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Thailand Family Adventure

(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok, Koh Samui

 

Adventure encompasses the best of Southeast Asia as you explore the legendary cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Discover golden Buddhas, ancient kingdoms, inspiring temples and lush landscapes, and experience the unique cultures and traditions of this fascinating area of the world for yourself... Following a couple of nights exploring the craziness of Bangkok, fly up north for a different city scene in Chiang Mai Thailands second city. Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than Bangkok, leading to its nickname Rose of the North. There are hundreds upon hundreds of temples up here to be explored and visit an elephant camp to learn how to care for them. Your next stop is Elephant Hills Tented Camp in Khao Khao Sok National Park think gentle treks into the jungle, boat trips and meeting their local elephants. Naturally after all this fun and excitement, after a busy few days in Khao Sak you will make your way to Koh Samui for some epic scenery and ultimate relaxation.

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

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Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok

Fly to Bangkok, THAILAND

 

Welcome to Thailand. Upon arrival in Bangkok, obtain your Thailand visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to the lovely boutique hotel. Bangkok Thailand’s capital city, known to Thais as “Krung Thep” (the City of Angels) is one of the world’s most exciting cities. It holds the essence of the Thai spirit, and is very much the heart of the country. Without doubt, this fast-growing metropolis of roughly 10 million people has something to offer to everyone. Its lively collection of nightlife venues, markets, shops, restaurants, magnificent “wats” (temples), museums, palaces and parks will assure that you never get bored. Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Bangkok

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Ariyasom Villa, Riva Surya Bangkok, Chatrium Hotel Riverside

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: The Peninsula Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, The Siam Hotel

 

Day 2: The Klongs & Bangkok’s breathtaking Buddha’s and more

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Begin your full day tour of this city visiting three impressive temples. First drive through the morning flower markets to explore real Thai lifestyle. Visit Wat Traimit with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold); Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok, with the colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings.

View the enormous Buddha covered in gold leaf and lying majestically on its side. Next, continue to the city's most important landmark, the Grand Palace, which is one of the most beautiful examples of ancient Siamese architecture and has been the residence of the Kings of Thailand for over two centuries. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House and Wat Phra Kaew, containing the most revered Buddha image in the country, the Emerald Buddha, made from one solid piece of translucent green jade.

 

After lunch at a Thai restaurant near the Chao Phraya River, embark on a water excursion on the river and its canals. Board a long-tailed boat to explore the klongs (canals) of Bangkok’s Thonburi, in the west of Bangkok, situated on the right side of the Chao Phraya River. Its many canals had originally given Bangkok the name "Venice of the East." Passing along the canals in the boat gives you a first-hand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok‘s waterways. You will also visit the majestic Royal Barges and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn, one of the most attractive temples in Thailand) and Santa Cruz Church before returning to your hotel.

 

Day 3: Bangkok’s Floating Market and Cultural Show

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00am and drive to Damnoen Nam Saduak Floating Market. Seventy kilometers Southwest of Bangkok, the Mae Klong River spreads into a sprawling delta before reaching the Gulf of Thailand. This low-lying land is extremely fertile and over hundreds of years the Thai people have constructed an extensive network of canals to aid irrigation and navigation. The local way of life has remained traditionally agricultural, and revolves around the colorful floating markets where the fruits of the surrounding orchards are traded. Starting in Bangkok, drive south to exploration of the Mae Klong Delta area, beginning at Damnoen Nam Saduak Floating Market, the biggest and most colorful in Thailand, and a must-see for any visitor. You can purchase just about anything from the vast array of shops on the river. After discovering the sights and sounds of the floating market, you will embark on a longtail boat and cruise through a maze of canals cutting through local villages and various plantations. This eye-opening boat ride offers a glimpse of the Thailand of old, where local people go about their daily life with the canal as the focal point. After some refreshments, continue to visit to Nakorn Pathom, site of the highest Chedi in Thailand called "Phra Patom Chedi" which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. Next, you’ll drive to the picturesque Sampran Riverside Garden, a lovely resort with beautifully landscaped gardens, where you will join the International Buffet Lunch. A cultural show starts every afternoon with Thai folk dancing and demonstrations of handicraft skills, Thai boxing and sword fighting. There are also performances of traditional ceremonies, and an outstanding elephant show. After the show, transfer back to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of day free at leisure.

 

Day 4: Bangkok to Chiang Mai "Rose of the North"

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After leisurely morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Chiang Mai.

 

Fly Bangkok to Chiang Mai on Thai Airways TG106, departing 10:30, arriving 11:40

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at Chiang Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Thailand’s second city and capital of the north, Chiang Mai has a great cultural heritage and is a charming place to spend a few days learning the art of Thai cooking, browsing through colourful markets or relaxing by the river after a trek. The city has a tradition for making handicrafts and the expertise here makes it a good place to pick up silk, silver, lacquer and wooden souvenirs. Chiang Mai is also famous as a religious centre and there are a number of interesting wats to visit as you wander around the city’s streets. Outside Chiang Mai lies a region of mountains, valleys and rivers where the hill tribes live and the city has long been a base from which to go trekking or start an exploration of the beautiful north of the country.

