Creativity, Activity, and Service
10 Days of Exploring Southern Thailand with Purpose

Andaman Discoveries Study & Service tours - Conservation

This tour is packed full of wonderful places, people and experiences. We explore Phuket, Ranong, Phang Nga, and Khao Sok through the lens of service and environmental exploration.

After a quick immersion into the well known destination of Phuket, head away from the crowds to help a local community through conservation efforts or volunteer work at local schools.

Make authentic connections with small coastal villages like Ban Talae Nok. Learn handicrafts and local cooking, and accompany your local guides to a deserted island in the Andaman Sea.

Leaving the coast, encounter the spectacular scenery and ancient jungles of Khao Sok. Explore the river, learn survival skills, and seek out wildlife from a floating bungalow surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.


Meals included: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 1 - Arrival to Phuket International Airport, Experience Phuket

  • Experience the island of Phuket, which draws over three million visitors yearly.
  • This is one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations and offers a wide range of activities, international foods and accommodations.
  • Check into your hotel. Take time to explore the surrounding environment.
  • Enjoy the beach and shopping.
  • Enjoy an independent lunch and afternoon activities.
  • Have a group dinner at the hotel and get a briefing about your upcoming service project and cultural activities

Overnight: Comfortable Phuket Hotel

Days 2-4:  Service Project in Local Community in Ranong ,Phang Nga or Phuket (B,L,D)

  • Conservation & Ecological Restoration: Southern Thailand boasts two of the world’s oldest ecosystems: jungle and coral reefs.  The area also has extensive mangroves forests, soaring waterfalls, and lush jungles perfect for exploring and understanding the relationship between natural resources and human activity.
  • Play a role in helping to protect these amazing and beneficial ecosystems by participating in an environmental conservation and restoration service activities like mangrove reforestation or riverbed restoration.
  • Teaching/Infrastructure/Beatification of local educational facilities: Assist at local schools or learning centers to broaden the children’s language skills and engage in fun and interactive activities. You may also assist with improving the infrastructure at these facilities and help with small projects to beatify the schools and centers to allow for a more inspirational atmosphere of learning.
  • Andaman Discoveries has a broad range of local community partners that often times need assistance with the above projects.  We will reach out to them and see if and what their greatest need is and how your group can integrate into the project to maximize the benefits.  This ensures that your group is getting a meaningful experience and that the service project is a need and necessity for the local community partners.

Overnights:  Local Accommodation, all meals included with the local community at the service project

Day 5:  Village Homestay Experience (B,L,D)

  • After Breakfast wrap up your service project and say goodbye to your community partners.
  • Transfer to the small beach village of Ban Tale Nok to meet your host family and be welcomed into their way of life.
  • Take a walking tour of the community with your local guide to learn about the history and lives of these villagers. See first-hand an area of the village that was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami and learn from survivors how they have recovered.
  • For lunch, enjoy authentic southern Thai food with your homestay family.
  • Enjoy a handicraft demonstration and learn the art of Batik, a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using designs drawn in wax. Keep your creation as a souvenir. Then, learn how to weave traditional roof panels from Nypa palm leaves.
  • Enjoy a spectacular Andaman sunset while eating a delicious barbeque dinner on the beach.

Overnight: Ban TalaeNok Homestay, comfortable bedding and mosquito net provided.

Day 6: Village Homestay Experience (B,L,D)

  • Head into nature to explore the mangrove forest in a long-tail boat.
  • You may spot various birds, monitor lizards and monkeys.
  • Continue your journey out to the Gam Islands, only 10 km from the coast of the village. Arrive to the uninhabited white sand bays and explore the surrounding nature, then go for a swim and snorkel in the clear blue waters. Learn why the villagers often come out to these islands to fish and collect edible shells. Have a delicious picnic lunch on the beach and enjoy the view.
  • Return to the village and go fishing on the beach with the local fisherman.
  • Then, participate in a handicraft workshop with the women’s soap group and keep it as a souvenir.
  • In the evening, relax on the beach for another sunset or learn the essentials of Thai cooking.
  • After dinner, try on traditional Muslim clothing and talk with your homestay families about their culture.

*Gam Islands are only available during dry season November – April. For rainy season, enjoy an extended mangrove tour

Overnight: Ban Talae Nok Homestay, comfortable bedding and mosquito net provided.

Day 7– Khao Sok National Park, River Adventure (B,L,D)

  • Make a local Thai desert with your host family and share in one last lunch together.
  • Then transfer to Khao Sok National Park and bask in the beauty of a 20 million year old rainforest. Immerse yourself in the natural environment.
  • Head out for a canoe adventure along the River Sok with the local community group. Drift past the towering limestone cliffs and take in the countryside landscape. Along the way stop for hot coffee or herbal drink, served in your handmade bamboo cup.
  • In the evening go on a scheduled Night Safari. Explore the jungle at night to learn about the many nocturnal animals and insects that come to life in the dark!

Overnight: Jungle Resort

Day 8- Khao Sok National Park, Jungle Survival (B,L,D)

  • Participate in a jungle survival day course that is led by experienced park rangers.
  • As you walk in the jungle, they will point out local resources, flora and fauna.
  • Learn how to make a fire and cook a forest-to-table meal by cooking rice and curries in bamboo.
  • Enjoy your meal sitting by a refreshing river. Take time to relax and swim.

Overnight: Jungle Resort

Day 9- Floating Bungalows, Jungle Hike or Cave Exploration (B,L,D)

  • Have breakfast and then transfer to Cheow Larn Lake.
  • This man-made reservoir has outstanding beauty with its towering limestone cliffs and jungle-clad hills. Take a long tail boat ride to your floating bungalow accommodations.
  • Enjoy a Thai style lunch of local vegetables and fresh fish from the lake.
  • With your local guide, head out into nature for a guided hike or cave exploration.
  • In the afternoon, relax and swim from the footsteps of your bungalow. Take a kayak out to survey the surrounding jungle and view wildlife.
  • Spend your night in your floating accommodation on the lake. A fairytale experience of unforgettable peace and tranquility.

Overnight: Floating Bungalows.

Day 10 - Floating Bungalows, Morning Mist Safari (B,L)

  • Awake early to catch the best of the wildlife in a longtail boat.
  • Watch the hornbills fly in the mist rising against a backdrop of colorful limestone cliffs. Try to catch the gibbons playing in the trees.
  • Return to the lake house for breakfast, then pack your bags and hop on the longtail boat.
  • Travelling back across the lake, your boat driver will show you some of the hidden bays and rock formations that make the lake so special.
  • Arrive back at the Rajaprabha Dam and end the program.

What's Included?

  • Transfer as mention in the program
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as mention in the program
  • National park fee
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Activities as mention in the program
  • ravel Insurance
  • TAX 7%

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Why we care

Study and service tours help in many ways including introducing local cultures and heritage to a new audience. By taking our tours you add money to the local economies of the people that you visit. Secondly, through money raised by the North Andaman Network foundation.

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