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    Day 1: Embarkation in Phuket 
    Arrive in Phuket, greeting your shipmates as you board in the late afternoon. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing to go over the finer details of your upcoming journey. After dinner onboard with your fellow travellers, set sail at around 9 pm, heading for Ko Miang overnight. (D)

    Day 2: 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 3: 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 4: 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 5: 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 6: 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. (B, L)

    Day 7: 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. (B, L, D)

    Day 8: Phuket
    Today is a free day in Phuket. Enjoy some beach time, or take in some shopping. The choice is yours. Rejoin the Panorama II in the afternoon and set sail around 5 pm. Enjoy dinner on arrival in Ko Yao Yai, relaxing and taking in the sunset. As this is a combination trip, the makeup of the group may change today, with some passengers joining and others departing.  (B, D)

    Day 9: Koh Yao Yai to Ao Nang
    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. We set off in the early afternoon for the short sail to Ao Nang, a lively beachside town in the Krabi province. The night is yours to enjoy – perhaps kick back with a cold drink in one of the local bars. This evening, half of the group will head to Bung Ae House Homestay for an authentic, home-cooked Thai dinner. (B, L)

    Day 10: 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 enjoy the hospitality and delicious Thai food at Bung Ae House. (B)

    Day 11: Koh Rok Noi
    Arrive at around 7 am in beautiful Koh Rok Noi, one of many beautiful islands with white sands and blue-green waters against a jungle backdrop. You’ll transfer to the island by Zodiac (a motorised inflatable boat). A full day of beach time is on the agenda, so enjoy some snorkelling, kayaking or paddleboarding. Otherwise, relax on shore and take in the postcard-perfect scene. Late tonight, set sail overnight for Tarutao National Park. (B, L, D)

    Day 12: Tarutao National Park to Langkawi
    Head over to Adang Island for some swimming and snorkelling. Set sail in the afternoon for Langkawi. You’ll see this is a town that has retained its everyday local life and spectacular natural beauty despite it popularity among travellers. The evening is yours to explore the town as you please, so perhaps dabble in the nightlife. (B, L)

    Day 13: Langkawi
    Join a local guide for a tour of idyllic Langkawi. This includes a visit to the beautiful Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls – a lovely spot to relax and take in the jungle ambience. In the evening, set sail overnight for Penang. (B, D)

    Day 14: Penang
    A leisurely sail brings you to Penang at around midday. Enjoy a delicious and fresh local Malaysian lunch at the market, and split up into smaller groups to join local guides for a walking tour around Penang’s old town, taking in the historic shophouses, narrow streets and unique atmosphere of the island. Take a rickshaw back to the ship and enjoy a farewell dinner onboard with fellow travellers. (B, L, D)

    Day 15: Disembark in Penang
    Disembark as the adventure comes to an end after breakfast. (B)

    TPE – PAKIC 2019