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Thailand Family Adventure

A fantastic overview of Thailand for families with a perfect balance of adventure and beach. Spend your first week exploring Bangkok and Chiang Mai with private tours pitched perfectly for families and a stunning rural village lodge adventure with guided biking and rafting. Then enjoy your second week relaxing in style on Koh Samui Island.

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Itinerary

Overview

This itinerary is designed for those who want to dive a little under the skin of Thailand and do more than just flop on a beach!



  • 14 Day tailor-made Thailand family holiday

  • Cycle through Bangkok's sleepy Bang Kra Jao Jungle district

  • Explore the historic sights and temples of Central Bangkok and Chiang Mai

  • Cycle and Raft in Chiang Mai's stunning hill country.

  • Relax for a week on an idyllic Thai Island.

  • Superb boutique family friendly hotels with swimming pools throughout

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE BANGKOK
You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, with the rest of the day free to relax, enjoy the pool and come down from your flight.
Accommodation: Riva Surya

DAY 2: MORNING AT LEISURE, AFTERNOON CYCLE RIDE
Enjoy a lazy morning by the pool recovering from your flight. In the afternoon take a short boat trip across the Chao Phraya River to Bang Kra Jao, an area nicknamed the ‘Bangkok Jungle’. Although located not far from the city’s bustling business district, sleepy Bang Kra Jao feels worlds away and is the perfect place for a bike ride. Set off on two-wheels and ride through the network of peaceful roads that criss-cross Bang Kra Jao. Tropical plants and lush trees surround the roads, creating an urban jungle in the city centre. Cross over canals and cycle past the mangrove forests that line the waterways. See traditional Thai houses and golden temples rarely visited by tourists. During the two-hour ride, refuel with snacks at one of the many street stalls. Enjoy the delicious Thai dishes while learning about local life in this traditional community.
Accommodation: Riva Surya

DAY 3: BANGKOK CITY TOUR
Discover the local side of Bangkok on a privately guided tour taking advantage of the city’s network of public transportation including the main sites but also getting a closer look at Thai traditions and lifestyles. For the early riser, start the Bangkok full day tour with an (optional) early morning walk through Lumpini Park. This green oasis in the heart of the city is filled with locals taking their morning tai chi, yoga and aerobics classes. After a stroll through the park, return to the hotel for breakfast. Then the day’s adventure begins with a ride on the city’s Skytrain. This elevated train line is busy in the morning with business people and school kids who avoid the traffic of the streets for a faster, air-conditioned commute. Disembark near the Chao Phraya River and board a public boat, another popular commuter option. Enjoy the views of the city’s skyline as it passes by and see houses precariously balanced on stilts along the river’s edge. The boat stops near the iconic Wat Pho and Grand Palace. Spend the remainder of the morning exploring these two remarkable sites, learning about the country’s regal history and of the deep-rooted spiritual traditions of its people. Then hop aboard a tuk tuk, Thailand’s famous three-wheeled vehicles used by locals throughout the country. Zip through quieter city streets to Soi Ban Batra. Visit a family-run workshop that produces monks’ alms bowls. Witness the artisans at work and learn about the daily lives of the Buddhist monks, who wake early to collect alms offerings from the city’s residents. The last leg of today’s Bangkok full day tour is on a ‘bus boat’ through the city’s canals. Rarely used by tourists, this ride provides an up-close look at the ways of life of the local people who live alongside the canals. Then it’s a short walk to the Jim Thompson House. Take an insightful tour of the compound’s tranquil gardens and traditional buildings, which showcases the history of the famous and mysterious American silk merchant. Afterwards stroll to the nearby modern shopping malls for some retail therapy then return to the hotel via Skytrain.
Accommodation: Riva Surya

DAY 4: BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI
Fly Bangkok to Chiang Mai. There is an option instead to take the night train if preferred.
Accommodation: Tamarind Village

DAY 5: DAY AT LEISURE IN CHIANG MAI
Chiang Mai is an attractive City with a large number of impressive temples within the old town that are easily reached by foot. Your hotel offers a complimentary one hour walking tour of the old town. ‘The Village Walk’ takes in some of our neighborhood’s historic temples and sites on foot accompanied by a member of staff. Chiang Mai is renowned for its street markets, with stalls at most of the City Gates.
Accommodation: Tamarind Village

DAY 6: LISU LODGE ADVENTURE
Depart Chiang Mai in the morning and transfer to Lisu Lodge (approx 1.5hrs drive). Enjoy lunch at the lodge and then a relaxing afternoon with your choice of activity. Activities include a relaxing massage (recommended), mountain biking or ox cart ride. After your activity walk into the village to meet the local Akha shaman and chat about their traditional customs. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Thai dinner and watch a traditional Lisu dance.
Accommodation: Lisu Lodge

