Price

$1799 AUD per person

$150 AUD Single supplement

Inclusions

  •  Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Services of an English speaking local guides
  • All transfers as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Scrubba Wash Bag

Exclusions

  • International and domestic flights
  • National Park Fees
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

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Discover a hidden, quieter side to Thailand. Located so close to the buzzing capital of Bangkok, this lesser visited island is the perfect way to embrace rich, warm culture whilst exploring the raw beauty of its pristine beaches. Tempt your taste buds with local delicacies and participate in morning alms with the village monks as they shuffle past.

Get hands on with a local eco-tourism project where you will work alongside a native minority group to create sustainable crafts and help educate these fascinating people on how to build their own economies to support and maintain their traditional lifestyles.

Day 1 - Bangkok to Koh Sichang

Welcome to Thailand – a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands.

An early start this morning as you are picked up from your hotel at 8.00am and transfer through the hustle and busstle of Bangkok to Koh Loi Pier. Arriving at the pier, catch the public ferry to one of Thailand’s best kept secrets, Koh Sichang (approx. 45min). A small, picturesque island located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, it is the closest island to Bangkok and yet remains relatively undiscovered.

Upon arrival in Koh Sichang, you will be greeted by spectacular scenery, from the harsh cliffs, turquoise waters and rugged headlands, not to mention, the stunning sunsets.

Transfer to Sichang Resort to drop your luggage, then set off and explore the island! Your first stop is at the Summer Palace built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1892. Within the Summer Palace, you will discover the Judhadhut Palace. Hostilities with France in 1893 had shown how vulnerable the summer capital on Koh Sichang was to a modern navy, and it abandoned in 1894, after the death of Crown Prince Vajirunhis.

There are also hidden staircases down to the sea, several caves to explore and a rock that rings like a bell when you hit it! Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to explore the island. Go for a swim at Haad Tham Phang, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island or visit Tham Chakrapong and the Yellow Image of Buddha. Continue to a spectacular view point of Koh Sichang at Buddha’s Footprint and walk down to Saan Chao Pho Kao Yai, a traditional Chinese Temple. Visit Chom Kao Kard, which is a public park with pavilions and an elevated promenade offering splendid views of the cliffs, sea and rugged headlands. End your day here to take in the magnificent sunset. Overnight in Koh Sichang. (L)

Day 2 - Koh Sichang to Chanthaburi

After breakfast check out and transfer to Koh Sichang Pier, taking the ferry back to the mainland. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your next destination – Chanthaburi province, known for its sparkling gems and precious stones. Lunch today is in a local restaurant.

On the way, visit the Canopy Walkway over the Golden Mangrove Field (Thung Prong Thong) covering an area of 2,400 acres which is perhaps the largest single mangrove plantation in the province of Rayong. Visit the unique all red Tuek Daeng building, and the historic French built prison, Khuk Khi Kai, established in 1893 to hold Thais who were against the French occupation of Chanthaburi.

From here, you will arrive at your homestay. Relax, fish, or row in the ocean waters with one of the homestay’s small row boats. Enjoy a freshly caught and grilled seafood feast for dinner. Overnight in Chanthaburi. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Chanthaburi

Rise early today and join the local villagers in offering morning alms to passing monks. After breakfast, take a cruise around the Laem Singh cape area and see how the local communities raise striped bass and grouper in large sea enclosures.

Witness seemingly endless species of birds that live among the mangroves as you try and spot macaques snacking on crabs. Lunch today is in a local restaurant. Try your hand at producing organic fish balls, a local delicacy, before returning to your homestay to soak up the fishing village life. Overnight at Chanthaburi. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Chantaburi to Trad

Following breakfast, say goodbye to your local hosts and transfer to the Community Ecotourism group of Tambon Huay Raeng, Trad. Enjoy a boat trip down the pristine forests and waters of the Huay Raeng and see first hand the villagers way of life in the still waters of the Gulf of Thailand estuary.

Sample the local flavours with a local lunch of rice packed in Areca leaf, a staple traditional food eaten by villagers while out working the fields and streams of eastern Thailand.

Learn how the locals produce household items and watch how mangosteen soap is made from locally available plants.

Tonight you will help prepare the evening’s dinner with locally soured produce. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Trat. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Trad

This morning following breakfast, transfer to visit Chong Changtune Live Eco – Museum in Bo Rai district. Hugging the mountains on the border of Cambodia, witness the way of life of the Chong people, a minority group native to the area. Here there are many hands on experiences for you to get involved in. Make inhalant from local herbs, learn how to weave a hat from palm leaves, take a ride on a “Salenger”, a motorbike with a sidecar, try a White Mud Spa, or pan for Siamese Rubies (red gemstones) in the riverbed using the ancient Chong technique.

Freshen up after your activities by visiting the local retreat “Spa de Chong” for some relaxation with a difference, as you take a sauna using Thai herbal steam, in a chicken coop! Enjoy traditional Chong recipes for lunch such as banana stalk curry and fried pork with salt. After lunch, you will be transferred to Trad airport where your journey will end as you fly to you onward destination. (B,L)