Thailand Active Family Adventure
NUMBER OF DAYS 10

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Fly through the jungle treetops on one of the world's longest zip lines and photograph colorful floating markets and golden-roofed temples. Then take on the 14 rapids of the fabled Mae Tang River. Hike through the astonishing forests and ancient ruins of Doi Inthanon National Park and meet the tribal Hmong people, proudly preserving their cultural traditions. Learn how to train a majestic elephant at the Elephant Camp. 

Discover three distinct sides of this truly magical land on our newest family adventure. Designed to showcase Thailand’s wealth of cultural and natural wonders, our unique itinerary offers a sensory feast of daily activities sure to create a lifetime of memories for adults and children alike.

You’ll see the 150-foot, gold-gilded statue at the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, then learn about Thailand’s ancient Buddhist tradition by offering alms to barefoot monks. As you ride a bicycle through ancient Thonburi, sample delicious Thai cuisine in fragrant and bustling markets, stroll among the countless treasures of the Grand Palace, and walk into the humble interior of a proud hill tribe villager’s home. Whether you’re riding high atop an elephant or hiking through pristine rain forest in Chiang Mai’s national park, swimming in Phuket’s crystal clear tropical waters or joining the daily commute on Bangkok’s busy waterways, Thailand offers an ultimately exciting, horizon-expanding family vacation.

And if you'd like, extend your trip to the paradisiacal island of Phuket, where you can paddle your canoe inside secret limestone caves off of palm-fanned shores. 

2014 Dates
Dates 10 or more
travelers
2 to 9
travelers
Internal Air
12/19 - 12/28 $4,190 $4,690 $400
12/25 - 01/03 $4,390 $4,890 $400
2015 Dates
Dates 10 or more
travelers
6 to 9
travelers
2 to 5
travelers
Internal Air
03/21 - 03/30 $4,590 $4,890 $5,190 $400
06/27 - 07/06 $4,390 $4,690 $4,990 $400
07/25 - 08/03 $4,390 $4,690 $4,990 $400
12/19 - 12/28 $4,890 $5,190 $5,490 $400
12/26 - 01/04 $5,090 $5,390 $5,690 $400

Child Discount:$200 per child under 12 in 2014; $500 in 2015

Triple Discount: $400 for child under 12 sharing with 2 adults in 2014; $300 in 2015 

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

*Minimum of one family of 3 required to run this adventure.

Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room; land transportation; private bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists, all meals except 3 dinners, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Prices are based on the number of people in your party.

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Day 1-2 – Depart U.S. / Fly to Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to colorful, exotic and endlessly fascinating Thailand! Our family adventure offers the chance to explore three distinct Thai regions and experience the lifestyle and traditions unique to each. From the cultural delights of Bangkok to the natural wonders of Chiang Mai, Thailand promises to engage everyone’s imagination. After clearing customs you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your Thailand adventure begins the next morning.

Days 3-4 – Bangkok

Sprawled along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok—“City of Angels”—is one of Asia’s most compelling metropolises. Along with visiting golden temples and colorful markets, kids will love exploring its network of canals (klongs) on longtail boats. We’ll also take to the treetops in the nearby rain forest for a thrilling zip line adventure and explore ancient Thonburi, across the river from Bangkok, on a delightful bicycle ride.

 

  • Visit the Grand Palace
  • Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Travel Bangkok’s canals by longtail boat
  • Discover the true flavors of Thailand
  • Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
  • Temple of Dawn
  • Zip line through the rainforest canopy
  • Khao Kheow Open Zoo Option
  • Bicycle ride through Bangkok 
Days 5-9 – Bangkok / Chiang Mai / Bangkok

Surrounded by Thailand’s northern mountains, Chiang Mai was founded more than 700 years ago as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Witness the incredible cultural diversity that flourishes here in the traditional hill tribe villages, while the wild and beautiful landscape offers your family the chance to hike in a national park and whitewater raft down one of Asia’s premier rivers. An unforgettable highlight is a full day at the Elephant Camp—where your family will learn about 5,000 years of Thai elephant culture through highly personal interactions with these much-revered and graceful animals.

 

  • Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
  • Thai cooking class
  • Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai
  • Hike Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Learn traditional ways in a Hmong tribal village
  • Visit the Baan Chang Elephant Camp
  • Raft the famous Mae Tang River
  • Alternate Chiang Mai temple touring 
  • Participate in a paper lantern ceremony
  • Offer alms to Buddhist monks
  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
  • Bangkok return
Day 10 – Depart Bangkok / Arrive U.S.

