Bangkok, Elephant Hills & Phuket
Travel 01 Oct 2019 - 17 Jun 2020
Book by 25 Sep 2019
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01 Oct 19 - 18 Oct 19
& 01 May 20 - 17 Jun 20
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- 2 nts x2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok - in a standard room with breakfast
- 3 nts Elephant Hills Rainforest Nature Safari, Elephant Hills - in a luxury tent with full board
- 8 nts Centara Kata Resort, Phuket - in a deluxe room with breakfast
- X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit: Complimentary welcome drink • Complimentary WiFi access • Complimentary access to fitness centre (24 Hrs), swimming pool and onsen • Complimentary shuttle service from/to hotel/Onnut BTS Station • Complimentary cash voucher THB 200 nett/day to be used at 4K Cafe or Yan Spa • 10% OFF Food only at 4K Cafe • Buy one get one free spa treatment from a la carte menu at Yan spa
- Centara Kata Resort Phuket: Complimentary 3 Lunch or Dinners plus each meal includes 1 hour of “free flow” drinks.
- Full board at Elephant Hills
- 30kg hold luggage
- £250 per person deposit
- Flights to Bangkok and onwards to Phuket from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, shared transfers to and from Elephant Hills and prepayable taxes. Onward flight home from Phuket to the UK via Bangkok.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
in a 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!
in a luxury tent with full board
Day 1 Phuket/Khao Sok: Early morning transfer from your hotel or Phuket airport (a supplement applies for later flights/transfers) and transfer to the Phang Nga province, passing rural villages, rubber and oil palm plantations. 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 before you scrub and wash them clean. 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. Every day is different, but it is always truly wonderful. Weather dependent lunch will be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries. Return to the Jungle Camp at around midday and then leave for your next hotel or the airport.
in a deluxe room with breakfast
In the heart of popular Kata beach and surrounded by panoramic views of the neighbouring hills and vegetation.
Change your beach hotel to the 4* PLUS Aava Resort & Spa in Khanom from £1499 per person. Please call us for details.
Add Bangkok return private transfers for £50 per person or return shared transfers for £25 per person.
Add Phuket one way private transfers for £25 per person or one way shared transfers for £15 per person.
Flights to Bangkok and onwards to Phuket from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, shared transfers to and from Elephant Hills and prepayable taxes. Onward flight home from Phuket to the UK via Bangkok.
Solo Traveller Supplement from £50
Regional Departures: Stansted with Emirates (via Dubai): £124pp supplement Manchester, Newcastle or Edinburgh with Emirates: £200pp supplement Birmingham with Emirates: £174pp supplement
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
in a 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.
in a luxury tent with full board
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. Combining the camp idea of African national parks with the Thai tropical rainforest, Elephant Hills is highly recommended. Despite being tucked away in the jungle of Khao Sok, the two luxury tented camps are within easy reach of numerous beach resorts.
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.
A selection of 2-4 day adventure tours are offered, which include either the main Elephant Camp or combine a stay with the floating Rainforest Camp. All tours include a variety of activities, from simple forest walks to lengthy treks, scenic canoe trips, sailing through the mangroves and an unforgettable Elephant Experience, where you interact with these majestic beasts in an ethical manner.
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.
in a deluxe room 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.