Family holiday in Thailand

“This is a real family adventure taking in every face of Thailand - local life, national parks, rainforest and beaches - all held together by great organisation and excellent guides.”


Bangkok | Chao Praya River cycle | Wat Pho | Andaman Coast | guided kayaking through mangroves | Hong Islands | white water rafting | cookery lesson with a local | rubber farming tour | overnight camping on an uninhabited island | snorkel with tropical fish | day exploring with a driver | handicrafts market | waterfalls

Description of Family holiday in Thailand

'Action on Shore'

Make waves on your next family holiday with an adventure in Thailand that inspires and delights, away from the tourist trail.

The Andaman sea has stunning coastlines and limestone karst scenery, made famous by films ranging from James Bond to Star Wars, and this action-packed family adventure holiday ensures you’ll make the most of it. Don’t worry about having to get too physical, whilst there’s plenty to keep all your family happy, all of our holidays are very much soft adventures. Best of all, in between your Andaman adventures, you’ll discover the real Thailand that only a few people are lucky enough to experience.

This family holiday in Thailand is a private tour i.e. just you travelling, getting the sort of inside experience you would not be able to get in a group holiday - the itinerary is perfectly paced to give you time with professional guides, time meeting local people who don't work in the tourism industry and time on your own to relax. This is a soft adventure family holiday and is suitable for all sizes of families and with younger children too (although it may have to be tweaked).
It can also be taken as a couples break, ask for a quote.

The two-week family trip starts with a few days in bustling Bangkok where in between ticking off the main sights, cycling around a car-free island and shopping, you will meet a friendly local family who will show you what real life is like in the city.

Then head to south for your Andaman adventures. Make a splash on your boat trips, snorkel in coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, picnic on deserted beaches and learn to kayak in the mangroves, with the sound of monkeys chattering in the air. The uninhabited Hong islands are some of the most beautiful in Thailand and you’ll be able to explore the majestic caves and sunbathe with only the giant monitor lizards that lazily bask for company. Other highlights of this family adventure include whitewater rafting, exploring a tropical rainforest and zip lining.

In between your water-based adventures, you will discover the real southern Thailand, meeting many local people, including our friends, Pah who will show you the secrets of making the best desserts in Thailand and ‘Eh’ who will show you how he farms rubber – a great way for your children to find out where their trainers come from!

We have a summary of the itinerary below, please contact us for the full itinerary (via responsibletravel's enquiry form). We are an independent specialist company based in the UK, with our own staff in Thailand. We welcome travellers from around the world.

Day-by-day experiences

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: DPick up at Bangkok airport by private car or mini-van and transfer to your charming homestay (private chalet 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: BExplore the city. You’ll have a boat trip with a private guide along the river and canals. In the evening, 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: BLDCycle around the countryside (with guide). Coast through winding lanes, dotted with palms, through local villages and canalside living. Informal cooking lesson and dinner with local family.
Day 5: BDSightseeing in Bangkok taking in the main sights of the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho with a private guide, exploring the city at your own pace.
Day 6:BTransfer to the airport for a short internal flight to Krabi (Andaman Coast) and transfer to your comfortable bungalow/s surrounded by trees, 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. Later, you'll be taken to visit the locals' night market where you can graze on regional specialities.
Day 7: BLDKayak through the mangroves that protect the shoreline after being shown how to by expert guides. Evening village walk with one of our friends and dinner with his family.
Day 8:BLDay 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:BLWhite water rafting on a river with experts who will show you how not to fall off. Visit waterfalls then free time to relax by the pool.
Day 10:BTry 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:BLSnorkel amongst tropical fish and let out your inner Swiss Family Robinson with a trip to the desert island, Bamboo. The journeys there and back are great opportunities to sunbathe, look out for dolphins or simply lie back, admiring the scenery.
Day 12:BLZiplining!
Day 13:BA day exploring the mainland with a private 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:BFree day. Relax by the pool or explore on your own e.g. you can take a tuk tuk to fatten up gigantic catfish.
Day 15:BTransfer to Krabi airport and 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.

Travel Team

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Departure information

This trip is a private tour. It can be taken on dates to suit you, subject to availability. The itinerary can be customised.
Our top tip:
Pack some binoculars for jungle treks.
Trip type:
Tailor made to your preferences.
Activity level:
Moderate - lots of activities included, although all are optional.
Hotels, local homestays and lodges.
This is a family holiday, although single rooms are available for a surcharge at hotels.
Accommodation, listed activities/excursions, transport, most meals.
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This holiday is designed for people who like to travel on their own, as a couple, as a family or as friends (not in a group with other people they do not know previously). You will not have a 'tour leader' or an 'escort' with you all the time. We run our own operations so do not need to rely on this type of arrangement to make sure your holiday is organised. We work hand-in-hand with our unique network of local people who are backed up by our carefully-picked drivers and local office. This means you will meet a range of trusted local people throughout your holiday and have time on your own, with full confidence that your holiday will run smoothly at all times.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 fewer 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.

