ITINERARY

Culinary & Cultural Tours of the REAL Phuket

Our seven day Phuket Food Safari is priced from $2299.00 per person twin share.  A single supplement is also available.  The full details of our itinerary are supplied below.  Please contact us if you would like any further information or have any questions regarding the details supplied on this page.

Day 1:

Phuket

Welcome to Thailand!

Arrival at Phuket airport, meet your driver and transfer to your resort. Located on the North of the island at Nai Yang beach it’s a great place to start the trip. The Pool Villas are comfortable and spacious and offer great facilities and privacy.

On arrival day there are no activities planned as it’s better to relax and prepare for the coming days ahead.

Tip: Enjoy the sumptuous Pool Villas with your own private pool!

Overnight: Luxury Pool Villa

Day 2:

Phuket

Meals: B L

Wake up in the comfort of your Villa then enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the beach.

Meet your guide at 9.30 am for a great day at the beach. We will take you to a long beautiful beach at Thai Muang, far away from the crowds and within the Thai Muang National Park this beach is screaming for a picnic. The location is just perfect.

Imagine a long empty beach, the beautiful Andaman Sea, a mat some cushions and parasols. Some chilled white wine and the most delicious Thai picnic. The food will be fresh and crisp we source it from local restaurants so it’s prepared at the moment. From spicy som tum salad to finger licking gai yang (grilled chicken) and the ever present khao niuaw (sticky rice). Since we are at the ocean we will have some local shrimp as well.

But this is not just a trip to the beach on the way we will walk across the Sarasin bridge that connects Phuket to Phang Nga province. We will also visit the turtle center for marine conservation and on the way back to Phuket make a stop at the sunken Buddha at Wat Phratong.

We will spend a great day at the beach and then head back to Phuket at around 17.00hrs.

Tip: don’t forget your beach wear and a big appetite.

Overnight: Luxury Pool Villa

 

Day 3

Phuket

Meals: B L

Enjoy the morning, choose to have a late breakfast and maybe take a walk around the forested Sirinarth National Park just at the doorstep of your resort.

Meet your guide and driver at 10.30am for a great day out in Phuket visiting the last rain forest on the island.

The North East Side of Phuket is an area that has remain largely untouched by human hands. In fact the only surviving track of rain forest is located here at the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. Amid this lush rain forest is the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center a private enterprise that aims to reinsert wild Gibbons that have been miss handled back to nature. Many Gibbons are used as props for tourist to take photos they are taken from their natural habitat the center helps to bring them back to the forest.

After a visit to the center it is possible to hike up to the Bang Pae waterfall, set amid exotic greenery this is a favorite place for local who sometimes come here to enjoy the scenery. The walk is a few hundred meters and it takes about 30 minutes at leisure to reach the falls.

After a visit to the Gibbons and the park it’s time to eat we have selected a great local place in the area for an all Thai lunch, if you are adventurous please ask the guide to order kon Thai (for Thai people) and you will see what is really spicy!

Come back to your resort in the afternoon. Time to relax and enjoy the afternoon and a sunset.

Tip: bring comfortable trainers if you are walking up the waterfall and also mosquito repellant.

Overnight: Luxury Pool Villa

Day 4:

Phuket

Meals: B L

This morning we have an early check out (time TBA) as we have an great day packed with amazing and tasty activities.

In the morning we will head towards Phuket town and the world renowned Blue Elephant Cooking School for a morning market visit followed by a Thai cooking class at the impressive Governor’s mansion.

Blue Elephant is well known worldwide as one of most recognized schools of Thai cuisine and it will be a great and fun course and enjoying your own cooked Thai meal in the elegant rooms of the mansion is a priceless experience.

After lunch at the Blue Elephant it is time to head to the center of the old town to the Memory On On hotel. Built in the 1920’s and recently restored it still stands as one of the great examples of Sino Portuguese architecture in the city. Both European and Asian traits mix to give the building a unique and nostalgic  feel.

Check in time at our hotel for this evening. Phuket town has been overlooked for years and this has preserved the original character of the city it is much an undiscovered gem and the best food is found here. We recommend taking a short rest and prepare for the afternoon program…

At 15.00hs meet your guide and driver at the lobby of the Memory On On Hotel. Our first destination is the Chalong Bay Rum distillery for a great Tropical Cocktail Workshop. Marine and Thibault the owners come from the French Caribbean and they have brought their experience to Thailand making rum with excellent sugar cane from Central and North Thailand.

