Khao Lak’s Amazon River and Tin Mining Town

Khao Lak’s Amazon River
and Tin Mining Town

Explore authentic local life in Takua Pa, a sleepy town with a fascinating history
as a wealthy tin mining town. Kayak through mangroves teeming with
wildlife in a hidden area known to the locals as ‘Little Amazon’.


Just north of Khao Lak, you’ll find the sleepy town of Takua Pa. In the first half of the 20th century, this was a thriving town, thanks to the tin mining industry. Today, the only remains of this golden age are a few images and memorabilia displayed in the local library.

Not far from the town is a hidden jungle-like area, known to the locals as ‘Little Amazon’. Once a bustling waterway with dredges and boats sailing up and down stream, it is now an untouched area of meandering rivers and mangrove forests. You get the chance to explore the hidden nature and heritage of a region with a rich and fascinating history.


Khao Lak’s Amazon River and Tin Mining Town

08:30 - 16:30

Your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel in the early morning, eager to show you the untouched parts of the region, rarely visited by tourists. The morning will be spent touring the ‘Little Amazon’. For a close-up view, climb into a kayak for a leisurely paddle along the Klong Sung Nae River. Keep a lookout for wildlife as you pass by large banyan trees and meander through the mangroves. The waterway eventually makes its way to the sea – you won’t go that far though, as a delicious lunch is waiting at a local restaurant!

The afternoon is dedicated to Sri Takua Pa, the Thai name of the old part of Takua Pa 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 still remain. In addition, many traditions from those bygone days are still being passed down through the generations. A walk through the streets with your guide will give you an insight into a town bursting with heritage, culture and colour. You will pass by old Chinese shrines and see examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture, including charming pastel-coloured shophouses.

At the end of the afternoon, it is time to leave the heritage town behind and drive back to your Khao Lak resort.




  • A full-day joining tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • A kayaking trip over the Klong Sun Nae.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying along Khao Lak’s main beaches. Transfers outside these areas such as Phuket, Khao Sok, Phang Nga, Ranong, Takua Pa Town including any harbour or airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • A minimum number of guests are required for this excursion to operate; many of our tours do not have limitations on group size, depending on the availability of seats and other factors. We regret that we are not able to communicate in advance about this.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.


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