Southern Thailand: See & Experience it ALL in 11 Days, 1st Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided?All tours are almost fully guided.
Are Solo Travelers WelcomedYes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► Cooking Class Followed by Dinner
► Rock Climbing over a Tropical Beach (optional)
► Several Boat Daytrips to Exotic Islands
► Canoeing Through Lagoons & Rivers
► Kayaking Inside Caves
► Full Moon Parties on Koh Phangan Island (only if there is a full or half moon)
► Nightlife in Phuket
► Hiking to Viewpoints Which Offer Stunning Views
► Discovering Jungles/National Parks
► Swimming Below Waterfalls
► Delicious Food on the Boat Tours
► Rich Culture
► And Much, Much More…
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
English-Speaking Tour Guides
All Transportation, Except Flights
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Lunches x 8 Days
Dinner x 1 Night
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: The Famous Patong Beach, Cooking Class, Dinner & the Buzzing Nightlife of Bangla Road
Our tour starts in Phuket. This resort town is best used as a base from which to make daily excursions to the nearby islands. The famous Patong Beach serves as a great first impression of Phuket. In the evening, we are taken to a Thai restaurant. There we are taught how traditional food is prepared as well as have dinner. The combination of tasty cuisine, rich culture and good company creates an unforgettable experience.
The later evening is all about partying. Some of the most buzzing nightlife on earth can be found in Phuket, specifically on Bangla Road. There we are provided with a guided tour. Expect music, bars, clubs, promoters, dancers, food carts and even massage chairs all packed into one long pedestrian street.
Day 2: Limestone Peaks & Caves by Boat or via Rock Climbing
We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to the coastal province of Krabi (Ao Nang area). Specifically, we visit Tub Island, Chicken Island, Poda Island and Pranang Cave. Krabi is noted for its limestone peaks, both on land and in the sea. Krabi’s limestone hills contain many caves, most having stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour.
An alternative to doing a boat tour of the greater Ao Nang area is to make a daytrip solely to a beach called Railay. There you can go rock climbing. Ask us for details.
Day 3: An Archipelago of 11 Islands Explored by Boat
We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to the Similan Islands. This is a national park/archipelago consisting of 11 islands. The archipelago is famous for its dive sites, enjoyed by snorkelers and scuba divers alike. These islands have typically two different kinds of diving, gently sloping coral reefs with sandy patches with the occasional boulder in-between and huge underwater granite boulders with numerous swim-throughs. Elephant Head Rock is arguably the most famous west side dive site with a maze of swim-throughs and the reputation for spin-cycle like currents running in every direction. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour.
Please note that the Similan Islands daytrip from Phuket operates only November through April. If you are doing our tour outside of this season, then the Similan Islands would be replaced with the Racha Islands. Ko Racha Yai and Ko Racha Noi are twin islands off the southeastern coast of Phuket. Known for their crystal clear blue waters, these islands have been an almost exclusive paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers for years.
Day 4: Phi Phi Islands, as Featured in the Movie “The Beach”
We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to the Phi Phi Islands. They feature beaches and clear water that have had their natural beauty protected by national park status. Tourism here exploded since the filming of the movie “The Beach.” Today, the Phi Phi Islands are one of Thailand's most famous destinations. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour.
Day 5: James Bond Island & Canoeing Through Caves & Lagoons
We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to Phang Nga Bay. Limestone cliffs with caves, collapsed cave systems and archaeological sites are found in the bay. The most famous of the many islands is the so-called James Bond Island. It was featured in the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Lunch, snorkeling and canoeing through caves and lagoons are included on today’s tour.
Day 6: A Canoe Safari, Sandstone & Mudstone Rocks & a Limestone Mountain Range
We relocate to Khao Sok National Park. Beautiful sandstone and mudstone rocks rise about 300–600 meters above sea level. The park is traversed by a limestone mountain range from north to south with a high point of 950 meters. Heavy rainfall and falling leaves led to the erosion of the limestone rocks and created the significant karst formations seen today. Included on today’s tour are lunch and a canoe safari along the Sok River.
Day 7: Thailand's Prettiest Lake, a Water Cave & a Boat Ride
We make a daytrip to Cheow Lan Lake (a.k.a. Rajjaprabha Dam Reservoir). There we are provided with a full-day tour. Cheow Lan is inhabited by a range of mammals such as tigers, elephants, tapirs and many monkey species. It is also said to be Thailand's prettiest lake. Included on today’s tour are lunch, a boat ride around the lake and a visit to Namtalu water cave. Note that in wet season, the Namtalu water cave can get flooded. If this is the case, then Namtalu water cave would be replaced with a dry cave called Coral cave.
