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Family Retreat In Thailand

Thailand, Southeast Asia

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Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Trails of Indochina 12 people max
  • Bangkok airport thailand
  • Family & Friends trips
Lying back in a sun lounge, listening to the sound of waves gently lapping the shore, oohing and ahhing over the radiance of temples, or literally gliding through the rainforest; Thailand offers every conceivable activity available to its visitors. The Land of Smiles will undoubtedly have the whole family intrigued, entertained and on the edge of their seats for a vacation not to be forgotten.

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Thailand, Southeast Asia

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3 testimonials about the provider, Trails of Indochina:

  • Reviewer:
    “Just spoke to my clients who are happily at their hotel in Hanoi and thrilled to pieces with the amazing service and attention from the Park Hyatt staff and the miracle workers at Trails of Indochina.“
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  • Reviewer:
    “My husband and I recently travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia with another couple from the 25th December 2011 and returned on the 15th January 2012. We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour and the experience. We would especially like to commend our tour guide in Hue and Hoi An, Tony who was absolutely marvelous. He could not do enough for us and he was very informative and very helpful. Also Sin in Siem Reap was fantastic as well as Mai Fam in Sapa. The experience of Vietnam was so enjoyable and your tour was so professional that we have recommended you to all our friends and I am sure they will follow our lead and travel with your company. Thank you again.”
    5
  • Reviewer:
    “We would like to express our thanks to your company for a really wonderful holiday in Vietnam. Every aspect of it was just perfect. Ms Moon Tran made the arrangements very quickly, always answering every question and request with no delay, and making every effort to give us exactly what we wanted. Her judgment on the right hotels was perfect. The guides and drivers were wonderfully helpful. We particularly want to mention Mr Nguyen Viet Tran in Hue and Hoi An and Ms Pham Anh Ngoc in Ho Chi Minh City. They were amazing, so enthusiastic, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. We have come back to Australia just singing your praises, and urging our friends to use your company for their holidays too. And of course we fell in love with Vietnam. Many thanks to you all.”
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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE THAILAND - BANGKOK
Thailand has long been an exotic holiday destination for many travelers. With its world class beaches where you can spend the day relaxing and soaking up the sun, to its amazing and unrivalled hospitality, where nothing seems to be too much trouble. Upon your arrival in Bangkok, view the sharp contrasts of the city, with its towering skyscrapers pressed up against Chinese shop-houses and brand-new Mercedes squeezing past vendors with pushcarts. Spend your first day in Thailand easing into holiday mode, exploring your hotel facilities or by soaking up the true atmosphere of Bangkok by shopping in modern, luxurious malls.

DAY 2: BANGKOK
After a leisurely breakfast, gather the family for a short drive to Wat Po in time to experience the monks’ morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Po is home to the famous 45m reclining Buddha. From here, take a tuk-tuk ride via Pak Klong Taland Flower Market towards The Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand. The mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, is now housed here. Continue with a walk to the pier for a long-tailed boat ride along the canals to get a flavour of local life. Stop at Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II. Take a break and enjoy lunch at one of the riverside restaurants and return to your hotel mid afternoon. In the evening enjoy the unique the taste of a traditional Thai curry at one of the many restaurants. Although Thai’s prefer spicy food, there are always mild, child friendly dishes available.

DAY 3: BANGKOK - CHIANG MAI
The morning is free until you are transferred to Bangkok airport for your onward flight to Chiang Mai. This city has been largely protected from development by strict conservation measures and this, along with its friendly people and spectacular forested mountain scenery, makes it as essential to stop of your Thai journey. The kids will be jumping for joy at the chance in participating in this thrilling afternoon experience. Feel the adrenaline pass through your body on an exhilarating ride through the rainforest canopy on zip lines and skybridges in the mountains. From high above the forest floor you will view the different layers of the rainforest canopy, a huge range of plant, animal and bird life. There is no minimum age for kids although they must be a minimum of 4 feet tall. Young children are often taken in tandem - either by a responsible adult or a guide. Safety is the number one priority on this excursion with the zip lines and rigging systems greatly exceeding international standards. (Joining Program)

