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Highlights of Southern Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket & Krabi

12 days |  15 days with Cambodia & Bangkok extension
12 days |  15 days with Cambodia & Bangkok extension
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From buzzing city soundscapes to the gentle murmur of Thai islands teeming with wildlife—hear Thailand roar

Come to Thailand with your heart open and leave with your heart full. Start in Bangkok’s dizzying, busy streets, then explore Thailand’s lush tropical Andaman Coast from Phuket to Krabi. In Khao Sok National Park, take to the water around the world's oldest evergreen rainforest, brimming with wildlife. You’ll traverse canals by longboat, speedboat through limestone cliffs, and participate in vital conservation efforts. Yes, there will be elephants—an ethical sanctuary visit awaits. Extend your trip to Cambodia and stand in awe of the world’s largest religious monument glowing at sunrise with a trek to Angkor Wat.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 food tastings
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Included highlights

  • Bangkok’s Grand Palace
  • Klong canal cruise
  • Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park
  • James Bond Island
  • Phuket night market
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Bangkok today.

Bangkok2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! As you settle into your hotel tonight, you might be greeted with a wai—a gesture where hands are placed in a prayer position followed by a gentle bowing of the head. You can choose to return the gesture if you want.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Tasting

Join your Tour Director for a sightseeing tour of Bangkok, the bustling capital city set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

  • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex—home to the kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925—featuring traditional Thai architecture as well as European Renaissance inspiration.
  • Pass by the Wat Phra Kaew temple complex, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and a pilgrimage site for devout Buddhists.
  • Step inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or Wat Pho, to admire the grandeur of the gilded 150-foot-long statue depicting the passing of the Buddha into nirvana (it’s the biggest Reclining Buddha statue in the city).
  • Visit the nearby flower market’s rainbow-hued rows of blooms before taking a walking tour of the Chinatown neighborhood—one of the largest Chinatowns in the world—bursting with mouthwatering food stalls, ornate temples, and the rich history of Chinese immigrants.
  • Enjoy an included welcome lunch at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers.
  • Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a motorized longboat as you sample local fruits from floating markets. Canals once criss-crossed Bangkok, earning it the nickname Venice of the East.
Phuket Island2 nights
Day 4: Flight to Phuket & walking tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Fly to Phuket this morning, Thailand’s largest island, and embark on a walking tour to get to know this slice of heaven in the Andaman Sea.

  • Learn about Phuket’s importance to trade routes between Europe and China.
  • Admire the restored, candy-colored shophouses along Dibuk Road in the Old Town. The café-lined street is a feast for the eyes.
  • View the Chinpracha House as it peeks through palm trees, an ornate Sino-Portuguese-style colonial mansion.
  • Sample regional snacks in a restored coffee house. Keep your eyes out for o-aew, a shaved ice and jelly dessert that originated in Phuket.

Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with beer or wine alongside your fellow travelers.

Please note: On some departures the included dinner will take place on day 5 and the night market visit on day 5 will move to day 4.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Ao Phang Nga Bay, Talu Island canoeing & Phuket night market visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

Depart Phuket Island and spend today boating the deep turquoise waters surrounding jungle-crowned tropical islands on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Board a speedboat and cruise around Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park, known for its towering limestone rock formations, known as karsts, thick mangrove forests, and almost 200 bird species.
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard your boat while surrounded by the bay’s clear water bejeweled with karsts.
  • Head to Talu Island and canoe through dramatically arched sea caves with experienced local paddlers as your guides.
  • Visit the iconic steep shores of Khao Phing Kan, or James Bond Island, made into a popular tourist destination when it was chosen as one of the locations for The Man with the Golden Gun starring Roger Moore.

Tonight, immerse yourself in authentic local flavor when you head to the night market on Phuket, where you’ll find stalls of fresh fruit, drinks, fiery snacks, slurp-worthy noodles, and for the adventurous—fried insects. Spend time exploring the seemingly endless stalls, stopping for sips and bites along the way.

Please note: On some departures the night market visit may take place on day 4 and the included dinner from day 4 will move to day 5.

Khao Sok Region2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to the Khao Sok Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning on Phuket—warming your feet in the fine, white sand of Karon Beach or lounging by the pool—before traveling north to the Khao Sok region, renowned for its national park—an unspoiled area where towering limestone cliffs, unspoiled jungles, and teal water meet.

After freshening up at your hotel, gather together for an included dinner served with beer or wine this evening.

Day 7: Khao Sok National Park & Cheow Lan Lake cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Take to the water this morning for a full day in Khao Sok National Park, home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, exploring the stunning Cheow Lan Lake aboard a traditional long-tail boat.

  • Admire dramatic, jungle-topped limestone cliffs and karsts as you cruise across the lake’s turquoise waters.
  • Khao Sok is teeming with diverse fauna. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including long-tailed macaques and gibbons. The national park is also home to the Malayan sun bear, cobras, and hornbills.
  • Enjoy an included lunch at a floating restaurant followed by free time to swim, canoe, or just relax and take in the majestic scenery.
Krabi Region3 nights
Day 8: Krabi Conservation Project
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel south to Krabi, an iconic port town where you’ll find postcard views, pristine beaches, and a laid-back atmosphere. Spend the morning taking part in a service project with a local conservation effort where a guide will teach you about mangrove reforestation and sustainable development projects. You’ll have the chance to make a direct impact—planting a tree or joining another conservation activity.

Afterwards, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to your hotel where you can spend a free evening in the Krabi region, or add an optional excursion to try your hand at whipping up Thai dishes alongside professional chefs at a local culinary school.

