Day 1: Krabi-Trang Province (-/L/-)
Pick up from your hotel after breakfast and drive to the fresh market in Krabi Town. Explore the market and its abundant exotic local produce. Continue to the famous Tiger Cave Temple. This temple northeast of Krabi, is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the province, well known for the tiger paw prints in the cave, its tall Buddha statues and the strenuous flight of stairs to reach the summit.
Afterwards enjoy an easy trek for an hour or so through a palm oil plantation, passing small rivers around the beautiful periphery of Khao Phanom Benja National Park. Continue for a further 1.4 Kilometers to the Emerald Pool, an astonishingly hued and large natural pool that is filled with pure spring water, a delightful place for a refreshing swim. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Four hundred metres further on there is a hot spring waterfall. The water here comes from thermal springs deep underground in volcanic chambers. Located in the jungle, this site features naturally hollowed-out ‘bathtubs’ in the smooth stone, filled to the brim with fresh running spring water at a pleasant 35-42C. After a soak, take a refreshing dip in the cool river below. Continue to Trang Province and check in to the Thumarin Thana Hotel.
Day 2: Trang Province (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the hotel set off for Kuan Tung Gu Pier and catch a private long-tail boat and to Kradan Island. This Island is the perfect hideaway for your dream holiday. The snorkelling and swimming are excellent and lying in the shadow of the trees is a relaxing balm for the soul. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the island. Continue to Emerald Cave on Koh Mook where you will be delighted by one of the island’s highlights. Hidden inside the cave is a lagoon, with water the colour of emeralds and when the tide is low enough and the entrance to the lagoon is revealed you can swim through a narrow tunnel for around 80 meters until reaching the lagoon. When the sun shines, the emerald color of the water reflects onto the tunnel’s wall, so giving the cave its name, Tham Morakot or the Emerald Cave. Overnight at Koh Mook Resort.
Day 3: Phathalung Province (B/L/D)
Breakfast enjoy free time on Koh Mook’s beaches till 10.00 and then check out from the resort. Catch private long-tail boat back to Kuan Tung Gu Pier and continue road to Le Khao Kop Cave in Huay Yodh district. Then start the journey in a small boat along the small river with lush vegetation along both banks. Then suddenly the banks will give way and you will be facing a steep mountain into which the waterway flows. Once inside the cave the boat will stop at several places for you to walk around and view the beauty of the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The highlight of Le Khao Kop Cave is when the ceiling of the cave gets lower and lower, until you have to lie down in the boat to get past. This is known as “going under the dragon’s belly”. On leaving cave you will have lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon visit Wat Tham Sumano (Sumano Cave Temple). The cave features stalagmites and stalactites, as well as a huge cavern that is a natural work of art. The cave has two levels: one at ground level, the other underground. The cave houses many Buddha images in different postures.
In the late afternoon head to Varni Craft Homestay and check in.
Day 4: Phathalung – Nakhon Sri Thamarat Province (B/L/-)
Early morning set off by private long-tail boat to Thale Noi Lake where, you will enjoy spotting the many local plants, such as lotus, bulrush, reeds, and grasses used for thatching. More than 180 species of waterfowl, migratory, and indigenous, make their home at Thale Noi. Back to the homestay to enjoy a local Thai breakfast. Afterwards try you hand at weaving Krajood, a sea grass thatpeople in the South of Thailsnad have used to weave baskets, bags and hats for hundreds of years. At Varni Home stay members of a craft cooperative make krajood using contemporary elements in their designs and special dyeing and weaving techniques. Check out and continue to Ban Nang Talung Suchart Subsin, stopping for lunch along the way.
Visit Ban Nang Talung Suchart Subsin shadow puppet museum and watch a shadow puppet play. Go inside the workshop to see all the stages involved in making the figures, which includes designing and cutting out the patterns, tanning the leather and painting the puppets.
Afterwards check in to the Twin Lotus Hotel.
Day 5: Nakhon Sri Thamarat Province (B/L/-)
After breakfast check out and go to Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan Temple which was the principal temple of Nakhon Si Thammarat, when it was the capital of Tambralinga, a sovereign state in the early 13th to mid-14th century AD. The principal stupa, Phra Borommathat Chedi, was built in the early 13th century and is believed to contain a relic of the Buddha and is therefore revered by all Buddhists. Afterwards enjoy a refreshing swim and feed the fish at Phromlok Waterfall in Khao Luang National Park. PhromLok is a huge waterfall with 50 tiers, but tourists are allowed to enter only the bottom four. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Prasansook Resort, check in and the rest of the day is free to relax on the beach.
Day 6: Surat Thani Province (B/L/-)
After breakfast check out and head to the Monkey Training school, a really unique wildlife experience. A first-class educational and fun demonstration of how to train monkeys to help their owners to pick coconuts. After lunch at a local restaurant we will drive you to your next destination in Surat Thani or Krabi.
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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