Pick up from the hotel in Bangkok. Early morning, drive to Ratchaburi Province in the Southwest of Bangkok. Visit the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where farmers and merchants load their goods on small “Sampan” boats to meet and trade. Further to Petchaburi situated on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand, 160 kilometers south of Bangkok. It was an important royal fort town in the west during Sukhothai and Ayutthaya period.
Visit Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park or locally known as “Khao Wang”, located up on a 92-meter’s high verdant hill. The compound was a summer residence of King Rama IV in 1860, hence comprised of royal halls, palaces, temples and other buildings which were elegantly constructed in a well-balanced Thai, neo-classical Western and Chinese architectural styles.
Then proceed to the nearby Khao Luang Cave which is important to the province since it houses a Buddha image cast under the royal command of King Rama V as a dedication to King Rama III and King Rama IV. Continue to Cha-Am, a popular lively beach resort town which was once a peaceful fishing village. In the evening, drive to visit the colorful night market in Hua Hin.
Overnight at the hotel in Cha Am
After breakfast, drive 20 kilometers to Hua Hin, Prachuab Khirikhan Province literally means stone head in Thai. It is Thailand’s oldest beach resort and popular among Thais and foreign visitors for clean white sandy beaches with clear water, tranquil atmosphere, golf, spa, and seafood.
Depart for Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park. Located 63 kilometers south of Hua Hin, this coastal national park covers an area of 98 square kilometers with lime-stone mountains, mangrove swamps, and beaches. It is also home to various kinds of local and migrating birds, which are plentiful from November to February.
Take a boat trip to Laem Sala Beach and walk up a beachside mountain to see the famous Tham Phraya Nakhon cave. The main attraction in the cave is a Thai style pavilion constructed in 1890 during the reign of King Rama V. Continue to Chumphon, a gateway province to the South of Thailand with 200 kilometers long beautiful and quiet seashore.
Overnight at a hotel in Chumphon.
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Surat Thani, the largest province in the South located 685 kilometers from Bangkok. Besides numerous beautiful islands along the coast such as Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao which make Surat Thani a perfect hideaway for vacationers from around the world, the province is also important for its long history as an ancient community of indigenous people. In the 13th century, the city was the center of the glorious Srivijaya Empire, the kingdom that dominated the whole Malay Peninsula and much of Java.
Drive to Suan Mok Meditation Center, founded in 1959 by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, one of Thailand’s most famous monks. It is set in a serene ambience conducive for meditation or contemplation of the philosophy of life. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu’s philosophy is universal in nature, a combination of Zen / Taoist and Christian elements with the Theravada Buddhism.
Then continue to Chai Ya district to visit a restored ancient temple, Phra Borom That Chaiya, built around 1200 years ago. The ancient stupa in Srivijaya style housing the Lord Buddha’s relics is highly revered by residents.
Further to Krabi, one of the most attractive beach destinations in Southern Thailand. The province is an ideal getaway destination teeming with natural attractions including white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous large and small islands and verdant forests with caves and waterfalls.
Overnight at the hotel in Krabi.
Breakfast. Enjoy a full day tour in and around Krabi including the visit to the 40 million years old shell cemetery. In the afternoon, take a boat trip to visit some islands and beaches around Krabi such as Poda Island group and Phranang Bay with rich marine resources, fine-grained white sand and crystalline water. Guests enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing before returning to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Krabi.
Breakfast. Morning, visit Than Bok Khorani National Park with great diversity of species of trees and an attractive emerald pond. Then, go by bus to Phang Nga Province, about 790 kilometers South of Bangkok.
Visit the famous Phang-nga Bay National Park, a geological wonder with striking scenic views, filled with islets, sunken caverns, startling rock formations and mangroves. Take a boat ride to some islands of the park including Ko Panyi with limestone hills and an interesting Muslim fishermen community, and Khao Phing Kan, named after its nature of being split into two halves.
Drive to Phuket. Transfer to the airport or to the hotel.