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A seven-night cruise in the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca
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- The beaches and bird-life at Ko Yao Yoi
- Thai cooking and a Homestay Dinner in a local house
- A beach day on stunning Koh Rok Noi
- Laid-back nightlife at Langkawi
- Telaga Tujuh waterfalls
- The bustling markets of Penang
- A rickshaw ride
Between the more popular holiday destinations of Phuket and Penang we’ve found a medley of smaller off the beaten track islands and villages to explore with far fewer travellers to contend with. If you like to combine beaches, scenic beauty and just enough culture and local colour to keep your mind ticking over this is the cruise for you.
You can live it up in postcard-perfect Langkawi, choose from leisure and adventure activities in beachside Ao Nang, join in the relaxed pace of local life in Koi Yao Yai, visit waterfalls hidden in the jungle. On top of which you get to use the amazing waters of the Andaman Sea as your swimming pool and playground. All in all it’s the perfect combination of Thai chilli and Thai chilling where you don’t have to worry about making any decisions – all the shore excursions are included in the price.
Ports of call: Phuket - Koh Yao Yai - Ao Nang - Koh Rok Noi - Quy Nonh - Tarutao - Langkawi - Penang
7 Nights, Day-by-Day Itinerary Phuket to Penang
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand and welcome to Panorama II. After afternoon embarkation we’ll ask you to join us at our welcome meeting and safety briefing before sailing for Ko Yao Yai at 5 pm. Dinner on arrival to enjoy the views and sunset.
Koh Yao Yai to Ao Nang
First-up we hit the road in a traditional ‘songtheaw’ (half taxi, half bus, half Jeep) for a guided local tour to see the stunning beaches, friendly Muslim fisherman and diverse birdlife – not to mention some delicious local seafood! This afternoon we’ll make the short passage to Krabi Province and the bustling beachside town of Ao Nang. This evening, half of the group are off to Bung Ae House Homestay, for an authentic, home-cooked Thai dinner. For the rest it’s an evening at leisure – a great time to try the local hostelries and bars.
Today you’re spoiled for choice. Panorama II stays in the bay, but we have arranged a whole range of optional excursions and free activities ranging from local Thai cooking class, to snorkelling, diving or rock climbing. Many guests choose to take a longtail boat to Railay Beach, others stay on Panorama II and cruise round Phang Na bay for some snorkelling and swimming. If you’re feeling really indolent go for the Thai massage! Tonight, the other half of the ship’s company enjoy the hospitality and food at Bung Ae House.
Koh Rok Noi
We make Koh Rok Noi, one of many beautiful white-sand-beached islands with blue-green waters and a jungle backdrop, just after sunrise. Today it’s all about the beach and we transfer to the island by Zodiac (a motorised inflatable boat). Snorkelling, kayaking or paddle-boarding are on the activity agenda, or you can just kick-back on the beach and do absolutely nothing. After dinner on board we set sail for Tarutao National Park.
Tarutao National Park to Langkawi
This morning sees us at Adang Island for some swimming and snorkelling. After a Beach BBQ lunch we cruise to Langkawi, a town that has retained all its traditional local colour and spectacular natural beauty despite its popularity with travellers. The galley is closed this evening as we want to give you the chance to hop ashore and explore the flavours of the local hostelries and nightlife.
Today we’ll start by showing you Langkawi, but the highlight is a trip into the jungle to the stunning Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls – it’s one of those ‘must see’ places and a great little spot to relax. Back on board it’s dinner, before we sail for Penang
We make Penang around noon. It’s a historic place, described by Lonely Planet as ‘a thrilling cocktail of Eastern cultures’. We disembark and lunch Malaysian-style in the market, then split up into groups for a guided walking tour around the historic shophouses, narrow streets and unique atmosphere of Penang’s Old Town. After a rickshaw back to the ship, it’s time to enjoy a farewell dinner onboard with the Captain and your fellow travellers.
Disembark in Penang
Disembark as the adventure comes to an end after breakfast.
Ports of call: Phuket - Ko Miang - Similan Islands - Ko Surin Tai - Khao Lak - Phuket
Is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone. It is characterized by strong monsoon influences, but has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. Regions located near the tropics and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate climate.
In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north. The temperatures are more moderate and rainfall is lighter.
