Posts Tagged ‘family adventure travel’

May 26, 2015

The Best Regions to Vacation in Thailand

Thailand very well may be one of the most interesting and diverse countries in the world, making it a great destination for families. It is home to a long history, rich culture, dense rain forests, and beautiful beaches. Thailand’s unique culture comes from bordering four other countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia, and its large expatriate population. Thailand is a true international crossroads and each region is special in its own way. Here are three different regions in Thailand that we love and are perfect for family vacations!

The Urban Epicenter

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Bangkok is home to over 8 million people, which accounts for over 12% of the nation’s population. Nearly 720,000 people living in Bangkok are expatriates, making Bangkok a truly global city. Bangkok was also once referred to as “Venice of the East” because of its intricate canal system and because its buildings used to sit on stilts. Most of the canals have been filled in and the buildings now sit on solid ground, but the incredible architecture of the city remains. One of the best viewpoints of Bangkok is from the Chao Phraya River. The breeze you catch while on a long-tail boat is cooling and welcoming as you sit in the sun! You can even take a boat right to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, two of Thailand’s most marvelous structures. It is highly possible and probable that Bangkok is one of the most vibrant, busy, and exciting cities in the world. Your kids will be in absolute awe taking part in the daily hustle!

The Rose of the North

While Bangkok is indisputably the most famous, popular, and important city in Thailand, Chiang Mai cannot be overlooked. Historically, Chiang Mai was the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna from 1296-1768. Although the Lanna Kingdom no longer exists, its traditions and culture still do and there is no place they flourish like in Chiang Mai. The speed of life in the North is much slower and more relaxed than Bangkok. Chiang Mai is a great place for the arts (it’s in the middle of a bid to be named a Creative City by UNESCO) and it’s great for nature lovers- most of the Chiang Mai province is forests and parks. The highest point in Thailand, Doi Inthanon, is just outside of Chiang Mai and offers a gorgeous climb for hikers! Our favorite part of Chiang Mai though is the elephant conservation and rehabilitation farms. Not only do they do great work, but they teach you to train, bathe, feed, and ride elephants over the course of a day. These smart creatures are friendly, take great pictures, and won’t ever forget you!

The Islands of the South

If you take the laid back nature of Chiang Mai and multiply it by ten, you’ll get a sense of the pace of island life in Thailand. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are on Thai islands. The most famous and possibly most scenic is Phuket. This is the largest island in Thailand and perfect for the family trying to relax on the beach and play in the water. The sand is soft, white, and not too hot. The beach disappears into emerald Phuket1and teal waters that seem too beautiful to be real. Dotted throughout Phang Nga Bay are limestone islands that stand tall out of the water and make for a surreal view. This backdrop makes for the holiday card of the century! There are also plenty of places for snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, boat rides, and searching for hidden caves and lagoons- the kids won’t ever get bored!

These three areas of Thailand are all very different and unique in their own way. Going to one is memorable- going to all three is unforgettable! Thailand has all of the ingredients to make for the family vacation of a lifetime.



November 22, 2011

Our Summer 2011 Photo Contest Winners

Our photo Contest Winners! Thanks to everyone who submitted some of the most wonderful photos we have ever seen. We’ve carefully tagged, labeled and stored thousands of photos (and even hired some extra staff to help!) and we are working on getting them up to our website. In the meantime, you can see the top three from last summer, as chosen by our staff and our friends on Facebook.

A Boy and an Iguana in the Galapagos

This photo is our Number One prize winner. I like to call it ’Determination and Discovery in the Galapagos Islands’ (I love the boy’s expression!). Where else in the world can you pose with a fat iguana, and study him up close? The wildlife is so friendly and curious, it’s easy to forget there is no hugging allowed.

Leaping in Cappadocia

I know this might look fake, but I assure you this is so real. Our Second Prize winning photo illustrates one of my favorite spots in Turkey – Cappadocia. Such a magical land with a lunar landscape that takes your breath away. Add to that a brilliant blue sky, puffy clouds, a leap of joy, and a sliver of shadow – what a great photograph!

Brilliant Peru

Tom Close took this Third Place photo, on his family adventure in Peru. I personally have accused him of doing something tricky to capture such brilliant, lively color and expression but he insists he just waits until the right moment and then the photo takes itself. I loves this because it truly captures the magnificence of Peru, and makes me want to hurry up and go back!

Thanks to everyone for the awesome contributions; many of them grace the pages of our new brochure.

Starting with our December trips we’ll have a zippy new annual contest with big prizes for photography, art, video, and writing too. Sharpen up those creative skills!



March 6, 2011

FYI: Our Mission Statement

Ever wonder about the purpose of Thomson Family Adventures, and what drives us?

Product Mission

To be an industry leader in the creation, selling and operation of the finest family adventures that allow families to experience vacations to areas of the world in a fashion not yet done in the travel industry through the addition of new, exciting and unique family features.

Social Mission

To operate the division in a way that actively recognizes the central role that we as a tour operator play in the creation and maintenance of good job opportunities with fair wages here in the United States as well as all the countries to which we send families.