The result is an excellent aromatic white rum that is just perfect for making cocktails, they give their drinks a Thai spin as they use some very classic ingredients on the preparations such as chilies, kefir lime and lemon grass. Visiting the distillery and making the drinks on the spot is quite an experience.

After enjoying our own made tropical cocktail we will go to the west of the island to watch the sunset from a cliff top restaurant near the Kata View Point to end a great day. Drinks and food at own expense.

We return to Phuket old town later in the evening around 21.00hs for a well-deserved rest after an action packed day.

Tip: If you still have some steam left we recommend visiting some of the local bars all located in the vicinity of your hotel. Saneha on Yaworat road has live music.

Overnight: Deluxe room

Day 5:

Phuket – Ko Yao Noi

Meals: B L

This morning, meet your guide at 7.00am at the lobby of your hotel for a half-day behind the scenes exploration of Old Town Phuket.

So much more than just a beach destination, Phuket was once major trading center on the route between India and China, frequented by Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. Phuket’s historic old town offers tantalizing glimpses of this era amid its Thai, Chinese and Muslim shrines, temples, markets, shophouses, cafés and museums.

Begin your walking tour with a stroll through fresh market which in the early morning will captivate you with its showcase of exuberant fruit and vegetables. Don’t be shy and try all the little delicacies such as grilled rice in banana leaf.

Continue to the nearby Buddhist amulet market to learn about these traditional relics, which are collected as good luck charms. If you’re in need of some luck, perhaps consider a purchase (rent) amulets range in price from hundreds of thousands of dollars for authentic antiques to mere cents for mass-produced reproductions.

Next, pay a visit to Temple of the Serene Light (Sang Tham in Thai), the oldest Chinese temple in Phuket. Recently remodeled and still very active, this shrine offers a fascinating glimpse of local spirituality in action. Stop into a nearby family-owned pharmacy and tea house and then break for a quick bite of Muslim Roti and tea at a local cafe. Continue to a local coffeehouse owned by the Nong Family that is attached to their family home. Here stop for a drink and, if available, a chance to meet with Mr. Nong and learn about his daily life and work.

After the walk is time to check out from your hotel and head to the small local pier at Bang Rong. From this small pier the charismatic Ban Galim will take us in his long tail to the small island of Ko Naka were we can relax and enjoy the views of the bay of Phang Nga in the distance. The views and the ocean here are just breathtaking.

Later we continue to the little island of Yao Noi. On arrival at the pier we transfer to our stunning resort over looking Phang Nga Bay, check in and prepare to enjoy two wonderful days on the island.

Overnight : Deluxe  Beach Villa

Day 6

Ko Yao Noi

Meals: B L

Wake up to the sound of waves leaping close to your beach villa. Enjoy breakfast at leisure, maybe have a dip in the ocean, the views form the resort of the islands far away in Krabi is stunning.

At 10.00 meet a driver that will take you to the house of our beautiful host for the day, and let the most amazing cooking and personal experience begin.

After a short drive we make our way to a small wooden log cabin amongst rice paddies and roaming buffalo’s to meet our charming hostess, cook, mom, grandma, friend and island chief who will willingly teach you the secrets of her family recipes and unlock the smells & tastes of true Southern Thai delicacies.

This is much more than just a cooking lesson, it’s more a lesson in life taught by someone that has seen & done it all, a truly unforgettable experience.

After lunch  transfer back to your resort.

For this evening we have prepared some for cocktails and some hors d’oeuvres for around one hour… obviously if you wanted to sit a little longer and order additional drinks this would be fine too.

Tip: For dinner I suggest J’taime the Thai French restaurant in town but they are very popular so needs to be booked in advanced.

Overnight : Deluxe  Beach Villa

Day 7:

Ko Yao Noi – Phuket

Meals: B

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

All good things come to an end, today is the last day of this magic culinary adventure in the South of Thailand.

Transfer back to Phuket airport time of departure is depending on your flight

 

**Hotels used are subject to availability. In the event of hotel over booking, an alternate will be substituted of equal standard**