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Marine Sports and Thailand's Attractions
Marine Sports and Thailand's Attractions

Duration : 7 days

Starting from : Bangkok

Ending at : Mini Siam

Duration : First time travelers, Youth, Family

Overview :

An exciting week of water sports begins with Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Krabi that includes snorkeling, kayaking and rock climbing, and ends in Bangkok, where attractions include the museum, zoo, and weekend market.

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Day by Day Itinerary : Day 1 (Krabi ) - Day 2 (Krabi ) - Day 3 (Krabi ) - Day 4 (Krabi ) - Day 5 (Bangkok) - Day 6 (Bangkok) - Day 7 (Pattaya)

Krabi

Day 1 : Krabi

Krabi

Ko Lanta Islands

Ko Lanta consists of two adjacent islands: Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Noi.

Koh Lanta Yai, This Island is home to ""Chao Le"" or sea gypsies who continue to maintain their traditional lifestyle and beliefs, such as setting a boat, a drift to drive out evil and bring good luck, which is practiced during the full moon in June and November.

In addition, the island provides tourist facilities while Ko Lanta Noi is the location of the district office. Most of the beaches on Ko Lanta Yai such as Kho Kwang, Khlong Dao, Phra Ae, Khlong Khong, Khlong Nin and Ba Kan Tiang lies in the west, can be reached by road and offer a wide range of accommodations.

Phi Phi Islands are located just 40 kilometers away from both Krabi and Phuket. Thus, despite the fact that both Noppharat Thara Beach and Phi Phi administratively are a part of Krabi Province, most tourists think that Ko Phi Phi is part of Phuket Province.

The islands and the coastal hills are composed mainly of limestone and are an extension of the limestone mountain range in Phang-Nga Province. The main characteristics of these mountains and islands are their steep cliffs, large caves and dwarf trees growing out of the rock crevices, like those in Phang-Nga Bay.

Krabi

Day 2 : Krabi

Krabi

Ko Phi Phi

Regarded by travelers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful tropical islands of the world, Phi Phi Islands have become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. In addition, the islands are famous as the location where the movie ""The Beach"" featuring Leonardo Di Caprio was shot. The islands, together with the nearby Noppharat Thara Beach, a total area of 390 square kilometers, were recently established as a national park.

Phi Phi Islands are located just 40 kilometers away from both Krabi and Phuket. Thus, despite the fact that both Noppharat Thara Beach and Phi Phi administratively are a part of Krabi Province, most tourists think that Ko Phi Phi is part of Phuket Province.

The islands and the coastal hills are composed mainly of limestone and are an extension of the limestone mountain range in Phang-Nga Province. The main characteristics of these mountains and islands are their steep cliffs, large caves and dwarf trees growing out of the rock crevices, like those in Phang-Nga Bay.

Diving and snorkeling

Like Phang-nga, Krabi offers a great opportunity for diving due to its numerous natural marine resources including over a hundred offshore islands. Dive shops around Rai Le and Ao Nang provide dive trips as well as rent diving and snorkeling gear such as mask/snorkel/fin at the rate of 150 baht/ set/ day (with a deposit of 500 baht).

The advantage of diving from Ao Nang is the nearby sites in the Poda Island group, where water visibility is better than that of the mainland, but not as good as Phi Phi. There are 15 dive sites off of Ao Nang, all reachable with a 20 to 60-minute boat ride. For experienced divers there is a 50-meter long cave at 5-12 meters depth at Yawabon Island behind Poda.

The water visibility is at its best from November to April. Unlike Ko Phi Phi, some Ao Nang dive shops and operators close during low season, May to October, while some (Ao Nang Divers for instance) remain open all year long. Two local dives in the Poda/Yawasam group cost approximately 1,900 baht. Four-day PADI open water courses have risen to 10,000 baht.

For more information contact either Seafan, Aquavision, Poseidon, Phra Nang, Stingray, Ao Nang Divers (in Krabi Seaview), or Coral Diving (Krabi Resort).

Krabi

Day 3 : Krabi

Krabi

Rock climbing

Apart from marine sports, Krabi is also an ideal place for rock climbing. Lines of sheer limestone cliffs along Tham Phranang and Rai Le beaches have challenged thousands of climbers from all over the world every year. The levels of difficulty of the various routes vary, so even the most inexperienced climbers can experiment. Equipment, instruction and guides are available at most lodgings.

Emerald Pool

This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji which is supposedly Thailand's last piece of virgin and fertile forest. The intensity of the pools turquoise colored water varies according to the light and time of the day so visitors determined to see the real emerald color should plan to visit at dawn or early in the morning. The pool, which can be visited all year round, charges and entrance fee of 20 baht. To get there, take Highway No. 4 to Khlong Thom District, then turn left to Route No. 4038 to Lam Hap Sub-district. The Emerald pool is located along the way, with clear signs posted.

Krabi

Day 4 : Krabi - Bangkok

Krabi

Noppharat Thara Beach

Noppharat Thara Beach , located 6 kilometers from Ao Nang, is a famous 3-kilometer long white sandy beach lined with dense casuarinas and coconut groves. The beach, paved with tiny seashells, was formerly called ""Hat Khlong Haeng"", which means dried canal beach by locals, because the canal dries up during low tide and the area turns into a long beach.

