Thailand with Christine Kaaloa Exploration

Bangkok - Khao Sok - Phuket

2020: Mar 13 - Mar 20

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Visit the giant reclining Buddha in Bangkok at night, explore a floating market, take an overnight train and eat tasty Thai food every step of the way. Make lasting memories with your host, Christine, and find your own travel story on this amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip through Thailand.

  • 8 days

  • 8 - 16 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches & 5 dinners included

  • Fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) by 5pm to make the food tour at 7pm, TrovaTrip will provide 3 airport transfers between 8am - 5pm

  • Fly out of Phuket International Airport (HKT), TrovaTrip will provide two morning airport transfers

Activities Included

  • Bangkok City Tour
  • Mae Klong Railway Market Visit
  • Fruit Plantation Visit and Demonstration
  • Amphawa Floating Market Visit
  • Khao Sok National Park Canoe Tour
  • Khao Sok National Park Jungle Trek
  • Pakarang Cave Visit
  • Navigating “Local” and Finding your Story through Travel Workshop

Navigating “Local” and Finding your Story through Travel: This is an experiential trip, designed to expose you to a variety of different environments and transportation, to show you ways to improve your travel confidence and navigate the unfamiliar and foreign. Thailand is a perfect setting for this! I'll share my tips for how I get around. Those interested in vlogging or creating your own travel content, be sure to bring your camera as we’ll touch lightly upon storytelling as this trip takes you into finding and developing your own story (aka #legend) as a traveler.

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels
  • Local Guide throughout Trip
  • All Tour Transfers
  • Domestic Flight from Bangkok to Phuket
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (until 6pm on first day)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 5 Dinners

Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times
  • Tips for Guides
  • Perfect Weather

Your Host

Christine Kaaloa

@grrrltraveler

Between curious Hawaii girl next door and solo female travel YouTuber, Christine of GRRRLTRAVELER takes you inside the adventure of travel, food and culture, one destination at a time. Join her as she shows you how to survive travel by going local and creating a memorable and exciting adventure!

Itinerary

Day 1

Sawadee-kah! We’ll pick you up from the airport and take you to your first hotel in Bangkok where you’ll meet the crew.

Meet in the lobby at 7pm to embark on your Bangkok Streets Eats tour by tuk tuk! I love learning about Thai street food and merging it with unique transportation, so you’re in for a treat! We will zoom around by tuk tuk through Bangkok’s vibrant streets to Phetchaburi Soi 5, a local street market where food carts spring up to locals coming home from work. Here we will sample yummy street eats like coconut pudding and Thai style grill meat. Next, hop back on the tuk tuk to catch a glimpse of two beautiful Bangkok landmarks wonderfully lit at night, the Marble Temple and the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Time for more food! Indulge your taste buds at Bangkok’s most famous Pad Thai restaurant. Stroll through Bangkok’s largest flower market and visit the majestic Wat Pho after dark, when it’s dazzlingly lit! End the night sipping on a refreshing cocktail at a rooftop bar as you soak in the splendid views of the Chao Phraya river and the twinkling buildings along the riverbanks.

Overnight in Bangkok

Arrival: Fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) by 5pm to make the food tour at 7pm, TrovaTrip will provide 3 airport transfers between 8am - 5pm.

Included: Airport Transfer, Dinner


Day 2

Time to explore Bangkok! Wanna know how I travel? In this city tour of Bangkok’s highlights, we’ll use different transport to get around from boat to foot. Visit the giant Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit, the dazzling architecture of the Grand Palace. Board a longtail boat to visit the canals of Bangkok’s klongs, and the local talent at the Khlong Bang Luang Artist Village. End the tour with a visit to the temple of Wat Arun.

Overnight in Bangkok

Included: Breakfast, Bangkok City Tour, Lunch


Day 3

Today, you’ll depart in the early morning and transfer to Mae Klong railway market, a local market set up right on the railway! This market springs to life selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, snacks, but what makes the market unique is that a train runs through the market 8 times a day. Vendors pack up quick and have to move out of the way.

Next, you’ll head to a fruit plantation to learn how to plant and harvest the fruits. You’ll satisfy your hunger you’ve worked up over lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, it’s time for another market, but this time it’s a floating market! I love Thailand’s floating markets. Although Damnoen Saduak is the most popular market for tourists, I want us to experience a floating market with a bit more of an authentic Thai vibe. Amphawa Floating Market is where you can leisurely snack on (OMG) seafood, thai dessert, or buy souvenirs for friends and family.