7 Nights, Day-by-Day Itinerary Thai Islands
After boarding your vessel in the late afternoon and meeting your fellow travellers, there will be a welcome meeting, and a short safety briefing. Following dinner onboard, we will sail overnight to Ko Miang.
Ko Miang to Similan Islands
In the early morning we will arrive at Ko Miang, one of the beautiful Similan Islands. This area is a popular with divers, due to it’s breathtaking combination of white sands, pristine water and tropical rainforest. We will spend the morning enjoying a spot of swimming and snorkelling, or you may use the paddleboards and kayaks. During the afternoon, we will take a short sail to the main group of Similan Islands, where we will stay at anchor for the night.
Similan Islands to Ko Surin Tai
Today we will spend the day exploring in the Similan Islands National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. You will have free time to go hiking in the rainforest, relax on the white-sand beaches, or snorkel amongst tropical fish. Later in the day, we will depart towards Ko Surin Tai. Tonight will be spent at sea.
Ko Surin Tai
Following an early morning arrival at So Surin Tai, there will be a guided visit to Moken Village, where you can meet the villagers, who are of Austronesian ethnicity, and mostly live a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Later, in the afternoon, there will be free time for snorkelling and swimming or simply relaxing on the beach.
Ko Surin Tai
Today we will spend another day enjoying this wonderful location. Free time to go exploring or relax on the beach and swim, snorkel, paddleboard or kayak. This evening we will enjoy a barbecue onboard, and spend the night at anchor.
Ko Surin Tai to Khao Lak
In the morning we will head towards Khao Lak, which is nestled amongst the beautiful beaches along the Phang Nga’s coastline. We will arrive in the afternoon, and there will be free time for you to explore Khao Lak Town. In the evening you can try out the local restaurants and enjoy the village nightlife.
Khao Lak to Phuket
This morning we will travel by coach to Baan Talay Nok village, which was destroyed by the 2004 Tsunami. Here, we will enjoy a guided tour around the village, and marvel at the stories of survival as we learn how the village has recovered. At lunchtime, we will sit and eat with the local families and try their regional cuisine. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at preparing and cooking a local dish of coconut wrapped in leaf, or to try soap-making. In the evening, back onboard the Panorama II, we will enjoy a farewell dinner as we sail back to Phuket.
Disembark in Phuket
Disembark as the adventure comes to an end after breakfast.
Your vessel: The M/S Panorama II
Panorama II was launched in 2004 and fully renovated in 2012, offering the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety. In 2015,the main lounge and bar area have been completely refitted followed by a redecoration.
The swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
Home at Sea
- Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
- Indoor & Outodoor Restaurant
- Audiovisual in Lounge
- Mini library
- Beach Towels
- Snorkeling equipment
- Board Games
- Swimming Platform
- Windows: Upper & Main deck cabins
- Portholes: lower deck cabins
- Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B
- Flat-Screen TV
- Mini Safe
- Mini Fridge
- Individually controlled A/C
- En suite bathroom with shower
- Telephone for internal use
- Central music
Lower Deck – (Double Bed)
The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring portholes and bathrooms with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Lower Deck – (Twin Beds or Triple Beds)
Main or Upper Deck – (Twin or Double Bed)
Category A cabins are located on the main or upper deck offering windows and bathroom with showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Upper Deck – (Double Bed)
Category P cabin is located on the upper deck offering a large window and bathroom with showers. The cabin is equipped with individual controlled A/C, piped music, TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini safe box, mini fridge and hairdryer adapters (voltage: 220 V).
Upper Deck Outdoor Bar & Lounge area
- Welcome Dinner
- Bung Ae House Homestay dinner with local family
- Guided songtheaw tour of the island
- Beach BBQ
- Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Visit
- Guided Tour of Langkawi
- Guided walking tour of Penang Old Town
- Local Lunch
- Farewell Dinner
- Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package)
Flights are not included in the tour cost, however we can assist with booking these.
Intrepid has partnerships with many of the major airlines, which means we can get you the best price on flights for your intended travel dates. We know it can sometimes be challenging to organise flights – and some destinations are harder than others – which is why we can assist with negotiating dates, transfers and prices. Speak to us about how we can help.
As cruising is a heavily weather-dependent activity, which can cause delays in returning to port, we recommend allowing an additional night at the end of the trip to ensure nobody misses any onward flights.
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