Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound: Penang to Phuket

Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound: Penang to Phuket

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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 from leisure and adventure activities around Ao Nang, join in local life in laid back Ko Yao Yai, visit waterfalls tucked away in the jungle, and use the Andaman Sea as your swimming pool. With comfortable accommodation onboard, snorkelling and kayaking equipment, and knowledgeable local guides at your service, this is South East Asian paradise done in style.

Trip Name
Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound: Penang to Phuket
Last Updated
2019-01-17
Days
15
Capacity
48
Highlights
  • See Krabi's beautiful and bizarre limestone karst formations from the comfort of your small cruise ship
  • Wake up each morning to the clear azure waters of the Andaman Sea, which you’re free to swim in right off the back of the boat
  • Visit the iconic holiday islands of Penang, Langkawi and Phuket, but also enjoy the natural beauty of Turatao National Park and the Similan Islands.
  • Ride the cable car to the highest point on Langkawi for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the sea and surrounding islands
  • Spend an evening at an authentic Thai homestay, enjoying home cooked specialties of the region

Itinerary

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 conditions and are based on a minimum participation. Each days' schedule will be posted by the cruise co-ordinator listing necessary information such as arrival/departure times, meal times, days activities and other information. This is given as a guideline and is subject to change.

Day 1 - Embarkation 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 2 - Penang
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 3 - Langkawi
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 4 - Koh 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 5 - Koh 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 6 - Ao 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 7 - Koh 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 8 - Phuket
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 9 - Koh 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 10 - Similan 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 11 - Ko 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 12 - Ko 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 13 - Khao 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 14 - Khao 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 15 - Disembark in Phuket
Arriving in Phuket early in the morning, disembark after breakfast as the adventure comes to an end.

Trip Dates

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Accommodation

Small cruise ship 14 nights

Transport

Small cruise ship,zodiac,songtheaw,rickshaw,bus

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