Southern Thailand Animal-Venture

Southern Thailand is a land of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant wildlife. If you’re an animal lover and an adventurer at heart, this 6-day itinerary will take you on a journey through some of the region’s most remarkable animal encounters and breathtaking natural wonders.

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Day 1: Exploring Samui Elephant Kingdom and Ko Mat Sum Island

Ko Mat Sum Island

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Your Southern Thailand adventure begins with a visit to the Samui Elephant Kingdom, a sanctuary dedicated to the welfare of rescued elephants. Here, you can observe these majestic creatures up close, learn about their conservation, and even participate in their care.

Afterward, head to Ko Mat Sum Island, where you’ll encounter another unique group of residents – the swimming pigs! These friendly creatures make for an unforgettable and adorable experience as you swim alongside them in the crystal-clear waters.

Day 2: Breakfast at Bridge Hill Cafe and Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

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Start your day with breakfast at Bridge Hill Cafe, known for its stunning views and the picturesque “Stairway to Heaven.” Afterward, it’s off to Khao Sok National Park, a vast expanse of ancient rainforest teeming with wildlife.

Explore the lush jungle on guided treks, spot exotic birds and playful monkeys, and take a relaxing boat ride along the Sok River. Your day ends in style with an overnight stay in an over-water bungalow at the 500RRai Floating Resort, where you’ll be lulled to sleep by the gentle sounds of nature.

Day 3: Leisure Time in Khao Lak

Khao Lak

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Today is a day of leisure in Khao Lak. Relax on the pristine beaches, indulge in local cuisine, or explore the town’s vibrant markets. With its laid-back atmosphere and natural beauty, Khao Lak is the perfect place to unwind.

Day 4: Caring for Elephants, Laem Sing Viewpoint and Whale Shark Diving

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

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Your morning begins with a visit to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with and care for rescued elephants in a responsible and ethical environment.

In the afternoon, hike to the Laem Sing Viewpoint for panoramic vistas of the Andaman Sea. Then you will head off for a late afternoon dive with whale sharks, what an experience.  As the day draws to a close, savor a delightful dinner at Bookhemian, a charming restaurant known for its fusion of Thai and international flavors.

Day 5: James Bond Island, Tiger Cave Temple, and Railay Beach

Railay Beach

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Embark on a boat journey to the famous Ko Ta Pu, also known as James Bond Island, where you can marvel at the towering limestone karsts that made this place iconic.

Next, visit the Wat Tham Suea Tiger Cave Temple, known for its breathtaking views and spiritual significance. Following this, hop on a long-tail boat to Railay West Beach, renowned for its stunning cliffs and crystal-clear waters. Your night will be equally spectacular as you dine and stay at The Grotto at Rayavadee, a luxury hotel nestled amidst nature.

Day 6: Exploring Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay

Maya Bay Phi Phi

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On your final day, take a boat trip to the Phi Phi Islands, a tropical paradise surrounded by turquoise waters. Explore the vibrant marine life while snorkeling, and be sure to visit the stunning Maya Bay, made famous by the movie “The Beach.”

As you soak in the sun and immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea, reflect on the incredible journey you’ve had through Southern Thailand’s diverse landscapes and unforgettable animal encounters.

Southern Thailand offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and incredible wildlife encounters. This 6-day itinerary is designed to provide a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, making it an ideal journey for animal enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. From elephants and pigs to stunning beaches and lush rainforests, this animal-venture in Southern Thailand promises memories that will last a lifetime.

Southern Thailand Animal-Venture

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Interested in more of Thailand, check out: Best Of Northern Thailand

-Gemma, Tripio Guru

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