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Land of Smiles

Trip type: 
Family - Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
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Thailand | 13 days
Trip code: 
TTFA
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, boat, overnight train, domestic flight. public bus

Accommodation - Hotels (8nts), basic homestay (1nt), berth on overnight train (2nts).

Meals - 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner.

Trip Highlights: 
Visit Elephant Nature Park
Hilltribe homestay
Temples & palaces
White sandy beaches
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(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1 - Bangkok
  • Day 2/3 - Kanchanaburi
  • Day 4 - Overnight train
  • Day 5 - Chiang Mai
  • Day 6 - Village Homestay
  • Day 7 - Chiang Mai
  • Day 8 - Overnight train
  • Day 9-10 - Hua Hin
  • Day 11 - Bangkok
  • Day 12 - Tour ends
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Day
1
Bangkok

Bangkok

Make your way to your hotel and check in. Your welcome meeting is at 18:00 hours and you will meet your group leader and the rest of your family group then.

Bangkok is full of sights and wonders; with its many temples and busy street markets it’s not a city any adult or child is likely to forget in a hurry.

Viengtai Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)

 

 

Day
2/3
Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

This morning you tke a long tail boat trip down the Chao Phraya River and explore the famous klongs (canals) of Bangkok (approx 1 hour). Life on these canals seems a world away from the chaos of the city streets. Visit Wat Pho home of the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand.

Later you travel by local bus (approx 2 hours) to Kanchanaburi, home of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai. Check into your hotel.

The following day you will travel to Erawan National Park (approx 1.5 hours each way), here you can swim under the seven tiered waterfall.  As you head back it's possible to take a kayak along the river back to town and under the infamous bridge. There are also temples to explore.  

River Kwai Bridge Resort (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2)

Day
4

Overnight train

Travel by mini bus to the ancient city of Ayuthaya (approx 2.5 hours). Here you will visit the ancient temples of this World Heritage Site. This city was once the capital of Siam, you will be guided through the site which spreads across the town with picturesque ruins and temples. Great photo opportunities include Wat Phra Mahathat ruins and the Buddha head surrounded by Banyan tree roots.

Later board a comfortable overnight sleeper train (approx 11 hours) to the pleasant northern city of Chiang Mai. Dinner and drinks can be bought on the train, but most people prefer to buy a selection of local dishes from the numerous stalls in and around the station, and have a picnic dinner on board. The train is quite comfortable - sheets and pillows are provided and curtained bunks provide some privacy. Children usually love this journey!

Overnight train - 1 night (B)

Day
5

Chiang Mai

Early in the morning you arrive in Chiang Mai - the Rose of the North - where the slower pace of life is immediately evident. You’ll be met at the station, and transfer straight to your guesthouse to shower and freshen up. The rest of the day is left free to wander at your own pace and soak up the atmosphere of this lively city, surrounded by impressive city walls. Chiang Mai is the most important of Thailand’s northern cities, with a history dating back to the 13th century and beyond. For 200 years the city was under Burmese control and much evidence of this period remains in both the architectural style of many buildings and in some of the rice and soup dishes found in local restaurants! You will visit the Theravada Buddhist temple an Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. In the afternoon visit Bor Sang and the traditional umbrella factory. Tonight visit the colourful night market where you can eat from the fast food stalls. 

Wangburapa Grand Hotel - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
6
Village Homestay

Village Homestay

We set off early and drive along Mae Taeng Valley to Elephant Nature Park (approx 60 km), a unique project providing a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants.Greeted by an expert guide we learn about the story of rescued elephants and elephants problem in South-East Asia. After that you will have a chance to feed the elephant from the viewing platform.Lunch is provided before elephant bathing time. After a safety briefing you can join in to scrub and bathe the elephant (bring some shorts/swim gear and change of clothing) or alternatively just kick back and enjoy watching the elephants bathe.We depart the Elephant Nature Park at around 5pm to return to Chiang Mai.Set off to the warm and welcoming village of Ban Hua Tung (approx 30 mins) for a truly unique experience when the local Thai community accept us into their village for the night. In the evening, we're treated to a traditional northern Thai dinner accompanied by live music and dancing.Although accommodation is basic, this is an experience that will be cherished by the whole family. We'll be accommodated in village homes with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms.Please note that the days we spend in Chiang Mai and the family homestay may vary depending on the commitments of our host family at the homestay.

Village House (A) - 1 night (B,L,D)

Day
7

Chiang Mai

Explore the Hua Tung community forest at the base of Chian Dao mountain, with local guides and learn about the herbal medicines and wild foods that grow here. Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai and enjoy some free time or activities. You could hire bikes, take a cooking class or visit the Thai doll museum.  

Wangburapa Grand Hotel - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B,L)

Day
8

Overnight train

Enjoy some free time today to explore further or take optional activites or maybe just let the kids have fun in the hotel swimming pool. This evening you board your overnight train to Bangkok. (approx 13 hours). 

Overnight train - 1 night (B)

Day
9-10
Hua Hin

Hua Hin

Early this morning you'll arrive back in Bangkok. From here, you'll transfer south (about 3 hours) to Hua Hin where you’ll slow right down for a few days at the beach. This resort is popular with domestic tourists as a getaway from the metropolis of Bangkok. Here, you can enjoy some sun-filled time playing on white sandy beaches and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

Chom View Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2)

Day
11
Bangkok

Bangkok

Today you drive (approx 3 hours) back to Bangkok. The rest of the day is free for last minute shopping and sightseeing. Visit the incredible Grand Palace and see the temple of the Emerald Buddha. Go shopping along Khao San Road or take a river boat to China town and explore the crowded streets.

Viengtai Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)

 

Day
12

Tour ends

Your family adventure ends today. (B)