A tailor-made vacation to Thailand is a true journey of discovery. Time-worn temples, bustling cities and lush, tropical beaches, it is the perfect destination for a family adventure.
This trip will introduce you to the temples and urban sprawl of Bangkok, the enchanting mountainous region of Chiang Rai and the ancient Kingdom of Chiang Mai. You’ll venture to the untouched wilderness of Khao Sok National Park for encounters with hornbills, elephants and gibbons, before finishing up in Krabi at the glorious Rayavadee – a fine way to end an action-packed vacation.
Arriving in Bangkok in the early morning, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy all that this sprawling metropolis has to offer, whether it’s wandering around the eclectic markets, visiting gleaming temples or exploring the network of canals known as The Klongs. Floating along the Chao Praya River in a long tail boat, you’ll also see an open-air kick-boxing school, a local elementary school and a Burmese style Chedi.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe river view room at the Shangri La Hotel
Today you say goodbye to the bustle of Bangkok and fly to the lush province of Chiang Rai. This fairy-tale like region will introduce you to mesmerising mountain scenery and some of Thailand’s oldest civilisations, each with their own unique culture and customs.
From your hotel you can head out to explore the surrounding hills and forests – set in the heart of the Golden Triangle – by biking, trekking or even on an elephant safari. There’s also the opportunity to take part in a cooking course to learn how to prepare delicious Thai cuisine.
Stay: Three nights in a deluxe three countries view room at Anantara Golden Triangle.
On the morning of the seventh day you’ll be driven to the ancient Kingdom of Chiang Mai – gateway to the treasures of northern Thailand. With over 300 temples and monasteries, an abundance of night markets and street stalls, there is so much to be discovered.
With your private guide you’ll visit the 14th century Wat Doi Suthep, a magnificent monastery reached by a staircase of 290 steps. Then it’s on to the biggest market in the city – Waroros Market – before finishing with fascinating visits to Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh.
Your last day in Chiang Mai will include a tour of the local produce market and a tranquil cruise aboard a bamboo raft through the picturesque countryside. There’s also time to venture further afield to traditional hill tribe villages located in the jungle.
Stay: Three nights in two colonial suites at Dhara Dhevi.
Khao Sok National Park
A two hour flight will bring you to Phuket from where you will be driven to Khao Sok National Park. Amongst the misty forests of this uninhabited wilderness you will find over 50 types of mammal, 300 bird species and several endemic orchids. Hiking, swimming, canoeing and bird watching are all on offer and are fantastic ways to explore the park. Accompanied by an experienced ranger you will visit Cheow Lan Lake – a wonderland of limestone cliffs and shimmering waters. You’ll also get to explore the parks caves and admire the other-worldly beauty of its stalactites and stalagmites.
Stay: Two nights in a fauna family bungalow at Rock and Treehouse Resort Khao Sok
Today you will journey by boat and car to end your holiday at the enchanting Rayavadee hotel in Krabi. Here you will be surrounded by natural attractions, including dramatic limestone cliffs, lush jungle foliage and the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea. This stylish, 5-star property offers more than just luxurious accommodation.
It offers incredible dining experiences, a warm, attentive service and one of the most unique relaxation spas in the country. Your time here can be spent exploring deserted islands, trekking to waterfalls, lounging on picture-perfect beaches and scuba diving off colourful reefs.
Stay: Four nights in a family pavilion at the Rayavadee.
Return home via Bangkok
Today you will fly back to Bangkok from Krabi Airport for your connecting flight to London Heathrow.