|Day 1:||Direct flight from London Heathrow by Eva Air or Thai Airways. We are also able to include (indirect) flights from other UK airports and some other countries. It is also possible to book this tour excluding flights.|
|Day 2:||Pick up at Bangkok airport by private car or mini-van and transfer to your charming homestay (private guesthouse next door to the family’s home). Time to settle in, then the family will take you for a walk around the local area before you all have dinner. We highly recommend this experience which is a highlight (see reviews), however, it is also possible to stay in a hotel.|
|Day 3:||Explore the city. You’ll have a private boat trip along the river and canals in the afternoon, then visit a night bazaar, have dinner at one of our recommended restaurants from the travel pack you'll be provided with (also includes cultural guidelines, maps and activity books for younger children).|
|Day 4:||Cycle around a car-free island in the middle the city, located on the Chao Praya river (with guide). Coast through winding lanes, dotted with palms, through local villages and see the pottery that this island is famous for being made. Dinner with local family.|
|Day 5:||Sightseeing in Bangkok taking in the main sights of the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho and exploring the city at your own pace (your driver will be at your disposal throughout the day).|
|Day 6:||Transfer to the Andaman Coast (via a short internal flight to Krabi) and transfer to your comfortable bungalow/s which are in a local village, close enough to the tourist areas to be convenient but a world apart in other ways. Time to settle in and have a swim in the pool. Evening village walk with one of our friends and dinner with his family.|
|Day 7:||Kayak through the mangroves that protect the shoreline after being shown how to by expert guides. Dinner at the night market with our area co-ordinator who will share some insider tips to make the most of your stay.|
|Day 8:||Day at sea amidst the spectacular Hong islands with their tall limestone karsts, sheltered lagoons and pristine white-sand beaches. You can also explore the caves with your new-found kayaking skills Free evening|
|Day 9:||White water rafting on a river with experts who will show you how not to fall off. Then free time to relax by the pool before you visit our friend Pah who will not only make you a delicious dinner, but show you how to make Thai desserts.|
|Day 10:||Try your hand at rubber farming, then explore the last rainforest in this area, home to beautiful tropical birds and the giant ‘Emerald Pool’, whose colour can be a shade of blue or green depending on the temperature, though inviting to dive into at any time of the year. Free evening|
|Day 11-12:||Snorkel amongst tropical fish and let out your inner Swiss Family Robinson with an overnight camping trip at a desert island. The journeys there and back are great opportunities to sunbathe, look out for dolphins or simply lie back, admiring the scenery.|
|Day 13:||Relax by the pool this morning before a day exploring the mainland with a driver, you can set your own pace – we recommend stopping at a local handicraft village, visiting waterfalls and then making a detour to one the best beaches, but it’s up to you! Free evening|
|Day 14:||Explore on shore. You’ll stop to see coconuts being harvested by monkeys and visit a fish farm where you can fatten up the gigantic catfish even more. Free evening to visit a seafood restaurant.|
|Day 15:||Fly back to the UK (via a short connecting flight to Bangkok). You’ll be sad to leave your local friends but you will be full of memories that will last a lifetime, and plenty of tales to tell your friends.|
This family holiday in Thailand (along with all our holidays) is deliberately designed to be as socially responsible as possible, and we work with local people on a highly individual basis (some initiatives have a one size fits all approach).
We encourage visiting fewerr places and spending more time there which allows richer experiences and also has less impact on the environment than constantly moving from one place to another. Whilst this family holiday in Thailand does have a lot of activities, it is centered mainly in two areas. Whilst we do use private cars and minivans (never shared transport), where possible our vehicles are fuelled by LPG. We have also built in exploring local areas by foot, bicycle, boat and even kayak!
On this family holiday in Thailand, you will get an unrivalled insight into Thai culture and you will meet a wide range of ordinary people on an 'equal' basis, not just those involved in the tourist industry to ‘serve' you. You will learn about real life in Thailand, both traditional and modern, sustainable ways of living and farming, local festivals etc.
The accommodation on this itinerary is small and local, within existing buildings or built with comparatively low impact to the environment. Whilst we have made sure there is air-conditioning and hot water so that you will be comfortable, we encourage thinking about energy and water use in the responsible travel tips we include, along with the cultural and travel guidelines, in our customer packs.