Enjoy a taste of traditional Thailand on this exciting family adventure, visiting the colourful city of Chiang Mai and its hill tribes, sailing along the Kwai Noi River in a long-tail boat and staying in a jungle lodge.
See Chiang Mai's colourful temples
Help prepare lunch on an organic farm
Paddle among the floating markets
Hear monks chanting in Wat Pho temple
Feed elephants at a wildlife sanctuary
Your trip starts in Chiang Mai, where you explore its colourful temples by trishaw, before heading out to the rural countryside to learn about traditional farm and hill tribe life. Travel like a local in hectic Bangkok before returning to a slower pace of life in the floating markets of Tha Ka, where you can spend time with a local family who will teach you how to make sweets and toys out of local ingredients.
You'll then board a long-tail boat and sail along the beautiful Kwai Noi River to a riverside jungle lodge, enjoy a hike to the crystal clear Erawan Falls, and visit the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. Finally, transfer to Hua Hin for a well-deserved day on the beach, as well as a jungle safari and a visit to a wildlife sanctuary, home to over 450 rescued animals.
Day1: Depart the UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Chiang Mai.
Day2: Arrive Chiang Mai
On arrival in Chiang Mai, transfer to your accommodation. This evening, an optional traditional Khantoke dinner can be arranged
Day3: Explore Chiang Mai
Explore the temple of Wat Prah Singh and the vibrant Warorot Market. In the afternoon, visit the great market of Kaad Luang and learn about the history of this popular market while trying some of the local specialities.
Day4: Pottery workshop
In the morning, visit a Lanna handicraft village which still maintains an authentic pottery style. This afternoon, visit Doi Suthep and Wat Pha Lat temples and admire the fabulous views over the city and surrounding countryside.
Day5: Farm & cave visit; transfer to hill tribe lodge.
Today you'll travel to the northern Thailand countryside and visit an organic farm. Here you will have the chance to help harvest or plant vegetables or rice and help prepare a simple, but delicious lunch.
After lunch, visit Chiang Dao cave and then transfer to your hill tribe lodge where there will be an evening barbeque and Hmong dancing.
Day6: Hmong hill tribe lodge
This morning is at leisure for optional activities or perhaps visit the nearby hill tribe village. This afternoon you will be transferred back to Chiang Mai for a flight to Bangkok.
Day7: Bangkok: visit Chinatown
This morning discover some of the remarkable landmarks in Bangkok’s Chinatown. The afternoon is free for you to further explore the city.
Day8: Bangkok like a local
Enjoy a full day’s guided tour of Bangkok using public transport. Travel on the Skytrain, take a boat trip to visit Wat Pho, see the Grand Palace, ride on a tuk-tuk and climb the Golden Mountain for incredible views over the city.
Day9: Travel to Tha Ka; jungle stay
Departing the city, travel to Tha Ka where you will row along the canal in a paddle-boat and visit a local family to prepare lunch and learn to make tiny toys out of sugar palm.
Then travel into the jungle by long-tail boat and stay in a floating jungle raft. This evening you have an opportunity to enjoy some traditional dancing and music.
Day10: Erawan National Park
Hike to the crystal clear waterfalls of Erawan National Park and then, in the afternoon, drive to the Hellfire Pass Memorial museum and learn about the Allied and Asian prisoners.
Day11: River Kwai & Death Railway
Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai and the Death Railway. Afterwards, transfer to your beach resort at Hua Hin, where the rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax by the pool and enjoy stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand.
Day12: Day at leisure
Today is kept free for you to enjoy the beach and facilities of Hua Hin.
Day13: Transfer to Kuibuiri National Park; elephant safari
After a morning at leisure, it's a two hour drive to Kuibuiri National Park, a vast jungle on the Burmese border and the biggest habitat in Thailand for wild elephants. Enjoy a half-day elephant spotting safari in the park.
Day14: Wildlife sanctuary
Spend a full day visiting a wildlife sanctuary where you will be able to see hundreds of rescued animals and help to feed the elephants.
Day15: Transfer to Bangkok & fly back to the UK
Transfer back to Bangkok in time for your return flight to the UK (most flights arrive the following day).
Day16: Arrive UK
You should note: If you have more time, it’s possible to extend your beach stay in Hua Hin. Please enquire for details.
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,849per adult,£1,799per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,959per adult,£2,639per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
Arrival transfer included, departure transfer £140 per vehicle
Mostly 3* or 4* hotels with en suite facilities; most with swimming pools. One night in a traditional hill tribe lodge in comfortable bungalows with private bathroom and balcony, plus a swimming pool. Two nights on floating rafts, moored along the River Kwai Noi. Each raft has a private bathroom, balcony and hammock. Electricity and internet are not available and there are no hot showers; traditional kerosene lamps are used to light the lodge.
13 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinners
You can typically expect to pay from
£1,110 for an adult,
and from £840 for a child aged 11 and under.
Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.
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