Thailand family holidays

“Combining local culture, exciting activities and beautiful beaches, this tailor made family holiday ticks all of Thailand's boxes and takes care of all the organisation for you.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Ayuthaya | Kanchanaburi | Train ride over the River Kwai | Erawan National Park | Overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai | Doi Suthep hilltop temple | Forest Canopy Tour | Night markets | Two-day jungle experience | Palong tribal village | Krabi

Description of Thailand family holidays

This fantastic Thailand family holiday lets you experience the country on a local level with a combination of cultural excursions, exciting activities and excellent accommodation adding to plenty of lazy days spent by the beach - all in two weeks. Starting your trip in Bangkok really chucks your family in to the centre of the action; however, youíre bound to come up swimming within a city that never sleeps and never fails to excite and enthral in equal measures. From tuk tuks to long tail boats, there's certainly more than one way to travel around the capital, with sightseeing tours featuring the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the banks of the Chao Phraya River all adding to an array of fascinating sights and sounds to expand the mind, body and soul.

After making the most of your time in the capital you'll head to Kanchanaburi, where jungle rafting, luxury safari camping and the famous setting for the Bridge over the River Kwai are an excellent introduction to life in the jungle. You'll then be whisked north to Chiang Mai, a beautiful walled city surrounded by mountains and forests. This is an excellent base from where to explore Thailand's second city with night markets, cooking courses and spa massages promising something for every member of your tribe. Just outside of Chiang Mai you'll be led on an exotic outdoor adventure with bamboo rafting expeditions, overnight stays with hill tribes and zip wires through the jungle canopy. From Chiang Mai itís also possible to fly south to Koh Samui Island or Khao Sok National Park where you can choose your own adventure with kayaking, hiking and nights in the jungle along side soft white sand and seafood.

Get in touch for more information on how we can turn a family holiday in Thailand into an experience to savour as sweetly as fresh mango and sticky rice.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Don't be afraid to follow the road less travelled - Thailand is clean, friendly and has great facilities.
Trip type:
Tailor made to your tastes and budget.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate.
Accomm:
13 nights comfortable 3*-4* hotels.
Included:
Accommodation, private transport, transfers, listed activities, guide.
Meals:
11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
Overview:
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
Wheelchair:
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travellers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveller with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
LGBT: LGBT: LGBT:
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Thailand family holidays

Environment

Where possible we use small locally owned hotels that have been built and furnished using locally sourced materials.
We encourage the use of local transport (where appropriate) and in particular, many of our visitors will use the long distance train as their primary mode of transport whilst in Thailand.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

Community

Thailand is a country where there has been quite a lot of negative cultural tourism that has become quite exploitative, particularly in some of the hill tribe villages in the north. We have worked closely with our local partners to ensure that all of the village visits that we arrange are conducted in a responsible fashion. In particular we ensure that the money earned by the village is distributed equitably.
Families are accompanied by a local guide in most parts of Thailand (the exception is usually a beach stay) and the guides are expected to provide guests with a detailed understanding of the way of life in Thailand. Many families are also interested in giving their children an understanding of what it is like to grow up in Thailand so, where applicable, we can also arrange a visit to a local school.
Our tours in Thailand are run in conjunction with a local partner which, whilst employing a small number of foreigners, is overwhelmingly staffed by Thai nationals.

3 Reviews of Thailand family holidays

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Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

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


We had many memorable and exciting parts to our holiday but the one that
stands out for all of us was our visit to Elephant's World. This was the part I
was most worried about, I was concerned that it would be a money
making scheme dressed up as a rescue centre and that I would leave feeling
terrible. I was very wrong, the day was truly magical and the elephants looked
to have a great quality of life after being rescued from some awful conditions.

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


Make sure you organise a meeting point with your guide/driver at the
airport. This was the only minor hitch we had to our holiday, everywhere
else, we met with our guides and drivers no problem.

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


Guides and drivers were local. Excursions were run and organised by
local people. We really enjoyed our home stay and thought that it was a benefit for the family we stayed with. We didn't feel that we reduced our environmental impact with us using long haul flights and seeing the impact that tourism has had on the coastal Thailand.

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


Our holiday was excellent, we would happily do this holiday again and
recommend the holiday provider as a holiday agent. Thailand is such a big country and we feel that this holiday allowed us to experience quite a lot of it. We travelled with our two children (11,14) who absolutely loved the holiday and were so well looked by the Thai people. The holiday overall was so well organised and last minute changes in made in Thailand, were handled incredibly well and without any drama.

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2015 by

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


The elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai; visiting the temples and meeting the monks in Chiang Mai; EATING!! The food in Thailand was amazing. The people of Thailand are so kind and gentle.

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


Get off the beaten path. There is so much to see outside of the main cities such as the Lawa caves and Erawan Waterfall. If you want to experience the elephants, visit the sanctuaries where you can spend a full day up close and personal with them (feeding them, bathing them, learning about them from their care-takers). Avoid the places where you ride the elephants. They are "gimmicky" and exploit the animals there.

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


It contributes to the economy through tourism. Visiting the elephant sanctuary (elephant nature park) was educational and raises money and awareness to the important cause of elephant. I don't feel that it would support conservation if one
visited the places where you ride elephants and further contributes to their exploitation. I do not believe there was any reduction of environmental impacts on our trip (private taxis, plastic water bottles etc).

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


Amazing vacation. Such a great experience filled with memories that are sure to last a lifetime!

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2015 by

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


Cooking a Thai meal with a Thai family in their home and spending the afternoon and evening with them, learning all about the Thai culture and food. Wonderful experience.

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


Make sure you have good walking shoes for the trekking to the hilltribe.

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


Yes, we did feel it benefited local peoples all our guides were locals and we bought gifts directly from the hilltribes. We felt we really supported conservation in the rainforest in Khao Sok and at the Elephant Nature Park as the money spent there went directly back into supporting the elephants.

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


Overall, we had the most amazing holiday and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the "local" experiences we had, from giving alms to the monks to riding through rice fields on bikes. We really enjoyed meeting real Thai people and seeing different sides to Thailand.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Rayner,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are absolutely delighted
with your comments and thrilled that you and your family enjoyed the trip as much as
you did, especially the cookery afternoon and the elephant park, that I know were the
highlights for you.

You have been a pleasure to work with and I hope to speak to you again in the future.
Thank you again.

With very best wishes from the team!

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