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16
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Map of Cruising Thailand & Malaysia Southbound: Phuket to Penang including Malaysia and Thailand

Discover the pristine islands, hidden waterfalls and laidback villages of the Andaman Sea between Penang and Phuket

Discover the spectacular west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise with Peregrine. Between the more popular holiday destinations of Penang and Phuket, there’s a medley of laid back islands and villages to explore. Head north to experience the mesmerising beauty of the Similan Islands, Ko Miang and Ko Surin Tai.  Once the daytrippers go home, we will have the sea to ourselves.  Choose from leisure and adventure activities around Ao Nang, join in local life in laid back Ko Yao Yai, visit waterfalls tucked away in the jungle, and use the Andaman Sea as your swimming pool. With comfortable accommodation onboard, snorkelling and kayaking equipment, and knowledgeable local guides at your service, this is South East Asian paradise done in style.


Start
Phuket, Thailand
Finish
Pulau Penang, Malaysia
Destinations
Malaysia, Thailand
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PAKIC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • See Krabi's beautiful and bizarre limestone karst formations from the comfort of your small cruise ship

  • Wake up each morning to the clear azure waters of the Andaman Sea, which you’re free to swim in right off the back of the boat

  • Visit the iconic holiday islands of Penang, Langkawi and Phuket, but also enjoy the natural beauty of Turatao National Park and the Similan Islands.

  • Spend an evening at an authentic Thai homestay, enjoying home cooked specialties of the region

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than onboard activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Panorama II

Panorama II

For all our cruises in Asia and select departures in Greece, your home at sea is the M/S Panorama II.

Itinerary

Welcome to Phuket. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Just ask the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the notice boards. Your insurance details and next of kin information will be collected at this meeting, so please ensure you have these to provide to your leader. Known as one of the world’s finest beach destinations, this paradise of white sands, swaying palm trees and glittering seas offers a fantastic range of things to see and do. Night one of this adventure is spent at a relaxing resort and spa location in Patong, our hotel is located on the one of the most popular beaches the island has to offer. You might want to kick things off by sharing a cocktail with your group or taking a dip at the ocean.

Enjoy the night life of this lively beach area, or enjoy a quiet meal under the tropical stars. The choice is yours.
Accommodation
  • Centara Blue Marine Resort, or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An arrival transfer is included from the airport to the joining hotel if you are arriving today. If you are arriving earlier and have booked additional nights at the same hotel, a transfer is included. If you are staying elsewhere, please make your own way to your hotel and then to the joining hotel for your stay tonight.
After breakfast, we will get ready for the Group Meeting at 09.30hrs. Check out, then depart for Khao Rang mountain peak for the Phuket City Bird eye view, we will have as short coffee break here. Going down to Deebuk Road to experience the Chino-Portuguese Architecture, here’s the center of Phuket Old Town, brighten up your day with the Wall Painting Art on the street. Lunch will be on your own expense, our tour leader will suggest the authentic Southern Thai Food restaurants for you.
We will be back on the minivan again for Panwa Deep Sea port to get on board.. attending a welcome meeting and safety briefing on board, set sail at 5 pm. Enjoy dinner on the way to Similan, relaxing and taking in the sunset.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Phuket old town tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arrive nice and early in Ko Similan, one of the gorgeous Similan Islands. Renowned among divers for good reason, these islands combine rainforest, white sands and clear blue water to dazzling effect. Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling. Late afternoon sailing for Koh Surin. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Visit Moken Village for a tour with a local guide. This is the home of the Moken people, a Sea Gypsy ethnic group of Austronesian origin who still mostly live a seminomadic hunter-gatherer life (despite Thai and Burmese attempts to assimilate them into the wider culture). Notice their colourful poles, known as labong, which represent their ancestors. Lunch is included so you can enjoy some local cuisine.
Later, in the afternoon, enjoy some snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. We will spend the night at anchor.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a day of pure relaxation. Enjoy the beautiful beaches and make use of all the toys that the Panorama II has onboard. Lunch will be a picnic on the beach. Tonight, we will sail south to Mu Koh Kam
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel by longtail boat to Baan Talay Nok village. Enjoy a local-guided tour around the village, which was actually destroyed by 2004 tsunami. You'll hear some eye-opening stories of survival and how the village has recovered. For lunch, sit down with local families and dine on some tasty local dishes. Try your hand not only at soap-making but also at some cooking, preparing a local dish of grilled coconut wrapped in leaf. Tonight we'll enjoy under the stars at anchor near Mu Koh Kam.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today will be a day that reads like a page from the Swiss family Robinson. The Kam islands are undeveloped and rarely visited. Our last day of beach and sea activities will be spent in these idyllic surroundings. But unlike a castaway, you won't want for sustenance as your lunch will be a sumptuous beach BBQ.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The transfer from the Panorama II to the beach will be by local long tail boat.
On arrival at Khao Lak, we will disembark for a day of land activities to help you get our land legs back. An optional visit the Sai Rung (rainbow) waterfall is a chance for a fresh water swim so be sure to have your swim suit with you.
Having met survivors of the 2004 tsunami at Ban Thalay Nok, the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial may seem that much more poignant. The wave shaped memorial represents the wall of water that invaded the beaches around Khao Lak on boxing day 2004, and features hundreds and hundreds of names of the tourists and locals that were lost that day. We finish our day around Khao Lak at the beautiful Bangsak beach. Your last chance to enjoy the warmth of the Andaman Sea.
Tonight, the Captain will host a farewell dinner to toast your journey.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Bangsak Beach
  • Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You will have free time today to explore.  Some passengers will be leaving this morning and there will be some passengers joining this afternoon.