Day 8: Full Moon Beach Parties & a Private Tour Around Koh Phangan Island
We relocate to Koh Phangan, an island world renowned for its Full Moon, Half Moon and Black Moon, all-night parties located on Haad Rin Beach. Nonetheless, there is more to Koh Phangan than just partying. It is also home to some great temples and spectacular natural attractions. Today we are provided with a tour around the island, covering the highlights: Than Sadet–Ko Pha-ngan National Park, Domsila Viewpoint, Wat Phu Khao Noi Temple and the Chinese Temple overlooking Chalok Lam Bay. Note that Koh Phangan's parties do not have fixed dates.
Day 9: Kayaking Inside Caves & Breathtaking Islands
We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, which covers 42 islands. Most of the islands are close to each other, making a breathtaking panorama when sailing around the park. All the islands are of different sizes and shapes. Most of them are covered with tropical forests. Lunch, snorkeling and kayaking inside caves are included on today’s tour.
Day 10: Panoramic Views Atop a Mountain, Ao Muong Beach Resort & Sairee Beach
We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to Ko Tao Island followed by Ko Nang Yuan Island. Ko Tao Island is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling. The most popular place for tourists is Sairee on the west coast, which has a white sandy beach of 1.7 kilometers. Ko Tao is less developed than Koh Phangan but has become increasingly popular especially with the mid-20s backpacker crowd. Popular at Ko Tao is a beach resort called Ao Muong. One of the highlights at Ko Nang Yuan Island is hiking to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view. Lunch, snorkeling and the mountain hike at Ko Nang Yuan are included on today’s tour.
Day 11: Our Tour Ends This Morning
Our tour ends this morning. We are taken to the pier in Koh Phangan so we can catch the 10-minute boat ride to Koh Samui Island. Upon arrival, we are taken via a 30-minute drive directly to the airport.
Note that we can extend your tour for a day and show you Koh Samui Island. Abundant tourist resources, sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees are present on this island. Koh Samui is also seasonally popular for its nightlife scene. You are provided with a 6-hour guided tour. Attractions include the Big Buddha, Wat Khunaram Temple, the Mummified Monk, the Secret Waterfall, Lamai Beach and its famous rocks and not least, the viewpoint in Lad Koh. The seaside views from Lad Koh are spectacular. You would also have time for swimming.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Southern Thailand in 11 Days” tour is available for $1,995 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. If you would like typically 4-star lodging included for all nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,445 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. To better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. Would you like to keep the 4-star lodging we typically offer or do you prefer upgrading to 5-star hotels?
2. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
3. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
4. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
5. Do you know on which date you would like to start this tour?
6. On a side note, in addition to our 11-day Southern Thailand tour, we can show you around Koh Samui Island. Attractions include the Big Buddha, Wat Khunaram Temple, the Mummified Monk, the Secret Waterfall, Lamai Beach and its famous rocks and not least, the viewpoint in Lad Koh. The seaside views from Lad Koh are spectacular. You would also have time for swimming. Lunch is included on the tour and is to be served around 12:00pm. Would you like to extend this 11-day tour by 1 day so we can show you Koh Samui Island? This would make your tour to Southern Thailand 12 days in total.
7. On a final note, specifically for Day 2, an alternative to doing a boat tour of the greater Ao Nang area is to make a daytrip solely to a beach called Railay. There you can go rock climbing. Do you prefer rock climbing at Railay over doing a boat tour of the greater Ao Nang area?
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-5: Phuket (near Patong Beach), Preferred Accommodation: Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa
Nights 6-7: Khao Sok National Park (There is one main road in Khao Sok where all of the guesthouses are located. They all offer similar style accommodation, mainly bungalows.), Preferred Accommodation: Kalima Resort and Villas Khao Lak
Nights 8-10: Koh Phangan Island (near the pier), Preferred Accommodation: Chantaramas Resort or Summer Resort
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Although most activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request. Typically, the private activities are the nightlife tour in the coastal city of Phuket, the exploration of Khao Sok National Park, the stop at a beautiful viewpoint in an area called Khao Lak, the visit to the tsunami memorial site, the visit to the monkey cave temple, the canoe safari along Sok River, and the tour around Koh Phangan Island.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
Please visit CharlieTheTraveler.com/Tours-Terms-and-Conditions
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