Day 1: Phuket - Kuraburi
From Phuket airport, drive north for about three hours to Kuraburi for the start of your community village experience.
Day 2: Kuraburi - Community Village Experience
Travel to Ban Talae Nok, a small village that will be your home. Before settling in, you’ll be taken for a quick visit to the nearby beach and the site of the pre-tsunami village. Meet your host family who will give you a guided tour of the village and show you Nipa Palm weaving, a local tradition and skill. Tonight enjoy a chat over dinner with your host family.
Day 3: Community Village Experience - Kuraburi
This morning you will learn how to make soap using local ingredients with the Soap Cooperative. After lunch say goodbye to your host family and return to Kuraburi.
Day 4: Kuraburi - Khao Sok - Elephant Hills
Visit Elephant Hills, an exquisite tented camp amidst the rainforest covered mountains of Khao Sok National Park. Head into the jungle to the elephant camp and spend the morning caring for the elephants, feeding and bathing them in true mahout style. Then jump in a canoe and paddle along Sok River through one of the oldest primary rainforests in Thailand, passing reptiles basking in the sun with the mountains as your backdrop.
Day 5: Elephant Hills
Wake up to the sounds of the jungle over a leisurely breakfast. Board a boat and set off to explore an extraordinary lake which is home to over one hundred islands. Swim in the cool waters and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Day 6: Elephant Hills - Krabi
Explore the jungle with a trek where you will get up close to the exotic plants and tropical trees, and see colourful birds high in the canopy. Gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates and you might see a macaque or a leaf monkey swinging through the branches. Weather permitting, have lunch cooked in a bamboo oven, a tradition of jungle explorers for centuries.
Day 7: Krabi
Spend the next few days unwinding completely on one of Thailand’s most lovely beaches. Commandeer a spot on the sand and unwind under the swaying palms or if flop and drop is not your thing, visit the town for a spa treatments, a spot of shopping or the cafe scene.
Day 8: Krabi
Travel by speedboat to Phra Nang Cave Beach on a secluded peninsula and spend the morning relaxing, sun bathing and swimming. The boat will also take you to visit some islands where you can snorkel in the calm, crystal clear waters.
Day 9 – 11: Krabi
Day 12: Departure Krabi
The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.