Once the new passengers have settled in, we set sail at 5 pm for Koh Yao Yai. Enjoy dinner on arrival, relaxing and taking in the sunset.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Climb aboard a songtheaw for a tour with a local guide. Koh Yao Yoi is known for beautiful beaches, friendly Muslim fisherman and diverse birdlife, not to mention some delicious local seafood. We set off in the early afternoon for the short sail to Ao Nang, a lively beachside town in the Krabi province. The night is yours to enjoy – perhaps kick back with a cold drink in one of the local bars. This evening, half of the group will head to Bung Ae House Homestay for an authentic, home-cooked Thai dinner.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Tonight, the first group will go to Bung Ae House homestay for an included Thai home cooked meal.
The remaining passengers will enjoy a free evening in Ao Nang (dinner not included)
With a full day in Ao Nang, you're free to partake in a range of optional activities. Whip up some local specialties in a Thai cooking class, spot colourful tropical fish on a snorkelling trip, take the adventure to the next level with some rock climbing, unwind with a traditional Thai massage, or make tracks on two wheels to a local waterfall. Another great option is to take a longtail boat to Railay Beach or for a cruise around Phang Nga Bay. Tonight, the second group will enjoy the hospitality and delicious Thai food at Bung Ae House.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ao Nang - Rock Climbing - THB1800
  • Ao Nang - Longtail Boat Taxi to Railay Beach - THB100
  • Ao Nang - Thai Massage - THB300
  • Railay - Half day Eco Cycle - THB1500
  • Thai Cooking Class - THB1200
  • Diving Phi Phi Island - THB3900
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Arrive at around 7 am in beautiful Koh Rok, one of many beautiful islands with white sands and blue-green waters against a jungle backdrop. You'll transfer to the island by Zodiac (a motorised inflatable boat). A full day of beach time is on the agenda, so enjoy some snorkelling, kayaking or paddleboarding. Otherwise, relax on shore and take in the postcard-perfect scene. A picnic lunch will be provided. Late tonight, set sail overnight for Tarutao National Park.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Head over to Adang Island for some swimming and snorkelling. Set sail in the afternoon for Langkawi. You'll see this is a town that has retained its everyday local life and spectacular natural beauty despite it popularity among travellers. The evening is yours to explore the town as you please, so perhaps dabble in the nightlife.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
Optional Activities
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today, we take a trip to visit to the beautiful Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls – a lovely spot to relax and take in the jungle ambience. In the evening, set sail overnight for Penang.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
A leisurely sail brings you to Penang at around midday. Enjoy a delicious and fresh local Malaysian lunch at hawker food centre, and split up into smaller groups to join local guides for a walking tour around Penang's old town, taking in the historic shophouses, narrow streets and unique atmosphere of the island. Take a rickshaw back to the ship and enjoy a farewell dinner onboard with fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
  • Local Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Adventure Cruise comes to an end after breakfast today. Disembarkation will take place between 8 and 9.30am.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship, Zodiac, Songtheaw, rickshaw, Bus

Accommodation

Small cruise ship (14 nights)

Included Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Phuket old town tour
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
  • Beach BBQ
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Bangsak Beach
  • Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
  • Local Lunch

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
If a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Rooming on this trip is twin-share. Single travellers will share a Twin room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge.
Please note, it is not possible to share with a stranger in any double cabin category (as bedding in these cabins is one double bed).

PORT FEES AND GRATUITIES
All Port and National Park fees are included in the cost of your voyage. Gratuities for the ships' crew and any local guides or drivers are also included. A tip for your tour leaders is not included and is at your discretion.

PASSPORT DETAILS:
Passport details are required at least 30 days prior to departure. This is due to a limited number of tourists allowed to visit the Similan Islands National Park each day and the entry permit has to be organised in advance.

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