Then, it’s time to head back to Bangkok where you will hop on an overnight train to Suratthani. (A hotel on wheels, experiencing an overnight train in Thailand is a MUST!)

Overnight on Train

Included: Breakfast, Mae Klong Railway Market Visit, Fruit Plantation Visit and Demonstration, Lunch, Amphawa Floating Market Visit, Overnight Train


Day 4

After catching your zz’s on the train, we arrive into Suratthani Railway Station. Hit the local Thai 7-Eleven to shop snacks before we transfer to Khao Sok National Park, a rainforest reserve with wildly jaw-dropping karst limestone mountains. Neighboring the Andaman Sea, this gem is less touristy (fewer travelers know about it). Here you’ll check into your jungle home by the river for the next day.

Enjoy a morning at leisure, relaxing in your luxurious river lodge with a perfect view of the surrounding nature. After a delicious Thai lunch, float through the forest by canoe and soak up the towering karst limestone mountains. If we’re lucky, we’ll spot monkeys, birds, snakes and lizards. Finally, head back to the lodge for another tasty Thai dinner with our new traveling family.

Overnight in Khao Sok

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Khao Sok National Park Canoe Tour, Dinner


Day 5

Can life be any more adventurous? Let’s see… We embark on a morning jungle hike with a local guide, who can teach us about the local plants and animals along the way. After lunch, head to Cheow Lan Lake – an artificial freshwater lake brimming with tranquility. We’ll take a long tail boat to our new crib – a floating bungalow! Spend your free time swimming, kayaking or relaxing before a group dinner.

Overnight on Cheow Lan Lake

Included: Breakfast, Khao Sok National Park Jungle Trek, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6

Rise and shine! This morning, we’ll take a longtail boat journey to visit Pakarang Cave, an aquatic cave. We’ll start with a 15 minute trek to an amazing lagoon and then hop on a bamboo motor boat that will drive us 5 minutes to the cave itself! Inside, you’ll see stalactites and stalagmites and the wonderous world of aquatic caves.

Back at the Raft House, enjoy a delicious lunch and spend your afternoon at leisure.

At 2pm, you’ll check out, hop back on the longtail boat to the pier, and head to your hotel in Phuket.

Later we'll visit the Phuket Night Market and grab some eats.

Overnight in Phuket

Included: Breakfast, Pakarang Cave Visit, Lunch, Phuket Night Market Visit, Dinner


Day 7

Participate in the optional James Bond Island Tour or enjoy a free day before your last meal together.

Experience an exciting sea kayak adventure around the famous James Bond Island. Explore the mysterious Suwankuha Temple, also known as the Monkey Cave, where you’ll see an incredible Buddhist shrine nestled deep in the natural grotto. Journey by traditional longtail boat to the picturesque Phang Nga bay. Visit the charming fishing village of Koh Panyee and enjoy a delicious Thai meal before continuing on to the awe-inspiring sea caves of Talu Island. Discover the amazing natural scenery of James Bond Island made famous by the 1974 movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”. After taking in the breath-taking beauty of Phang Nga National Park, set sail from Kasom Pier and return to your hotel in time for dinner.

This evening, cheers to a week well spent at the farewell dinner.

Note: The tour starts approximately from 10-10:30am and ends 5:30-6pm. Tour itinerary may be changed depending on tide and weather conditions.

Overnight in Phuket

Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Optional: James Bond Island Tour


Day 8

Until next time friends! For those who have additional time, I highly recommend staying in Thailand longer. There is so much to see, do and eat in Thailand. You’re here, so make the most of it!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Phuket International Airport (HKT).

Trip Operated By

Buffalo Tours was originally launched in 1994 by founder Tran Trong Kien. As a young medical student from Hanoi, Kien spent his spare time guiding travellers throughout Vietnam to help fund his studies and show off the country he loved.

Today, Buffalo Tours is one of Asia’s leading destination management companies, with hundreds of thousands of passengers carried annually and several internationally recognised industry awards under our belts. Since our modest beginnings, the Buffalo Tours team hold responsible travel as a core commitment. As we have grown, so too has the commitment to work responsibly with our customers, host communities and local business partners. We always ensure our tours have a minimal impact on the natural environment, while remaining respectful and observant of local customs and supportive of local economies.

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