Thailand family holiday, tailor made

“Education doesn't get any better than this and if you want your family to find out more about Buddhism, WWII, local customs and themselves then take a tour of Thailand.”

Highlights

Tour of Bangkok | River Kwai bridge | Erawan waterfalls | Kanchanaburi & Hellfire Pass | private river barge cruisearound Ayutthaya | hilltribe trekkingin Chiang Dao | offer alms to monks | Thai cooking class | cycle tour of Sukhothai Historical Park | tour of Chiang Mai | Elephant Nature Camp | hill tribe trekking | Khao Sok jungle | optional: canoe tour, full day rafting, trek and cave adventure, river tubing | white sand beaches in Khao Lak

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
The markets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai present myriad souvenirs. However, the hill tribe villages in Chiang Dao often offer more authentic, locally made keepsakes.
Trip type:
Tailor made family tour.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Sightseeing, river cruise, scenic drives, optional treks.
Accomm:
Traditional teak floor villas, local family homestays, boutique hotels and high end luxury spa resorts.
Included:
Accommodation, English speaking guide, private vehicle and internal flight.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Thailand family holiday, tailor made

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This holiday includes a visit to Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai. This ethical sanctuary is one of the best centres for rescued and retired elephants in Thailand and it provides a home for these majestic creatures as well as contributing to their welfare and development. During your visit to the park you値l meet rescued elephants and learn their names and stories, and most importantly you値l see elephants enjoying their freedom!

At the end of your holiday you値l spend some time on the island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea and here you may wish to snorkel in the crystal clear waters to discover the spectacular coral reefs and colourful marine life. We are passionate about protecting Thailand痴 marine environment and we urge our clients to take great care not to damage the coral when snorkelling. If you or your children have never snorkelled before or if you池e not particularly confident in the sea, we suggest that you wear life jackets as this will ensure that you remain above the coral without accidentally standing on or kicking the shallow corals.

We are dedicated to protecting the environment and we urge you to follow any environmental policies that your hotel, guest house or lodge may have in place - for example they may offer you the option not to have your towels or bed linen washed everyday and by reducing the quantity of towels/linen they wash, they reduce water consumption, energy and use of detergents.

Recycling facilities are limited in Thailand. In our detailed pre-departure travel packs we advise clients that they should take their empty shampoo and shower gel bottles back home and recycle them at home.

Community

On this Thailand family holiday you値l stay at some eco-friendly hotels, resorts and lodges that are committed to sustainable tourism and supporting their local communities. In Kanchanaburi you値l stay at The Floathouse River Kwai an eco-resort which features 30 floating thatched-roof villas that are made entirely from local material, such as teakwood and bamboo. The resort strives to conserve the environment and enhance the wellbeing of the local people, including their culture and tradition. The majority of the staff at the resort are from the local Mon community, an ethnic minority that migrated across the border from Myanmar.

You値l also stay at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge in Mae Rim district where you値l have the opportunity to experience traditional Hmong culture. During your stay here you値l visit remote hill tribe communities where you値l have a chance to interact with the villagers and gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of Hmong people. There will be opportunities to buy authentic handmade products, such as embroidered bags and silver jewellery, and if you choose to purchase anything here you値l be providing an income for the families in the villages, as well as helping to preserve traditional hill tribe arts and crafts.

We recommend that your family travels with a Thai phrasebook and that you all make an effort to learn some key words and phrases. The ability to speak some basic Thai will undoubtedly win you many smiles from the friendly locals who you come into contact with during your time in Thailand.

5 Reviews of Thailand family holiday, tailor made

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Reviewed on 14 Mar 2018 by

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


Finding a giant monitor lizard outside our door in koh yao noi lol. Honestly the whole trip was incredible, we were constantly impressed by our gorgeous surroundings, beautiful views, wildlife, fauna, literally everything was worth stopping and having a look at. We absolutely loved the islands and we definitely glad we did the elephant sanctuary trip in Chiang Mai which initially I wasn't too sure about, however I would have regretted not going and it was an incredible experience.

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


Honestly, if going to Bangkok, avoid Chinatown unless you don't mind all the very strong and unusual smells around along with eating strange food. We were
right in the middle of china town and it has many strange and somewhat unpleasant scents. Apart from that, pack light - I thought I did, but I really didn't. You really don't need anything apart from a few t shirts and a pair of shorts, perhaps 1 pair of jeans, 1 good bathing suit, flip flops and a pair of tennis shoes. You will regret taking too much stuff and having to carry it around, plus this takes space in the luggage which could have been used for shopping lol.

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


Well it definitely benefited the locals considering how many places we stopped at and how much money we spent.. we also did our very best to lead by example at all the beaches because it is quite surprising to arrive at these absolutely gorgeous beaches and find loads of plastic debris everywhere, we tried our very best to never leave anything behind and tried to always clean up the area around us wherever we were, we also inspired some other travelers to do the same which i think was great.

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


Excellent. it was an incredible experience from the first flight we had to catch all the way to the very end. I feel we were very well taken care of throughout the whole holiday, The travel agent I was in touch with was an absolute star! I would recommend this holiday to other couples who want a bit of an adventure however want to feel well taken care of throughout the whole stay.

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2018 by

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


My family and I have just returned from our 2 week trip to Thailand. Harry from our tour operator put together and amazing itinerary for us based on our interests and budget. Our highlights:
- Lanjia Lodge and hilltribes discovery tours
- Erawan National Park
- White Temple
- Our Jungle House and overnight lake trip

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


Make sure you send all your ideas and preferences to Harry and rest assured he will put together an itinerary that would tick all the boxes.

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


Yes, most of the places we stayed employed local people and sponsored some community projects.

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


All of us had amazing time in Thailand, we managed to see and learn a lot about this fascinating country. Harry, keep up your excellent work and thank you for your patience with us.

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2018 by

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


Lanjia Lodge is otherworldly. Village people so gracious, welcoming and polite. Trekking in the hills and learning about the various hill tribes people, their customs, way of life was incredible! The country is stunningly beautiful...so lush with such diverse vegetation, birds, flora. Magical in every way.

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


Make an effort to do a homestay, meet local people. Their customs are so different. Enquire about travel time and weight that against what is important for you to see or experience.

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


Hope so! Loved engaging with our tour guides and homestay people, staff etc and meeting locals and seeing and purchasing their beautiful crafts.

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


Fantastic! Only thing we didn't like was staying in large hotels in CaoBang and another Vietnamese city. Cities dirty, noisey and not very friendly. Country much more peaceful and clean. Could be factor of communism, political climate though. Was enlightening just not pleasant.

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2016 by

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


Bankok grand palace is an absolute must & the street food and atmosphere in china town . The jungle house and lake trip in Khlongsaeng national park which was stunning . Erawan national park in Kantanaburi , swimming in the waterfalls & lakes . Phuket was a paradise where we relaxed at the end of a manic but incredible 2 weeks

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


Make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent if you travel to the jungle and also some plastic bags for damp clothes ! Carry lots of smaller cash for tipping ! Drink lots of water ! If we did it again I would probably do less and stay longer in some places .

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


Yes definitely benefited local people ! Not sure about environmental impact .

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


It was the holiday of a lifetime , we did so much , saw and learnt so much and ate so much fantastic food

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2016 by

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


Swimming in River Kwai and Hell Fire Pass

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


Skip Phuket

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


Possibly parts

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


Very good and memorable. We squeezed a lot into a short period of time

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