Bangkok, Elephant Hills & Krabi
Travel 14 Jan 2019 - 15 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £220 per person
- 2 nts Rembrandt, Bangkok - Room only
- 2 nts Elephant Hills Jungle & Lake Safari, Elephant Hills - Full board
- 8 nts Krabi La Playa Resort, Krabi - Breakfast
- Flights to Bangkok, onwards to Phuket and returning from Krabi with Thai Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers in Bangkok, shared transfers to and from Elephant Hills, private transfers to Krabi airport and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Rembrandt offers superb value and is within strolling distance of the skytrain, street markets and the shops, bars and restaurants of Sukhumvit Road.
Surrounded by two acres of exquisitely designed gardens and situated just 150 metres from Ao Nang Beach and walking distance of shops and bars.
Flights to Bangkok, onwards to Phuket and returning from Krabi with Thai Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers in Bangkok, shared transfers to and from Elephant Hills, private transfers to Krabi airport and prepayable taxes.
Experience a few days in Bangkok to explore this vibrant, sometimes chaotic, metropolis. Wherever you look in this diverse city, you'll see the old and cultured mingling with the bright and the new. Whether it's the stunning opulence of the palaces, the chaos of the streetlife or the extremes of the nightlife, Bangkok offers an experience not to be missed at amazing value for money.
Bangkok is most people's first introduction to this fascinating country and there is really nowhere else quite like it. Love it or hate it, you really must see it! There are fabulous hotels, which offer real value for money. Whether you choose one located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River or one located in the Sukhumvit/city, you will never be far from the shops and culture.
Bangkok's chaotic streets are notoriously crowded with traffic so travelling by road can be painfully slow, but taxis are plentiful and cheap while a journey by tuk tuk is a hair-raising experience not to forget. Alternatively, the clean, cheap and very efficient skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city making it easy to navigate your way around.
The city's most famous landmark is the spectacularly elaborate Grand Palace complex, which was the former residence of the Thai royal family but is now used for ceremonial purposes. Incredibly well preserved the complex is home to several impressive buildings including the highly revered Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Other notable temples within the city include the exquisitely decorated Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho which houses the 150 foot long Reclining Buddha.
The Chao Phraya River, with its backdrop of temples and hotels, is a constant hive of activity with longtailed speedboats and water taxis whizzing to different points along the river, or heavily laden barges chugging sedately upstream. Join a tour of the river and explore the ramshackle world of criss-crossing canals (klongs) which are lined with precariously perched wooden houses.
Boasting over 50,000 places to eat Bangkok has just about everything on the menu, so whether you choose to sample appetising delights from roadside food sellers or dine out in style you're sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds. Another notable feature of the city is the nightlife, which in recent years has evolved to offer everything from sophisticated rooftop cocktail bars and jazz lounges to chic clubs, microbreweries and so much more.
Established as a national park in 1980, Khao Sok National Park stretches for 250 square miles and is one of Asia's premier natural wonders. Ideally situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, spending a few adventure-filled days before you relax at the beach will live long in the memory and is highly recommended.
While much of the park is carpeted in verdant rainforest, it's also comprised of vast limestone mountains that dominate the view at every turn, deep valleys, tumbling waterfalls and breathtakingly beautiful lakes. The park is filled with an incredible array of wildlife such as wild elephant, monkeys, gibbons, bears, porcupine and deer; many of which are quite elusive. Reptiles and insects are in abundance along with several species of bird, including the hornbill, and rare flora including the world's largest flower Rafelesia.
Various activities are offered within the park from scenic canoe trips along the tranquil Sok River to various trekking routes, as well as the chance to meet and interact with elephants. However, perhaps one of the greatest pleasures of any stay in Khao Sok is to wake to the morning chorus of chattering monkeys and squawking birds whilst the mist that shrouds the hills slowly disappears to reveal the stunning lush greenery of the rainforest.
Residing in the heart of the park is captivating Cheow Larn Lake, where the majestic limestone mountains rising above the emerald water are said to resemble those of Halong Bay in Vietnam or Guilin in China. Stay in luxurious tents floating on the water's surface and enjoy the chance to swim in crystal clear waters, kayak to nearby islets where you may get to glimpse monkeys and trek amongst the rainforest.
Located on southern Thailand's east coast, Krabi is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Awaiting you at this perfect escape are white sand beaches, soaring cliffs, a colourful marine life amid the abundance of coral reefs and an unhurried pace of life which is sure to restore your soul.
Krabi's myriad of bays and coves has some of Thailand's least commercialised beaches, where tropical mangroves flank soft white sands and the crystal clear azure waters are a diver's paradise. Popular Ao Nang has a large bay with scenic beaches and a variety of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops aimed towards the tourists. 15 minutes north of Ao Nang are the powdery sands of Klong Muang where the well-established village has a few shops and simple restaurants. Accessible only by boat, stunning Phra Nang has a pristine beach and sparkling waters with numerous limestone karsts.
The scenic splendour of Krabi is hard to ignore with incredible natural sights seemingly at every turn. Head inland to Khao Phanom Bencha National Park where the main attraction is Nam Tok Huay To, a spectacular 11-tier waterfall with numerous pools for swimming. Alternatively, you could opt to follow one of the many hiking trails that lead into the heart of the forest, keeping your eyes peeled for monkeys.
Rock climbers of all abilities have long been lured to the spectacular limestone crags of Krabi, particularly around the beautiful peninsulas of Railay or Tonsai, while the exotic fish and colourful coral below the waves also tempt snorkellers and divers. Countless uninhabited offshore islands or the nearby Phi Phi Islands are also within easy reach by longtail speedboat.
Krabi Town is the charming provincial capital, where you can while away a few hours in the cosy cafes of the hilly streets, or follow the riverside walkway down to the fishing port, where restaurants specialise in seafood. In Ao Nang restaurants serve a variety of cuisines including Thai, international and of course seafood, while nightlife in Krabi tends to revolve around the open-air bars and restaurants rather than clubs and discos. Krabi Town and Ao Nang offer the best shopping opportunities and include specialist shops, department stores and markets piled high with fresh produce or handicrafts and souvenirs.