THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR ITINERARY
THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR DAY BY DAY ITINERARY 14 NIGHTS / 8 - 21 NOVEMBER 2018 / £1895PP
Here's an overview of the tour itinerary which includes:
7 different locations including 3 amazing islands that no other group tour company goes to!
14 nights' accommodation from traditional Thai bungalows, beachfront villas and luxury
treehouses to stunning 5 star hotels with sea views and great breakfasts every day!
Travel in style and get more time on each island with fun and fast speedboat journeys!
13 activities including trips by Thai longtail boat, tuk tuk, snorkelling, swim-throughs, short hikes and walking tours exploring temples, viewpoints, beaches, a cooking and cocktail class, a Thai massage, yoga classes and meeting monkeys, elephants and lots of marine life!
Travel with up to 14 like-minded women to chill, dine and party with and your very own, experienced tour leader to take care of everything for you!
We head south to the famous island of Koh Phi Phi, with a stop to see Phuket's impressive Big Buddha temple on the way. Here you'll have time to chill on the beach, visit Maya Bay from movie, The Beach, meet monkeys, snorkel beautiful turquoise waters bursting with life and take in the beauty of this island from the amazing viewpoint. And a visit without sampling Phi Phi's wild nightlife, including beach parties, fire shows and Reggae Reggae Bar's Thai boxing ring, would just be wrong!
DAY 4 & 5 KOH PHI PHI
Our trip ends with 2 nights in stunning 5* Thai luxury; laze by the swimming pools or beach with beautiful sea views, have a massage by the beach or in the spa, enjoy free use of kayaks, yoga classes or simply relax on the balcony of your spectacular room. This place will really make you feel like a queen and we'll take time to relax, reflect on our adventure and enjoy a farewell meal together before transfers back to Phuket on the 22 November.
DAY 13 & 14 KOH YAO YAI
We'll spend 3 days exploring this special island known as 'The Maldives of Thailand' for its three beautiful beaches and clear, turquoise waters. Koh Lipe has a little bit of everything and is both chilled and lively, from beach bar shacks and bars playing movies to live Thai bands and lively beach parties. We stay in lovely Thai bungalows in a resort on the beach with its own swimming pool and swim-up bar and while we're here we'll do a boat trip to nearby islands and fantastic snorkelling spots, explore all 3 beaches and bustling Walking Street and have lots of sunbathing and chill out time. You won't want to leave! For anyone that wants to try scuba diving, whether you're experienced or want to learn, there are amazing dive sites here and we have a great dive company on hand.
DAY 8, 9 & 10 KOH LIPE
After our speedboat journey here from Koh Lipe it's time to enjoy a secluded little paradise, hidden away on one of the island's long stretches of beach that Koh Lanta is famous for. Our resort has rustic bungalows, hammocks hanging between palm trees and nearby chilled out beach shack bars and restaurants with friendly locals happy to chat. The next day you can choose to explore the island, take a yoga class, enjoy a massage on the beach or simply enjoy more hammock time. Late afternoon we head up the coast to Lanta's best cooking school to learn how to recreate this amazing food back at home. This is a fun few hours with entertaining Thai chefs, tropical cocktail making, wine pairing and a tasty five dish meal!
DAY 11 & 12 KOH LANTA
On your first day you'll be met at Phuket Airport in the morning and taken to our stunning five star beachfront hotel to enjoy a relaxing day after your flight. Lounge by one of the pools, float along the lazy river, enjoy a drink at the swim-up bar, walk along the beautiful beach, sample the spa or venture out to see Phuket's local temple, shops and restaurants. As the sun sets we meet in the beach club for food and drinks to get to know everyone better and get excited about our adventure that lies ahead!
We head north to our fabulous camp in the heart of Khao Sok Rainforest for 2 nights, where we'll enjoy a special elephant bathing experience then the next day explore the breathtaking Cheow Lan Lake by longtail boat, hike through the jungle to Coral Cave and have lunch with time to swim and kayak at a raft house restaurant on the lake. We stay in beautiful tree houses surrounded by nature with comfortable beds, open air bathrooms and amazing food and massages available at our camp.
