Two hours north direction from Hua Hin to the famous Maeklong Market. This typical Thailand market full of fruits and sea foods and much more is not so typical after all. It is situated right on top of the train tracks. Watch as the train approaches and the market miraculously moves to let it pass. Only about 20 minutes away is Samut Songkhram Province and dinner at local restaurant. Walk around the weekend market. At dusk with a canal boat float on the river. Through the Amphawa Market in sunset.
Travel by minibus to Kanchanaburi to see the world – famous bridge over the River Kwai, visit the JEATH Museum where the lives of the P.O.W’s during the 2nd world war are portrayed through many photographs, illustrations and relics. Time will be given to explore the area by train across the bridge along the death railway. Visit the well – kept cemeteries containing the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied. Station for lunch at a local restaurant.
50 – minutes drive to visit Khao Wang; a summer residence on the hillside, built by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the last century. Explore Khao Luang Cave housing 170 Buddha statues, proceed to admire the Khmer architecture at TempleWat Prasrimahathat. Lunch at a restaurant in Petchaburi before returning to your hotel.
Following a 1/2 hour drive from Hua Hin we visit a typical Thai fruit plantation that grows bananas, pineapples, mangoes, coconuts, papayas and more. Some fruits will be prepared for you to taste. From here board a small motor-boat for an hour’s leisurely ride down the river. Witness the constantly changing scenery and birdlife and as your approach the entrances to the Gulf pass by the myriad of fishing boats that have returned to Dock after a night of work.
We take a fascinating walk on an elevated platform over a mangrove swamp. Our guide will point out interesting details about the flora and fauna here.
A one hour drives from Hua Hin through pineapple and coconut plantations of Sam Roi Yod. Visit an unspoiled typical Thai fishing village and then by boat to the beach below Phrayanakorn Cave. The climb to the cave is quite rigorous. After lunch there will be time for leisure on the beach. Those not wishing to climb may spend more time on the beach.
The journey to the jungle west of Hua Hin takes you through a region of uninhabited peaks and valleys to the Pala-U Waterfall. After a nature walk through the forest, you reach the first level of the Waterfall where you can then continue to climb up to the fourth or fifth stage. Sensible shoes are essential as the pathway can be slippery.
This afternoon we take you out to see some of Hua Hin and its surrounds. Firstly we go to The Monkey Mountain ‘Khao Takiab’ where the Big Buddha Statue is by the sea. Here we go up to the point for a good view of the Hua Hin coastline. Explore the areas newest tourist attraction. Visit ‘Wat Huay Mongkol’ which houses the enormous statue of ‘Luang Phor Thuate’, an immensely popular Thai monk thought to have performed miracles several centuries ago. Then we continue to “Hua Hin Hills Vineyard” to explore new latitude wine and wine education and see how grape vines thrive in tropical climate. Visiting a “Living Museum Plearnwan”, unique architecture and a place of lively memories. At Plearnwan is imitated that period in lifestyle of the people, in food, drink, architecture, language, etc.
Drive about 1/2 hours south of Hua Hin to Pranburi River to board reconditioned fishing boat. A lovely and relaxing cruise along the river and out to sea for two hours takes you to Monkey Island at Sam Roi Yod National Park. Spend the time on the beach feeding the monkeys right out of your hand. Return to the boat for swimming then salt-free outdoor shower. Followed by lunch onboard with fresh fruits to finish. Travel a short distance to an area good for fishing. Every passenger gets a fishing rod and the boat-boy will hook the bait for you. Good luck!
Soft drinks, beer and cocktails not included in cost.
A good opportunity for you to visit two famous places in a day trip. At Damnern Saduak floating market, we take a boat trip along the canals to the market the tour continues to Kanchanaburi, the world-famous bridge over River Kwai, a short journey by train along the death railway. Visit the 2nd world war museum and the well-kept cemetery.
From our beach resort we journey toward Ratchaburi province stopping enroute at a home – made sugar palm factory – a major crop grown and harvested in these parts. On arrival at Damnern Saduak, we board our boat for a fascinating cruise through the canals (Klong) leading to the market. Catch a glimpse here teetering on the major selling point everyday. Driving back to explore Petchaburi, the impressive summer residence “Khao Wang”. A stop here will afford time to visit the palace and enjoy a fine vista of the town, and surrounding rice fields.
A 75 km drive northwest of Hua Hin, take us back to nature at Thailand’s largest national park “Kaeng Krachan”. We visit Information-House and Kaeng Krachan Reservoir which blocks the Petchaburi River, creating a huge lake covering 45 Sq kms. The boat-trip takes us around the lake to observe the beautiful scenery of wooded islands.