Tours of Phuket Island
BANG RONG – MANGROVE ECO–TOUR (WITH THAI WAI TRAVEL):
SATURDAYS or other weekdays if possible!
A minimum of 6 adults are required for this tour.
Itinerary: (Time varies depending on the tides.)
09:00: Pick up from The Villas.
10:30: Arrive at Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, Bang Pae.
Starting off with an introduction about The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project and details of the work carried out there, and an explanation of how captured gibbons are rehabilitated and released back into the rainforest where they belong. Following this you take a short walk into the last remaining untouched jungle on Phuket and have the opportunity to swim in the Bang Pae waterfall, the highest waterfall on the island.
12:00 - Bang Rong Agro-Tourism.
Taking a boat ride to Koh Naka for a relaxing swim and sightseeing, followed by a Muslim Halil lunch (fried fish, seafood soup) in the floating restaurant before, you then take a short kayak tour into the mangrove swamp. After lunch you learn more about the project and the importance of preserving the Mangrove forest and how it protects from tsunamis, plus find out more about the traditional Muslim lifestyle how people get their lively-hood from the forests.
16:00 - Wat Pra Thong.
The last stop for the day is a visit to the temple with the half buried Buddha. The legend says that who tries to dig up the Buddha will experience death and terrible things.
17:45 Return to The Villas (Time varies depending on Phuket traffic).
Includes minibus transfers, local guide, English-, Swedish- and Finnish speaking tour leader, lunch, 200 baht park fee, 50 baht donation to the Gibbon project, kayaking, Long-tail Boat trip, insurance and water. Bring along: swim-suite, towel, reliable footwear, mosquito spray, sun lotion, cap, sunglasses, camera, money.
SOUTH PHUKET TOUR (WITH THAI WAI TRAVEL):
SUNDAYS or other weekdays if possible!
A minimum of 5 adults are required for this tour.
14:30: Pick up from The Villas.
This beautiful temple mixes both Thai and Chinese Buddhism, with an interesting history going back to the monk Luang Por Cham and the Chinese uprising in the 19th Century. Bone fragments of Lord Buddha are found here as well as fortune telling notes, however, don't be surprised by the loud fire crackers when they go off!
Feed the elephants, have a relaxing drink in the bar and enjoy the view.
A wonderful view of Karon Beach, Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach.
Fresh food market.
The opportunity to visit a local market, selling fresh seafood, meat, fruit, food and BBQ products, spices, snacks, drinks and clothes where bargains are easier to find than in the more common tourist places.
Here you can find fresh fish from the Long-tail boats, decorations made of sea-shells, low-price real pearls, fruit and vegetables at the waterfront market by the poor shelters made of corrugated sheet metal. Mokeen or Chaolay people are the rest of what once was a wide population of nomad fishermen, who moved along with the movements of the fish and their catch.
The small view point.
Admire the giddying views of Nai Harn Beach and Yanui Beach from a quite unknown viewpoint on top of a steep hill.
Here at the southernmost point of Phuket you can admire the sunset and a great view over the Andaman Sea. You visit the Light House and pass the Elephant shrine before the tour ends with a dinner at the marvelous garden restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere and a wonderful view.
20:30 Return to The Villas.
NOTE! In the temple it is required to wear clothes that cover shoulders and knees. A T-shirt and shorts that covers the knees are acceptable. Includes minibus, local guide, English-, Swedish- and Finnish speaking tour leader, dinner, insurance and water.