3-Day Khao Sok by Khao Sok Riverside (from Hotel in Phuket): Group Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

· Lake is stunning, a real highlight.
· Enjoy staying in basic and tidy bamboo bungalows on the lake with shared bathrooms.
· Ethical Elephant Experience

    tour details

    Experience the stunning lake, smell and taste all that nature has to offer! Discover the first ethical, community-based Khao Sok Elephant Experience where you get to feed and bathe your own elephant and then you will sit down with your hosts to enjoy a typical Southern Thai lunch with the local community.

    In the morning, joint transfer from Hotel in Phuket to office in Ban Ta Khun, here you will leave your bags for safe keeping as you will only need to bring an overnight bag with you on the lake. At around 10.00am we arrive at Rajjapraba Dam. Board your long tail boat and enjoy a tour of the breath-taking scenery on the way to the raft house. Upon arrival at the floating bungalows check into your very own traditional Thai style floating bungalow. Borrow a kayak and explore the many inlets and klongs of Cheow Lan Lake, or just relax and sunbathe while taking in the scenery. At noon we enjoy a traditional Thai lunch prepared with rich southern Thai curries, and delicious local vegetables with fruit for dessert. Afterwards we depart for a 3-hour trek through the ancient jungle of Khao Sok National Park. Depending on the season, your guide may

    show you edible plant species, how to find drinking water in bamboo, and how to spot wildlife in the canopy. In the late afternoon we return to the raft house, free time: relax, swim, shower and enjoy the atmosphere. In the evening enjoy a delectable Thai dinner on the water's edge. Accommodation: Thai Style Floating Bungalow

    Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
    Rise before breakfast and enjoy tea or coffee before boarding your long tail boat for a wildlife safari, sometimes with morning mist. From your boat you may see Macaque monkeys, Dusty Languars, Great Hornbills, wild Boars, Gibbons, and even the occasional wild Elephant! Upon return to the raft house enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast of Khao Tom (a savory rice porridge) eggs and toast or a pancake. After breakfast you will have some free time to swim, enjoy some independent kayaking, or find your own way to experience the peace and serenity the lake has to offer. At around midday you will enjoy another tasty Thai lunch on the water's edge before departing from the raft house and head back to the pier past more stunning scenery.

    In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided kayaking trip down the Sok River. This is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area and spot wildlife, such as monkeys, hornbills, kingfishers and monitor lizards with your guide you will head gently and safely down the Sok River for about an hour and a half. On the river's edge you will see openings to wonderful views of Khao Sok's breath-taking landscapes, views often hidden by the forest leaves. Tree roots entwine like claws and burst onto the limestone cliffs and rock surfaces.

    Transfer to Khao Sok Accommodation

    Accommodation: Khao Sok Riverside Cottage (Rainforest Cottage)

    Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
    This morning you will discover the first ethical, community-based Khao Sok Elephant Experience where you get to feed and bathe your own elephant! Somboon was rescued from a trekking camp, where he worked long days carrying tourists in harsh conditions. Now he is the star of this intimate experience where he is lovingly tended by guests under the tutelage of a mahout (elephant trainer). This experience is ideal for guests who wish to learn about Somboon's story and interact with him on a more personal level. By participating in this program, you are helping to fund the rescue of more abused elephants and helping to send a clear message that these majestic creatures must not be exploited. You will meet the Family that is taking care of Somboom, prepare his food consisting of fruits, vegetables and handmade sticky rice medicine pies. Then bathe him by taking him to the Mud Spa and scrubbing him down with an organically made "coconut elephant loofah". The experience ends planting sugar cane for Somboon and his elephant friends to eat in the future.

    After returning to your Khao Sok accommodation you will check out.

    Accommodation: Own arrangement


    Meals included: Breakfast

    includes

    Inclusions:

    · Transfer in joint air-conditioned vehicle to the office at Ban Ta Khun on the 1st day but without guide.
    · Tours by air-conditioned car/minibus
    · Services of an English Speaking guide
    · Baggage handling (1 piece per luggage per person)
    · Admission fees and activities mentioned in the program
    · Boat trips as mentioned in the program
    · Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    · Accommodation on Cheow Lan Lake shared twin bamboo bungalow with shared bathroom
    · Accommodation in Khao Sok shared twin rooms

      excludes

      Exclusions:

      · Transfer from Khao Sok accommodation on last day (day 3) to the next destination
      · Accommodation in Phuket
      · Surcharges for other language guides (private tour)
      · Other meals than mentioned in the program
      · Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners
      · Optional tours
      · Expenditures of a personal nature (drinks, phone calls, mini bar consumptions, laundry etc.)
      · Tips for guide and driver (at your discretion)

        notes

        What to bring:

        · Change of clothes
        · Swim suit
        · Sturdy shoes /light hiking shoes/flip flops
        · Hat
        · Towel
        · Sunscreen
        · Waterproof bag
        · Insect repellent
        · Camera
        · Binoculars
          Tour code: HKTCKRKSD3

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