Family adventure holiday in Thailand

“A two week, tailor made trip around Northern Thailand, aimed at families. With a mixture of train travel and private transfers, staying in hotels and one night at a hill tribe village. ”


Bangkok | Train to Phitsanolok town | Central Plains | Sukhothai | Chiang Mai | Mae Charim National Park | Tha Ton | Boat trip on Kok River | Stay with Akha Tribe | Mae Salong | Chiang Rai | Mae Sai. Golden Triangle | Wat Rong Khun Temple

Description of Family adventure holiday in Thailand

This family adventure holiday in Thailand is a tailor made tour, adapted to suit your family’s age range and interests. Starting in Bangkok, take a train journey up to the North of the country where this holiday will be based, exploring the misty mountains, tropical forests and hill tribe villages, all of which are off the beaten track of most family Thailand holidays. As this is a tailor made holiday, we can add other adventures, some beach time at the end perhaps, or more time in one particular place. Just chat with us about what you think will work best for your family.

Our carefully crafted itinerary includes off the beaten track experiences such as at the traditional market town of Phitsanolok , and the ancient ruined capital of Sukhothai which dates back to the early 13th century, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and which we explore by bicycle. You also get a chance to visit the remote Nan Province which is home to traditional Hmong hill tribe people, but also the magnificent Mae Charim National Park, habitat for elephants and the more elusive tiger.

Visit the northern city of Chiang Mai, founded eight hundred years ago at the foot of a mountain and boasting ancient temples, a superb night time bazaar and lots of fine eateries. We also visit an elephant sanctuary here. Rural adventures continue on the River Kok where we take a boat trip and also hike in tropical mountainous terrain through remote villages, and get to spend a night with the minority Akha people. All with local expert guides.

On this holiday we travel up as far as the border with Myanmar, and visit the fascinating towns of Mae Salong, Mai Sai and the Golden Triangle region, so called because it is where the borders of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet, and was once infamous for being the centre of the region’s opium industry. You can even visit an Opium Museum. We spend the night in Chiang Rai, which also has a lively night market, before heading south again to Chiang Mai, stopping at the Wat Rong Khun Temple en route. From here we transfer to Bangkok for your journey onwards, or back home.

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you for families of four or more
Holiday type

Independent family adventure holiday

These family trips are designed for those of you who prefer to travel just with your family, and not in a group with other families. The itineraries are set but you can typically depart at a time to suit you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family adventure holiday in Thailand

This itinerary includes a fascinating look into one of the indigenous ethnic minorities of the region, with a home-stay at the Hmong village of Rom Klao.

As well as educating our passenger to the ways of life of another lesser-known people of the region, it provides income directly to the owners of the houses in which we stay as well as indirectly for other members of the village. Passengers are encouraged to make purchases, such as from the village shops and from individual crafts-people specifically, in this instance, embroidery from the women of the village.

We then employ villagers to guide us through the jungle, further enhancing the benefit for the village as well as helping us to build up respectful and trusting relationships with the villagers.

During an unusually cold winter last year we donated warm clothes and blankets to the village.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

3 Reviews of Family adventure holiday in Thailand

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2010 by

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

Difficult to single anything out.....the whole holiday was very special. A lot of the credit for this goes to our guide (called 'Oh'). He was totally passionate about his country and went out of his way to make sure we experienced as many sights, sounds & tastes as possible. He secretly photographed and videoed us as we went along, presenting us with a CD at the end of the holiday....with the video all edited together.

If we were to single out one day it would probably be the day on the lake in Khao Sok National Park.

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

Go ahead & book.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

This is difficult to gauge, but I would like to think this was much more the case than with the more mass market holidays.

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

Wonderful. Travelling in a small group as a family with such a dedicated guide allowed us to see more & interact more. We were able to eat at small road side cafes and at the Phetchaburi night market, and wander around the Sangklaburi floating houses.....a bigger group just couldn't do this.

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2008 by

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

We all have different highlights, but generally agree that the day we had a boat trip down the Maekok river, followed by an elephant ride where we got to ride the elephants like a mahout and then spent a night in an Akha village, was our most memorable day.

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

The guides are very knowledgeable and will give you good advice. The kit list is quite comprehensive. Bring lots of bite cream!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The company are very conscious of the impact of tourism on the environment, and local economy. We were struck by their ethical stance.

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

Absolutely fantastic.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2008 by

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

Walking in the rainforest following local guide in his shower cap and Wellingtons and meeting the jungle dwelling Sakai, and swimming in pool at top of huge and remote waterfall.

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

Do some research and have plenty of discussion with the tour operator to ensure that you pick the elements that you really want for your holiday - we ended up with an itinerary that took parts from two separate brochure itineraries and suited all our family.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


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

Very well organised and some wonderful experiences, my children aged 12 and 14 were only just old enough to enjoy it and were not very adventurous with food-would not recommend for younger children.

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