Thailand tailor made holiday, elephants, jungle & beach

“This tailor made trip does Thailand with bells on - city tours, an elephant sanctuary, treetop ziplines, even a treehouse jungle stay - all adapted to your taste and timings.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Long-tail boat along the Chao Phraya River | Chiag Mai | Elephant Nature Park | Zip lining | White water rafting | Khao Sok National Park | Three-hour nature trek | Chiaw Laan Lake | Night in a floating bungalow | Kayaking | Morning cruise | East Coast Islands

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Departure information

This trip is only for tailor made departures throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Take some waterproof bags to protect belongings during water-based activities.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Lesiurely/moderate - lot of activities, but all optional.
Accomm:
Choice of comfortable eco hotels and lodges with local staff.
Solos:
This tour can be tailored to solo travellers at extra cost.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners.
Included:
Accomm., transport, listed activities and tour guides.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Thailand tailor made holiday, elephants, jungle & beach

Environment

As with all our holidays, the accommodation you will stay at has been chosen to meet at least our basic environmental criteria, which include putting in place measures to conserve energy and reduce water usage and providing advice on how you can reduce your own footprint while youíre there. All the places you stay at buy their food locally, cutting down transport emissions and helping local farmers. Many of them have also been awarded the ASEAN Green Leaf certification which additionally covers air quality, waste management and co-operation with communities, amongst other areas.

We have an eye on low-impact tourism, especially in Khao Sok park, where we've chosen simple jungle treehouses and a floating huts on Chiaw Laan lake. There's not a lot of tourist infrastructure but the lack of electricity is more than made up for by your closeness to nature. There are domestic flights included for convenience but we can substitute trains, which is a great way to see the countryside. We are also concerned with animal welfare and the elephant sanctuary has been chosen specifically for its high standards of welfare and leadership in phasing out elephant rides in the Thai tourist industry.

We see protecting the environment as crucially important, especially in beautiful and fragile areas like Khao Sok national park. For this reason, we have chosen Thai partners that active promote higher environmental standards in Thai tourism as part of the Green Leaf Foundation. They are also developing new kinds of holidays that combine ecotourism and community tourism, for example working with the Doi Tung royal project which helps hill tribe people to protect their lands and traditions, or developing holidays at organic farms and the Petchaburi wildlife centre.

Community

Creating social and economic benefits for local people is the central goal of our company and as such we try to incorporate meaningful interaction with local people in all our holidays. One of the best ways of doing this is by staying at family-owned guest houses rather than big resorts which also spreads income from tourism more widely - we can suggest many great places in Koh Tao or nearby islands.

If you'd like to stay at a hotel, we have chosen ones that employ all or nearly all Thai staff, provide them with training to further their careers and which give something back to the community through donations or selling local handicrafts. We also buy in services from small businesses wherever possible, helping spread the money from tourism to more people. For example our canoeing trip in Khao Sok park was created by local villagers interested in sharing and preserving their special environment.

With the decline of working elephants in Thailand, many mahouts have lost their jobs and their elephants end up in exploitative camps aimed at tourists. Our elephant experience helps to support the mahouts' families while operating in a sustainable and considerate way.

Our Thai partners are as involved in community development as they are in environmental issues and they do a lot of work in the rest of the country to develop more responsible tourism. On a national level, they have pioneered synergy training, bringing together hotels, tour operators and communities to better understand each othersí needs and so create more sustainable and enjoyable holidays. We are proud to be taking part in the push for stronger responsibility in the huge, and sometimes destructive, Thai tourism market.

Reviews of Thailand tailor made holiday, elephants, jungle & beach

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything about this holiday was fantastic, we were treated like royalty. if we had to pick anything it would be... the elephant sanctuary is a must see with some sad stories told of the elephants, the zipwire was great and the whitewater rafting was amazing.. all the tours were great, all the accomodation was clean and welcoming, it was just a fabulous holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take some plastic bags for wet clothes, ear plugs for the bug noises, insect repellant as there are are some mosquitoes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, especially at lisu lodge and the floating bungalow as it was people native to the villages who were working and helping there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Ten out of ten definitely, the best holiday we have had by far.

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Where do I start - meeting the elephants, being suspended upside down on the zipwire, white water rafting, scuba diving in Koh Tao

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a few days off work after you get back as you will need to rest and relax first as its so full on. I made the mistake of being back in work the day after I arrived back.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - that's why I was happy I was booking a holiday where responsible tourism is priority.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very Good Indeed :)

