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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.

    09.00 hours Transfer from Phuket, Krabi or Surat Thani (Train/Hotel 20 km from Train Station)
    to Khao Sok Riverside Cottage. (we suggest arriving well before 15.00hrs to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of your Khao Sok Resort.

    Upon arrival at the Riverside Cottage, check in and relax

    For those that arrive early why not 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. Please note this experience is not included in the price and can be booked in advance or at the resort.

    15.00 hours Visit the first ethical and community-based Elephant Experience in Khao Sok for an opportunity to feed and bathe an elephant rescued from a former trekking camp, having worked long days carrying tourists in harsh conditions.

    This intimate experience (only 12 visitors allowed per day) is ideal for guests who want to avoid the masses, larger camps and instead learn about the elephant's story as well as a chance to interact on a more personal level.

    Guests will get the chance to meet the mahout (elephant trainer) and his family, as well as prepare the elephant's food consisting of; fruits, vegetables and handmade sticky rice medicine pies, and bathe the elephant in his "Mud Spa" whilst scrubbing him down with an organically made "coconut elephant loofah". The experience ends with guests planting sugar cane for the elephant and his friends to eat in the future.

    By participating in this program, guests help fund the rescue of more abused elephants and help send a clear message that these majestic creatures mustn't be exploited.

    Transfer back for relax and accommodation after the activity

    Accommodation: Khao Sok Riverside Cottages: Rain Forest Cottage (fan, private bathroom)

    Meals included: None
    08:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast in your resort you will check out and transfer to our office in Ban Ta Khun, here you will leave any large 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 which can vary but will often be of rich southern Thai curries, and delicious local vegetables with fruit for dessert.


    13.30 hours 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.

    16.30 hours 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 (no air con and shared bathroom)

    Transfer to Bamboo Bungalow for accommodation
    06:00 hours Rise early, 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! Early morning is often the best time to see wildlife on the lake.

    08:00 hours Upon return to the raft house to enjoy breakfast. This can vary daily but may include Thai dishes such as Khao Tom (a savoury rice porridge) or more western dishes such as pancakes or eggs on toast.

    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.

    12:00 hours 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.

    13:30 hours The tour ends on arrival at the pier continue to your next destination

    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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