From Chiang Mai, a flight to Phuket brings us to the stunning Andaman Sea. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred (45 minutes) to our beach front resort. After check-in, we have time to relax, swim in the pools, or take a dip in the ocean. Over dinner, we will get to know one another and learn more details about our upcoming days. Breakfast and dinner included.
Note: Internal flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket is not included.
After breakfast at the hotel, we have a short transfer to Ao Por pier where our guide gives us a water safety briefing aboard our long-tail boat. Today, enjoy the view as our guide powers the boat through the water, or grab a paddle and power the sit-on-top kayak. There are plenty of chances to swim and snorkel (conditions permitting) or just relax, listening to the sounds of nature and enjoying the serenity of the sea breeze as we explore the magnificent Phang Nga Bay with its spectacular limestone karsts jutting straight out of the sea . We enjoy a picnic style lunch on a private beach. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to Koh Yao Yai Island to our beautiful beachfront resort. There is free time before dinner to swim in the stunning infinity pool or stroll along the resort's private beach. All meals included.
Kayaking: ~3 hours
This morning we board a long-tail boat and head to Hong Island Marine National Park, visiting "A Room with the View" as called by the local people. We explore a group of small and medium sized islands. Relax and snorkel through shoals of eye-catching fish, witness the beauty of both deep and shallow sea corals, and swim along the unspoiled white sandy beach surrounding the islands.
We return to Koh Yao Yai for lunch and an afternoon village tour where we experience the local customs and traditions of the friendly islanders of Koh Yao Yai. We walk through a rubber plantation, the islander's main source of income alongside rice, and learn how they tap for rubber. Continuing on through rice paddies, we get glimpse of the locals' self-sufficient way of life while enjoying the flora and fauna on route. Enjoy a couple of hours relaxation by the pool before your evening dinner at own leisure. Our guide can recommend a local restaurant on the island or enjoy one of the restaurants located in the resort. Breakfast and lunch included.
Snorkeling: ~1.5 hours; Island walk: 2 hours
After breakfast we return to the pier in Phuket on our support boat (~30 minutes) and then transfer to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project where we learn about these extraordinary apes and how they are being protected. After our visit and lunch, one group transfer (30 minutes) to the Phuket airport is provided. Breakfast and lunch included.