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Relaxing Thailand Family Holiday

Enjoy a relaxing holiday in Thailand, combining the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, canoe and elephant adventures in the beautiful and scerene Khao Sok National Park and stunning Thai beaches.

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Itinerary

Overview

This itinerary is perfect for someone looking for a relaxing Thai holiday with a little more than just beach.



  • 14 Day tailor-made family holiday to Thailand

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

  • Explore the historic sights and temples of Central Bangkok by tuk tuk and publicc transport

  • Three Day Jungle Experience at Elephant Hills in the stunning Khao Sok National Park

  • Wash, feed and interact with elephants at a world renowned, ethical elephant experience.

  • Relax on a Thai Island in a gorgeous beach hotel

  • Superb boutique family friendly hotels with swimming pools throughout

  • All tours include a private guide and have been designed with suitability for families in mind

Day-by-day

DAY 1: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO THAILAND
Accommodation:
Meals Included:

DAY 2: 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
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 3: BANGKOK - 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. Cycling is for over 10s. For those with younger children we will suggest an alternative tour or you can take the day at leisure to recover from your flight.
Accommodation: Riva Surya
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 4: BANGKOK - CITY SAFARI
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
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 5: FLY TO PHUKET. TRANSFER TO ELEPHANT HILLS RAINFOREST CAMP. ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE AND CANOEING
After a short flight to Phuket you will be transferred (2.5hrs drive) to Elephant Hills Camp in Khao Sok. After lunch you can relax during a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. The canoes are very stable and safe; life jackets are provided as well as a local river guide to paddle the canoe. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Sometimes hornbill birds can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience some of the last areas of primary rainforest, a world that has changed little in thousands of years. After the canoeing you will head over to the elephant park. Here you can see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants and about the Elephant Hills elephant conservation project. Your guide will also teach you about the mahout, the elephant caretaker. You will get very close to and even get your hands on these magnificent animals, you will have the chance to interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts. You will prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, including their dietary supplements that help with their digestion and their overall well-being, then watch them bathe before you scrub and wash them clean.
Accommodation: Elelphant Hills Rainforest Camp
Meals Included: All Meals Included

DAY 6: ELEPHANT HILLS: CHEOW LARN LAKE
Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent. By the time the sun comes up and the mist over the rainforest-covered mountains to the south of Elephant Hills clears, gibbons’ territorial morning calls echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure. Today you will explore Cheow-Lan-Lake by local long-tail boat. The man-made lake is surrounded by Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered in tropical rainforest that rise up from the shore of the lake and disappear somewhere in the far distance. The scenery has been compared to Guilin in China and Halong Bay in Vietnam. Few people know of the lake and even less have visited it. There are more than one hundred islands in the lake and it stretches over 60 km from North to South. In the 70’s the area was a hide-out for communists and students opposing the military dictatorship, which well preserved the area’s unique environment as it was spared from urbanization. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the boat and will have time to dip into the lake’s emerald water. Please bring your swimwear; towels are provided at the local raft house, where you will stop over for lunch and relaxation.
Accommodation: Elelphant Hills Rainforest Camp
Meals Included: All Meals Included

DAY 7: ELEPHANT HILLS: KHAO SOK RAINFOREST TREK AND TRANSFER TO THE COAST
Start the day with a wholesome breakfast before you will come face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. It is not an army survival exercise, there are no prizes for the fastest, snakes and spiders do not jump out at you – it is just an excellent opportunity to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests, to see a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses… the variety is huge. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or a leaf monkey may be swinging through the branches, beautiful butterflies buzz around – every day is different, but it is always truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life-forms that co-exists here together. Walk slowly. Look, learn and listen. Then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. Weather-dependent lunch can be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries. Around noon, transfer to your hotel on the Coast.
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 8: THAI BEACHES
The rest of your holiday is at leisure, relaxing on an idyllic Thai beach. For this sample itinerary we recommend the Pimalai Resort on Koh Lanta, a fantastic resort set on a stunning beach with superb facilities on Koh Lanta. If you are travelling during the Western summer months (July, August), then we would instead recommend a resort on Koh Samui on the Eastern Coast of Thailand for better weather.
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 9: THAI BEACHES
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 10: THAI BEACHES
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 11: THAI BEACHES
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 12: THAI BEACHES
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 13: THAI BEACHES
Accommodation: Pimalai Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast Only Included

DAY 14: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT HOME
Transfer to the airport and fly home

DAY 15 : ARRIVE HOME

Accommodation


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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

Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp

Khao Sok National Park

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Unique luxury floating camp experience
- Secluded location within national park
- Up-close elephant experience
- Canoeing, hiking, swimming in lake

Pimalai

Koh Lanta

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- High end resort with superb facilities
- Private beach access, surfing, kayaking
- Elephant safaris, waterfall treks
- Ping pong, tennis, basketball, bike hire

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 itinerary and we will put together a customised itinerary and quote proposal for you. The quoted price here is given as guidance and includes accommodation in Bangkok and Koh Lanta on a Bed and Breakfast basis and at Elephant Hills on a full board and activity basis. The quote also includes transfers and guided services in Bangkok. Internal flights are not included and we would usually quote on these together with your International flights.

Is it for me?

This three centre holiday is perfect for families looking for a relaxing and luxurious holiday in Thailand that offers something more than just flopping on a beach.
If you would prefer to skip Bangkok, it is possible to fly to Phuket via Dubai with Emirates and make this an even more relaxing two centre holiday.

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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.
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    The only (slight) disappointment.
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    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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