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 20 Mar 2017 by

It was all memorable, we couldn't have planned it better if we'd tried, highlights included the visit to the elephant sanctuary, the stay in the jungle treehouse, the stay on the lake and the relaxing days had at Koh Tao Cabana. Perfect. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2017 by

The best part of our whole trip was our 3 night stay in Chaing Mai at Joy's house. The white water rafting, zip lining and elephant Park were all such incredible fun but the best part was Joy's house; what a place. It's so welcoming there, it's like staying with family. All the trips were organised to perfection as was the whole holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2017 by

Everything was special. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2016 by

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... it was just a fabulous holiday. Ten out of ten definitely, the best holiday we have had by far. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2016 by

Thailand is an amazing place - the country has very diverse regions each with their own flavours and challenges. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2016 by

Elephant Nature Park and the Praiwan Rafthouse on Rachabrapha Lake (Chiew Laan) were amazing. The lake was one of the most beautiful places I've been, and our guide was wonderful at pointing out wildlife we would have missed on our own. We even got to kayak close to a group of monkeys and got to enjoy watching them in their natural habitat. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by

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

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2016 by

The most memorable moments were the elephant farm, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, the Bridge over the River Kwai... Some of the Temples and Buddas were also stunning. We had a wonderful time. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2015 by

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

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2015 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2015 by

Great holiday...I would use this company again for a tour. Best bits: all of the different activities eg. cooking school, elephant camp, lake stay, train ride to Chiang Mai and Koh Tao. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by

Excellent Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2015 by

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! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2015 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2014 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2014 by

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

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