Day 1: Bangkok Chinatown – Night train (-/-/D)
Meet with your guide at Hualampong train station at 14.00 for tour briefing and then take a tuk tuk to Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown. Set off on foot to explore this historic area’s temples, markets and world-famous street food. After dinner at one of the food stalls finish back at Hualampong ready for the night train, with 2nd-class air-conditioned sleeping berths, to Chaiya in Surat Thani Province.
Day 2: Chaiya – Thai Boxing (B/L/D)
Arrive in Chaiya in the early morning and have breakfast at the local market. Afterwards you will learn about the history of the local style of Thai boxing know as Muay Chaiya, which dates back to the 19th century. You will then see a demonstration of this very distinctive marshal art at Wat Thung Chap Chang temple. Local villagers will provide a traditional lunch. In the afternoon learn about and try for yourself Muay Thai that is Thai Boxing as it is generally recognised today. Afterwards take a walk around the village to learn about the way of life of the local people. You will see the making of Pumreang, the famous Thai silk and also see how Buddhism and Islam coexist in this southern province. Dinner and overnight at a local resort.
Day 3: Chaiya – Thai Boxing (B/L/D)
After breakfast at the resort, return to Wat Thung Chap Chang temple and explore deep into Thai culture in the form of the Wai Khru Ram Muay dance, which is believed to bring body, mind, and spirit together as one, as well as to pay respects to the Muay Chaiya master. After a local lunch have your second session of Muay Thai training. Dinner and overnight at a local resort.
Day 4: Chaiya – Koh Sed – Surat Thani (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the resort, check out and take a trip by fishing boat to learn about the way of life of the local fisherman and how they search for local varieties of shellfish. Enjoy a picnic lunch on Koh Sed Island before cruising back to the mainland and then transfer to Surat Thani in the afternoon. Drop off in Surat Thani. End of services.
Please be advised:
In some villages you may not be allowed take pictures of people and some places may be out of bounds to visitors. If you wish to take photographs or are unsure whether an action is appropriate, please ask your local guide for advice.
The villagers’ income from tourists is to help support the community and preserve its way of life. We have designed our tours to provide them with job opportunities and a sustainable way of maintaining their cultural heritage and to offer an alternative to illegal activities like mineral exploration, deforestation and hunting wildlife.
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