DAY 4: CHIANG MAI
Elephants are a traditional symbol of Thai royal power and often represented in Buddhist art and architecture. Come into contact with these friendly giants on a trip to the countryside surrounding Chiang Mai. In the morning, transfer to the Lisu Lodge by car.
Named after the hill tribe village called 'Lisu', settling nearby the lodge, Lisu Lodge is part of a community-based project that aims to conserve the natural heritage of hill tribes of northern Thailand. Lisu is one of the hill tribes that migrated from southern China and Tibet in the early 20th century. Built in traditional Lisu style, the lodge overlooks the lush fields and hills surrounding the valley and serves as your base-camp for a magical blend of adventure, relaxation and insight.
Start the trip with an easy 13 kilometers (8 miles) of cycling from the lodge to the Elephant Camp. Enjoy an hour of elephant riding through the mountainous jungle scenery down to the river.After a healthy picnic lunch on the bank of the river you will go on an exciting ride, about 45 minutes of white water rafting that takes you a traditional Thai country village. From there you return to Lisu Lodge either by bike or by local truck, whichever way you prefer yourself. On the way back we stop at the traditional Akha village for a chat with the shaman (spirit doctor). Arrival at Lisu Lodge around 16h00. Later, Transfer back to the hotel and enjoy an evening free at leisure.

DAY 5: CHIANG MAI
Chiang Mai offers a different face of Thailand to that presented by bustling Bangkok or glamorous Phuket; but it’s a face that is every bit as endearing. Today visit one of the city’s most famous temples. Located only 15km out of Chiang Mai, Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep Mountain is an easy outing offering a serene experience amidst the mountains surrounding Thailand’s second city. The site is sacred to the Thai people and therefore appropriate clothing is recommended. The Wat was founded in 1383 A.D. and in 1935 the first road was built to the top, though nowadays people may climb the 309 steps from the car park to the top or take a tram (small extra charge). Once you are within the temple compounds you can see pagodas, statues, bells and shrines. The climb up is also rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city. Later, return to the hotel and take the rest of the day to rejuvenate. Leave behind your worries and enjoy the cooler and less frenetic atmosphere of this enchanting city before your departure time.

DAY 6: CHIANG MAI - PHUKET
Depart for Chiang Mai airport in the early morning to catch your onward flight to Phuket, Thailand's largest island and one of Asia’s most renowned holiday destinations. For generations it has offered respite and relaxation to weary travelers who come in search of the dazzling beaches, abundant marine life and warm Thai hospitality. While Phuket has risen in popularity, it is still a great option for a luxury destination so take some time out and enjoy the company of your family members and yearn over the excellent facilities at your chosen resort or hotel.

DAY 7: PHUKET
An escape to the magnificent karst islands of Phi Phi is the perfect family day excursion. The twin Phi Phi Islands - Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le - lie approximately 48kms from Phuket and are famed for being home to some of the best dive beach activities es in Thailand. Phi Phi Don, the larger island, is inhabited by local villagers and is adorned with fine sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and extraordinary marine life, and is thus an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, and relaxation. The smaller Phi Phi Le offers even more dramatic scenery with a number of small secret coves, rocky cliffs, caves and “Maya Bay”, the location of the film “The Beach”. Its most celebrated attraction is an immense cave, "Viking Cave", which has an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites. Here valuable bird’s nests are collected and are used to produce "Rang Nok", which is believed to benefit people’s health. There are also ancient drawings of sailing crafts, which are still of unknown origin. Spend the day cruising around these two superb islands, exploring the wonderful caves, swimming, snorkeling, enjoying lunch and relaxing on the white sand beaches. Return to Phuket late in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day to explore the beach, facilities of the hotel or go around town to discover the sights and sounds together as a family. (Joining Program).

DAY 8: PHUKET
A perfect family adventure for teenagers involves the discovery of Phuket’s tropical delights and hidden treasures by quad bike. Follow your guide on a 1.5 hour off-road journey exploring the island’s interior along nature trails that take you through rubber and pineapple plantations, palm gardens and mangrove forests to an unspoiled beach. Observe the rural activities of local people, learn about the island’s environment and see the unique fauna and flora of the island. The quad bikes come with safety gear, and you are provided with full safety and riding instructions. After your bike trip, continue with an exciting rope adventure. Receive detailed instruction on how to use and find your balance on the ropes. Make your way over a lake by walking over a rope bridge before finishing with a flying fox experience over the lake. (Joining Program)

DAY 9: PHUKET
There is always something to do in Phuket to keep you busy, or, you can simply do nothing at all. Enjoy an extra day in Phuket to completely relax, revitalize and put your feet up.

DAY 10: PHUKET - DEPART THAILAND
It’s time to pack your beach bags and prepare for your journey home. There are a number of domestic airlines operating in Thailand with Bangkok boasting as one of Asia’s largest air hubs, so it is very well-connected to the rest of the world.

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