DAY 2 & 3 KHAO SOK
After a busy few days in Khao Sok and Phi Phi we head to this stunning and relatively untouched island for 2 nights of chill out time and a little bit of luxury, staying in beautiful Thai villas dotted along a private beach with panoramic sea views, where you'll fall asleep to the sound of waves! The first afternoon here is yours to chill before we meet in the resort restaurant at sunset. The next morning we have more chill out time before our trip by long tail boat to discover the mysterious swim-through to the hidden Emerald Cave. That evening we get tuk tuks over to a great little Thai restaurant tucked away in the cliffside to capture another amazing sunset overlooking yet another beautiful beach and panoramic sea views. Oh and you'll need to make time to enjoy a super relaxing massage to the sound of waves in the on site spa too.
DAY 6 & 7 KOH MOOK
DAY 1 PHUKET
BACKGROUND TO OUR THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR
THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR - WHAT'S INCLUDED?
14 NIGHTS' ACCOMMODATION INCLUDING:
One night in a deluxe ocean facing room (2 sharing) in a gorgeous five star luxury hotel right on the beach at the beginning of the tour in Phuket.
Two nights in an amazing treehouse in the heart of the Khao Sok National Park rainforest with comfortable beds and ensuite open air bathrooms (2 to 6 sharing depending on the size of each treehouse).
Two nights in a modern hotel in a fantastic location close to the beach and the centre of Koh Phi Phi (2 sharing).
Two nights in a gorgeous 4 star traditional Thai villa on the beach in Koh Mook, where you are so close to the sea you will literally fall asleep to the sound of waves! (2 sharing).
Three nights in a traditional Thai bungalow in Koh Lipe at a resort on the beach with a swimming pool and swim-up bar (2-3 sharing depending on the size of the bungalow).
Two nights in a traditional Thai bungalow with sea view in an idyllic location on Koh Lanta (2 - 3 sharing depending on the size of the bungalow).
We finish the tour in real style and five star luxury with two nights at quite literally the most stunning hotel I have ever found, on another island that no other group tours visit in Thailand, Koh Yao Yai. You’ll stay in a beautifully Thai, luxury room with a private balcony that has simply breathtaking sea views, and have access to the hotel’s two swimming pools, multiple restaurants and bars, private beach and spa (2 sharing).
9 TRANSFERS INCLUDING:
Meet and greet at Phuket Airport and transfer to our hotel in Phuket (1 hour).
Private transfer by air conditioned mini bus to Khao Sok treehouse camp from our Phuket hotel (3 hours) - much better than sweating for longer on the bus!
Return private transfer by air conditioned mini bus from Khao Sok to the pier in Phuket to catch our boat to Koh Phi Phi.
Speedboat from Phuket pier to Koh Phi Phi island (1 hour) - speedboats are so much faster, more stylish and more fun than the ferries with the masses!
Speedboat from Koh Phi Phi island to Koh Mook island (1 hour 50 mins).
Speedboat from Koh Mook island to Koh Lipe island (1 hour 50 mins).
Speedboat from Koh Lipe island to Koh Lanta island (3 hours).
Speedboat from Koh Lanta island to Koh Yao Yai island (2 hours).
Speedboat from Koh Yao Yai island back to Phuket and taxi/mini bus transfer to Phuket Airport.
13 TRIPS AND EXPERIENCES INCLUDING:
Elephant meet, greet, feed and bathing experience in Khao Sok National Park.
Full day tour of stunning Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park including longtail boat trip among the limestone cliffs and crystal clear emerald waters, lunch at a raft house restaurant on the lake, swimming, kayaking and a hike through pristine jungle to Coral Cave.
Visit to Big Buddah temple and viewpoint overlooking Phuket (as part of journey on transfer from Khao Sok to Phi Phi).
Guided hike to Koh Phi Phi viewpoint for breathtaking views.
