Wildlife & Nature
Thailand Family Holiday
Your Thailand family adventure starts in "the city of smiles" Bangkok, here you discover floating markets and glittering temples. Travel on to Kanchanaburi where you will see the legendary Bridge over the River Kwai and have a chance to swim in beautiful tropical waterfalls. Overnight train takes you to friendly Chiang Mai in Thailands northern hills. Here you see elephants bathing and at work before visiting a village where you stay overnight in a local home for a unique insight into rural life here. Discover a community forest where herbs and medicines are grown. Your adventure ends with some seaside relaxation on the white sandy beaches of Hua Hin.
Take an overnight flight to Bangkok. After your arrival this morning, you transfer to your hotel and check in. Your welcome meeting is at 18:00 hours and you will meet your group leader and the rest of your family group then.
Bangkok is full of sights and wonders; with its many temples and busy street markets it’s not a city any adult or child is likely to forget in a hurry.
Viengtai Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)
This morning you tke a long tail boat trip down the Chao Phraya River and explore the famous klongs (canals) of Bangkok (approx 1 hour). Life on these canals seems a world away from the chaos of the city streets. Visit Wat Pho home of the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand.
Later you travel by local bus (approx 2 hours) to Kanchanaburi, home of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. Check into your hotel.
The following day you will travel to Erawan National Park (approx 1.5 hours each way), here you can swim under the seven tiered waterfall. As you head back it's possible to take a kayak along the river back to town and under the infamous bridge. There are also temples to explore.
River Kwai Bridge Resort (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2)
Travel by mini bus to the ancient city of Ayuthaya (approx 2.5 hours). Here you will visit the ancient temples of this World Heritage Site. This city was once the capital of Siam, you will be guided through the site which spreads across the town with picturesque ruins and temples. Great photo opportunities include Wat Phra Mahathat ruins and the Buddha head surrounded by Banyan tree roots.
Later board a comfortable overnight sleeper train (approx 11 hours) to the pleasant northern city of Chiang Mai. Dinner and drinks can be bought on the train, but most people prefer to buy a selection of local dishes from the numerous stalls in and around the station, and have a picnic dinner on board. The train is quite comfortable - sheets and pillows are provided and curtained bunks provide some privacy. Children usually love this journey!
Overnight train - 1 night (B)
Early in the morning you arrive in Chiang Mai - the Rose of the North - where the slower pace of life is immediately evident. You’ll be met at the station, and transfer straight to your guesthouse to shower and freshen up. The rest of the day is left free to wander at your own pace and soak up the atmosphere of this lively city, surrounded by impressive city walls. Chiang Mai is the most important of Thailand’s northern cities, with a history dating back to the 13th century and beyond. For 200 years the city was under Burmese control and much evidence of this period remains in both the architectural style of many buildings and in some of the rice and soup dishes found in local restaurants! You will visit the Theravada Buddhist temple an Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. In the afternoon visit Bor Sang and the traditional umbrella factory. Tonight visit the colourful night market where you can eat from the fast food stalls.
Wangburapa Grand Hotel - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)
We set off early and drive along Mae Taeng Valley to Elephant Nature Park (approx 60 km), a unique project providing a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants.Greeted by an expert guide we learn about the story of rescued elephants and elephants problem in South-East Asia. After that you will have a chance to feed the elephant from the viewing platform.Lunch is provided before elephant bathing time. After a safety briefing you can join in to scrub and bathe the elephant (bring some shorts/swim gear and change of clothing) or alternatively just kick back and enjoy watching the elephants bathe.We depart the Elephant Nature Park at around 5pm to return to Chiang Mai.Set off to the warm and welcoming village of Ban Hua Tung (approx 30 mins) for a truly unique experience when the local Thai community accept us into their village for the night. In the evening, we're treated to a traditional northern Thai dinner accompanied by live music and dancing.Although accommodation is basic, this is an experience that will be cherished by the whole family. We'll be accommodated in village homes with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms.Please note that the days we spend in Chiang Mai and the family homestay may vary depending on the commitments of our host family at the homestay.
Village House (A) - 1 night (B,L,D)
Explore the Hua Tung community forest at the base of Chian Dao mountain, with local guides and learn about the herbal medicines and wild foods that grow here. Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai and enjoy some free time or activities. You could hire bikes, take a cooking class or visit the Thai doll museum.
Wangburapa Grand Hotel - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B,L)
Enjoy some free time today to explore further or take optional activites or maybe just let the kids have fun in the hotel swimming pool. This evening you board your overnight train to Bangkok. (approx 13 hours).
Overnight train - 1 night (B)
Early this morning you'll arrive back in Bangkok. From here, you'll transfer south (about 3 hours) to Hua Hin where you’ll slow right down for a few days at the beach. This resort is popular with domestic tourists as a getaway from the metropolis of Bangkok. Here, you can enjoy some sun-filled time playing on white sandy beaches and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Chom View Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2)
Today you drive (approx 3 hours) back to Bangkok. The rest of the day is free for last minute shopping and sightseeing. Visit the incredible Grand Palace and see the temple of the Emerald Buddha. Go shopping along Khao San Road or take a river boat to China town and explore the crowded streets.
Viengtai Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)
Your adventure ends today. Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport to catch their flight home. (B)
Temples and Treasures
Your adventure in Thailand begins with an exhilarating ride by long-tailed boat along Bangkok’s canals. You’ll pause at fantastic temples with their golden spires, bizarre statues and saffron-robed Buddhist monks. Travel onwards to the infamous Bridge of the River Kwai. As you discover a tropical waterfall, the whole family will have great fun splashing in its fresh waters. The ancient capital of Ayuthaya is a worthy World Heritage Site.
Jungles & Villages
As you visit an Elephant nature park in the tropical jungles of Thailand's north, the world takes on a whole new perspective! Spending a night as guests in a local village is a real travel adventure and allows a unique glimpse into another way of life – the interaction between their children and yours will become a highlight of the trip!
Your adventure comes to a relaxing end on the white sandy beaches of Hua Hin. Your children will no doubt play and swim for hours in the warm waters, while you have a time to relax and unwind a little more.
Our Land of Smiles trip is just one of our many Asia Family tours. To find out more visit our Asia holidays page.
Transport - Minibus, boat, overnight train, domestic flight. public bus
Accommodation - Hotels (8nts), basic homestay (1nt), berth on overnight train (2nts).
Meals - 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner.