Days
9
Price from
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Map of Cruising the Thai Islands from Phuket including Thailand

Encounter perfect beaches and small village life in Southern Thailand

The spoils of Southern Thailand are no secret, but this 9-day tour proves there’s always more to discover. Escape on a nine-day Adventure Cruise that takes in some of the most spectacular little islands off Thailand’s west coast. Ko Phayam, Surin Tai and Khao Lak offer all the hallmarks of Thailand’s idyllic south – the warm blue-green Andaman Sea, blinding white sands and marvellous limestone oddities – without the glitz and bustle of mainland Phuket. Dine and share stories with locals in small villages, explore jungle and boulder-studded shorelines and swim and snorkel the afternoons away.


Start
Phuket, Thailand
Finish
Phuket, Thailand
Destination
Thailand
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PAPI
Physical rating
Trip rating
6 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • On this cruise, the ocean is your swimming pool. The warm waters of the Andaman Sea are a dream to wake up to each day.

  • Meet the Moken people, a seafaring ethnic group of Austronesian origin who still mostly live a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer life, despite Thai and Burmese attempts to assimilate them into wider culture.

  • Get unrivalled access to snorkelling spots around the Andaman islands from your comfortable small ship, perfect for accessing small coves and beaches.

  • Enjoy the laidback nightlife of Khao Lak. This area has not adopted the seedier side of Thai tourism, so it’s great chance to spend a night out without hassle.

  • Hear first-hand hear stories of survival and resilience in Baan Talay Nok Village, which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami.

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.

  • This trip is very much focused around marine activities so confidence in the water will allow you to make the most of the snorkelling opportunities. Flotation aids will be available on board as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

  • 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

Welcome to Phuket! On arrival at the airport, enjoy an included transfer to your accommodation for tonight. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. After the meeting, perhaps share 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
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.

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.
In the morning you will check out of your hotel and travel in a private mini van to Phuket Old Town. On the way you will stop at Khao Rang mountain peak for a view of Phuket. This is a great spot to try a local coffee and take a few photos. Arrive in Phuket Old town and spend some time walking through the streets to experience the Chino-Portuguese Architecture. Lunch will be at your own expense and your tour leader can suggest some authentic Southern Thai Food restaurants for you. After lunch you will travel in the private mini van to Panwa Deep Sea port to start your cruise. A welcome meeting and safety briefing will be provided on board, setting sail at approximately 5pm. Enjoy dinner enroute to Khao Lak, taking in one of your first sunsets for the week.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Phuket old town tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Disembark in the morning for a day on the island. Choose whether to join in an optional excursion to the Sai Rung (rainbow) Waterfall for a swim in the freshwater pool that forms under the cascade. If you’d prefer, of course, you can always stretch out and relax on one of the island’s beaches. Later, make a poignant trip to the Ban Nam Khem memorial, which remembers those who lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami. The rest of the day will be spent on Bangsak Beach, a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangsak Beach
  • Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel by longtail boat to Baan Talay Nok village. Enjoy a locally-guided tour around the village, which was actually destroyed by 2004 tsunami and subsequently rebuilt. You'll hear some eye-opening stories of survival and how the village has recovered. For lunch, sit down with some local families and dine on tasty dishes. Try your hand not only at soap-making but also at some cooking, preparing a local dish of grilled coconut wrapped in banana leaf. Tonight, enjoy dinner 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
Enjoy a day of activities on and around the rarely visited Ka Islands, so untouched they bring to mind Castaway or the adventures of the Swiss Family Robinson. Enjoy an indulgent beach barbecue for lunch. Tonight, sail to Koh Phayam. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Beach BBQ
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Free
  • Snorkelling - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The transfer from the Panorama II to the beach will be by local longtail boat.
Arrive nice and early in Ko Phayam, the second-largest Thai island in the Andaman Sea. Enjoy a day of swimming, snorkelling and another beach barbecue. Overnight at anchor.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Free
  • Snorkelling - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sail to Ko Surin Tai in the morning for a Moken village tour. Spend some time learning about the traditions and culture of the Moken people, a seafaring 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 in a fascinating setting. In the afternoon, enjoy some snorkelling and relax on the beach. Spend the night at anchor.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking - Free
  • Snorkelling - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy another day basking in the beauty of Surin Tai. This is one of the best spots for snorkelling on this trip. Choose to explore this beautiful underwater ecosystem on an optional snorkelling day trip, or simply enjoy the beautiful beaches and make use of all the equipment on-board the vessel. Lunch today will be a beach picnic. As the sun goes down, return to the vessel for a captain’s dinner, where you can toast to the journey. Sail south towards Phuket.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama II (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Farewell Dinner
Optional Activities
  • Kayaking - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Free
  • Snorkelling - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The transfer from the vessel to the beach will be by a local longboat.
Arrive in Phuket early in the morning and disembark after breakfast as the adventure comes to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
A departure transfer is not included but can be booked for an additional cost to the airport or a Phuket hotel.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship, Zodiac, Bus

Accommodation

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

Included Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Phuket old town tour
  • Bangsak Beach
  • Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
  • Beach BBQ
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
  • Farewell Dinner

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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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