Private tour by longtail boat to the famous Maya Bay from movie, The Beach, with stops to snorkel, meet monkeys and enjoy the sunset.
Private tour by longtail boat and swim through to Emerald Cove on Koh Mook.
Return tuk tuk to Hat Farang Beach in Koh Mook.
Full body massage in our resort’s beautiful spa on Koh Mook.
Late afternoon to early evening walking tour from Koh Lipe’s Sunrise to Sunset Beaches.
Boat trip exploring local islands and snorkelling on Koh Lipe.
Thai cooking and cocktail class on Koh Lanta including a five dish meal, cocktail and wine.
Yoga class on Koh Yao Yai.
Use of snorkelling and kayaks to explore the shallow turquoise seas on Koh Yao Yai.
And of course the pleasure of travelling with a small group of a maximum of 14 like-minded women to enjoy it, chill, dine and party with and your very own, experienced tour leader to take care of everything for you!
WHAT ISN'T INCLUDED?
Flights are not included. Return flights from the UK to Phuket International Airport are around £500 - £700 and the earlier you book the better deals there are to be had. If you would like a quote for a flight please get in touch.
Food and drinks and the cost of anything else you would like to buy. Check out our FAQs page for a guide to the average costs of food and drink in Thailand.
Your personal travel insurance.
THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR - FAQS
14 NIGHTS / 8 - 21 NOVEMBER 2018 / £1895PP*
HOW MUCH IS FOOD IN THAILAND?
You can buy fantastic quality Thai food for very reasonable prices but it does depend what type of place you are in. For a main meal such as a stir fry, noodles, curry or salad dish you can expect to pay around 100 Thai Baht (around £2) in most local restaurants, up to maybe 400 Thai Baht (around £4) in a restaurant at a five star hotel. Obviously if you opt for lobster this is going to be more! Street food is even cheaper and one of my faves are the delicious Thai pancakes with your choice of fillings you can get for 60 Thai Baht - less than £1!
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN THAILAND?
The food is one of the main reasons lots of people love Thailand! Dishes are mainly made up of stir fries, curries, rice, noodles, salads, soups, seafood (a lot cheaper than at home), and snacks such as prawn or vegetable tempura, chicken satay, fish cakes, spring rolls, crab cakes and chicken wings just to mention a few. And no, it isn't all spicy, in fact I often have to ask for it extra spicy as they are more likely to make it milder unless you request the extra kick! Western food such as pizza, pasta, burgers and steaks are also readily available.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Thailand is hot all year round but does have a wet and dry season, that changes slightly in different parts of the country. In the South Andaman part that we visit on this tour, the best and driest time to visit is from November to April when temperatures average around high 20s to mid 30s degrees celsius. It is a tropical place though, which can receive rainfall at any time of the year, so while I can make sure we have an amazing time in lots of other ways... the weather is one thing I can't control! Even if it does rain it stays nice and hot and doesn't usually last long.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE FOR THIS TOUR?
The tour doesn't involve any particularly challenging exercise but you will need to be of a reasonable fitness to carry and walk with your own bag when needed, climb in and out of speedboats and longtail boats into the sea, onto the pier or another boat, and to do the short hikes mentioned in the itinerary. The hike to Coral Cave as part of the day trip in Khao Sok National Park is about an hour and a half with some hills and steps but is mostly fairly flat, and the hike to the viewpoint on Koh Phi Phi is about 30 mins but up a lot of steep steps. Both hikes are optional but the speedboat travel and carrying your bag is essential!
WHAT IF I WANT TO SPEND LONGER IN THAILAND BEFORE OR AFTER THE TOUR?
That is absolutely fine and we can arrange pick up or drop off to somewhere else in Phuket, or travel to or from anywhere else in Thailand, whether you just want an extra night or so before or after the trip or to travel to another part of the country, or another country!
WHO WILL BE OUR TOUR LEADER?
