Chiang Mai, in an air-concitioned 2nd class sleeper car
- All listed transfers and programmed meals (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner)
- Entry fees to all programmed visits accompanied by an English speaking guide
- A Casper Brits roadbook in French or Dutch version (1 per kid)
What's not included?
Good to Know
From 31MAY2020 your reside from day 7 until 12 included in Koh Samui THAI HOUSE BEACH**** instead of Khao Lak Mai Khao Lak****
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