General


Day 1: Bangkok 

Welcome to Bangkok and the start of your family holiday! Once you have checked into your hotel the rest of the day is free until 6pm when you meet your guide for a welcome meeting. After the meeting we’ll head to a popular local restaurant to sample some tasty Thai cuisine for dinner.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok 

Straddling the Chao Phraya River, Thailand’s bustling capital city is both chaotic and captivating, and today we will take in some of its most famous sites on a guided tour. The first stop is at the 24 hour flower market where you get to view stunning orchids and roses on sale to the local restaurants and florists. Then we visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city – the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. From the Grand Palace we take an exhilarating ride on a tuk tuk to Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha.

After a break for lunch we board a longtail boat and set off on an exploration of the labrynth of klongs (canals) that criss cross the city. On our journey we’ll glide by stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children play about on the waters edge. Our boat drops us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. The evening is free for you to explore the many bars, restaurants, market stalls and tailors that line this vibrant road.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3: Bangkok –Kanchanaburi 

This morning we will drive west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi, famed for its spectacular natural beauty and the part it played in the Second World War. Here we will pay our respects at the Allied War Cemetery before continuing on to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalised by the film of the same name. We will then board a train for a two hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks to Nam Tok. Disembarking the train we will take a short drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’, where the POWs were forced to dig through the mountain often using only their bare hands.

Later we will board a longtail boat which will take us to our accommodation for the night, a beautiful floating jungle raft. Surrounded by a hundred softly glowing lanterns, the sound of the tropical forest and cool flowing water we will enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.

Overnight in Kanchanaburi.

Day 4: Kanchanaburi – Erawan 0 Ayuthaya –Chiang Mai 

This morning we travel on to the beautiful Erawan National Park to explore the rivers, waterfalls and trails on foot. Following a walk in the jungle we head to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Ayuthaya was sacked by the Burmese, leading them to abandon the site and relocate the capital to Bangkok. All that remains are the stone and brick temples from the era. Today we explore Ayuthaya’s famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of Thailand’s most religiously significant places. This evening we head to the station to board our sleeper train to Chiang Mai (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins).

Overnight in Sleeper Train.

Day 5: Chaing Mai –Mae Rim 

Chiang Mai & Hmong Hill tribe

Chiang Mai – Mae Rim. This morning we arrive into the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. First up we visit the imposing Doi Suthep Temple that stands like a sentinel over the city. We take time to relax and enjoy the view before driving into the countryside to the Hmong hill tribe lodge where we will stay this evening. Here, you can take numerous walks into the surrounding countryside to visit the some of the nearby hill tribe villages. In the evening we enjoy a sumptuous BBQ before being entertained by dancers from the local community.

Overnight in Mae Rim.

Day 6: Mae Rim –Chiang Rai –Chiang Mai 

Our journey today takes us to Chiang Rai, travelling through stunning karst and jungle scenery before we arrive at the Kok River for an hour long longtail boat cruise along the waterway. Following a break for lunch we visit the Golden Triangle and learn of the Opium Trade that made this region so wealthy. We then visit a hill tribe community site where you have the chance to learn more about how five of the most prominent tribes in the area live, including their traditional costumes and homes. Our last stop of the day is the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which depicts scenes from movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman! After exploring the temple we return to Chiang Mai arriving late in the evening.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 7: Chiang Mai 

This morning you can join your tour guide in giving out Alms to the local monks before returning to your hotel for breakfast. We then take a traditional trishaw for a ride around the old city of Chiang Mai, visiting some of the key temples within the city walls. Then we head to a local cooking school to try our hand at preparing tasty local cuisine in a traditional Thai setting. This informative cooking class teaches us how to prepare three of Thailand’s most popular dishes that we’ll later get to enjoy for lunch.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore at leisure. In the evening we visit the Chiang Mai night market, a haven of souvenirs and works by local artisans.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 8: Chiang Mai – Bangkok 

Today is free for you to do as you please, whether it’s relaxing with the family by the pool or enjoying some of the many optional activities in the city, from zip lining through the jungle canopy to riding a bike through the countryside. In the late afternoon we transfer to the airport in time to catch our flight to Bangkok. After checking into our hotel the rest of the night is free for you to enjoy this bustling city.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 9: Bangkok 

Today our tour arrangements come to an end after breakfast and hotel check-in. A departure transfer will take you and your family to the airport for your onward travel. Of course you are most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok, and if choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements.

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Trip Highlights

  • Bangkok - Grand Palace, tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, Flower Market, long tail boat ride along the klongs and Khao San Road
  • Erawan National Park - wildlife, evergreen forests, beautiful waterfalls & swimming
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple, trishaw ride around the old city, night market and cooking class. Plus free time for optional activities from spa treatments to canopy ziplines.
  • Wat Rhon Khung - the unique ‘White Temple’
  • Hmong Hill Tribe - Overnight stay in their community
  • Kanchanaburi - Allied War Cemetary, Bridge on the River Kwai and ‘Hellfire Pass’
  • Ayuthaya - Former capital of Thailand, ancient ruins including iconic Wat Mahatat
  • Cruising on the Kok River in a longtail boat
  • Chiang Rai - Day trip to visit Hilltribe Community site and the Golden Triangle

Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Economy class flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok
  • Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide
  • Train ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire Pass
  • Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
  • 6 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night floating hotel in the jungle, 1 night overnight sleeper train from Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 9
  • Guided sightseeing - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Ayuthaya, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
  • Chiang Mai trishaw ride and cooking class
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights and visa