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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. 

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Chiang Mai.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Chiang Mai

    On arrival in Chiang Mai, transfer to your accommodation. This evening, an optional traditional Khantoke dinner can be arranged 

  3. Day 3: 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. 

  4. Day 4: 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. 

  5. Day 5: 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. 

  6. Day 6: 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.

  7. Day 7: 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.  

  8. Day 8: 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. 

  9. Day 9: 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. 

  10. Day 10: 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.

  11. Day 11: 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. 

  12. Day 12: Day at leisure

    Today is kept free for you to enjoy the beach and facilities of Hua Hin.

  13. Day 13: 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.

  14. Day 14: 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.

  15. Day 15: 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).

  16. Day 16: 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.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,799 per adult, £1,699 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £2,809 per adult, £2,439 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 16 days
  • Ideal for ages: 4+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer included, departure transfer £140 per vehicle
  • Accommodation

    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.
  • Meals

    13 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Activities

    • Boat trip

    • City tour

    • Cookery class

    • Dancing

    • Hiking

    • Swimming

    • Wildlife watching

Flights

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.

For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.

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Departures

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Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Itinerary dates Prices per person from (exc. flights)
Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
* Available: this holiday is available to book. ** Guaranteed: this holiday is available to book and has reached a minimum of four participants, so is guaranteed to run.
2018 22 Dec 4 Jan £1,899 £1,849 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 13 Apr 26 Apr £1,849 £1,799 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 10 Aug 23 Aug £1,899 £1,799 Available* Book or Enquire