Thailand tailor made holiday, elephants, jungle & beach
Description of Thailand tailor made holiday, elephants, jungle & beach
A two-week tailor made holiday that includes all the exciting experiences you dream of from a holiday in Thailand, plus a few extras, too!
Kick off your adventure in the capital Bangkok, taking in all the city’s must-see temples and bustling canals, as well as experiencing a slice of local life at the flower market and China Town. Then fly to Chiang Mai for an encounter with elephants at one of the best sanctuaries in the country, with time to explore this lovely city, sampling some of its famous street food and visiting the night market. There’s also a day to explore the forests here the adventurous way, with a treetop zipline and white water rafting.
Next, you spend a night in a floating hut on the beautiful and peaceful Chiaw Laan Lake, enjoying all kinds of activities here, from hiking, swimming and exploring caves to dawn and dusk boat safaris to spot tropical birds and monkeys. Finally, relax on the white sands of one of Thailand’s famous islands or explore the crystal-clear waters by snorkelling, scuba diving or even sea kayaking.
50 Reviews of Thailand tailor made holiday, elephants, jungle & beach
Reviewed on 27 Dec 2022 by Joe WaitAn absolutely brilliant holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Nov 2022 by Julian AshleySuperb holiday..Elephant sanctuary experience; Lantern festival; Staying on the River Kwai in a floating hotel; The Reclining Buddha and Temple in Bangkok plus various other temples; Muay Thai Boxing... Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2022 by Kevin RobsonWe thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The scenery in the country is beautiful, excellent hotels with very considerate and friendly staff. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Nov 2022 by John RobinsonWe had a super time in Thailand and would recommend this tour operator to help. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2022 by Vivienne AveryIt was amazing. Exactly what we hoped for. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jul 2022 by Sarah OwensDo it! Amazing value for your money! An itinerary that I would never have been able to come up with or figure out the logistics. We had the nicest tour guides and drivers so you don't have to worry about a thing. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Dec 2022 by Tom Goggin9 out of 10. Truly a memorable trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020 by Dee ForrestFantastic, memorable, above expectations and brilliantly organised... Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020 by Judy HarpThe most exciting part of the holiday was the day spent with the elephants. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020 by John KimmanceWe loved the scenery and set-up at Khaosok National Park and of course the elephants at De Kashor Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Dec 2019 by Sophie MumfordBrilliant - superbly organized and totally memorable. Probably he best holiday we’ve ever had, and certainly as a family. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Nov 2019 by Alice BrindleyThe most memorable part of the holiday was Khao Sok National Park. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019 by Stuart MathiesonThe most memorable part of the holiday was spending time away from the busier areas with local guides who were full of information about the local area and environment. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jul 2019 by Robin BoneThe most exciting part of the holiday was the zip lining was amazing as was staying at Praiwan Raft House in Khao Sok National Park. ALL the Thai people we met were genuinely friendly and could not do enough for us, they are great hosts. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2019 by hayley taitThe most memorable was to meet Punoi the large bull elephant and to watch him stroll through the natural habitat, grazing, pulling down trees to access his lunch while his Karon tribe Mahout, made us a gourmet lunch over an open fire. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2019 by Lynne HumphreyVisiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai was the most memorable part of our holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Feb 2019 by Kate LeslieThe most memorable part of the trip was the sunset dinner on the rice barge at Ayuthaya… It was excellent. The quality of the hotels and guides was very good and the itinerary was well thought out Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jan 2019 by Maria PowellOn a scale of 1-10 I’d give it a 15 Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2019 by Leaticia KossligkMost memorable was the overnight stay at Pa Kao Lam village and the interaction with the elephants there!.. Overall it was an amazing experience and perfect balance of excitement/activity and relaxation. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Dec 2018 by Noa TalA two day trek to a remote village of the Karen tribe was the most memorable part of the holiday... Great! Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2018 by Sharon CrookOne of the very best holidays we’ve ever had Read full review
