Days
9
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Map of Cruising Thailand & Malaysia: Penang to Phuket including Malaysia and Thailand

Cruise the Andaman Sea on an island-hopping adventure.

What better way to experience the splendid coastline on the west coast of Malaysia and Thailand than with a small-ship Adventure Cruise. Discover the jewels of the Andaman Sea on a nine-day island hopping adventure, sailing by Langkawi, Ao Nang, Ko Yao Yai and Ko Rok Noi. Visit hidden waterfalls tucked into the jungle, swim by vibrant coral reefs in crystal-clear waters, dine on delicious local meals with a dedicated onboard crew, and have plenty of time to experience this coast at your own pace with a range of tailored experiences to choose from. Whether it’s lazing on deck, taking a jungle expedition, or diving to the depths of the ocean, your cruising adventure has it all – and without the crowds or queues.


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

Why you'll love this trip

  • Begin your Thailand adventure on the right foot with a guided walking tour around the Old Town of Penang – full of colonial-era architecture, vibrant market vendors and delectable local food.

  • Take local transport from your small ship to the Telaga Tujuh Waterfall in Langkawi – admiring the stunning cascades appearing from the depths of the island’s rainforest.

  • With a free day at Ao Nang in Krabi province, choose you own personalised adventure, with cooking classes, kayaking experiences, local village visits and beach activities all on offer.

  • You half board meal plan not only allows you indulge in meals on board, but you’ll also have the chance to eat at local restaurants in town, discovering the region’s best cuisine.

  • Admire the clear blue waters, vibrant coral reefs and lush rainforest of the Tarutao Marine Park in Ko Tarutao. Snorkelling, diving, stand-up paddleboarding – how you explore is up to you.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship Adventure Cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a motorised yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but this cruise focuses more on the destination than on-board 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.

  • Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. There will be seasickness tablets on board and 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 (fitted with handrails) to access all the decks.

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

Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Arrive at Penang International Airport, where you’ll be met by a representative and transferred to your centrally-located hotel for the night. The fascinating island of Penang is teeming with local and colonial history, and is now a fusion of cultures, with the World Heritage-listed site of Georgetown sitting at its core. If you do happen to arrive early today, why not take a walk around the city, to see the blend of colonial architecture, local artisan shops and hawker-filled alleyways. Tonight, after an important welcome meeting held in your hotel, why not venture out to one of the night street food stalls to get a real taste of this culturally-rich city.
Accommodation
  • Travelodge Georgetown Hotel, 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.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
After breakfast at the hotel, head on a guided tour the Old Town of Penang, taking in the city sights – a blend of old a new in the historic shophouses, narrow lanes and modern skyline overlooking the Malacca Strait. As you may have already discovered, Penang is a haven for food lovers, so enjoy lunch at a local hawker food market, where your leader will select a variety of interesting local dishes for the group to try. Travel like the locals do and transfer to your boat by rickshaw. This afternoon, after a safety briefing and welcome cocktail, set sail for the island of Langkawi. Tonight is all about introductions, so sit down with your group to your first meal on board the Panorama II as you cruise off into the sunset.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Local Lunch
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, embark on a tour to Telaga Tujuh Waterfall. Known as the ‘Seven Wells’ waterfalls, this is one of Langkawi’s most stunning natural attractions – a series of seven connected pools that feed into each other to create a flowing cascade. If you feel like a bit of a hike, spend 45 minutes heading to the top of the waterfalls, passing lush forests and spotting local wildlife like macaques and hornbills along the way. Head back in town to enjoy a free evening in Langkawi, perhaps discovering the local food and nightlife, or otherwise, have dinner on board – the choice is yours!
Included Activities
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Langkawi for an early-morning sail to Ko Tarutao National Marine Park. With today free to choose your own adventure, you may like to spend some time snorkelling, swimming, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding around the island, where you’ll pass by coral reefs, sandy white beaches and sparkling blue waters. Tonight, spend the night at anchor and enjoy a relaxing night on board – it’s just you, the crew and the big blue tonight.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking - Free
  • Snorkelling - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Embrace another day basking in the sunlight and taking in your paradisiacal surroundings. Today will be spent discovering more of the Tarutao National Marine Park, as well as cruising onwards to Ko Adang – teeming with secluded coves, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters full of tropical marine life. Speak to your crew if you have any requests today – they know where all the best spots are. In the evening, set sail for Ko Rok Noi with dinner served on board while you cruise. Spend the evening anchored by Ko Rok Noi.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend the morning enjoying the spoils of Ko Rok Noi. The waters around this pair of islands may be some of the clearest you’ve ever seen, so strap on a snorkel and get exploring. For lunch, enjoy a beachside picnic prepared by your crew – by now, you’ll definitely be on island time, and the most important thing for you to do is choose whether to swim or snooze after your meal. Return to your ship in the afternoon to cruise onwards to Ao Nang. If all goes to plan, you’ll arrive in time for a late dinner off the boat, ready to enjoy some of the regional specialties at your leisure in town.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Have a free morning in Ao Nang to do as you please, with a range of optional activities on offer. You could whip up some local specialties at a Thai cooking class, spot colourful tropical fish on a snorkelling trip, take the adventure to the next level with some diving or 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. This idyllic cove is only accessible by a short boat trip (approximately 10 minutes), due to it being surrounded by towering limestone karsts – it has to be seen to be believed. Alternatively, you may like to simply stay onboard the Panorama II and relax. Tonight is also free to check out the nightlife of beachside Ao Nang.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Railay - Half day Eco Cycle - THB1500
  • Ao Nang - Longtail Boat Taxi to Railay Beach - THB100
  • Thai Cooking Class - THB1200
  • Ao Nang - Thai Massage - THB300
  • Diving Phi Phi Island - THB3900
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, arrive at Ko Yao Yai, and climb aboard a songthaew – a two-rowed passenger truck – for a tour with a local guide. Ko Yao Yoi is known for beautiful beaches, friendly fisherman and diverse birdlife, not to mention some delicious local seafood. Today, take up the chance for some swimming when you head to an island beach for a dip. This evening, indulge in a Captain’s dinner on board your vessel, enjoying an a la carte meal with your group while taking in the sunset. Tonight is spent at anchor, so gather with your group for a celebratory drink.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Departing early, cruise back to Phuket which is just a short distance away. As there are no activities planned for today, you are free to disembark after breakfast and continue your onward journey. If you need help planning your onward connections, please speak to your booking agent, or consult your ship crew before you disembark.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No departure transfer is included today; however, it can be arranged at an additional cost from the port to the airport or from the port to other Phuket hotels. Please note that if you wish to fly from Phuket International Airport today, it is important not to book any flights before 12 pm (midday) to allow for disembarkation process and travel to the airport from the port.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship, Zodiac, Songtheaw, rickshaw, Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Small cruise ship (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Local Lunch
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
  • Beach BBQ
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island

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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.

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