After breakfast a complimentary hotel shuttle will take you to the airport for your flight home. Cross the International Date Line and arrive home the same day.

 

  • Airport transfer 
Optional Phuket Extension

Thailand’s largest island, a tropical paradise bathed by the ultramarine Andaman Sea, presents yet another side to this multi-faceted land. Phuket’s geographical location, along with its wealth of natural resources, once drew explorers and traders from lands near and far who came in search of its legendary timber, ivory, gems and, eventually tin. Just offshore and tucked among a dramatic cluster of islands lies incredibly photogenic Phang Nga Bay—a secret world of caves and tunnels.

 

  • Leisurely family time
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Located on the Chao Phraya River, the Royal Orchid Sheraton offers traditional Thai hospitality and service in a modern setting.  The hotel is convenient to major touring sites of Bangkok by boats on the river.  The Deluxe rooms are spacious with numerous amenities and offer panoramic views of the scenic Chao Phraya River.  Adjacent to the hotel is the River City Shopping Centre, with many other shops and night markets nearby.

Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa

Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai, newly built in the traditional Lanna style, where historic symbolism blends effortlessly with innovative design. The beautiful luxury boutique hotel in Chiang Mai is cradled in the surrounds of lush manicured gardens, where the fragrant scent of flowering Frangipani rub shoulders with bursts of pink Bougainvillea. Its 74 luxurious and spacious villas and rooms are inspired by the architecture of Chiang Mai's ancient kingdom of "Wiang Kum Kam" and include all the luxury amenities expected by the discerning modern traveler. Our Chiang Mai boutique hotel is an oasis of calm designed as an urban getaway. The hotel provides amenities like Children's facilities (Kids Club), Pool, Poolside bar, Dry cleaning, Library, Lobby, Reception and gift shop.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

 

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is located a short, complimentary shuttle ride from the airport, or a 3-minute walk from the main terminal via underground walkway. A direct rail link connects the hotel to the city's public transport systems, downtown Bangkok, and the city's central business districts. The hotel's 612 rooms and suites are designed with a distinct Thai influence, and property is complete with an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical plants, a fitness center, and five restaurants and bars.  

Why Thailand?

Flight of the Gibbon
The Flight of the Gibbon is an exhilarating thrill ride few people will ever have the chance to experience, and the perfect adventure for a vacation with your kids. Soar through an intricate system of zip lines and virtually inaccessible tree houses in the dense rain forest canopy for an unforgettable adrenaline rush. High above an endless expanse of thriving green vegetation, you’ll look out upon a sea of remote jungle and question whether or not you’re really awake.
Thailand’s ancient Buddhist tradition
A family vacation to Thailand is an eye-opening cultural and spiritual experience. Meet barefoot monks inspiringly devoted to their fundamentally peaceful faith, and visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha to see the remarkable 150-foot gold-gilded statue of the “Enlightened One.”
Bangkok’s distinct cosmopolitan atmosphere
Bangkok is unlike any other place in the world. Situated on the Chao Phraya River, it is like an exotic Southeast Asian Venice, with an elaborate system of canals and colorful floating marketplaces. Bangkok is a leading regional and global force in business and finance – it is an enormous, bustling metropolis with an ever-growing economy and a unique cultural flavor.
Incredible cuisine
There’s a reason the popularity of Thai food has taken hold all over the world: it is fresh, healthy, and unbelievably delicious. Balance and variety of differing flavors is the hallmark of Thai cuisine; it emphasizes a delicate interaction between sweet, spicy, sour, and salty ingredients, tantalizing the palate with sizzling curries, peanut and chili sauces, seafood, and duck. There is nobody on your family trip that Thai cuisine can’t please – even your perpetually hungry teens!

Why Thailand with Thomson?

Experience every side of diverse Thailand
Thailand is a big place with a lot of drastically different landscapes and regions offering a wide array of possible adventures – we at Thomson Family Adventures will make sure your family gets the full sense of that. You’ll commute through busy streets and waterways in the fast-paced urban setting of Bangkok, hike through the rainforest in Chiang Mai’s national park, visit the Elephant Camp for a chance to ride atop one of the majestic behemoths, and much more.
Meet and learn from the Hmong people
If you book your family vacation to Thailand with Thomson Family Adventures, you’ll learn the traditional ways of the area’s Hmong people. The Hmong are an ethnic group spread out across the mountainous regions of Vietnam, China, Laos, and – of course – Thailand. They are still hanging on to an ancient way of life, contrasting with the westernization of the world, and proudly preserving treasured cultural traditions in their tribal villages.