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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Panorama II
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Embark on Panorama II for an 8-day journey along the spectacular coast of Thailand. Discover sacred Buddhist temples, pristine beaches, celebrated food vendors, and the welcoming culture. During your cruise you will have the opportunity to visit three sacred Buddhist Temples of Phang Nga. Meet the local Moken people, a seafaring ethinic group who still mostly live a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer life. Explore the incredible natural surroundings in Hat Chao Mai National Park, where you can observe the wildlife and feel a sense of peace and greatness in this little wonder of nature. Witness how young turtles are cared for until being released into the sea at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center. This voyage is sure to dazzle you with unique stories and travel experiences.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Phuket | Embark
Day 2 : Phang Nga Bay, Hong Island
Day 3 : Hat Chao Mai, Ko Rok Nok or Ko Kradan Island
Day 4 : Haa Tanwa or Khao Lak
Day 5 : Ko Surin Tai Island
Day 6 : Ko Surin Tai Island
Day 7 : Captain’s Choice Island
Day 8 : Phuket | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover sacred Buddhist Temples, where religious devotion is colorful and ubiquitous
  • Visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center and learn about the local wildlife
  • Meet the Moken people, a seafaring ethnic group who still live semi-nomadicly
  • Indulge in Thai cuisine, made from fresh, local ingredients

Ship

Panorama II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Boats on a Phuket beach Thai elephant playing in the water Traditional Thai dress Traditional Thai architecture and decor Typical Thai fruits enjoyed with views of Phuket

Day 1 Phuket | Embark

Embark this afternoon on Panorama II where you can enjoy welcome cocktails, dinner, and watch a Thai dancers show on board. Late this evening sail to Phang Nga Bay. Overnight at sea.

Day 2 Phang Nga Bay, Hong Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive early this morning at port. You will have an optional morning excursion to the 3 Buddhist Temples of Phang Nga province. Rieng Temple is set high upon a mountain; it is the largest Temple pagoda in Phang Nga and affords breath-taking views across the province. The Dragon Cave Temple is the site of stunning stalagmite and stalactite caves. Finally, Temple Suwan Khuha, one of the most historic of Phang Nga’s Temples, is set in a giant cave and houses a 15 meter long reclining Buddha. Return to the ship for a late lunch and sail to Hong Island for a late afternoon swim stop

Day 3 Hat Chao Mai, Ko Rok Nok or Ko Kradan Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning disembark for an optional morning exploration of the Hat Chao Mai National Park and of the Khuan Khaeng Hot Spring. In the afternoon, sail to nearby Ko Rok Nok or Ko Kradan Island for an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling and sea activities. Later this evening sail to the Similan Island and spend an overnight at sea en route to Haa Tanwa Beach or Khao Lak.

Day 4 Haa Tanwa or Khao Lak

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today disembark for your optional Raft Expedition & Sea Turtle Conservation Center excursion. Hop on a bamboo raft and float along the waters, relax and enjoy the stunningly beautiful rainforest around you as your raft is pulled by local boatmen. Visit a sea turtle conservation center where small turtles are brought at young age and nursed until being released into the sea. Finish the tour with a trip to Ton Pling Waterfall, the most popular waterfall in the area. Experience the lovely atmosphere and marvel at the amazing environment surrounding you. Swim in the small ponds at the waterfall. Overnight at anchor.

Day 5 Ko Surin Tai Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning sail to Ko Surin Tai. Today, you have an option to take a walking tour to the Moken Village, home of the Moken people. Also called Sea Gypsies for the fact that they roamed the area all the way North to Myanmar and have no citizenship, they are skilled and experienced fishermen. Notice their colorful “labong” poles to honor their ancestors. The afternoon is at your leisure on the beach. Overnight at anchor.

Day 6 Ko Surin Tai Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today enjoying this little paradise on earth, part of the Mu Koh Surin National Park. Enjoy a deck BBQ lunch, make use of the kayaks and paddle boards the Panorama II has to offer, and enjoy the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Swim and snorkel to one of the most famous marine life viewing sites in the world. Manta ray, whale shark, pick handle barracuda are only few of many exciting species sighted. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7 Captain’s Choice Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The final full day's destination will be up to your Captain’s choice. Stop at an island for a day of sea activities including a deck BBQ. After the Captain’s dinner sail for Phuket.

Day 8 Phuket | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After one final breakfast onboard say farewell and disembark in Phuket.

Panorama II

Per person starting at
$1,990
Panorama II's Category C Cabin.
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Category C
Located on the lower deck, porthole and private bath facilities. One double bed only. 125 square feet.
Panorama II's Category B Cabin.
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Category B
Located on the lower deck, porthole and private bath facilities. Twin beds, one double bed or triple beds. 135 square feet.
Panorama II's Category A Cabin.
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Category A
Main or upper deck, window and private bath facilities. Twin beds or one double bed.
Category P
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Category P
Located on upper deck, window and private bath facilities. Double bed

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.

Included in Cruise Rate:
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme
Evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
- Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability).
- English-Speaking Cruise Escort.

Not included:
- Beverages (except those mentioned above).
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
- Crew tips
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of operator and of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions, on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. 
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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