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Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound - Penang to Phuket

Malaysia and Thailand

Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound - Penang to Phuket

Canoeing·
Kayaking·
Snorkeling
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Start: Pulau Penang
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End: Phuket

Discover the spectacular west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise

Activity
LocationMalaysia and Thailand
Duration15 days
Start / EndPulau Penang / Phuket
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Malaysia and Thailand

Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound - Penang to Phuket

Canoeing·
Kayaking·
Snorkeling·
15 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Pulau Penang
·
End: Phuket

Description

Discover the spectacular west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise with Peregrine. Between the more popular holiday destinations of Penang and Phuket, there’s a medley of laid back islands and villages to explore. We then head north to experience the mesmerising beauty of the Similan Islands. Once the daytrippers go home, we will have the sea to ourselves.&nb...

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Itinerary

Day 1Embarkation in Penang
Selamat datang! Welcome to Malaysia. Embarkation takes place between 2 and 4 pm. After meeting your leader and attending a welcome meeting and safety briefing on board, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers.
Day 2Penang
After breakfast, tour the old town of Penang, taking in the historic shophouses, narrow streets and unique atmosphere. Enjoy lunch at a local market, where your leader will select a variety of interesting local dishes for the group to try. Return to the boat by rickshaw and set sail for Langkawi at around 2 pm. If the weather is right, sail for a while with the sails up and the engine off, a nice way to absorb the ambience of the wide open ocean. Overnight at sea en route to Langkawi.
Day 3Langkawi
Join a local guide for a tour of idyllic Langkawi. You'll see this is a town that has retained its everyday local life and spectacular natural beauty despite it popularity among travellers. Visit Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, then enjoy a free evening in Langkawi to enjoy the local food and nightlife or have dinner on board the Panorama II, the choice is yours.
Day 4Koh Tarutao to Koh Rok Noi
Depart Langkawi for Taruatao early this morning. A day of snorkelling, swimming, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding is yours to enjoy in the beautiful waters around the island. For lunch, feast on a beach barbecue on Adang Island. Set sail for Koh Rok Noi, having dinner en route. Spend the night at anchor at Ko Rok Noi, one of many beautiful islands with white sands and blue-green waters against a jungle backdrop.
Day 5Koh Rok Noi to Ao Nang
Spend the morning enjoying the spoils of Ko Rok Noi. Set sail for Ao Nang, arriving at around 6 pm. Half of the group will head off to Bung Ae House homestay for some home-cooked Thai food with a local family; the other half will enjoy a free evening in Ao Nang.
Day 6Ao Nang
With a full day in Ao Nang, you're free to partake in a range of optional activities. Whip up some local specialties in a Thai cooking class, spot colourful tropical fish on a snorkelling trip, take the adventure to the next level with some diving or rock climbing, unwind with a traditional Thai massage, or make tracks on two wheels to a local waterfall. Another great option is to take a longtail boat to Railay Beach. Alternatively, simply stay on the Panorama II, which can take you around Phang Na bay for some snorkelling and swimming. Tonight, the second group will have dinner at Bung Ae's House.
Day 7Koh Yao Yai
Climb aboard a songtheaw for a tour with a local guide. Ko Yao Yoi is known for beautiful beaches, friendly Muslim fisherman and diverse birdlife, not to mention some delicious local seafood. Today is your last chance for some swimming and snorkelling before the trip draws to a close. For our last night on board, it is the Captain's dinner. Enjoy an a la carte meal while taking in a no doubt spectacular sunset. Relax and unwind as the night is spent at anchor.
Day 8Phuket
Today is a free day in Phuket. You may feel like a day on one of the beautiful beaches, or a day of shopping. Rejoin the boat in the late afternoon and we set sail for Ko Miang at around 9 pm.
Day 9Koh Miang
Arrive nice and early in Ko Miang, one of the gorgeous Similan Islands. Renowned among divers for good reason, these islands combine rainforest, white sands and clear blue water to dazzling effect. Enjoy a morning of swimming and snorkelling, or make use of the stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Then depart mid-afternoon for the short sail to the main group of the Similan Islands, where the boat will remain at anchor overnight.
Day 10Similan Islands
Enjoy a full day of exploring the Similan Islands. You're free to hike the rainforest interior, scramble over huge boulders on pristine beaches or go snorkelling in search of tropical fish and coral. These islands, constituting a national park, were made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, and it's not hard to see why. Later, it's off for a late-night sail to Ko Surin Tai, and the night is spent at sea.
Day 11Ko Surin Tai
After an early-morning arrival, visit Moken Village for a tour with a local guide. This is the home of the Moken people, a Sea Gypsy ethnic group of Austronesian origin who still mostly live a seminomadic hunter-gatherer life (despite Thai and Burmese attempts to assimilate them into the wider culture). Notice their colourful poles, known as labong, which represent their ancestors. Later, in the afternoon, enjoy some snorkelling and relaxing on the beach.
Day 12Ko Surin Tai
Enjoy another day basking in the beauty of Surin Tai. Explore its incredible ecosystem, perhaps watching for a nesting turtle if it's the season. Otherwise, enjoy the sun and sand of this beautifully offtrack location while you can. In the evening, settle into a leisurely barbecue on deck with fellow travellers. The night is spent at anchor here.
Day 13Khao Lak
Make the journey to Khao Lak, a village among a collection of gorgeous beaches along Phang Nga's coastline. If the conditions are right, you might enjoy some old fashioned sailing, with the sails up and the engine off for a little while. After arriving in the afternoon, you're free to explore Khao Lak Town as you please. In the evening, perhaps seek out some fresh seafood in one of the restaurants and explore the local nightlife. This laidback haven is a nice escape from the glitzier side of Phuket.
Day 14Khao Lak
Travel by coach to Baan Talay Nok village. Enjoy a local-guided tour around the village, which was actually destroyed by 2004 tsunami. You'll hear some eye-opening stories of survival and how the village has recovered. For lunch, sit down with local families and dine on some tasty local dishes. Try your hand not only at soap-making but also at some cooking, preparing a local dish of grilled coconut wrapped in leaf. After returning by bus to Ko Pra Thong, join the Panorama II once again. Enjoy a farewell dinner onboard as the boat sails for Phuket.
Day 15Disembark in Phuket
Arriving in Phuket early in the morning, disembark after breakfast as the adventure comes to an end.