Reviewed on 04 May 2018 by Glenda BregazziThe whole holiday was memorable. A fabulous adventure. Fantastic. I would highly recommend it. One of the best holidays I have ever had. Extremely well looked after and all the pick ups on time. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Apr 2018 by Jenny AdcockTour of Bangkok was great with excellent guide, same with jungle trek near Chiang Mai, loved the White water rafting in kayaks, and day with elephants. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the lake trip and my son liked Chiang Mai and jet skiing at beach. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2018 by Tony AllenThe most memorable was watching the dance show put on by the children at joys House in Chiang Mai. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Feb 2018 by Rose BarlingSuch memorable experiences. A million bats streaming put at Dusk in Khao Yai, the elephant rescue nature park, the night in a raft house on Khao Sok Lake and the final three days on the beach... we needed it by then! Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2018 by Sophie HornerThe zip lining and white water rafting were pretty exciting! The zip lining was very safe and well run. The white water rafting guides just want to make sure you get as wet as possible! Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2018 by Michal SteinThe most memorable part of the holiday was...the cooking class, white water rafting and zip wires. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2018 by Keith ScarfeOverall, a great experience. We got to do the things we had hoped to do. Met and enjoyed the company of locals and people from all around the world which is always nice on holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2018 by Jo LoughranThe markets & wandering the streets to all the amazing sights & smells. The elephant sanctuary, ziplinging, ATV & white water rafting. The cave trek on chiaan lake. Chiang mai was great. Khao lak & further south, was the only part we found very touristy, expensive & not typically Thai. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Sep 2017 by Ashley WoodfordI think there were 2 memorable moments... meeting the elephants and white water rafting. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2017 by Wendy MasonAll of it was amazing! I can't recommend our tour operator enough. They deserve all the credit. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by Jenny ThornhillIt was amazing!!...Khao Sok National Park, our Jungle House really stood out as being a spectacular part of our holiday! Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2017 by Paul GroutIt 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 Steve MartinThe 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 03 Apr 2017 by Deborah IvesMy day tour of Bangkok was fantastic. My guide was so interesting and made it all fun - from the flower market to China town, the temples to the Palace - it was fantastic. I loved Bangkok, not so sure about Chiang Mai and really enjoyed the beaches of Koh Lanta! Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jan 2017 by Gabriella CaliniEverything was special. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Nov 2016 by Terri DentonEverything 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 Jane PattendenThailand 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 Kimberly SchwigerElephant 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 CIARA FOLEYWhere 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 Wendy van GoolThe 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 Neville IsaacsonThe 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 Neil EmmottIt was a really great holiday, very well organised, and enjoyed by everyone in the family Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Dec 2015 by Jonathan RajaramThe 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 Tracey CannonGreat 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 Neil HeritageExcellent Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2015 by Sarah StephensonFor 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 Helen SandersonIt 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 Georgina MackenzieI 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 Amanda HensonA very memorable holiday with lots of different experiences - a great mixture of travel, activity and finally relaxation! Read full review
PlanetAs 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 you’re 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 aircon and limited electricity is more than made up for by your closeness to nature. Domestic flights are normally the most convenient way to get around the country, but we can substitute trains, which is a great way to reduce carbon emissions and appreciate the natural beauty of the Thai 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 in all our holidays, which is why our local partners are pioneers of responsible tourism in Asia. They are certified by Travelife, the leading international tourism sustainability certification, which covers all aspects of the supply chain from environmental issues, biodiversity and human rights to labour relations. Their ethos is to “tread lightly”, which entails anything from turning off idling engines and selecting eco-friendly transportation to using biodegradable cleaning products, properly disposing of waste or recycling when possible. They vet their suppliers to ensure their practices are in line with their environmental standards and apply the same principles to their own operations.
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 local partners that are leading the Thai tourism industry on the environment and are certified according to Travelife's rigorous standards. 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.
PeopleCreating 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 which also spreads income from tourism more widely - particularly important in beach areas that can become dominated by big resorts. We can also make your trip even more memorable by incorporating community-based stays in your itinerary.
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 as well as putting the animals' welfare and happiness first and advocating for wider changes in the elephant tourism industry.
Our Thai partners are as involved in community development as they are in environmental issues and support local charities, enterprises and organisations, helping to maximise the benefits of tourism to local people. Wherever possible this support is part of the holiday itself, for example shopping at fairtrade shops or dining in restaurants run by vocational institutions that train young and disadvantaged people. They share our belief in travelling with respect and encourage this by giving a booklet with responsible travel tips to every visitor.