Wat Phra Kaew Temple Thailand

Timeless Thailand

13 Days

A fantastic family adventure holiday where you'll stay in comfortable hotels including one that floats on a river! Discover South East Asia's Golden Triangle before visiting a hilltribe village where you can interact with the locals and enjoy a traditional dinner - a truly authentic experience.


13 Days

Timeless Thailand

"Seeing our daughter in deep conversation with our guide from the local Lahu tribe despite the significant language barrier will stay with me forever."
The Dunbar family, July 16

The hustle and bustle of Bangkok is an exciting place to begin your family activity holiday, but the jungle and a floating hotel awaits. From the moment you arrive at your rainforest hotel the children can enjoy swimming in the river and exploring the jungle. After a visit to the famous bridge on the River Kwai, you'll fly to Chiang Rai for Southeast Asia's fabled Golden Triangle. Head to a hill tribe village where you are welcomed by the local people, before sharing a traditional dinner and stories around the campfire. Trek to a waterfall before driving to your last port of call; Chiang Mai.

  • Stay in a floating hotel
  • Swim in the picturesque Erawan waterfalls
  • Spend time with a local tribe
  • Visit the Golden Triangle
  • Cook your own Thai meal
  • Experience a night market in Chiang Mai

Here's a taste of your family adventure itinerary. For more details please see the itinerary tab or trip notes.

Day 1/2 - Overnight flight to Bangkok.

Day 3 - Explore by tuk-tuk, boat & on foot.

Day 4 - River boat cruise in Kanchanaburi.

Day 5 - Waterfalls at Erawan National Park.

Day 6 - Visit River Kwai, fly to Chiang Rai.

Day 7 - Discover the Golden Triangle.

Day 8 - Spend time at a rural village.

Day 9 - Visit local tribes. To Chiang Mai.

Day 10 - Cooking class, free afternoon.

Day 11 - Wat Phra temple & night market.

Day 12/13 - Overnight flight home via Bangkok.

Days 1/2. Overnight flight to Bangkok
Depart from the UK on an overnight flight to Bangkok.
Day 3. Bangkok by tuk-tuk, boat and on foot
Travel around the city in tuk tuks, motorised long-tailed boats and on foot. Visit the temple of Wat Po, the Grand Palace and Old Bangkok, where you'll explore shops and the bustling Talad Kao market.
Day 4. To Kanchanaburi
Depart Bangkok for the quieter town of Kanchanaburi, visiting a seafood market en route. After arriving in Mahachai, enjoy a peaceful boat cruise over the Kwai Yai River. In the afternoon you'll arrive at your unique accommodation for the night: a hotel floating on the river, surrounded by lush jungle.
Day 5. Waterfalls at Erawan National Park
Learn about the history of World War II in Thailand with a visit to Hellfire Pass, visiting the memorial and museum. Next, head to Erawan National Park, home to seven gorgeous waterfalls and a series of turquoise rock pools, where you can take a refreshing dip and, if there's time, take a one-hour hike to the seventh and highest waterfall for amazing views.
Day 6. Visit River Kwai, fly to Chiang Rai
Visit the infamous bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway, which was built by tousands of allied prisoners from the UK, Autralia and the Netherlands among other countries; who were captured by the Japanese during World War II and forced to work on the railway bridge. Afterwards continue to Bangkok Airport for your departure to Chiang Rai.
Day 7. Discover the Golden Triangle
From Chiang Rai, visit the Wat Rong Khun, a contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple, before continuing to Kok River to board a local river cruiser and cruise along the beautiful mountainous landscape. Afterwards, head to the Golden Triangle Gate where you can see all three countries; Thailand, Loas and Myanmar from the viewpoint and take a short boat ride to the small island Don Sao, officially belonging to Laos.
Day 8. Jungle trek, local village stay
Visit the minority villages of Thailand and learn about the Hmong and Lahu tribes, the Golden Triangle area and the giant catfish. Learn how to make Hmong batik handkerchiefs with Hmong ladies or learn how to make and set animal traps, then help villagers to plant trees at the Herbal Plant Nursery Project. In the evening enjoy a traditional Lahu dinner together with the local village people and watch Hmong and Lahu cultural performances.
Day 9. Drive to Chiang Mai
Walk the hills from the lodge to the Lahu community and observe families doing their morning chores or the farmers getting ready to head into the fields with their tools. The path will give you full view of the valleys, where you will walk through plantations and cornfields with small bamboo huts dotted throughout. Learn about the burial ground of the Hmong Hill tribe and walk along the other side of the hill where you'll see mountain ranges and steep valleys, before continuing by road to Chiang Mai.
Day 10. Cooking class, free afternoon
Learn how to make authentic homemade Thai food on a half day cooking course in a big classic Thai house, including a trip to the market to help pick out your ingredients. Then enjoy your own Thai lunch with the view of the lovely garden before your afternoon at leisure - your tour guide can recommend activities or you can just relax and explore the city on your own.
Day 11. Wat Phra Temple, night market walk
Drive up the Doi Suthep Mountain and visit Chiang Mai's most important highlight. From the temple, impressive views can be seen, and after spending some time here and listening to more tales from your tourguide about this mystical place, return to your hotel where you'll have some free time to relax or explore the other sights of Chiang Mai around your hotel. In the evening you'll be taken on a short walking tour through the exciting and well-known Chiang Mai Night Market.
Day 12/13. Overnight flight to UK via Bangkok
Depart the hotel at any time for your flight via Bangkok back to the UK.
Extend your stay - Koh Samui | 4 days
Why not make the most of your time with an extra few days in Thailand? Thailand is renowned for its idyllic white sand beaches, fringed by palm trees and lapped by warm turquoise waters. Koh Samui is one of the most famous Thai islands with a tropical jungle clad interior adding to its allure.
Is it right for your family?
A fantastic family adventure holiday. You will stay in comfortable hotels including one that floats on a river. There is one night where you will stay off the beaten track in an authentic communal lodge and you can interact with the locals. A truly authentic experience.
  • Where will we stay?: 7 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a floating hotel, 1 night in a lodge
  • What meals are included?: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • How do we travel?: Minibus, boat, plane, tuk-tuk and on foot
  • Flights: With Thai Airways
  • Trip code: FTTT
  • Age guide: 7 - 18

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