Days
15
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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.

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Terms & Conditions

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.

Itinerary

Arrive in Phuket, greeting your shipmates as you board in the late afternoon. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing to go over the finer details of your upcoming journey. After dinner onboard with your fellow travellers, set sail at around 9 pm, heading for Ko Miang overnight.
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
An arrival transfer is included from the airport to the port if you are arriving today. If you are arriving earlier, a transfer is included from the airport to our Phuket hotel. Please make your own way from the hotel to the port or a transfer can be arranged at an additional cost.
Arrive nice and early in Ko Miang, 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, or make use of the stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Then depart mid-afternoon for the short sail to the main group of the Similan Islands, where the boat will remain at anchor overnight.
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
Enjoy a full day of exploring the Similan Islands. You're free to hike the rainforest interior, scramble over huge boulders on pristine beaches or go snorkelling in search of tropical fish and coral. These islands, constituting a national park, were made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, and it's not hard to see why. Later, it's off for a late-night sail to Ko Surin Tai, and the night is spent at sea.
Included Activities
  • Rain Forest Hike
Optional Activities
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After an early-morning arrival, 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.
Later, in the afternoon, enjoy some snorkelling and relaxing on the beach.
Included Activities
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
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
Enjoy another day basking in the beauty of Surin Tai. Explore its incredible ecosystem, perhaps watching for a nesting turtle if it's the season. Otherwise, enjoy the sun and sand of this beautifully offtrack location while you can. In the evening, settle into a leisurely barbecue on deck with fellow travellers. The night is spent at anchor
here.
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
  • Dinner
Make the journey to Khao Lak, a village among a collection of gorgeous beaches along Phang Nga's coastline. If the conditions are right, you might enjoy some old fashioned sailing, with the sails up and the engine off for a little while. After arriving in the afternoon, you're free to explore Khao Lak Town as you please. In the evening, perhaps seek out some fresh seafood in one of the restaurants and explore the local nightlife. This laidback haven is a nice escape from the glitzier side of Phuket.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel by coach 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. After returning by bus to Ko Pra Thong, join the Panorama II once again. Enjoy a farewell dinner onboard as the boat sails for Phuket.
Included Activities
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
  • Farewell Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a free day in Phuket. Enjoy some beach time, or take in some shopping. The choice is yours. Rejoin the Panorama II in the afternoon and set sail around 5 pm. Enjoy dinner on arrival in Ko Yao Yai, relaxing and taking in the sunset.
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, the makeup of the group may change today, with some passengers joining and others departing.
Climb aboard a songtheaw for a tour with a local guide. Ko 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.
Included Activities
  • Bung Ae House Homestay dinner with local family
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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 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. Alternatively, simply stay on the Panorama II, which can take you around Phang Na bay for some snorkelling and swimming. Tonight, the second group will enjoy the hospitality and delicious Thai food at Bung Ae House.
Included Activities
  • Bung Ae House Homestay dinner with local family
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
  • Snorkelling from the Panorama II - Free
  • Thai Cooking Class - THB1200
  • Diving Phi Phi Island - THB3900
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding from the Panorama II - Free
  • Kayaking from the Panorama II - Free
  • Fishing from the Panorama II - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Arrive at around 7 am in beautiful Koh Rok Noi, 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. Late tonight, set sail overnight for Tarutao National Park.
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
  • Dinner
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.
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
  • Lunch
Join a local guide for a tour of idyllic Langkawi. This includes a 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.
Included Activities
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
  • Guided Tour of Langkawi
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
A leisurely sail brings you to Penang at around midday. Enjoy a delicious and fresh local Malaysian lunch at the market, 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.
Included Activities
  • Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
  • Local Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Disembark as the adventure comes to an end after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, zodiac, songtheaw, rickshaw, bus

Accommodation

Small cruise ship 14 nights

Included Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Rain Forest Hike
  • Guided Moken Village Visit
  • Beach BBQ
  • Baan Talay Nok - Community visit including lunch
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Bung Ae House Homestay dinner with local family
  • Guided songtheaw tour of the island
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
  • Guided Tour of Langkawi
  • 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.

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