Bangkok, Elephant Hills & Phuket

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  • 3 nights x2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok - Standard room with breakfast
  • 2 nights Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, Elephant Hills - Luxury tent with full board and all activities
  • 5 nights Centara Karon Resort, Phuket - Superior at The Terraces with breakfast
  • Full board at Elephant Hills
  • Flights to Bangkok and onwards to Phuket from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, private transfers and shared transfers at Elephant Hills and prepayable taxes.
  • This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
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3 nt x2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Standard room with breakfast

This newly-built stylish lifestyle hotel is situated in the quieter, more fashionable On-Nut area. On the doorstep are shops, bars, restaurants and markets, while the skytrain is just five minutes' walk away or, if you prefer take the free shuttle!

2 nt Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, Elephant Hills
Luxury tent with full board and all activities

Thailand's first luxury tented camp sits on the edge of Khao Sok National Park within the largest area of rainforest in southern Thailand. The scenery is dramatic, with soaring peaks, meandering rivers and jungle-clad forests filled with flora and fauna some of which is unique to this area.

5 nt Centara Karon Resort, Phuket

Superior at The Terraces with breakfast

In the centre of the popular Karon resort, just a gentle three minute walk from the beach. The resort enjoys panoramic views of Karon Beach and the lush hinterland of hills behind.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Bangkok and onwards to Phuket from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, private transfers and shared transfers at Elephant Hills and prepayable taxes.

Solo Price start from £1749 per person

Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £150, Belfast from £150, Newcastle from £150, Edinburgh from £150, Glasgow from £150. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

3 nts x2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Standard room with breakfast

Fascinating, intoxicating and chaotic, Bangkok deserves at least 48 hours to experience its temples, palaces, markets, malls and street food.

Undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark is the dazzling gold-spired Grand Palace complex, formerly the Thai royal family’s residence but now used for ceremonial events. Other notable temples include exquisite Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho, home to the gigantic Reclining Buddha.

The Chao Phraya River adds zest to the city landscape with its backdrop of temples and hotels. It’s a constant hive of activity with water taxis and longtail speedboats whizzing along, or heavily laden barges chugging sedately upstream. A network of criss-crossing canals (klongs) lead off the river and trickle past precariously perched houses, floating villages and markets.

On land, the skytrain and subway are your best way to get around, although no visit would be complete without a hair-raising tuk-tuk ride.

Whether you’re looking to snag a bargain or splurge on designer labels, shopping in Bangkok is a day and night activity not to be missed. Top spots include MBK Centre, CentralWorld, The Emporium, Siam Paragon, Chatuchak Market, Asiatique the Riverfront and Chinatown. In addition, tours to floating markets just outside the city are also recommended.

Another big draw is the food, with over 50,000 places to eat. From humble street stalls with their aromatic aromas to classy fine dining restaurants, there’s always tasty treats on the menu.Nightlife in Bangkok has evolved over recent years with the emphasis now firmly on swanky rooftop bars with panoramic views, chic nightclubs and lively jazz lounges as well as microbreweries and hip cocktail bars.

2 nts Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, Elephant Hills
Luxury tent with full board and all activities

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. 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.

Each tour includes buffet meals during which you get to share the day’s adventures with fellow guests. Evening activities at the Elephant Camp also include cookery demonstrations and dance performances from local schools.

With animal welfare and conservation at the heart of what they do, Elephant Hills has received numerous awards and accolades from worldwide associations such as Global Spirit and National Geographic.

4 day Itinerary

Day 1 Phuket/Khao Sok: Early morning transfer. On arrival, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before a relaxing canoe trip down the Sok River during which you can admire the rainforest and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Afterwards, head to the elephant park to learn about the elephant conservation project and have the chance to prepare and feed the elephants one of their daily meals, then watch them bathe. Return to camp for dinner.

Day 2 Khao Sok: Morning transfer to the west coast to board a speedboat and explore the mysterious maze of channels in the mangrove forest. Cruise through the channels to meet and board a classical Burmese junk, where lunch will be served, but not before you explore the nearby mangrove creek in a self-paddle canoe. En route back to camp there is a stop at a local market.

Day 3 Khao Sok/Cheow Larn Lake: Today you will explore Cheow Larn Lake by local longtail boat. This little-known, man-made lake is surrounded by limestone mountains and cliffs that rise up from the lake shore and is likened to Guilin in China or Halong Bay in Vietnam. After lunch at the Rainforest Camp there's time to swim in the lake before returning to the Elephant Camp.

Day 4 Khao Sok/Khao Lak: This morning take a guided hike through the jungle. It's an excellent opportunity to explore the ecology of one of the world's oldest rainforests, to see a great variety of exotic plants, trees, and ferns as well as watching out for wildlife. Weather dependent lunch will be served in the rainforest. Return to the Jungle Camp at around midday and then leave for your next hotel or the airport.

5 nts Centara Karon Resort, Phuket

Superior at The Terraces with breakfast

Phuket sits on Thailand's west coast and is the country's best known and largest island. Its wide appeal is thanks to a mix of strikingly handsome beaches, majestic mountains and rainforests which intermingle with second to none dining, shopping and entertainment.

Lively Patong is the island's main resort and with a colourful nightlife, wide choice of activities, eateries and shopping options, it suits those seeking a place to party and play. South of Patong is slightly quieter Karon, known for its long beach, excellent snorkelling and good selection of shops and eateries; while on the sheltered south east coast is tranquil Panwa Bay.

Just a few minutes south of Karon Beach are the palm-lined white sands and clear waters of Kata Beach. It’s a popular choice for families and those seeking a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops. From May to October, Kata is also popular with surfers who flock here to catch the waves.

Further up the west coast is Bang Tao Bay, a four mile stretch of beach home to some of Phuket's most luxurious resorts, including those within the Laguna Phuket Resort which are clustered around a series of inland lagoons. There is a small shopping mall within the resort, an 18-hole golf course and the nearby village of Cherng Talay has a variety of good value restaurants.

Clearly the palm-fringed beaches are the main attraction, however venture away from the soft sands and you'll find plenty to explore including the recently constructed Big Buddha, Thalang National Museum, Ton Sai Waterfall and ornate Wat Chalong - one of Phuket's most important temples. Take a stroll around Old Phuket Town and you'll discover turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture and funky shops while families may enjoy Phuket Aquarium, Cable Jungle Adventure or Phuket FantaSea Show.

Phuket is also the gateway to many smaller islands that are well worth exploring; while a must-see is stunning Phang Nga Bay with its sheer limestone outcrops jutting vertically from the emerald-green water. Choose from a leisurely cruise or perhaps enjoy a closer look by joining a guided sea kayak tour.

The island also offers a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air food markets, noisy night markets, to boutiques and department stores. Visiting one of the many markets offers a glimpse of local life and popular markets include Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town, Banzaan Market in Patong Beach and the Night Market of Old Phuket Town. Karon Shopping Plaza has a wide range of souvenirs and clothing, Plaza Surin offers boutique-style shopping and Premium Outlets Phuket has genuine designer goods at significant discounts.

It really is impossible to go hungry in Phuket as the number and diverse array of restaurants is quite astounding, although the larger resorts do offer more choice particularly when it comes to international cuisines. As you might expect from an island, seafood is a speciality and features widely in restaurants and food stalls all over Phuket.

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