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7-Day Thailand Bangkok Culinary Tour & Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary Extension

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7-Day Thailand Bangkok Culinary Tour & Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary Extension

Destinations

  • Bangkok
  • Phu Kiao Wildlife Sanctuary

Highlights

  • Thailand: Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary by special permission, not otherwise open to the public

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Arrival in Thailand
  • DAY 2 Bangkok Street Food Culinary & Culture
  • DAY 3-6 Phu Kaio Wildlife Sanctuary One of Thailand's absolute best national parks for wildlife viewing, by special permission, not otherwise open to the general public. A Wild Plant Adventures Exclusive!
  • DAY 7 Bangkok/Home Return to Bangkok in time for onward flights.

7-Day Thailand Bangkok Culinary Tour & Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary Extension

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 Bangkok

Arrive Bangkok airport, meet our staff and transfer straight to your hotel. Evening free at your leisure. Dinner on your own.
Overnight: Raweekanlaya Wellness Cuisine Resort, Riva Arun, Ariyasomvilla Hotel, Amaranth Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, or similar.

DAY 2 Bangkok Culinary Street Food & Culture Tour, Gourmet Rooftop Restaurant

Awarded Thailand’s Best Day Tour in 2013, explore the amazing tastes and sights of Bangkok, the “Village of Love”, a famous 100 year-old culinary neighborhood in Bangkok. Bangkok is famous for its diverse flavors, and here you can find Thai delicacies from every region and ethnicity. Sample generations-old artisanal recipes and visit fascinating local culinary attractions hidden away from the well-worn tourist routes. Includes 5 authentic tasting locations and 12+ delicious food and drink samples (enough for a big lunch). Walk it off visiting cultural sites around Bangkok including the famous Bangkok Flower Market, and the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). This evening enjoy dinner at an iconic gourmet rooftop restaurant with a magnificent 360° scenic view of Bangkok and the Chao Preya River.

DAY 3 Bangkok / Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary - By Special Permission!

Wild Planet Adventures Exclusive

Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary is the elite, hidden gem amongst Thailand’s wildlife national parks. It requires special governmental permission to access and is not otherwise open to the general public. Thailand’s revered Queen was so enamored with Phu Khiao, she built a modest royal home and rare orchid garden overlooking its wildlife-rich grasslands. No other US-based nor international tour operator offers this exceptional wildlife experience, complete with our expert local, bilingual naturalist wildlife guides!

Known as one of the best parks to see wildlife in all of Thailand, Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary’s pristine habitat includes 1,560 sq. km. of forests, grasslands, lakes, plateaus and sandstone mountains surrounded by limestone outcrops. There are an incredible 111 species of mammals, 419 species of birds, 45 species of amphibians, 110 species of reptiles and 76 species of fish recorded in the sanctuary.

Phu Khiao is one of best places in Thailand to see bigger mammals, with regular sightings of highly coveted animals including wild elephant, dhole (Asian wild dog), golden jackal, Assamese macaque, Phayre's langur, white-handed gibbon, hog deer and leopard cat. Less common, but with real chances to spot, are its black leopards, clouded leopard, tigers, marbled cat, and Asian black bear. The park also features healthy populations of long-tailed macaques, rhesus macaque, Asian black bear, Indochienese serow, sambar deer, red muntjac, guar, giant porcupine, giant black squirrel and colorful giant variable squirrels. The very rare Assam macaque is often sighted and is one of the park’s many wildlife research projects. Over 400 bird species include sarus crane, Austen's brown hornbill, great hornbill, white-rumped falcon, mountain scops owl, Oriental bay owl, and the globally endangered white-winged duck. There have been sightings of rare green peacock, but not for a while.

Wildlife safari from park entrance to the headquarters. Lodging at the park’s house which is very simple accommodations with electricity only between 6:00-9:00pm. After dinner enjoy a night safari by 4WD to spot nocturnal animals.

DAY 4 Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary – Thung Kamang Grasslands, Mon Lake

Early morning wildlife and bird watching at the big grasslands. Endangered Hog deer, sambar deer and red muntjac are common sightings, and with luck, their predators. Golden jackals typically roam the grasslands during late afternoons, and wild elephant, wild boar and other smaller mammals frequent water holes and mud baths.

This afternoon hike 4-5km to Mon Lake, a flat easy hike with sounds of gibbons echoing throughout the forest. We’ll search for gaur, dhole (Asian wild dog), and wild elephant. This area is often frequented by the park’s many species of large cat including Tiger and Clouded Leopard. In the evening return for dinner followed by a night safari by foot or 4WD truck for nocturnal animals.