Hat Noppharat Thara is situated 18 kilometers north-west of Krabi. It is a part of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park and is the location of the Park headquarters. This Park covers a large area both onshore and offshore. Reservations for accommodations on the beach should be made in advance at the Forestry Department in Bangkok.

For more information, you con contact at Tel: (02) 5797223, 5795734, or at Hat Noppharat Thara National Park, P.O. Box 23, Amphoe Mueang, Krabi 81000, Tel: (075) 6347436

Ferry services to Ko Phi Phi are provided from this beach all year round. This beach can be reached by songthaew from the city at the rate of THB20. To travel further to Ao Nang, it will cost an additional THB10.

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are two ways to enjoy the spectacular seascape, limestone cliffs and caves in Krabi's waters. These sports allow visitors to explore hidden offshore areas at a more leisurely pace.

Canoeing and kayaking operators are available at Ao Nang.

Bangkok

Day 5 : Bangkok

Bangkok

Bangkok Sightseeing City Tram

You can see the sights of inner Bangkok from an electric city tram. En-route a professional guide describing the attractions as passengers relax and view Rattanakosin Island's myriad sights and sounds such as the Grand Palace, Paklong Talad Flower Market, the Ta Chang Pier, the National Museum and the National Gallery. The can provide multi-lingual commentary. You can catch the tram near front gates of the Grand Palace in Sanam Luang, which leaves every thirty minutes.

National Gallery Museum

National Gallery Museum is situated on Chao Fa Road opposite the National Theatre. The museum exhibits traditional and contemporary works of art created by Thai artists.

Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo has a very good collection of animals from around the world. It is ideal for a family outing or just for those who would like to know more about animal behavior.

The Dusit Zoo was established in 1938 and covers an area of 118 acres in the Dusit District of Bangkok. Under the administration of The Zoological Organization under the Royal Patronage of H.M. The King, it welcomes more than 2,500,000 visitors a year. It takes care of over 1,000 birds and about 2,000 animals.

Major sections include a Nocturnal Animals Exhibit where you can see how they live in the night- time environment. The Reptiles and Amphibians Center has more than 70 species.

There is a special Children's Zoo where youngsters can have contact with small animals that are of interest to children.

You can learn about animal behavior at the Animal Presentation area including how they live in their respective environments.

For more fun and excitement, there is Play land where children can really enjoy themselves on amusement rides. There are other more sedate rides available on the lake.

It is opened daily from 8a.m. to 6p.m. The entrance fee is THB100 fro adults and THB50 for child. To get there, you can catch a bus either no. 18, 28, 70, 108, 510, 515, 539, or 542. For more information, you can visit the website at www.zoothailand.org or contact at Tel: 0 2281

Chao Phraya River Cruise

A cruise along the Chao Phaya River and Thonburi's vast network of canals is an experience no other Asian capital can offer. However, if you have specifically come here for sightseeing, then a trip to Chao Phraya River in Bangkok suits the best.

Moreover, you can see various traditional old houses, temples, shops and Floating Market on a trip to Chao Phraya River. You'll get a nice tour of many of Bangkok's sites, including the Palace, Wat Arun, and some fancy hotels such as the Oriental.

To approach the spot, you can get on the SkyTrain to the Saphan Taksin stop and getting on the river boats there.

Bangkok

Day 6 : Bangkok - Pattaya

Bangkok

Jim Thompson's House and Museum

Jim Thompson's House and Museum is a small but fine museum, being the former home of the man who saved the Thai silk industry from collapse. It is constructed from six different traditional teak houses; the walls were reassembled from the outside in.

The museum shows Jim Thompson's beautiful collection of art and artifacts from Thailand and Southeast Asia.

MBK

MBK is the perfect place for those who love shopping in a market style atmosphere but prefer to do so in air-conditioned comfort. Bargaining is a common issue at MBK. However, you should be careful of the products against imitation such as clothes, watches and others.

Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market is the Worlds Biggest Weekend Market selling practically everything under the sun, from the smallest nails, to foods, trendy fashions, antiques intricate wooden carvings, masks from far-off lands, adorable fluffy dogs, colorful fish of every hue and singing birds.

The market is as huge including 9,000 individual booths filled with every type of wares catching the trends. You can get anything from incense to insects and food stalls in case you get hungry.

It opens only on evening of weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).

Pattaya

Day 7 : Pattaya

Pattaya

Tiger Zoo Park at Pattaya

You can discover the local Wildlife Park where you may observe the resident Tigers in their natural surroundings. You may get a chance to feed many of the other animals on site or have your picture taken with the newborn tigers.

Mini Siam

Located at Km. 143 on Highway No. 3 is a wonderland of miniature replicas of such outstanding architectural works as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Democracy Monument, the bridge over the River Kwai, Prasat Hin Phimai, etc. Replicas of places of world significance are also displayed in the miniworld area. These include the Tower Bridge, Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Trevi Fountain. It is open daily from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Admission fee is 200 bahts. Call (038) 421628, 424232 or (02) 271 1896, 616 1533 for more information.