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Last modified (date)

26 Nov 2018

Trip title

Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound - Penang to Phuket

Trip code

TTCIC

Validity

Validity: 01 Dec 2018 to 28 Feb 2019

Introduction

Discover the spectacular west coast of Malaysia and Thailand on a new small-ship adventure cruise with Peregrine. Between the more popular holiday destinations of Penang and Phuket, there’s a medley of laid back islands and villages to explore. We then head north to experience the mesmerising beauty of the Similan Islands.  Once the daytrippers go home, we will have the sea to ourselves.  Choose ... Read more

Style

Comfort

Themes

Adventure Cruising

Transport

Small cruise ship,zodiac,songtheaw,rickshaw,bus

Physical Rating

1

Physical preparation

No particular level of physical fitness is required for our adventure cruises, although you should have a good level of mobility and enjoy good health. We do ask that you read through the trip notes to ensure that this trip is right for you. Please keep in mind that there are a number of shore excursions offered on your voyage. Some are walking tours and may involve a reasonable amount of walkin... Read more

Joining point

Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, Port of Penang

Joining point instructions

The boat will normally be moored at the North Jetty at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal. The terminal is located about 19kms away from Penang Airport (PEN). A taxi will take about 20 minutes at a cost of US$14 and local bus will take almost an hour at a cost of about US$1. Swettenham Pier is located in George Town which is the capital of the Island of Penang. If you are staying in the cent... Read more

Finish point

Phuket Deep Sea Port

Group leader

On your voyage, as well as the ship and hospitality crew, there will be between 1 and 3 local tour leaders (depending on the total number of passengers). These leaders will be with you on board the ship, and on all included shore activities. They will have good general knowledge of the areas you are passing through including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects, as well as being ab... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Communications

Wifi is available on all ships at EUR15 for 200MB or EUR20 for 250MB. The coverage can be very intermittent and unreliable. On shore in most countries, you should find fast, free wifi available in cafes or restaurants. Internet connections in Cuba are very unreliable.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

See Krabi's beautiful and bizarre limestone karst formations from the comfort of your small cruise ship

Is this trip right for you

This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than onboard activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge. ... Read more

Health

All Peregrine travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themse... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling in Asia, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Meals on board are made by our on board chef using fresh local produce and will have the flavour of the region we are sailing in. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, not all meals are included in the trip price (except more remote itineraries where of... Read more

Money matters

ON BOARD ACCOUNT An account will be opened for your cabin for purchases aboard ship. This will include bar purchases laundry and communication charges. Cash, Visa or Mastercard are all accepted for settling your ship on board account. It is wise to travel with sufficient cash (in local currency) to pay for incidentals on your last day such as shipboard items, airports taxes and taxis. Most of o... Read more

What to take

Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases. The dress code on board ship is casual. You may want to bring something slightly dressier for the Captain's dinner or for a nice meal ashore, but as a rule, neat casual will suffice. Swimming will be offered on most days so swimwear is essential. We recommend at le... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. Below link will take you to the feedback site: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist, or visit us at www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local operator on the number below. Intrepid Thailand Office: +66 898 103 722

Responsible travel

Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in . How can you be a Responsible Traveller? See our tips below: * Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so y... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

Cruise: Wifi is available on all ships at EUR15 for 200MB or EUR20 for 250MB. The coverage can be very intermittent and unreliable. On shore in most countries, you should find fast, free wifi available in cafes or restaurants. Internet connections in Cuba are very unreliable.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

Single travellers on this voyage can be matched with a passenger of the same gender in a twin cabin. If you wish to have a cabin to yourself, this can be arranged with the payment of a single supplement and is possible in any cabin category. Pre and post voyage accommodation will always be on a single basis for solo travellers. As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasure... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

Travelling by sea is a fantastic way to explore, but it brings some challenges when weather conditions are not ideal. The itinerary may be subject to change, based on winds and sea conditions which may render anchorage and landing at some stops difficult. We reserve the right to change the itinerary for the safety of passengers and the ship. Shore excursions are subject to shore and weather cond... Read more

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