5 days, 4 nights
Today sees us leave island life behind as we travel from Phuket to the mainland. We drive across 700-metre Thao Thepkasattri Bridge, which connects Phuket with Phang Nga and continue on to Ranong, a southern province that sits on the border with Myanmar. After lunch at local restaurant. Here, we start our exploration with a visit to Phu Khao Ya (Grass Hill), also known as Khao Hua Lan (Bald Hill). This breath-taking geographical anomaly takes in sweeping plains of grass that hug a hill. With not a tree in sight, the grassy landscapes sit in contrast to its surrounding and are referred to as the ‘Swiss pasture’ by locals. Here, we can admire the verdant vistas and take a walk along the nature trails that wind up the hill. In the late afternoon, we return to Ranong to check-in at our overnight accommodation. Dinner at local restaurant Overnight at Sook Hotel Ranong.
Sook Hotel Ranong
In the morning, we have our senses stimulated during a visit to a local fresh market in Ranong before heading to Koh Phayam pier. From here, we board a boat to the island of Koh Phayam, the second largest Andaman Sea island off the coast of Ranong province that is home to tree-clad hills and stretches of beaches. We sail around the island and, if the tide is right, spend some time snorkelling in the bay among schools of tropical fish and colourful coral reefs. Picnic lunch on the beach or local restaurant. We then stop at one of the many picture postcard perfect beaches that dot the idyllic island to relax on the shores or take a dip in the turquoise waters. In late afternoon, we board the boat back to Ranong and visit the famous hot springs at Raksawarin Park. The three natural spring pools are believed to contain healing properties, with the temperature remaining at about 65C. We then return to our overnight accommodation. Dinner at local restaurant Overnight at Sook Hotel Ranong.
Sook Hotel Ranong
Today sees us leave Ranong and head to the province of Nahorn Si Thammarat. Along the way, we stop at Waree Ban Phot, a stunning Thai-Burmese style temple that sits close to Ranong town. We then continue on our journey to Nahorn Si Thamarat via Phato district, which is home to swathes of pristine nature. After lunch at a local restaurant, we set off on a short sightseeing tour by local boat of the Tapi River. The meandering waterway is the longest river in southern Thailand, running from Khao Luang mountains in Nakhon Si Thammarat province and emptying in the Gulf of Thailand near the town of Surat Thani. It spans 230 km. From the boat, we can soak up our serene surroundings and watch daily life being carried out on the river banks. We then check-in to our overnight accommodation in Nahorn Si Thammarat. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at Twin Lotus Nakorn Si Thamarat Hotel.
Twin Lotus Nakorn Si Thamarat Hotel
We leave Nahorn Si Thammarat and cross the lengthy Ekachai bridge, or Thanon Chaloem Phra Kiat, in Phatthalung. The connection between Khuan Khanun district in Phatthalung and Ranod district in Songkhla affords sweeping views of its natural surroundings. We enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Sumano cave temple. The caves are nestled in a picturesque valley and are filled with impressive collections of stalagmites and stalactites and dotted with precious and sacred Buddha statues. The caves once served as a place of meditation for the many religious pilgrims who flocked here in times gone by. We then continue on our journey to Trang, the capital of the southern coastal province of the same name. This serves as the gateway to the smattering of islands that sit off the coast. Here, we check-in to our overnight accommodation. Dinner at local restaurant Overnight at Rua Rasada.
After a hearty breakfast, we start the day with a trip in a classic tuk-tuk hua kop (tuk-tuk with a frog’s head) to the local market before driving around the city’s top sites. The local tuk-tuk is a mix between the normal three-wheeled vehicle and a songthaew with two bench seats in the back. After a tasty local lunch, we visit Thailand’s highest golden pagoda at Bang Tong temple in Krabi province. This shimmering gold monument sits among lush greenery and stands as one of the country’s most beautiful and highly respected temples. We will spend some time exploring the site and soaking up the serene surroundings before driving on to Phuket. Here, you will transfer to either Phuket Airport for your onward flight, or your overnight accommodation. This brings the five-day tour to an end.
5 days, 4 nights
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