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Unique Experiences:

•  Be captivated by the sheer beauty of the peaceful, spellbinding and remote Khao Laem Lake.
•  Relax as the beautiful and unspoiled natural surroundings pass by the Lake Explorer.
•  Enjoy a little physical activity and kayak or swim in Khao Laem Lake.
•  A perfect destination for families, couples and groups of friends seeking to go off the beaten track.

Participants:
Groups travelling are no larger than sixteen (16) travellers. In order to depart, this tour requires a minimum of four (4) adults. If the minimum number of adults is not met, you will be informed at least thirty (30) days prior to departure to make alternative arrangements.
Trip Length: 4 Day(s) 3 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every Monday, from mid-January until the end of August. Please check the calendar for specific departure dates.
Travel Season:

January and February are the cool months of the season, when temperatures are pleasant during the day and the mornings will bring a little chill. From March until May is the hot season, where temperatures are at their highest and there is a slight chance of rain. This is also the season where the water level in the lake starts to decrease and parts of the itinerary may need to be adapted. From June until October is the rainy season, where you'll be refreshed by a brief shower followed by the return of the sun. From June until mid-August you'll get to experience monsoon thunderstorms with heavy downpours in the early evening.

Type of Transportation: Minivan, Long-Tail Boat and Walking
Type of Accommodation: This comfortable houseboat offers four (4) standard rooms with two (2) queen-size mattresses in each room. When more than two persons occupy the room, these mattresses are shared (suitable for friends/couples and families with children).Please note: March, April and May are the hot season so expect warm nights where open windows and ceiling fans can help ease the day's lingering heat.
Physical Rate: 1/5
Child Policy:

Child Age:
•  Infant: 0 - 2 years. Infants travel for free when sharing a bed with their parents.
•  Children 3 - 11 years sharing a bed with their parents pay child rates (2 queen-size mattresses in each room).
•  Children 3 - 11 years not sharing a bed with their parents pay adult rates.
•  Children 12 and older are considered adults and will pay the prevailing adult rates.
Please note: You will be staying on a floating accommodation, so please keep a watchful eye on your children.

Included in Price:

•  Meals: 3 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
•  Accommodation: 3 Nights in a standard room on a houseboat
•  Entrance fees to national parks and other local attractions
•  Transportation by minivan and long-tail boat
•  Other activities including kayaking, long-tail boat, fishing equipment, and life jackets
•  Go Beyond Tour Leader and Local English-Speaking Guide

Excluded from Price:

•  Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Drinks
•  All other expenses not stated and not included in the above
•  Transport to and from the tour's starting point (New Road Guest House, 1216/1 Charoen Krung Road, Bangrak)

Map

Locations Visited:
Khao Lam Lake
Start City:
Bangkok
End City:
Bangkok

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel overland from Bangkok to southern Khao Laem lake and embark on the Lake Explorer.
Meet at the New Road Guest House in Bangkok at 07:30am and depart at 08:00am. As you leave metropolitan Bangkok behind, you'll admire the change in scenery to a more pristine and remote Thailand. We'll stop near Sai Yok Noi waterfall and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. We'll continue our journey into the mountains and travel through lush forests until we arrive at the lake that sits near the Thai-Myanmar border.

Depending on traffic, expect to arrive at the southern shores of Khao Laem lake around 02:30pm and embark on the Lake Explorer. Breathe in the fresh air, take in the surrounding scene and investigate your floating home for the days ahead.

From the anchorage on the southern shore of Khao Laem lake, we'll head north and view the impressive cliffs that give way to beautiful, small islands and inlets as we approach today's final destination. Kick back and enjoy the first of many sunsets as darkness falls. We'll anchor the Lake Explorer and overnight near Coconut Island.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on the Lake Explorer


Day 2: Visit a Hidden Hilltribe Village
Depart from the floatel at 10.30 am by long tail boat and head to the hilltribe village Mooban Kanunklee inhabited by Karen people called Po, Plo and Loa Song. By tractor you will be taken to explore the Karen agricultural fields which are mostly for rice growing and animal husbandry. The Karen people like to stay together as a small community, so you will be seeing houses that were built right next to each other. You will be experiencing the lifestyle of this hilltribe including how they produce their own electricity and how they create their own water supply system for the village.

