Here is an overview of our vaction destinations, there is numerous links to further information pages as well.
Our Khao Sok National Park expedition is aptly labeled a "soft adventure". One of the easiest ways to see the wildlife, birds, and orchids of Thailand is from a comfortable decked kayak. Leopard photo to the right was taken in Khao Sok National Park, copyright A. J. Lynam.
The massive 165 square kilometer reservoir allows your kayak to slide silently through the thick verdant tropical jungle. The park is over 700 square kilometer in size.
It's a cool, comfortable and safe way to explore Thailand's southern tropical jungles.
The orchid spotting, bird watching, and wildlife sightings are unbelievable. Hornbills are actually common! We normally see 4 species of hornbills every time we go - Great hornbill, Wreathed hornbill, Bushy-crested hornbill, and the very strange Helmeted hornbill.
Dave has sighted and/or is familiar with most of birds in southern Thailand.
Apart from the birds there are Long-tailed macaques, pig-tail macaques, dusky langurs, and even gibbons to be seen on most trips. One thing is inevitable, you’ll see and/or hear monkeys!
Wild elephants can still be found in the park and we see them fairly frequently. Check out this YouTube Khao Sok elephant video.
Floating Bungalows (raft houses)
We stay in unique floating bamboo bungalows on the massive 165 square kilometer reservoir.The walkways and bungalows are very basic. These bungalows belong to the national park. They are not our bungalows. They are not very well-kept, but that's the price we have to pay to access one of the most amazing holiday destinations in Southeast Asia.
Phang Nga Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand. Every day countless operators take tourists to a few well-known locations in the Bay. The result is similar to road traffic in Bangkok. It's noisy, congested, and chaotic. The tourists see the famous "hongs", or inner island lagoons in some of the islands, and make the obligatory trip to see "James Bond Island".
Each of our trip leaders has paddled extensively in Phang Nga Bay. The Bay is a large, lovely area that seems different in every change in weather and light. There are many fine secluded islands that can be explored at our leisure in comfortable touring kayaks. In these areas, where only the occasional fisherman is seen, wildlife is plentiful.
Our guests, paddling at their own pace, quickly learn the difference between White-belly Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites (another large raptor) by the wing configuration while in flight. Other frequent sightings include Pacific Reef Egrets, a wide variety of Kingfishers, Little Herons, Frigate Birds, and Blue Rock Thrushes. Sometimes we catch sight of Oriental Pied Hornbills perched in trees or in flight.
We come upon large monitor lizards sunning on rocks, and often see Crab-eating Macaques on the beach or moving in trees near the water. Sometimes we see Dusky langurs in trees high on a cliff face.
It is the quiet and solitude that we seek as individual paddlers. It is this environment which we offer our guests.
We stay in bungalows on an island with a wonderful view of limestone karat formations spread out before us. We enjoy the laid back quality of island life. We aren't too interested in tent camping, which in the tropics we find not very comfortable.
Our escort boat is large enough to carry our boats and gear, and has plenty of room under the roof to sit out of the sun between visits to islands.
We offer day trips, two day, three day, and longer trips into Phang Nga Bay, for two to eight guests. Small groups, traditional touring kayaks, orientation to proper paddling technique, islands off the beaten path - this is Thailand Ecotourism.
Phang Nga Province, just one hour north of Phuket, offers jungle that rivals that of Khao Sok or anywhere else in SE Asia. There are hiking routes that vary from flat and easy to extremely challenging. There are plenty of stunning waterfalls in this region as well.