ADVENTURES WITH STYLE FOR INDEPENDENT WOMEN AGED 25 - 59
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6-20 FEB / 30 OCT-13 NOV 2021
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Itinerary + tour video below
7 different locations including 3 amazing islands that no other group tour company goes to: Khao Lak,
Khao Sok National Park rainforest, Koh Phi Phi,
Koh Mook, Koh Lipe, Koh Lanta and Koh Yao Yai islands!
14 nights' accommodation from traditional Thai bungalows, beachfront villas and luxury treehouses to stunning 5 star hotels with sea views and great breakfasts included every day!
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 in style and get more time in each destination with 3 overland transfers in our private air conditioned mini bus (to and from Phuket Airport and Khao Sok) and 6 fun and fast speedboat journeys!
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!
Hey, I'm Mel, the owner of Travel Queen! This is our very special group tour for women in their mid 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, and the first that I ever created, in my favourite place in the world, Thailand!
That's me up there with all the lovely Thai people planning this adventure! As I do with all Travel Queen tours, I've personally designed every last detail of our itinerary after spending loads of time researching and trying everything out myself first, working with local companies to find the best places to visit, accommodation to stay in and things to do!
I've sussed out all the islands and the hidden gems other group tour companies don't travel to, trekked, swam, snorkelled and explored this stunning country, dined like a queen for incredible value, tracked down the best bars and got to know lots of friendly Thai people.
I've combined all of this experience, knowledge and passion for Thailand to carefully create this very special tour, which I personally lead, and that I can promise you is unlike anything else out there!
You can find out more about Travel Queen and what makes us different to all the other group tour companies out there on our home page and in the reviews and videos from women who've been on tour with us and I'm always happy to chat and answer any questions you might have. I really hope you go for it and join us for this adventure of a lifetime!
DAY 1 - CHILL OUT & COCKTAILS IN KHAO LAK!
On arrival at Phuket Airport you'll be met and taken by private transfer to our luxury beachfront hotel in Khao Lak to enjoy an amazing chill out day after your flight, so you'll be full of energy for the exciting action-packed itinerary we have lined up for you from Day 2!
Lounge by the beautiful pool surrounded by palm trees with views of the turquoise sea, walk along the beach, prop yourself up at the swim-up bar with a tropical cocktail, enjoy a Thai massage or venture out to explore! As the sun sets we meet in the restaurant to get to know everyone better and get excited about our adventure that lies ahead!
You can make your own arrangements to arrive at Phuket Airport or speak with us about your flights and joining other women flying out from the UK if you like. We bring the whole group together before the tour through our private Facebook group just for each adventure, where we share tips and advice about practical things like what to pack, make plans for our pre-tour meet up in the UK, meeting at the airport and counting down to an amazing adventure together!
DAY 2 - ELEPHANTS & JUNGLE TREEHOUSES IN KHAO SOK!
Today we head north to our fantastic eco camp nestled in the heart of Khao Sok Rainforest! We spend two nights here in amazing tree houses surrounded by the jungle with balconies where you can soak it all up (and spot monkeys!), comfortable beds, open air en suite bathrooms and amazing food, cocktails and massages available to enjoy at our camp, before falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
After checking in to our treehouses you'll have time to explore then it's time for a truly special experience during our visit to a local elephant sanctuary! I've carefully chosen a sanctuary that takes great care of its elephants and ensures they're always happy with their interaction with us, while giving you the opportunity to feed, bathe and give some all important muscle massaging to help moisturise and cool these old elephants' tough skin from all that sun. This is a real highlight for many people and it still makes me emotional every time I go back!
Afterwards its time for food and drinks back at our camp as the jungle gets dark around us, and the sounds get a little louder!
DAY 3 - JUNGLE EXPLORING, HIKING, RAFTING & SWIMMING IN KHAO SOK!
It's time to head deep into the heart of Khao Sok today, to the breathtaking Cheow Lan Lake for a full day of exploring and incredible views! Our local guide will brief us then we'll travel to the lake and hop on our traditional Thai longtail boats to sail among the soaring limestone cliffs and karsts that make this area so stunning. One of the most beautiful places I've ever been, it still blows me away how bright turquoise and green the colour of the water is for a lake!
Our first stop is a hike through the jungle, with our guide pointing out all sorts of interesting things he finds along the way! We head to Coral Cave, hopping on a bamboo raft to get to the entrance only accessible by water, then climb into the cave, lined with ancient stalacmites and stalactites. Then it's a hike back to our boat and our next stop, lunch!
We have an amazing Thai lunch prepared by a local family living on raft houses on the lake, then spend time chilling in this beautiful spot, with time to swim and kayak, before sailing back and returning to our camp.
DAY 4 - TRAVEL TO THE ISLANDS VIA BIG BUDDHA!
It's time to say goodbye to the jungle today and travel to our first of five stunning Thai islands, the famous Koh Phi Phi!
We hop in our private air conditioned mini vans and head south to the harbour in Phuket, with a stop to see Phuket's impressive Big Buddha temple on the way, one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills and, at 45 metres tall, can be seen from miles around and offers the best 360-degree sweeping views of the island.