Krabi Thai Cooking Class

From $109 per person

Day 9: Following Giants Elephant Sanctuary
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive south to the island of Koh Lanta and visit Following Giants Elephant Sanctuary, an organization which has taken steps to move away from elephant trekking to become a genuine, observation-only sanctuary, where elephants can just be elephants. Prepare yourself for the heart-filling experience of a lifetime.

  • Hear how the organization has worked to create a safe living environment for the elephants and an educational experience for visitors.
  • Learn about Asian elephants as you watch these gentle giants roam freely during a hands-off elephant exploration walk.
  • Take part in a hands-on replanting activity where you’ll create fertilizer seed balls and slingshot them into the surrounding fields. When grown, they’ll provide vegetation for the elephants to eat.
  • Sit down to enjoy an included lunch at the sanctuary.
Day 10: Free day in the Krabi Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Join an optional excursion aboard a Junk, an ancient, fixed-sail Chinese ship design, and set sail on the Andaman Sea for more island exploration, swimming, snorkeling, or taking in the views. Choosing to spend your free day in Krabi? Ask your Tour Director for activity recommendations—how about unwinding in the Krabi Hot Springs, a natural thermal spa, or Phra Nang Cave Beach, known for its sugar white sand and—as its name suggests—interesting caves to explore.

Krabi Junk Cruise & Lunch

From $195 per person

Bangkok1 night
Day 11: Flight to Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Fly to Bangkok this afternoon and freshen up at your hotel.

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner served with beer or wine at a local restaurant.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home, or continue your tour on the extension to Cambodia, where the massive lotus bud-shaped towers of Angkor Wat and flourishing night markets of Siem Reap await you.

Extension to Cambodia & Bangkok
In Cambodia, you won't just see majestic temples, you'll experience them, body and soul. Fly to Siem Reap—Cambodia's second-largest city—and get an insider's peek at Angkor Wat's out-of-this-world architecture and history. Far more than just the gateway to the famed temple complex, Siem Reap boasts exciting night life and delectable Khmer cuisine. Get a taste of both with a visit to a lively night market where you can feast on rice cake fritters and Khmer noodles before browsing the market stalls for handmade crafts.
Siem Reap2 nights
Day 12: Flight to Siem Reap, sightseeing tour of Wat Thmei & night market visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting, Dinner

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and witness remnants of the region’s difficult history—and hopeful future—alongside your Tour Director.

  • Visit a local cooking school and enjoy an included lunch made by students honing their culinary skills.
  • Head to the Wat Thmei Killing Field Memorial to learn about the 1.7 million souls who perished during the Cambodian Genocide.
  • Hear how the intellectual and creative classes, as well as anyone who opposed the Khmer Rouge regime, were targeted for mass execution while others suffered diseases and famine.

Please note: For some, the Wat Thmei can be a very emotional visit, travelers who do not wish to take part in this portion of today’s schedule may opt for free time in Siem Reap instead.

After paying your respects to Cambodia’s past, celebrate its resilience. Tonight, you’ll see Siem Reap come alive with a visit to the night bazaar where your Tour Director will pick out local specialties for you to sample. Afterwards, enjoy free time to peruse the stalls before sitting down for an included dinner with beer or wine.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you’ll experience some of Southeast Asia’s most iconic sites, including Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument.

  • Rise early today and see the impressive Angkor Wat be illuminated by the morning light—a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built as a Hindu temple and became a Buddhist temple, all in the 12th century.
  • Follow along as your Tour Director guides you and your fellow travelers through different areas of the temple—and, if you like, climb a set of steep, narrow stairs to a third-story viewing area.
  • Depart Angkor Wat and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Continue along with your Tour Director to Angkor Thom, the ruined capital complex of the Khmer Empire that dates to the late 12th and early 13th centuries.
  • View the Terrace of the Elephants, the striking, ornamental wall from which King Jayavarman VII—King of the Khmer Empire—looked out over his victorious returning army; the Terrace of the Leper King, which is home to an androgynous statue whose meaning remains somewhat mysterious; and Bayon, the staggeringly detailed state temple of King Jayavarman VII.
  • Depart Siem Reap and enjoy the glowing embers of the evening light at Ta Prohm, a temple that has largely been reclaimed by the jungle and served as a filming location for the 2001 movie Lara Craft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie.
Bangkok1 night
Day 14: Flight to Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Use your free time in Siem Reap this morning for one last trip to an artisan market for textiles or handmade crafts—or to simply relax—before flying back to Bangkok, where you’ll celebrate your trip during a group farewell dinner served with beer or wine.

Flight home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home. In Thai culture, we don’t leave without saying goodbye. Take your time as you depart and if you’re feeling it, offer a parting wai—the Thai greeting is also used when bidding farewell.  

 

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Doubletree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit
Doubletree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit

This contemporary hotel is located in the Sukhumvit district of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Guests enjoy an outdoor saltwater pool, sun terrace, and f...

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Centara Karon Resort Phuket
Centara Karon Resort Phuket

This modern hotel is located steps from the Karon Beach in Phuket. Guests enjoy several pools and dining options, tennis courts, and spa. Nearby you’l...

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Our Jungle Camp
Our Jungle Camp

This peaceful eco-resort is located in Khao Sok National Park. Guests enjoy their own private huts with private balconies, optional activities like wa...

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Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi
Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi

This peaceful resort is located in the Krabi Region. Guests enjoy stunning views of the surrounding limestone cliffs, the outdoor pool, and on-site re...

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Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok
Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok

This stylish hotel is located in the heart of Bangkok. Guests enjoy the rooftop sundeck and dining, fitness center, and steam room. Nearby you’ll find...

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Angkor Paradise Hotel
Angkor Paradise Hotel

This classic hotel is located in Siem Reap’s city center. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, sun terrace, and on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll find Angko...

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