Khao Lak Gondola, History and Nature Tour
Khao Lak Gondola,
History and Nature Tour
This full day tour combines history, heritage and hidden natural attractions in the heart
of Khao Lak. Explore the old tin mining town of Takua Pa, cruise along wetlands
teeming with wildlife and swim in a refreshing waterfall pool.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Not far from the tourist areas of Khao Lak, you can explore the hidden nature and heritage of a region with a rich and fascinating history. The unassuming town of Takua Pa is full of character and Chinese influences.
In the first half of the 20th century, this was a thriving town, thanks to the tin mining industry. Not far from the town is a hidden jungle-like area, known to the locals as ‘little Amazon’ – an untouched area of meandering rivers and mangrove forests. The verdant rainforest of Sri Phang Nga National Park boasts rugged mountain terrain, numerous waterfalls and many species of birds and animals.
18:00 - 20:30
Start the tour in Takua Pa, a sleepy town that dates back to the 13th century. During the town’s lucrative tin mining days, this was a busy trading area for Chinese, Thai and Portuguese tradesmen who came to ply their wares. The tin industry may have disappeared, but Chinese influences can still be seen in the old Chinese shrines and Sino-Portuguese architecture, including charming pastel-coloured shophouses.
Board a traditional gondola for a relaxing cruise along a rural canal, exploring an untouched part of the region, rarely visited by tourists. Keep a lookout for wildlife as you pass by mangroves and large banyan trees.
By now you will have built up an appetite, so relax for a while over a delicious lunch in a floating restaurant, framed by a serene mangrove forest.
Fully revived, the afternoon’s discovery continues at the beautiful Tam Nang Waterfall in Sri Phang Nga National Park. Explore the rainforest with a leisurely 15-minute trek to a swimming spot. Spend some time here, cooling off in the fresh water under the waterfall and listening to the bird song.
At the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to Khao Lak.