I'm the owner of Travel Queen (Mel) and have personally put the complete tour together, based on the best of my extensive travels in Thailand and testing everything out in person to make sure you have an amazing time! I'll be leading this tour myself so you can rest assured that you're in experienced hands. To learn a bit more about me, see About Travel Queen.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES WILL I NEED?
Think casual and comfortable. At home I couldn't live without my heels but never take a pair to Thailand - whether on the beach or a night out it's flip flops all the way! Thailand is very relaxed, both during the day and at night and people generally wear shorts, vest tops, skirts or loose fitting, thin trousers or maxi dresses. It's usually still very warm in the evening to not need any kind of jacket. I recommend bringing a pair of light trainers or pumps with a decent sole for the couple of short hikes that we do, just so you don't slip on the steps or slightly rocky bits, but you don't need big heavy hiking boots or anything. And of course don't forget your swimwear, towel and sunglasses for all the beach time!
HOW LONG ARE THE FLIGHTS TO THAILAND?
Flights to Thailand from the UK usually take about 15 hours, with a break inbetween, stopping at somewhere like Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi, depending on who you fly with, for about an extra hour or two. Be wary of very cheap flights as this usually means a long wait before your connecting flight so always check this.
WHAT KIND OF AGE GROUP IS THE TOUR AIMED AT?
One of the main reasons I set up Travel Queen was because I discovered there are lots of companies targeting 18 - 30s, but in reality it is mainly the younger end of the scale that go with those companies, and there is a big gap in any tours for people in their later 20s to 40s. So that was the age group I initially planned to target but then I realised that was a bit unfair to anyone that falls just outside of this! I certainly won't be changing my mind about how I like to travel as I get older so it feels wrong to put an age limit on any of our tours. So, the only requirements are that you possess a spirit of adventure, thirst for fun and are prepared to maybe get a little out of your comfort zone...and I promise it'll be worth it!
HOW MUCH ARE DRINKS IN THAILAND?
The average cost of a soft drink or bottle of Thai Chang or Singha beer varies from 60 to 100 Thai Baht (just over £1 to £2) depending where you are. Cocktails and wine will be more expensive but still a lot cheaper than at home.
WILL I BE SHARING A ROOM?
Yes, everybody on the tour will share a room with at least one other person. Sometimes it will be more than one person, for example, some of the bungalows sleep 3 people and one of the treehouses sleeps 6 people. The beds will be a mixture of single beds and double beds. We stay in some very luxurious hotels and villas that don't provide twin beds but large double beds, that are ample for two people without getting too close and cosy!
In my experience, women are usually quite happy to share a double and by doing so this brings the cost down and makes it possible to stay in some beautiful places without it costing too much. If you feel strongly about not sharing a double bed with someone, then in some places there is a single bed option on a first come first served basis, and you can of course upgrade to your own room, but this will be more expensive.
WHAT KIND OF LUGGAGE SHOULD I BRING?
I strongly recommend that you pack light and make sure you can comfortably carry your own bag! As we move about a lot from island to island this involves getting on and off speedboats and some walking with your bag along beaches, where your suitcase on wheels just won't be practical! I always take a rucksack.
HOW MUCH ARE FLIGHTS TO THAILAND?
Flights are not included in the tour price. Return flights from the UK to Phuket International Airport are around £500 - £700 and the earlier you book the better deals there are to be had. If you would like a quote for a flight please get in touch.
WHERE DO I NEED TO FLY TO AND FROM AND WHEN FOR THIS TOUR?
The tour starts on 8 November 2018 and I would recommend getting one of the flights that land at Phuket International Airport in the morning on that date, in order to make the most of your first day at our amazing five star hotel in Phuket, and to get lots of chill out time before we head off the next morning. This would mean flying on the morning of Thursday 7 November to allow time for the flight and the time difference, but obviously depends on who you fly with and the stop over time.
The last night of the tour is the 21 November 2018, and included in the price is a transfer from Koh Yao Yai island back to Phuket International Airport on the 22 November. You will need to allow time for the transfer by speedboat and taxi before your flight so please check this before booking your flight. If you would like a quote for a flight and to check options and times please get in touch.