DAY 5 Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary – 4WD Safari, Bird Blind

Early morning safari by 4WD to see Assam macaque, White-handed Gibbon, Phayre’s Langur, Jungle fowl, Monitor Lizard and more. Afternoon visit a small wooden bird blind overlooking an amazing tiny pool of mineral water, to watch small colorful birds come and bathe, drink, play and defend their territory. This sometimes draws larger animals such as lizards, giant squirrels and white handed gibbons who are curious about all of the activity. After dinner, enjoy another nocturnal wildlife safari by foot or 4WD.

DAY 6 Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary – Bangkok

Enjoy a final wildlife viewing activity before breakfast, then 4WD safari to spotting wildlife as we exit the park. Return to Bangkok and overnight.

DAY 7 Bangkok

Transfer to the airport for your onward flights.

 

Thailand Lodging

BANGKOK

Raweekanlaya Wellness and Cuisine Resort

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok was originally built in the late 1800’s as the residence of the royal governess of His Majesty King Vajiravudh or Rama VI, the sixth monarch of Siam under the house of Chakri, considered the father of Thai nationalism. The residence is also remnant of Thewet Palace, which used to be located in the area.

Featuring 38 guest rooms carefully designed to reflect the heritage of Old-Siam with contemporary touches. It is a true urban resort with over 900 square meters of lush greenery, ​​​highlighted by a 120 years old Banyan tree.​ Located next to the swimming pool is the pool bar, where fruit juices and cold fare can be enjoyed during the day, which turn into artisan cocktails with the fall.

All this, while relaxing on our chaise lounge sofas, amidst calming sights of foliage and chirping of birds.

Listen to the sound of nature, bask under the rays of sunshine or relax beneath the canopy of trees, all in middle of Bangkok city.

Phu Khaio Park Lodge

As we are are visiting Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary by special permission, we will be staying at the Phu Khaio lodge - a rustic, non-touristy accommodation providing very basic rooms and amenities.  Due to the limited availability of rooms at the lodge, we will use the best rooms available depending on the dates of your tour and rooming needs.

 

Thailand Activities

At a Glance

We know you've chosen to travel with us for our wildlife emphasis, so we've included a wide variety of adventure activity options designed to educate, inspire, and bring out the wonder in you. Then we add all of the cultural activities that Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are known for, from visits to Buddhist temples, to cooking schools, world famous street food and much more. All of our activities are flexibly designed to accommodate different skill levels and interests, while exposing you to a variety of unique eco-systems in order to see the most amount of wildlife. And did we mention fun?

  • Bangkok Culinary Street Food
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary - By Special Permission!

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

Bangkok Culinary Street Food & Culture Tour

Explore the amazing tastes and sights of Bangkok, the “Village of Love”, a famous 100 year-old culinary neighborhood in Bangkok. After sampling 12+ delicious food and drink samples, walk it off visiting cultural sites around Bangkok including the famous Bangkok Flower Market, and the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).


Hiking in Phu Khaio Wildlife Sanctuary - By Special Permission!

Receive special governmental permission to enter Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary, a hidden gem amongst Thailand's wildlife national parks, in search of wild elephant, dhole (Asian wild dog), golden jackal, Assamese macaque, Phayre's langur, white-handed gibbon, hog deer, and leopard cat. The sanctuary is also one of the best places to see the less common black leopards, clouded leopard, tigers, marbled cat, and Asian black bear.

This Trip's Exclusive Wildlife Features:

Choose Your Thailand Travel Style! Any of our wildlife adventures are also available as fully customizable private trips, honeymoons or family wildlife adventures.
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We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Special Access to Remote, Non-Commercial Parks - Authentic wildlife excursions by special permission into Phu Khiao (not otherwise open to the general public!) No other company offers this unforgettable wildlife experiences!
  • Expert Wildlife Knowledge & Activities - Night river cruises, wildlife blinds, salt licks and secret wildlife hot-spots for maximum wildlife viewing.
  • Combines well with Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos for 10-day, 16-day or the full 21-day Eco-Tours.
  • Make A Difference - Your fees directly support local people to protect endangered wildlife.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Special Access to Remote, Non-Commercial Parks - Authentic wildlife excursions by special permission into Phu Khiao (not otherwise open to the general public!) No other company offers this unforgettable wildlife experiences!
  • Expert Wildlife Knowledge & Activities - Night river cruises, wildlife blinds, salt licks and secret wildlife hot-spots for maximum wildlife viewing.
  • Combines well with Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos for 10-day, 16-day or the full 21-day Eco-Tours.
  • Make A Difference - Your fees directly support local people to protect endangered wildlife.
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