JUNGLE TREKKING & A BOAT RIDE TO THE BEACH
There’s time for one more activity in KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK this morning, an interesting hike through the jungle or, if you spent the night at the Rainforest Camp, an atmospheric canoe safari through the early morning cotton buds of mist that hang over Cheow Lan Lake. The jungle trek starts with a river crossing (by bamboo raft), after which you’ll head up into the rainforest that surrounds Elephant Camp, climbing boulders as you go and crossing little wooden bridges as your guide explains the staggering variety of trees and plants around you. Lunch is prepared and cooked in the middle of the jungle – which is no mean feat – and it’s particularly impressive to watch how the cook deftly peels, cracks and grates a fresh coconut for your curry. Kids can have a go, probably not so deftly, at the grating.
After you’ve freshened up back at camp, it’s time to move on to the Andaman Coast, where you’ll be spending the last few days of your trip relaxing on its golden beaches and swimming in the warm, clear waters of the Andaman Sea. You’re spoilt for choice in Southern Thailand, but it’s hard to beat KO YAO NOI, a low-key little island in Phang Nga bay that combines stunning scenery with access to some beautiful beaches. It’s around a three-hour drive from Khao Sok to Bangrong Pier on the island of Phuket, from where long-tail boats [฿120, under-12s ฿50, under-7s free | 55min] and speedboats [฿200, children free | 25min] make the journey past the mangroves and out into the bay to Ko Yao Noi. You’ll arrive at Bangrong Pier at around 5pm, in time to catch the 5.40pm long tail, a sturdy wooden vessel that is normally crammed with other passengers and their assorted cargo; songthaew taxis await the boats at Manoh Pier on Ko Yao Noi, charging around ฿100 per person (฿50 for children over 5) for the short journey to your hotel. Chuck your bags down and slip into your swimsuits – the pool awaits.
TOP TIP The boat schedule changes every September, but check with your hotel on Ko Yao Noi that there hasn’t been any minor alterations in the meantime.
WHERE TO STAY
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