Khaolak Nature Discovery
80 kilometres north of Phuket Island, in Phang Nga province, lies Khao Lak, a quieter location off the beaten track, and a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice® winner, 2013. It offers secluded beaches, beautiful mountains and rivers, an abundance of wildlife, and unspoilt jungle - definitely well worth a visit!
Our day trip from Phuket starts with an early pick-up from your accommodation, and you’ll be driven north, crossing the six hundred metre span of the Sarasin Bridge, connecting Phuket Island with the Thai mainland.
The first stop on your journey takes you to visit to a local pineapple farm, a traditional cornerstone of Thai industry, before heading on to Monkey Cave Temple (Wat Suwannakhuha) which features a reclining Buddha, and a troupe of friendly resident monkeys!
For a mid-morning adventure you’ll climb atop an Asian elephant for a one-hour trek through the tropical rainforest - a great opportunity for wildlife spotting, and a must-do for any visit to Thailand! When your feet are back on the ground, you’ll have the option (for an extra payment of 100 THB) to visit Khao Lak’s Tsunami Museum where you can learn about the impact of 2004’s infamous, natural disaster which completely destroyed Khao Lak. The images of devastation in the museum provide a stark contrast to the Khao Lak of today, now a thriving tourist destination, and gateway to the Similans.
After a local lunch at a relaxed seaside restaurant, you’ll visit the Royal Thai Navy's Thap Lamu Turtle Project, located just south of Khao Lak, where you can find out about the conservation efforts to preserve the local sea turtle population - for example, beach patrols to protect unhatched eggs from hungry predators, and the nursing of hatchlings before their release into the sea.
To round off your day, take a trip to a scenic waterfall to cool off and take a gentle swim, followed by a relaxing hour floating down the Khao Lak River on a traditional bamboo raft - or in the water if you prefer! Once back on land, you’ll then begin the journey back to your accommodation in Phuket, stopping off at a local market on the way to taste some refreshing seasonal fruits.
07:00 - 8:00 Pick-up from your accommodation
08:30 Visit a pineapple plantation
09:30 See Wat Suwannakhuha (Monkey cave temple)
10:30 One-hour elephant trek through tropical rainforest
12:45 Visit the Tsunami Memorial Museum (an optional extra at 100 THB)
13:00 Thai lunch in a seaside restaurant
14:00 See the Thap Lamu Turtle Project
14:30 Relax and cool off at a nearby waterfall
15:00 Journey by bamboo raft down the Khaolak river
16:30 Break your return journey at a local fruit stall
17:00 Return safely to your Phuket accommodation
Adult 2,900 THB
Child (age 4 - 11 years) 1,900 THB
- Round-trip transfers from/to accommodation in most areas of Phuket. Please note: For more remote areas an additional charge (maximum 200 THB per person) may apply.
- Thai-style set lunch
- Drinking water
- Multilingual guide
- Sun protection - suncream, hat, sunglasses
- A change of clothes
- Shoes which are suitable for rafting and walking
Pick Up Times
|06:30 - 06:50||Phuket Town|
|06:30 - 06:50||
|06:30 - 06:50||Rawai - Nai Harn Beach|
|06:30 - 06:50||Koh Sirey|
|07:00 - 07:15||Kata - Karon Beach|
|07:30 - 07:50||Patong Beach|
|07:50 - 08:00||Kalim - Laem Hin Pier|
|08:00 - 08:15||Kamala - Ao Por|
|08:15 - 08:30||Surin - Bangtao - Layan - Naithorn|
|08:40 - 09:00||Naiyang Beach|
|08:40 - 09:00||Maikhao Beach|