Life’s a Beach:

The Best of Southern Thailand


From an overnight stay in a floating raft house to relaxing on the Island of Koh Yao Yai, here’s where to go in Southern Thailand

From kayaking through mangroves and caves to sampling traditional street food, this trip will immerse you in the riches that southern Thailand has to offer. Starting in Phuket, head north to Khao Sok Lake where you’ll stay in a floating raft house and experience a wildlife boat safari – possibly spotting a sun bear if you’re lucky. Snorkel in the Andaman Sea, embark on a sunset cruise and explore the hidden lagoon on Hong Island before some well-earned relaxation in Koh Yao Yai. Cap off your island-hopping adventure with a farewell group dinner under the star-studded sky.

Why we love this trip

  • Stay in a floating raft house on Khao Sok Lake
  • Spot exotic birds and bears on a longtail boat ride
  • Kayak through the Bor Thor Mangrove Forest
  • Swim with tropical fish off Hong Island
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise and barbecue in Ao Nang
  • Sample authentic Thai cuisine
  • Local Insider group tour leader
  • Ultimate Covid booking guarantee
Maximum group size of 16

This incredible 10 day premium small group journey to Southern Thailand starts from £1,509 per person.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Phuket and enjoy the local nightlife
Touch down at Phuket International Airport. At the hotel, you’ll be greeted by our local insider who will accompany the group throughout the trip. Meet your fellow travellers at 6pm. A welcome dinner at the beachfront is the perfect way to get your first night started before venturing out on a night tour of Patong. Take to the dancefloor or grab a beer in one of the many bars on Bangla Road – but be sure to bear in mind tomorrow’s early start!
Accommodation: Deevana Patong Resort and Spa

Activities Included: Welcome dinner & Patong night tour

Day 2: Discover Khao Sok Lake and stay in a floating raft house
After breakfast, get ready for your transfer to Khao Sok Lake – a 165sqkm (64sqmi) body of emerald-green water, surrounded by dense rainforest and dramatic limestone formations. Upon arrival, you can store your luggage and take an overnight bag before setting off from the pier on a longtail boat for a scenic, guided journey to the raft house. Next, fuel up on lunch before hiking to a waterfall, underground cave or viewpoint, depending on the season. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure – swimming, kayaking or exploring the area’s rugged inlets.
Accommodation: Keeree Thara Floating Resort

Activities Included: Raft house boat trip & Guided Khao Sok Lake activity

Optional Activities: Kayaking

Day 3: Spot local wildlife and kayak through mangrove forests
Kick off day three with a wildlife safari by longtail boat. Keep a close eye out for hornbills and gibbons in particular; you may even be fortunate enough to spot a sun bear, too. Head back for breakfast and enjoy some free time before your minibus transfer to Krabi. En route, you’ll stop at Bor Thor mangrove forest for an unforgettable kayaking adventure. It’s not strenuous, thanks to the lack of current here, and you can also explore caves that feature 3,000-year-old drawings. Come evening, watch the sun set on the beach and sample the delicious street food of Ao Nang.

Accommodation: Pakasai Resort and Spa

Activities Included: Wildlife safari & Bor Thor Mangrove Forest Kayaking

Day4: Explore Hong Island
Jump on a boat this morning for a day of island-hopping. You’ll start at Hong Island 6km (4mi) off the coast of Krabi; it’s actually an archipelago in the Than Bok Khorani National Park, characterised by sandy white beaches, limestone cliffs and a secluded turquoise lagoon. The calm, shallow water is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking among shoals of colourful fish. Follow the nature trail through the jungle to get a deeper feel for the islands before you head back to the mainland.
Accommodation: Pakasai Resort and Spa

Activities included: Hong Island day trip & Snorkelling

Optional Activities: Kayaking

Day 5: Embark on a boat cruise and dine on deck at sunset
Following a laid-back morning at the hotel, you’ll be picked up and transported to the pier, where you’ll set off on a five-hour boat cruise. Enjoy Thai snacks and cold drinks, snorkel in the clear waters of the Andaman Sea and explore Chicken Island – named after the unusual chicken-shaped rock formation on its southern tip. Wrap up the day with a barbecue on deck served at sunset, featuring a variety of Thai delicacies.

Accommodation: Pakasai Resort and Spa

Activities included: Sunset cruise and barbecue

Day 6: Kick back and relax in Koh Yao Yai
Wave goodbye to the mainland once more as you take a two-hour boat transfer to Koh Yao Yai, a secluded island which sits halfway between Krabi and Phuket. Here, it’s all about relaxation. After checking into the hotel, why not make the most of the sea view from the infinity-edge swimming pool, sip on your favourite cocktail or book a soothing Thai massage at the spa. It’s time to switch off and recharge after an action-packed few days.

Accommodation: Koh Yao Yai Village Resort

Day 7: Trek to the viewing point and enjoy a waterpark in the sea
Fancy taking it easy for another day? It’s your choice – but for those keen to explore Koh Yao Yai, there’s plenty to see and do. Trek to the north of the island for impressive vistas from the observation deck, visit the eye-catching sand formations jutting out into the sea at Laem Had Beach, or try the miniature inflatable waterpark at Coco Beach. Alternatively, lie back and catch some rays on the pristine white sand.

Accommodation: Koh Yao Yai Village Resort

Activities included: Island exploration

Day 8: Free time in Koh Yao Yai
Indulge in a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, because how you spend the day today is entirely up to you. Get a taste for rural island life by visiting a paddy, rubber plantation or lobster farm, venture to a different beach such as Khlong Son, Loh Pared or Ao Sai for a sunbathe and swim, or you can simply lounge by the pool. There’s no shortage of options.

Accommodation: Koh Yao Yai Village Resort


Optional activities: Koththu cooking experience and lunch

Day 9: Return to Phuket and share a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers
Prepare for your transfer from Koh Yao Yai back to Phuket, where you’ll check into the hotel for your final stop of the trip. There are two beaches separated by a rocky headland in this peaceful corner of Phuket, called Ao Yon Bay, both of which tend to be much less crowded than other better-known beaches on the island. Take a gentle afternoon stroll along this unspoilt piece of coastline before toasting your fellow travellers during a final dinner on the beachfront.
Accommodation: Bandara Phuket Beach Resort

Activities included: Farewell dinner

Day 10: Depart from Phuket
After breakfast, it’s time to pack your bags and say farewell to the group. Head back to the airport via private transfer by approximately midday to begin your journey home. Alternatively, extend your stay in Thailand – there are plenty more beaches to discover.


  • One night floating raft house accommodation
  • Four nights spa hotel accommodation
  • Four nights beach resort accommodation
  • Private and local transport
  • Nine breakfasts, one lunch, five dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Return airport transfers
  • Patong night tour
  • Guided Khao Sok Lake activity
  • Wildlife safari
  • Bor Thor Mangrove Forest kayaking
  • Hong Island day trip
  • Sunset cruise and barbecue


Further info

This incredible 10 day premium small group journey starts at £1,509 per person and is curated, and operated by one of our specialist travel partners.

Departure dates for this tour are: 10th & 22nd Nov, 24th Jan, 21st Feb, 28th Mar, 2nd May, 17th Oct 2023, 21st Nov 2023, 19th Dec 2023

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