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The holiday was packed with diversity from the beaches to the cities to the jungle. Each part had its captivating, unique appeal. Family unanimously agree that we cannot identify a single moment that stood out from the rest as it was all total fun, yet different. Adrenalin highs certainly came from white water rafting
and later zip lining across the same valley near Chaing Mai. The evening food tour of Chinatown, Bangkok is definitely worthy of guide and an eye opener.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There are certain parts that I would highly recommend using an organised tour or guide to see the best in a limited time especially like in Bangkok where
places can be over crowded. Chai our guide in Khao Sok National Park showed incredible knowledge of the area & its inhabitants. Our time with him was too
limited & in the short while, he spotted an owl sleeping in a tree, a rare monkey, vipers & made us bamboo coffee while we cooled off in the river.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely! Appreciated the fact that the guides showed a personal commitment to promoting conservation & discouraging non ethical activities. We were
horrified seeing the number of restaurants serving shark fin, selling & displaying fins in windows in Bangkok. Our guide inoffensively explained why it was
wrong and I'm sure she would discourage anyone in her group from supporting the industry. Jacky, our guide in Chiang Mai, also diplomatically condemned the selling of captured wild birds & other wildlife for tourists to buy & release for good luck - sadly we saw many tourists thinking they were helping the animals by supporting it. Our driver & guide on the lake trip apologised for suddenly braking & swerving to avoid riding over a snake crossing the road. He showed a deep commitment & appreciation of nature throughout our 2 days with him. Great that only local guides and drivers are used to benefit the local communities. Hotels encouraged recycling & reduced water consumption. We feel that our environmental impact was lower than the average international holiday.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. We were well taken care of and small hiccups were efficiently resolved.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Elephant Nature Park, meeting the people at Lisu Lodge and staying at Chiaw Laan Lake really stand out. But all the activities were good, the guides were excellent and the food delicious.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It was always warm weather but expect a fair bit of rain. For some of the transport the air conditioning was pretty nippy so take a warm jacket. We weren't too attacked by mosquitoes but it was good to have some itch cream.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think there were some benefits to the Lisu people. I suppose we supported conservation at the Elephant Nature Park and Khao Sok. I guess I could say there were reduced environmental impacts compared to a more luxurious holiday, although we did quite a bit of travelling around. We made a point of trying to find vegetarian restaurants, although where we couldn't do that it was still always easy to get a normal restaurant to produce vegetarian food.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a really great holiday, very well organised, and enjoyed by everyone in the
family.

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part was our stay at the Lisu Lodge, especially our meeting with the Lisu tribe and tha Aka also. It was surprised to see how these people (mainly the elder generation) are detached to this world and how the latter generation now are connected to the world trend.
The food at Lisu Lodge was good and the service was world class. My wife (who looks like the Thai people) wore the traditional Lisu dress and this please the local people.

The most exciting experience was the walk in the cave and jungle at Kao Lak. It was amazing to see bats suspended above our heads during all the walk. We had seen big spiders, frogs, fish and other insects in there. In the jungle (this one on a hiking during our stay at the Jungle tree house) we had the chance to see monkeys and 2 snakes suspended on a tree. I cannot close this paragraph without also mentioning our experience at the Elephant Nature park.There, our conception and the way we look at animals have changed.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I will advise the travellers to learn some basic Thai or bring a Thai translation dictionary with them. As I've seen that very little people there understands english; even taxi drivers. We were dropped at a wrong Hotel after a day doing shopping because the driver couldn't understand english. Also if you take taxi, always bring with you your hotel address written in Thai. You can show it to the driver.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it benefited local people mainly at the Elephant Nature park. Our days spent there (as those of all other tourist) allow the Nature park to have a revenue to continue the good job they are doing as a sanctuary for the elephants.

I think it is the same for the Lisu lodge. As the concept there is very interesting. All the staff of the Loges are local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9/10

Everything was well organized.

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of the different activities eg. cooking school, elephant camp, lake stay, train ride to Chiang Mai, Koh Tao.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to be on the move

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


For sure......

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great holiday..... I would probably skip the over night train to Chiang Mai and just fly next time. The night at the floating raft house might be better as a day trip and not stay over. Maybe just lunch etc. I would use this company again for a tour. I feel that I got my monies worth for sure. No complaints with accommodations or food.

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Floating bungalow

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


For me, trekking through the jungle with an amazingly knowledgeable Guide was the highlight, despite the rain! And then there was the white water rafting, and the elephants, and the night noises, and the night markets...but let's not forget the unforgettable Thai people!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't feel you need to pack everything plus the kitchen sink! You can buy everything in Thailand, and much cheaper than in the UK!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant!

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Junge House. It was so remote, and felt really exclusive. They had set our room and stay up for a honeymoon, and prepared a private dining area for us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Prepare for sleep deprivation, and it'll be hot hot hot!! Keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, I felt the guides used were appropriate, and all the resorts were certainly eco-friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An exciting , exhausting time of a lifetime!

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Elephant Sanctury in Chaing Mai

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't bring many heavy clothes and buy light shorts and trousers while there. Bring good shoes for walking and always listen to what you are being advised like take a guide when in the National Park in Thailand.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. Cambodia was very inspiring.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I would say break it down into areas where 10/10 or 9/10 is assigned. I loved the way in which I was with Elephants and then in a city.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole experience will be memorable as we did such a variety of activities but for me the highlight was the 2 days spent at The Thai Elephant House. The owner Jo and his team were all so welcoming and spent time explaining their ethos and the way they care for the elephants and we were lucky enough to stay overnight, so as well as spending a lot of time with the elephants and their mahouts, we also got to cook a delicious Thai meal at night.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for quite a lot of travelling and early starts - but it's well worth it. The trip we did would not be suitable for families with infant or young children under the age of about 10.
Some of the accommodation was very basic with minimal washing facilities so if you're looking for luxury you may be disappointed.
We found it useful to have a variety of sizes of waterproof bags as you can get quite wet and sometimes need to carry a change of clothes etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly the places we stayed were set up for the benefit of the locals and everyone of them, without exception, was run by people who genuinely cared about their communities and wanted to support them. It was very evident that people are aware of the importance of conserving natural resources and keeping rubbish/ waste to a minimum.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A very memorable holiday with lots of different experiences - a great mixture of travel, activity and finally relaxation!

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