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.”

Highlights

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.
Accomm:
Hotels, local homestays and lodges.
Solos:
This is a family holiday, although single rooms are available for a surcharge at hotels.
Included:
Accommodation, listed activities/excursions, transport, most meals.
Vouchers
Accepted
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.

Environment
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.
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4 Reviews of Family holiday in Thailand

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Reviewed on 20 Apr 2017 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2015 by

Far beyond my expectations. Outstanding....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. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2014 by

We all thoroughly enjoyed every part of the experience and loved the intensity and variety of the well organised and full itinerary. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2011 by

Most memorable were the palaces and temples of Bangkok, closely followed by the jungle walk! Best yet for all of us. Read full review

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