 

After getting settled, you'll head out with your guide and spend the afternoon visit four of the most important temples: Wat Phra Singh. This 14th century Lanna style temple has been one of Chiang Mai's most important sanctuaries. Opposite is Wat Prasat, one of the oldest unreconstructed temples in the city, and after looking around here you will visit Wat Chedi Luang which is one of Chiang Mai's most famous, and ancient, temples and houses a stupa that dates back to the 15th century. From here head to the city walls on to one of the most beautiful viewpoints for sunset – Wat Suan Dok where the ashes of former kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family are kept. Here at this fourteenth century temple you will witness evening prayer as the monks and local people come together at the end of the day.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Chiang Mai

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: U Chiang Mai, Tamarind Village, Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, 137 Pillars House, Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

 

Day 5: Elephant owner for a day. Makes unforgettable stay.

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

After an early breakfast you will drive out to Patara Elephant Farm where you will ‘own' and elephant for a day. On arrival at the farm you will register and get changed into your training outfit. You will then be trained in the ways of elephant handling, elephant farm management and the farm's breeding program. The training includes: hiking to find elephants in the bush; learning about approaching elephants; observing elephant temperament and an introduction to each of the farm elephants. You will also learn about the morning feed and daily health care for elephants. Later you will unchain and walk your elephant to the river. Learn about elephant skin care and bath your elephant in the river. You will be instructed on how to get on the elephant neck, sitting on the elephant, basic riding skills and spoken commands. Practice getting on and off your new friend. After the training you will attempt bare-back riding. Practice on an easy ride within the farm and a short trip to visit local temple. During the morning you will also learn about elephant in Buddhism and the beliefs that Thais have about elephants. Mid-morning set off on a long uphill trip to visit a waterfall where you will have a picnic lunch and bathe in the water with your elephant. Later ride your elephant back to the farm for the evening feed. At the end of the day bid your elephant farewell and then set off back to your hotel. Please note this tour will be shared with other participants.

 

Day 6: Life in the hill tribe villages and scenic Doi Suthep

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00am and taken to the White Hmong tribal village of Khun Chang Kien is located in the vicinity of Doi (=mountain) Suthep. Here you see the Hmong in their colorful costumes selling their wide range of antiques, decorative ornaments and fabrics. The villagers now earn their living by planting vegetables and growing fruit, having replaced their traditional cash crop – the opium poppy. Afterwards you will be driven up a serpentine road to the magnificently situated Wat Doi Suthep. Perched on a forested mountain, this most sacred Chiang Mai temple (3,280ft above sea level) provides a superb view over the city, as well as a wealth of Buddha statues made of jade and bronze as well as some frescos.

 

This afternoon is at your leisure. Relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel, or explore more of Chiang Mai.

 

Day 7: Chiang Mai – Krabi – Khao Sok National Park – Amazing Elephant Experience

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

After early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Phuket.

 

Fly Bangkok to Krabi on Bangkok Airways PG222, departing 07:55, arriving 09:55

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Phuket. Upon arrival at Phuket Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be met and transfer to the Khao Sok National Park. En-route, glimpses of tropical rural life here in southern Thailand can be caught. Upon arrival at Elephant Hills Camp, buffet lunch is served at 12:00pm; a variety of delicious Thai dishes cooked not too spicy awaits you. After lunch you can relax during a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. The canoes are very stable and safe; life jackets are provided as well as a local river guide to paddle the canoe. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Sometimes hornbill birds can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience some of the last areas of primary rainforest, a world that has changed little in thousands of years. Get out of the canoe and head over to the elephant sanctuary. Here you can see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants and about the Elephant Hills elephant conservation project. Your guide will also teach you about the mahout, the elephant caretaker. While participating in our amazing Elephant Experience you will get very close to and even get your hands on these magnificent animals, you will have the chance to interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts. You will prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, including their dietary supplements that help with their digestion and their overall well-being, then watch them bathe before you scrub and wash them clean. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really experience the Asian Elephant, this part of the world’s largest land animal!

 

After all this activity close to nature it is time for a hot shower in the unique bathroom of your luxury safari tent. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding jungle-covered mountains this is 100% real nature! A wide selection of cocktails, wines and spirits is available at the Jungle explorers club bar. Optional evening entertainment includes a movie presentation, a traditional Thai dance performance from local school children and a cooking demonstration, where you learn how to properly prepare Thai specialties. At 8:00pm it is time for dinner in this unique location beside the rainforest, the sounds and the atmosphere will make this a memorable meal. Spend the night in your luxury safari tent with a comfortable bed, reading lights, hot water and a western-style toilet. The tents’ doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps, so insects and reptiles will not bother you. Temperatures at night drop a little, the tents are well ventilated; blankets keep you warm in the chill of the night. This is real luxury so close to the heart of the rainforest!

