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Compare the energy of Bangkok with the serenity of a tented camp before a week on the coast

Beautiful and intriguing Thailand is a land of diversity. From the manmade modernity of Bangkok that sweeps you up in sensory squalls, to a rural heartland where the rainforests remain the domain of gibbons and macaques and where elephants can be spied in the morning mist. Then there are the oh-so-glorious beaches, famed for their pristine beauty and tropical ambience.

You'll see all sides of Thailand on our two-week adventure. It begins in Bangkok, staying in a smart five-star hotel in a prime spot perfectly positioned for three days exploring this noisy and joyous metropolis. A calmer atmosphere awaits when you fly south to Elephant Hills to stay in a luxury tented camp - similar to the ones you find on safari in Africa - for three nights in Thailand's jungle interior. You'll meet the elephants, explore the rivers, hike through the rainforest, and learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes. Nights are spent under canvas - but perfectly comfortably, thanks to proper beds, wooden floors, and bathrooms.

After camping, you'll swap the jungle for the beach, spending a week in a gorgeous resort with all the bells and whistles to help you feel utterly pampered. With views over the Andaman Sea ​​, the Apsara Resort & Villa is in the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying Thailand's coastal bliss. When you're ready to explore a little further, there are national parks and exotic islands within easy reach for a tropical day trip to see just why Thailand's west coast is held in such high esteem.

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Price includes

  • Return flights from London to Bangkok with Thai Airways
  • Return flights from Bangkok to Phuket
  • Transfers to and from airports and accommodation throughout
  • Three nights at The Landmark Bangkok in a Premium room on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Three nights at Elephant Hills luxury tents on a full board basis
  • All activities during your stay at Elephant Hills
  • Seven nights at Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa in a Deluxe room on a bed and breakfast basis

Availability

From
Thu, Thu, May 11, 2023
To
Wed, Wed, May 24, 2023
Duration
14 Days
Price per person
£1,949*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. Deposit £500. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded) and THG Travel Limited ATOL 9528 - ABTA Y6433.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Bangkok
    Bangkok, Thailand

    You'll depart London on a Thai Airways flight to Bangkok where you'll check into The Landmark hotel in the centre of the capital. It's a large, luxury hotel that's well-positioned in the city to get out and about exploring.

  2. Day
    2
    Bangkok
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Allow yourself to adjust to the new time zone today. The city's BTS Skytrain is opposite the hotel, making it easy for you to get around the city. The Landmark is conveniently on Sukhumvit Road, making explorations of the city's nightlife from the doorstep easy.

    Meals - Breakfast
  3. Day
    3
    Bangkok
    Bangkok, Thailand

    A second full day in the city - will you head to the temples or to the markets? Your time in the city is yours to spend as you please. Tonight's your final night in Bangkok before you fly onwards tomorrow.

    Meals - Breakfast
  4. Day
    4
    Bangkok to Khao Sok
    Khao Sok, Thailand

    You'll leave the cacophony of Bangkok behind today, taking a 90-minute flight to Phuket. Here, you'll be met by a transfer and take a 2.5-hour journey by road to Elephant Hills, where you'll spend the next three nights in a tented luxury camp.

    When you arrive, there's time for lunch before you board a cane on a jungle trip through the primary rainforest. You'll pass limestone mountains and cliffs, looking out for hornbills flying overhead. You'll moor on the riverbank at the elephant park, ready to meet Thai elephants and hear about Elephant Hills conservation work from the mahout, the elephant's caretaker. You'll feed the elephants before making your way back to camp.

    Tonight, there's a dance performance by local children and a cooking demonstration to learn how to make authentic Thai specialities. At 8pm, dinner is served beside the rainforest before guests retreat to their luxury tents for a first night under canvas.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Elephant Hills, Khao Sok
    Khao Sok, Thailand

    You'll wake to birdsong - or perhaps a whoop of a gibbon - and after breakfast, an adventurous day lies ahead. First, you'll explore the fig tree channel, boarding a speedboat to see these trees from the water. You'll switch boats, boarding a canoe to paddle through the mangrove channels. Then you'll board a Burmese Junk boat where lunch is served on board.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Elephant Hills, Khao Sok
    Khao Sok, Thailand

    After breakfast, you'll board a traditional longtail boat and travel across Cheow Larn Lake, surrounded by limestone cliffs and rainforest-clad cliffs that rise up from the shoreline. You'll arrive at Elephant Hills' Rainforest Camp, where there's the chance to explore under your own paddle power aboard a traditional canoe.

    You'll return to Elephant Hills for dinner and perhaps a visit to the jungle bar. Watch a movie, another local performance and a different cooking demonstration tonight.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa, Khao Lak
    Khao Lak, Thailand

    This morning, you'll explore the jungle on foot and see the enormous variety of flora, from striking orchids to tropical ferns and bamboo. A macaque or a leaf monkey may swing through the branches, and you're asked to tread carefully and listen to the wonderful sounds of the rainforest as you venture deeper.

    After a buffet lunch, a private transfer whisks you to the coast, around an hour or so away, where you'll spend the next week overlooking the Andaman Sea at the Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa.

    Meals - Breakfast
  8. Days
    8-13
    Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa, Khao Lak
    Khao Lak, Thailand

    Days at the Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa are yours to spend as you please. There are three swimming pools, a choice of restaurants, and the opportunity to try surfing. When you're ready to get out and about, you could take a day trip to the Similan and Surin Islands, two nearby national parks, or visit the region's museums about the devastating tsunami.

    Meals - Breakfast
  9. Day
    14
    Phuket to London
    Phuket, Thailand

    A transfer will take you on the 90-minute journey to Phuket airport, where you'll fly home to the UK via Bangkok.

Accommodation

The Landmark, Bangkok

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Bangkok, Thailand

Stay in style in the city, The Landmark Bangkok is a swish, five-star hotel with smart and modern rooms that will prove to be a welcome sanctuary after exciting city explorations. Rooms are tastefully panelled and equipped with technology, so you can order room service at the touch of a button. You’ll stay in a Premium Room, but upgrades to other room types may be available.

Elephant Hills, Khao Sok

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Khao Sok, Thailand

Luxury tents in remote surroundings with proper, comfortable beds, wooden floors, electricity, and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and toilets. The camp is powered by solar and wind energy, so electricity may be limited at times.

Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villas, Khao Lak

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Khao Lak, Thailand

A beachfront resort on Thailand’s west coast has guest rooms and suites in low-rise buildings surrounded by tropical gardens. There are three swimming pools, a spa, and a choice of restaurants. You’ll stay in a Deluxe Room, although upgrades to other room types may be available.

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Availability

From
Thu, Thu, May 11, 2023
To
Wed, Wed, May 24, 2023
Duration
14 Days
Price per person
£1,949*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement on request. Deposit £500. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded) and THG Travel Limited ATOL 9528 - ABTA Y6433.

Call now to book 02039934304
Quote ref: CL TST ELEPHANTHILLS