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Bangkok, Khao Sok National Park

With time exploring Bangkok's rural suburbs with their traditional villages and farmland, a visit to a colourful floating market, and a range of activies in Khao Sok National Park, this tour is designed to get you out of the cities and into Thailand's natural environment. We see spectacular countryside, learn about and view some of Thailand's wildlife and rural culture, and enjoy some memorable overnight accommodations in tree and raft houses. Read more

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Bangkok

We meet you at Bangkok airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

  • Day 2:
  • Bangkok

We start today with a cycling tour of the countryside around Bangkok. You'll visit the Kamalulislam mosque, hub of the local Muslim community, ride along canals glimpsing the life of local Thai families. You'll visit fish farms, rice mills, traditional Thai wooden houses and there will be plenty of time for birdwatching, before arriving in the old market town of Nong Chock. Here we trade your bikes for boats and complete your journey with a river cruise down the Saen Seab canal. Cycling tour, birdwatching & boat ride.

  • Day 3:
  • Bangkok

Early this morning we take you to visit one of Bangkok's most colourful floating markets in the Kingdom at Damnoen Saduak, a district in Ratchaburi Province. En route you'll stop to see how home-made palm sugar is produced. After the market we drive to Wat Don Wai, an old community with a lively street market and Wat Raiking, which is famous for its holy-water and fish sanctuary. After lunch we visit a hand-made ceramics works, famous for its five-colour Benjarong ceramics. Originating in China these traditional designs were very popular around the mid 19th century. In the evening, we transfer to the train station to board the overnight sleeper train to Surat Thani, in a second class, air conditioned, sleeping berth.

  • Day 4:
  • Khao Sok National Park

On arrival in Surat Thani, we'll take time for breakfast before transferring you by road to Khao Sok National Park. The park comprises 656 sq. km. of dense rainforest with waterfalls, limestone cliffs, numerous streams, an island-studded lake, and many riverside walking trails. Late morning you'll take a walk into the park with an experienced local jungle guide. After lunch you'll visit some small caves and a village temple. You spend the night in large treehouses (complete with proper beds, shower and toilet), right up in the forest canopy

  • Day 5:
  • Khao Sok National Park

After breakfast we transfer to the Raja Phraba Lake and travel by boat to our accommodation for the night - raft houses, floating on the lake. After settling in and taking lunch, we will take a boat trip for a 2 to 3-hour hike to a wonderful vantage point giving a dramatic and panoramic view of the lake and surrounding jungle. After dinner you can take a guided walk to observe the natural nightlife of the rainforest.

  • Day 6:
  • Khao Sok National Park

It’s an early start today for a longer hike into the jungle to observe and learn more about the local flora and fauna. We’ll view local wildlife, giant trees - some with huge buttress roots, wild orchids, ferns and much more. We then return to the raft houses for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to relax. Various options are available to swim, or go tubing on the river.

  • Day 7:
  • Khao Sok Park

The morning is free for you to relax and enjoy your natural surroundings in the park. After lunch we provide a private transfer back to Surat Thani for the overnight sleeper train back to Bangkok.

  • Day 8:
  • Bangkok

Your morning is free to relax after you train journey and to settle into your hotel. After lunch we take you on a boat tour of some of the many canals that criss-cross the suburbs of Bangkok. Along the way you'll visit markets, a school, temples, an orchid farm and the Royal barge house. The evening is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.

  • Day 9:
  • Bangkok

Your morning is free to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping before we transfer you back to airport for flight home.

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Tour facts

User rating:
Group size: (what's this?)
Private tour; minimum age 7
Highlights:
Cycling through Bangkok's rural suburbs & countryside; canal boat trips; Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; Khao Sok National Park; Jungle Walks; Overnight stays in tree-house cabins and raft-houses
Transport:
2nd class a/c sleeper train, private a/c minbus, local bus, pick-up truck, boat
Group departures:
N/A
Local payment: (What's this?)
None
Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 6 | Lunch: 5 | Dinner: 3
 

Accommodation

We use a range of carefully selected hotels for our private departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a tailor-made tour.

 

Customer feedback

"Great holiday! Nice people! Exciting experiences! I would love to do it all again."

Elliot Henry (Thailand Uncovered)

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