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights at the Elephant Hills (Luxury Tented)

 

Day 8: Spectacular Cheow Lan Lake

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent. By the time the sun comes up and the mist over the rainforest-covered mountains to the south of Elephant Hills clears, gibbons’ territorial morning calls echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure.

 

Today you will explore Cheow-Lan-Lake by local long-tail boat. The man-made lake is surrounded by Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered in tropical rainforest that rise up from the shore of the lake and disappear somewhere in the far distance. The scenery has been compared to Guilin in China and Halong Bay in Vietnam. Few people know of the lake and even less have visited it. There are more than one hundred islands in the lake and it stretches over 60 km from North to South. In the 70’s the area was a hide-out for communists and students opposing the military dictatorship, which well preserved the area’s unique environment as it was spared from urbanization. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the boat and will have time to dip into the lake’s emerald water. Please bring your swimwear; towels are provided at the local raft house, where you will stop over for lunch and relaxation.

 

In the late afternoon return to Elephant Hills for dinner and overnight in your luxury tent. The jungle bar will be open for people wanting to exchange stories of their day’s experiences at the lake, and as extra entertainment you can witness a different movie, a different dance performance and a different cooking demonstration today – enough program to keep you busy until dinner, and enough action to ensure sweet dreams after you have been lulled to sleep by the background symphony of insects and frogs.

 

Day 9: A little Jungle Adventure – Koh Samui

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Start the day with a wholesome breakfast before you will come face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. It is not an army survival exercise, there are no prizes for the fastest, snakes and spiders do not jump out at you – it is just an excellent opportunity to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests, to see a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses… the variety is huge. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or a leaf monkey may be swinging through the branches, beautiful butterflies buzz around – every day is different, but it is always truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life-forms that co-exists here together. Walk slowly. Look, learn and listen. Then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. Weather-dependent lunch can be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries.

 

Sadly around noon it is already time to return to Elephant Hills, and after a refreshing shower the onward transfer to your next hotel or the airport awaits you. All good things come to an end, they say, but luckily this unique experience will remain in your memory for the rest of your life!

 

After lunch, you’ll transfer you to the pier at Surat Thani in time for the ferry to Koh Samui. The ferry crossing should take 1 hour 15 minutes. A driver will be waiting for you at Koh Samui to take you and your family on your private transfer to your hotel. Thailand’s third largest island has developed a wide selection of premium resorts and exceptional restaurants within a paradise like setting. One of Thailand’s leading holiday destinations, the island offers a forested interior with picturesque waterfalls and peaceful stretches of coastline to explore. The island is also blessed with excellent fresh seafood and an enjoyable nightlife scene in the main town of Chaweng. For a more tranquil evening, Bo Phut Fisherman’s Village offers outdoor dining in peaceful surroundings and boutique shopping. A short boat ride away from Koh Samui lies the island of Koh Pha Ngan and slightly further north the diving centric island of Koh Tao.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 4 nights in Koh Samui  

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Rocky’s Boutique Resort, Bo Phut Resort, Buri Rasa Village

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Banyan Tree Samui

 

Day 10: Koh Samui

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Spend the day relaxing by the pool or take a stroll along the beach.

 

Day 11:  Koh Samui

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today free at leisure. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike through pristine rainforest, embark on a 4WD exploration of the mountainous interior or hire a boat to take you to a deserted beach for some swimming and snorkeling. If relaxation is on your mind, do some shopping at the island’s sophisticated boutiques, dine in style overlooking the sea and spend some time soaking up the rays on the idyllic beaches. And be sure to leave time to do some stargazing at night.

 

Day 12:  Koh Samui

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

At leisure to relax on Koh Samui or enjoy a day trip to the neighbouring islands of Koh Tao or the Angthong Marine Park.

 

Day 13:  Koh Samui

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Another day to catch up on your rest and enjoy your surroundings.

 

Day 14: Depart Koh Samui

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Bid farewell to your island paradise today as you transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok and connect with your onward flight. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $1,980*per person, based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room.

 

*Please note this price is subject to change at the time of booking, and depends on the date of travel and the availability of accommodation.

 

Our price includes (Private tour): 

• Accommodation base in a shared double or twin room throughout

Daily buffet breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.

Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.

Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.

Private sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.

Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.

Domestic flight tickets: Bangkok – Chiang Mai on Economy Class.

Domestic flight tickets: Chiang Mai – Krabi on Economy Class.

Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.

Entrance fees according the above program.

Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers.

VAT and all taxes and service charge.

 

The price does not include

International flight tickets and Visas

Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls

Personal, travel and health insurance

Early check in and late check out

Drinks during meals

Meals that are not specified

Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff

 

 

All of our itineraries can customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, and see different sights. For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com