DAY 7: LISU LODGE ADVENTURE. RETURN TO CHIANG MAI
After breakfast at the Lodge, start an exciting day with an easy 13 kilometers (8 miles) of cycling to Muang Guert village. Enroute stop at tea plantation - Stop off to relax and enjoy a magnificent landscape at our tea plantation where you will be led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the process of growing and harvesting tea as well as vegetation propagation to produce tea seedlings at the nursery, whilst teaching you how to pluck tea leaves and enjoy a cup of fresh-roasted tea.
Continue cycling to the rafting station (alternatively if your legs are tired you can catch a ride in the accompanying vehicle! After a healthy picnic lunch by the river, you will go on an exciting ride, about 45 minutes of white water rafting that takes you a Thai country village. From there, you will return to Lisu Lodge and then from there back to Chiang Mai.
Accommodation: Tamarind Village

DAY 8: FLY TO KOH SAMUI, THAI ISLANDS
The rest of your holiday is at leisure on Koh Samui. We can organise a private guided snorkelling and kayaking tour in the Angthong Marine Park, cooking classes and cycle tours on Koh Samui. Diving is possible to organise in Koh Samui, either as a swimming pool based PADI course, or as a PADI discover scuba diving day trip to nearbye Koh Tao. We aren't able to arrange scuba diving directly ourselves because it is a special risk activity. Please check http://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/dive-shop-locator. Your hotel will also be able to assist in organising scuba diving.
Accommodation: Bo Phut

DAY 9: KOH SAMUI
Accommodation: Bo Phut

DAY 10: KOH SAMUI
Accommodation: Bo Phut

DAY 11: KOH SAMUI
Accommodation: Bo Phut

DAY 12: KOH SAMUI
Accommodation: Bo Phut

DAY 13: KOH SAMUI
Accommodation: Bo Phut

DAY 14: DEPART
Fly back to Bangkok and connect with your International Flight back to the UK

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Riva Surya

Bangkok & Around

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Charming riverside location
- Close to many top attractions
- Unique hotel with character and charm

Tamarind Village

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Heart of the Old City
- Peaceful and shaded
- Traditional Buildings
- Swimming Pool

Lisu Lodge

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Beautiful & peaceful countryside location
- Down-to-earth accommodation
- Immersion in local culture and community
- Wide variety of activities available

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Secluded beachside location
- Lovely, spacious rooms
- Fitness centre, 2 pools, hot tub
- Boat trips, snorkelling expeditions, kayaking

Details

Getting there

Most International flights land in Bangkok, but there are some good options for flying into Phuket instead. Flights tend to be most expensive between mid Nov to mid Feb and July / August.


From the UK: British Airways, Qantas, Thai Airways and Eva Airways all offer direct flights from London (approx 11 hours flight time). Fares typically vary from £600 (low season) - £900 (high season). You will often be able to save £100 - £200 flying indirect with Emirates or Qatar (via Dubai and Doha), and these can make a lot of sense if flying from a regional airport. We do find ourselves using Thai Airways more often than not simply because they can offer connecting flights directly out of Koh Samui, connecting in Bangkok to London, whilst other airlines invariably involve an overnight in Bangkok before returning home.


From the US: There are no direct flights from the US. Thai Airways flies semi-direct from LA to Bangkok with a quick refuel stop in Seoul (approx $1500pp). Alternatively there are a number of airlines flying from the West and East Coast via either Asia or Europe for around $1300pp.

Price includes

This is a tailor-made trip including accommodation (mostly on breakfast only basis, with the exception of Lisu Lodge), transfers and private guided activities. The guide price is given excluding flights, please get in touch for a quote including international and domestic flights.

When is best?

May to October: May to October is Thailand's rainy season, but it is not often as bad as it sounds. Rain is fairly inconsistent and varies from year to year, but tends to be worst later in the season in September and October. There will be clouds and chances of rain most days, but often only for an hour in the afternoon or evening. The rainfall is not really an impediment to enjoying cultural travel in Bangkok, Chiang Mai etc. but is more important to consider for beach stays. Between May - October, we recommend the East Coast Islands of Koh Samui et al over the West Coast of Phuket and Krabi as they tend to be a lot drier and the sea is a lot more settled.


November to February: November to February is the cool season, with slightly cooler more comfortable temperatures (albeit still reaching upto 30 Celsius in the height of the day). This is the most popular time of the year to visit Thailand. The West Coast (Phuket, Krabi etc.) tends to be best for beach stays at this time of year.


March to May: March to May is the hot season. Temperatures frequently hover around the 35 Celsius mark.

Is it for me?

This itinerary has designed specifically for families, providing a lovely balance of culture, exploration, adventure and relaxation. Some of the activities (cycling, rafting) would be recommended for 9+yrs old only.


This recommended accommodation on this sample itinerary represents super 4* equivalent character accommodation. If budget is tight, we would be happy to recommend some good substitutes. Please get in touch with your brief and budget and we will put together a quote for you.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

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    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
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    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
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    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
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    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
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    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
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    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,027 per person economy class from London

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