Thai people and tourists visit, monks carry out blessings here and monkeys play in the surrounding trees. Afterwards we stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the hillside before heading to meet our speedboat to travel to Koh Phi Phi.
We get checked into our fabulous resort with beachfront swimming pools with incredible views of the stunning bay. 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, and that's our plan tonight after our journey here!
DAY 5 - KOH PHI PHI BOAT TRIP, SNORKELLING, MONKEYS & VIEWPOINT!
Today you'll have time to chill on the beach or by the beachfront pool of our fab hotel, then in the afternoon we're off to explore this incredibly beautiful island by traditional long tail boat!
Koh Phi Phi is the busiest island we visit and there's a reason the island became so popular with tourists, its soaring limestone cliffs and shallow, clear turquoise waters create some of the most stunning natural sights I've ever seen. Today our boat trip explores the sister island which is a protected national park. You'll see Maya Bay from movie, The Beach, meet monkeys and snorkel beautiful turquoise lagoons bursting with fish!
After our boat trip we hike up to the famous Phi Phi viewpoint to take in the beauty of this island with incredible views as the sun sets. Things like this are optional, so if you'd rather not exert yourself and stay chilling by the pool that's absolutely fine too!
After a busy day it's time for a chilled evening exploring Phi Phi's shops and craft stalls, and more amazing Thai food!
DAY 6 - BEACHFRONT VILLAS & SPA TIME IN BEAUTIFUL KOH MOOK!
After an action-packed few days in Khao Sok and Phi Phi we head by speedboat to the stunning island of Koh Mook for two nights of chill out time and a little bit of luxury. This is one of the islands that no other group tour company visits, but it's one of the best!
Our resort is in a truly unique setting where everywhere you look you're surrounded by unbelievable, panoramic sea views. And it hasn't been discovered by mass tourism or major hotel chains yet so still retains the relaxed pace of Thai ownership. You'll stay in beautiful Thai villas dotted along a private beach with views of the sea just a few steps away, where you can easily find your very own stretch of beach and where you'll fall asleep to the sound of waves - paradise!
A short walk out of the resort is the rustic little centre where you can experience authentic Thai village life and extremely friendly local people. After our journey here it's time to chill before we meet in the resort restaurant at sunset. You'll just need to make time to squeeze in a relaxing massage treatment in the on site spa too, all included in the tour.
DAY 7 - EMERALD CAVE SWIM THROUGH & TUK TUKS THROUGH JUNGLE!
Time for some more adventure today with an exciting swim through a mysterious cave to a hidden beach, once used by Thai pirates to stow away their treasures!
We tear ourselves away from our resort and hop on private long tail boats right from our beach, to sail around the coastline of beautifully untouched Koh Mook. At the entrance to the cave, fully equipped in all the safety gear and with our experienced guide, we set off swimming through to reach the other side, where we celebrate our intrepid success!
This is optional but so many women have stepped out of their comfort zone to do this and been so proud of themselves for doing it, and we support each other every step of the way. To find out more read my blog about the swim through here.
Tonight we get motorbike taxis through the jungle and across the island to a great little Thai restaurant tucked away in the cliffside, to capture another amazing sunset overlooking yet another beautiful beach with panoramic sea views. It's a hard life!
DAY 8 - TRAVEL TO KOH LIPE: 'THE MALDIVES OF THAILAND!'
We spend the next three days exploring this special island known as 'The Maldives of Thailand' for its three beautiful beaches and clear, turquoise waters, and will have plenty of chill out time too. 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 - you won't want to leave!
We stay in lovely little, rustic wooden style Thai bungalows in a resort on the beach with its own swimming pool and swim-up bar, just a few minutes walk along the beach to loads of cool little shops, bars and restaurants on Walking Street.
After our speedboat journey here and a chill at our resort we head out to one of my favourite bars in Thailand for food, drinks and live music...with a sunset cocktail on the way of course!
It's very hard to choose but this is actually my favourite island and many other people's too; to find out why have a read of my blog all about it here!
DAY 9 - SNORKELLING & PRIVATE BEACH BOAT TRIP!
Today you've got the morning free to chill out before we head off on our afternoon boat trip! We'll hop in our private Thai long tail boat and our captain will take us around the best snorkelling spots in the surrounding islands and waters that make up the protected national park.
A highlight of the trip is spending some time at our very own private beach that we'll find just for us, so you can experience real island paradise for yourself away from the rest of the world!
The beach stop is also perfect for any inexperienced swimmers or snorkelers, as the water is so clear, calm and shallow and you can literally sit or stand in the water and float around or pop your head in the water for a moment and still see fish! We've actually had a few women snorkel for the first time in their lives here, which is always a special experience!
We also visit a number of other snorkelling spots and a small pebble island considered sacred by local people.
DAY 10 - EXPLORE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK!
You'll be falling in love with Koh Lipe by now and today you'll have even more free time before we explore the 'off the beaten track' side to this amazing island!
As the afternoon sun starts to cool we'll head off on our walking tour to the other side of the island and Koh Lipe's most secluded of its three beaches, Sunset Beach.
On the way we pass little street food stalls, super rustic Thai bars, local art exhibitions, traditional bamboo tattoo artists at work and the island's humble temple and monastery hidden in the forest. Locals and tourists are encouraged to meditate, surrounded by the trees and simple Buddha shrines and offerings, just a few steps away from basic shacks where monks sleep.
At the beach you can sample great local food and drinks, including freshly caught seafood, unbelievable coconut ice cream and mojitos, perfect for that sunset!
DAY 11 - TRAVEL TO KOH LANTA!
Our time in Koh Lipe has come to an end and, as it's the most southern island we visit and furthest away from Phuket Airport where we started, it's now time to head north back to Phuket, but we've still got two more islands to visit!
Today is our longest speedboat journey but if you're anything like me you'll love travelling this way! I love the speed of hurtling through the ocean with sea breeze, sunshine and amazing views out to the horizon and all the different island stops on the way. We're heading to Koh Lanta, one of the biggest Thai islands famous for long stretches of beach along its stunning coastline and its very relaxed, traditional Thai lifestyle, which it has thankfully retained.
After our speedboat journey here it's time for an afternoon blurred into evening in true Lanta style; think hammocks and beanbags on the beach and super chilled beach shacks with friendly locals keen to chat, share their stories and maybe enjoy a game or two of Jenga or Connect 4 with those sat around the bar.
DAY 12 - THAI COOKING, COCKTAILS & WINE CLASS!
The next day you can choose to explore the island, take a yoga class, enjoy a massage on the beach or simply try to find yourself a free hammock to spend a few hours in!
Late afternoon we head up the coast to Lanta's best cooking school to learn how to recreate amazing Thai food back at home. I first came here on my first ever visit to Thailand in 2006, and it's still going strong. They also have a really good cause at the heart of the organisation that the cooking school and other local businesses were set up to support, the charity Lanta Animal Welfare.
This is a fun few hours where you'll pick up a lot about Thai food, but even if you're not into cooking you'll still have a great time thanks to our entertaining Thai chef, the legendary Noi!
We pair up and take turns to cook a couple of dishes each while the other half of the group gets stuck into tropical cocktail making and wine pairing, then we swap, and of course we get to all sit down together and enjoy our creations!
DAY 13 - ENDING THE TOUR IN STYLE IN KOH YAO YAI!
The final part of our adventure ends with two nights in stunning five star Thai luxury on the beautiful island of Koh Yao Yai. Just a short speedboat hop to Phuket means we are close to the airport here for your flight home, but can avoid the mass tourism, crowded beaches and seediness found in many parts of Phuket where there is unfortunately little left of real Thailand.
The natural, uninterrupted sea views from our resort are absolutely incredible, and combined with the beautifully authentic Thai style, intricately carved wooden design of the resort, this is the perfect place to enjoy a few final days of relaxation and luxury as we look back on our adventure.
We arrive in style by speedboat to the resort's private pier, which stretches out in front of you like some kind of red carpet that you just know means you've arrived somewhere special! But wait until you see your bedrooms and those balconies, that's when you'll really feel like a queen. If you can tear yourself away from your room our resort has all sorts to keep you entertained, relaxed and happy and the only thing on the itinerary here is free time to do whatever you please!
DAY 14 - INFINITY POOL COCKTAILS & FAREWELL DINNER!
You'll want to allow a significant amount of time to make the most of at least a few courses of the amazing breakfast buffet here, trust me! After that you'll be spoilt for choice for how to spend another whole day of free time just for you.
Relax on our private beach, in the main swimming pool (with cool little long tail boat loungers in the water!) or soak up the stunning panoramic sea views from the infinity pool. Treat yourself to a massage by the beach or take the pampering to a whole other level in the luxurious spa, or enjoy one of the several different bars and restaurants, all with those amazing views.
If you're still up for some activity then there's loads to choose from too, at times you can choose throughout the day. Have a go at kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, Thai boxing, Thai dancing, yoga and more.
A popular last afternoon activity has become happy hour cocktails in the infinity pool as the sun sets from in this incredible spot, before we enjoy a farewell meal together to mark our last night.
DAY 15 - SOAK UP THE LAST BIT OF SUN & TRAVEL HOME!
Our adventure comes to an end today and it's time to say goodbye, but we have a few more hours to enjoy our resort and that amazing breakfast before our transfer to the airport in the afternoon. The exact timings will of course be dependent on your individual flight times and you must consult us about this before booking your flights, as particularly on this day we need to allow enough time to get you to the airport from Koh Yao Yai island.
But this isn't where your Travel Queen experience has to end. So many women create new friendships on our group tours that last beyond the end of your first adventure with us.
Many women have gone on to meet up back at home, through their own plans or through one of our reunions or events through our Travel Queens United community, for women who have been on our tours and are thinking of joining one in future. And many have booked again onto more Travel Queen adventures.