5 Reviews of Family holiday in Thailand

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2017 by

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

The most exciting parts of our holidays were the day spent at the Asian Elephant sanctuary close to Chachanaburi and witnessing two 1 year old sea turtles being released in Ko Talu.

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

In April Thailand is really hot, but it's also great as there is Thai new year which is a very interesting cultural experience.

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

Homestaying felt like direct help to the Thai woman who welcomed us and a great way to get to know authentic thai ways of life when she took us around her neighbour to explore it and on an outing with her friend.

As for environmental impact, unfortunately Thailand is very very polluted, Bangkok is appalling and we were negatively impressed by the consume of little plastic bottles for water, at a rate that would be unthinkable back home.

As for supporting conservation, yes, see answer to the first question.

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

Unforgettable holiday!

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2015 by

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

Many memorable moments: from the home stay at Bangkok, to the food experiences, from the island hopping to the emerald pool. Maybe the best part was the people part: guides, drivers, locals were all very super helpful and kind. Everyone did everything they could to make us feel comfortable and safe.

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

Follow the guides' suggestions, relax and have fun.

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

Our vacation greatly benefited local people. We bought from local entrepreneurs,
ate with local families and tried to purchase local crafts and services.
The guides also taught us of local customs and involved us in local rituals and
activities. We felt a genuine connection to the real local world.

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

Far beyond my expectations. Outstanding.

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2014 by

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

There were so many memorable and exciting moments but the highlights were definitely: boat trip in Bangkok first morning, Auntie Ad's delicious lunch and beautiful organic house and garden, elephant sanctuary (voted best day by all!), New Years Eve party at our resort in Kanchanaburi, monkeys and gibbons in Khao Yai National Park, driving out at sunset in the back of an open truck to see the bats, meeting the local kids and martial arts teacher, total relaxation on Koh Samed. The list could go on as we did so much.

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

We were in a large group (16) and it went really well with that number of people. Everything was taken care of and prearranged by the operator and there was so much going on that everyone was engaged and involved from 7 years old to 77! A really great trip for a family with mixed ages and stages. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday.

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

All our guides were local and they were all fantastic especially Tong, Jay and Fang. Tommy was our main driver and he was exceptional in his care of us and his reliability. He had great local road knowledge and local knowledge. We were so sad to leave him at the end! We really had a sense that all our accommodation was owned by locals too and of course our days at the elephant sanctuary and martial arts school felt like money well spent. We tried to eat at local markets and support local stalls rather than the larger shopping malls (that part of the itinerary could be taken out - Bangkok Siam Centre!)

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

We all thoroughly enjoyed every part of the experience and loved the intensity and variety of the well organised and full itinerary. Thank you so much to the operator. We will be back to you for our next family reunion!

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2011 by

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

The palaces and temples of Bangkok, closely followed by the jungle walk!

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

We were told there were sea urchins only by the rocks, but on the last day at Mooban Talay they were plentiful in the shallow waters in the middle of the main central beach area. 12 or more later, I wish I had been properly informed. Remind people to bring their binoculars for the jungle walk!

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

Only local people seemed to be employed and receive our tips and all seemed pleasant and friendly and could not have been more helpful, so hopefully.

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

Best yet for all of us.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Barbara. Thank you for leaving feedback on (and the phone call the other day). We're glad that you said it was the best holiday you and your teenage children had ever had and look forward to you travelling with us again!

General note: the Chadbanks took a custom itinerary in the summer months, rather than the one on this page.

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2011 by

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

Many aspects were memorable. Everyday was filled with activity and something new to look forward to. Most memorable was meeting and getting to know the local people and seeing real life in Thailand, e.g rubber tapping, Krabi night market. Most exciting was the kayaking, white water rafting and exploring the islands.

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

The cycling day in Bangkok is not suitable for young children. It is ok for adults and perhaps children over 14 or so. A lot of it is on busy roads and just under couple of hours on the car-free island. Take mosquito repellent!!

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

Yes. We were taken on excursions and trips by locals or small local companies as opposed to using the agents in the tourist cities. After being exposed to the tourist areas we realised that we were really sufficiently off the beaten track to be away from the crowds and yet still able to have access to it all if we wanted.

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

Fun, educational, relaxing...not just a holiday but an experience of a lifetime.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for the review, Afsha, as well as the lovely comments you gave us directly!

In regards to the cycling, following this feedback, we are now only running the cycling as a private day (previously we ran it as a mixture of private or join in depending on the family). This way we know our customers get the best experience and that the route and the pace is set just for your family. The day is suitable for younger children (6 or above as the rest of the trip). However, the cycling day is optional and can be swapped for other activities.

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