Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax, explore the city & adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok. Please arrive at our start point hotel before 6pm for an important group meeting where you will meet you Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please look for a sign on the hotel's notice board for the time and location of your group meeting. At this meeting your CEO will ask to sight your travel insurance. After your meeting, you may choose to head out for an optional dinner to further get to know your CEO and fellow group members. We spend this evening in Bangkok. Our hotel is located in China Town, next to the central train station and MRT (Subway), and is only a short USD2 taxi ride from Khao San road and the central shopping area of Siam Square, MBK, Siam Paragon, etc. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. The hotel has a small pool and wifi and computers are available at extra cost.
After a short morning flight from Bangkok to Krabi we are transferred to the homestay on Koh Klang where you can learn about southern Thail culture. Our homestay is on Koh Klang, situated at the mouth of Krabi River flowing into the Andaman Sea. It is the closest island to Krabi town. The island is connected only by longtail boats from two piers (Chao Fa pier and Tara pier). It takes about 10 minutes to cross. On the way to the Pier, we'll stop at Department of Fisheries to learn about fish in Andaman Sea, Mangrove forest, and the local ecosystem of Krabi. Enjoy an included visit to the best OTOP (Government’s project: One Tambon One Product. Thailand consists of sub districts known as "tambons". In order to help build local communities, each Thai tambon has uniquely made and marketed products that are promoted and sold all over the world.) Estimate Travel Time : Flight 1.20 hr From Krabi Airport to Homestay 30 – 40 mins.
After breakfast, the we'll take a private boat to Jao Fah pier and drive to Ao Nang Beach. A minivan will take us about 40 mins from the pier to the hotel. Ao Nang, Krabi is paradise for anyone desiring relaxation. White sand beaches with swaying coconut palms surrounded by incredible cliffs are the standard view here. Anyone looking to stay busy will find a variety of activities here, as well. From Ao Nang there are several excursions by boat available, as well as, kayaking, snorkelling and diving. The small village of Ao Nang still retains its tranquil pace of life, despite the fact that you now can find shops, bars and intimate restaurants. You will find boats and ferries with daily departures to Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, and Koh Lanta.
Today, head to Koh Phai, or Bamboo Island, by private longtail boat. With lovely beaches on the north and east sides, and coral gardens spreading to the south, this island won't leave you disappointed. Koh Phai is situated in the Andaman Sea and is part of Hat Noppharat Thara –Phi Phi National Park archipelago. The northern and eastern shores offer outstanding beaches and a long stretch of coral reef to the south of the island. Here, we'll get closer to nature with two nights of camping. During your time here, enjoy an include island hopping snorkelling tour. The tour will visit the following locations: Koh Mor & Koh Tub: Mor Island is a rocky beach with very clean water, about 70m away from Tub Island. During low tide, a sand bar will appear linking three islands together. Koh Kai (Chicken Island): This small island is situated just south of Poda and Tup Island about 30 minutes by longtail boat from the west coast of Krabi. Koh Kai is well known as Chicken Island because of a large rock formation that looks like the head and neck of a chicken. Snorkelling around this island is fantastic with spectacular coral reefs and surrounded with tropical fish. Phra Nang Cave: Located on Railay Peninsula. The legend and mystery of Phra Nang goes back many centuries and the belief in the Princess Goddess still remains strong amongst local people. This cave is a sacred place. Koh Poda: Located in west of Ao Nang. A wonderful beach on the north side of Koh Poda is gorgeous with white fine sand and crystal-clear water.
Head to the famous Railay Beach and spend one night in a cozy guesthouse. Railay is isolated from the mainland on a peninsula, surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and twisted rock. It contains enough activities for the most adventurous while allowing sunseekers to relax on the beaches as well. Options abound here. Choose to go sea kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing, snorkelling, jungle trekking, cooking, elephant trekking, whitewater rafting or quad biking. Free morning on Day 8 before a transfer to the station and an overnight train to Bangkok. Approx travel time: Transfer to train station: 3 hours Train to Bangkok: 13-14 hours
Our train will arrive in Bangkok early in the morning. Your tour ends at the train station, where your CEO can help you arrange onward transport. To explore more of the sights around Bangkok, book some post trip accommodation and take in some of the temples, life on the river or even head North on a trekking trip with us. Thailand is extremely diverse and there is always more to see! If you are leaving Bangkok today we recommend that you do not book onward travel until after 3pm, in case of train delays. We look forward to receiving your evaluation regarding this tour itinerary and your CEO's performance. We value your input into what we could improve to make this trip even better and of course love hearing about what we are already doing well! You will be sent a post tour email on your return with details on how to go on line and fill in this simple form. Thank you so much in advance.