Exciting New Tour from Bangkok to Kuiburi National Park
This new tour incorporates wild elephant encounters and responsible travel to an animal rescue center. Along the way there is cultural immersion in Thai markets and a relaxing beach resort.
Here is a review of our new 5-day itinerary and adventure tour for five days and four nights from Bangkok to Kuiburi National Park. We start with a visit to the train tracks market of Samut Songkhram southwest of Bangkok.
Watch Out for the Train!
We will walk along this famous, narrow railway market where the lively covered vendor stalls are lined up neatly along a 100-meter portion of track. Whenever a train comes rumbling through the market, the vendors quickly retract their sunshade awnings and move away any containers placed too close to the tracks! It only takes a few minutes for the train to pass, sometime within mere inches of market items and people!
Thai Cooking Class Fun
Our new tour continues by minivan transfer by minivan to Nakhon Pathom where your clients will be welcomed as guests of Khun Aoy’s Thai Cooking School. Aoy is a passionate food lover who fully commits herself to every task at hand especially when it comes to preparing authentic and beautifully presented Thai dishes. Aoy loves teaching Thai cooking to foreigners and running a restaurant in her home. She lives on a beautiful property on the banks of the Tha Chin River.
We will travel by boat to the authentic market of Don Wai where Khun Aoy will guide your clients to select fresh local ingredients for the cooking class. The market is known for its wide variety of vegetables and Thai snacks. Aoy will also show your clients regional fruit and vegetables at her preferred vendors in the market.
After learning about the local produce and farming community, your clients will board Aoy’s private long tail boat that she steers herself. They can enjoy the river breeze and passing views of local homes and unspoiled nature during the boat ride back to Aoy’s traditional riverside home.
After a welcome drink in the calm of Aoy’s garden, your clients will join Aoy in a hands-on cooking lesson. They will learn to prepare from scratch two of Aoy’s favorite dishes while Aoy shares her passion for cooking and practical knowledge of Thai herbs and spices. Participants should be prepared to roll up their sleeves to chop vegetables, pound spices and share laughs with this charming and fun-loving hostess!
After lunch, if time permits, our new tour group will add in a visit to a famous Thai temple and receive a special monk’s blessing at Phra Nakon Chedi, the highest golden stupa in the world.
Relaxation at the Beach
By mid-afternoon, we will take to the road again and head to the southern district of Pranburi, located about one hour south of Hua Hin. Your clients will check in on arrival at the lovely Aleenta Resort and Spa. This resort prides itself on sustainability and has operated under this philosophy since it opened nine years ago. Of the 76 members of the staff, 65 members come from the local area. Many staff has been with this environmentally friendly resort since its inception and has engendered many returning guests as dear friends.
The next morning is free at leisure for your clients to enjoy a refreshing walk along the quiet beach. Around 11 am, we will make the one-hour drive to Kuiburi National Park. On the way, we will stop for a delicious picnic lunch prepared with organic vegetables from the hotel garden and packaged with sustainable materials.
Kuiburi National Park
The rangers at the national park come from nearby and used to be farmers employed in the pineapple industry. Their English is very limited but our guide will have no difficulties in translating their enthusiasm about the park and its numerous wildlife inhabitants. Known to be the best elephant and gaur-sighting place in Thailand, it is very likely that your clients will spot some wild elephants in the forest. Other large mammals such as gaurs, golden jackals, leopards, deer, bantengs and langurs are also commonly spotted in Kuiburi NP.
Animal Rescue Foundation
The next morning, we head to our next destination: the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand (WFFT) about one hour away. Upon arrival, our group will get a guided tour around this wildlife rescue center.
There are 350 rescued animals each with a story about why they are living at the center. We will meet and greet some elephants and learn about their individual personalities, the conservation issues they face, and how they are exploited by tourist attractions. Many “tourist shows” feature elephants forced to carry lots of people and perform tricks, none of which is allowed at this animal refuge where they value the elephant’s natural behavior! Your clients will have the chance to walk with one of our elephants on her daily walk and have the opportunity to give one of these gentle giants a shower afterwards! A local lunch will be served at the center.
We will transfer back to Hua Hin in the afternoon to check into deluxe rooms at another beach resort for two nights. The first of two days is free for your clients to spend at their leisure around the resort. Both hotel choices offer beach access, a refreshing swimming pool and excellent service. The next and final day is the transfer back to Bangkok.
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