After exploring the hilltribe village, you will be visiting Baan Kanunklee Primary School, the only school in the village. There are only 2 teachers for the 80 students in this whole school and you will be allowed to participate in classroom activities. If you wish, you may choose to support the school and students by making a donation and we recommend donating school stationary, student stationary, books, snacks, etc.

From approximately 12.00 – 12.30 pm you will head back to the floatel and have fun cooking your own local lunch. You’ll have help of course, with a menu that you and your guide will discuss and a cooking class led by the floatel’s cook.

After lunch, the afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. Have fun swimming, kayaking, or even spend all the time reading your favorite book with a cup of tea or coffee.

At 18.30 pm your delicious dinner will be served, so enjoy your meal and the beautiful sunset. After dinner, just digest & relax!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on the Lake Explorer


Day 3: A morning excursion and off to Pilog.
We'll wake early with the dawn to see the birds playing in the nearby trees. We'll have breakfast and then jump into kayaks to explore the area or have a refreshing swim. When we're done, we'll sail to Pilog and, if you're curious, you can learn how the fantastic food you've been enjoying onbaord is prepared. Our local kitchen staff will show you how they prepare Som Tam, the delicious and ubiquitous papaya salad with grilled chicken.

Before arriving at Pilog, we'll drop by Bo Ong village, where you'll notice the landscape change once again. This remote village houses a unique experience with a friendly island vibe. We'll visit the local pagoda built on a steep cliff and surrounded by a giant lotus pond. This sacred pagoda is accessible by a walking bridge, but only men are allowed to pass and climb to the top. But fear not, the pagoda is beautiful from a distance and you'll sense an otherwordliness from the spirit houses mingled with the sounds of laughing children at play.

In the afternoon, the Lake Explorer will head south along the western shore as the lake narrows and we approach beautiful Pilog. The cliffs around us will rise and, if you look to the west, you'll see the mountains on the Burmese side of the border. Here, the forest becomes more wild and flights of wild herons will take wing and fly overhead as they head towards the forest. We'll kayak and visit a floating temple and floating shops of the nearby village. If you don't feel likey kayaking today, our small long-tail boat can take you there in comfort.

We'll head back to relax after a busy day and breathe in the fresh air and once again admire the stunning sunset while we enjoy dinner. Then admire the thousands of stars overhead as you drift into a deep sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on the Lake Explorer


Day 4: Enjoy your last day on the Lake Explorer as we slowly make our way back to the pier.
We'll wake up in a little bay close to the village of Pilog. After breakfast, we'll enjoy kayaking or swimming and then set sail back to the southernmost shores of the lake and the pier. On the way, we'll have lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy our last views of Kanchanaburi province's scenery.

After lunch, we'll drive back to Bangkok and expect to arrive around 06:00pm at New Road Guest House. On the way, we'll take a break so you can buy snacks for the next part of your journey.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please note: Deviations of the tour programs or time given may sometimes necessary depending on traffic condition or uncontrollable circumstances. The journey back to Bangkok may be later than 6 pm. Please make sure you leave ample of time when planning other trips connecting with flights / trains after the tour.

Combination Guide:
- It is possible to add one of our programs that visits the River Kwai to this tour. Take a look at our Lazy Days on River Kwai 5 Days tour or add a package with just one or two more nights. Please contact the Go Beyond Reservations Team on
reservation@gobeyond.asia for more information.
- This tour might arrive in Bangkok in the late evening. We do not recommend that you proceed from Bangkok on the same night. We highly recommend staying at New Road Guest House, which is this tour's departure and arrival point, for your convenience. For more information, please contact the Go Beyond Reservations Team on reservation@gobeyond.asia
- It is possible to proceed onwards from Kanchanaburi to destinations like Hua Hin or Chiang Mai. Please contact the Go Beyond Reservation team on
reservation@gobeyond.asia for help with making advance bookings.
 

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