Active Family Vacation to Thailand
A private family holiday to discover Thailand's culture, food, nature and pristine beaches
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- All internal flights and private ground transfers
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private tours as described in Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai
- Excellent support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This 14-day trip is a wonderful way for families to discover the cultural and natural delights of Thailand – a country that is well suited to travellers of all ages.
Your adventure starts in Bangkok, a city that is bursting with character. Discover its backstreets and alleyways on an expertly guided tour and witness remarkable scenes as people trade goods on the railway tracks and from their boats at the floating market of Damnoen Saduak.
It’s then onto Chiang Rai, a beautiful province home to some incredible properties where you can truly unwind and connect as a family. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with majestic Asian elephants as you walk and bathe them, learning all about their behaviour and history.
Chiang Mai is your next port of call, and here you’ll experience the buzz of the night-time food market and try local delicacies with your guide who will introduce you to a world of exciting Thai flavours. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors with a full day out cycling and boating in Sri Lanna National Park.
The final four nights are your chance to really relax as you head to Krabi to snorkel, swim, take boat trips and kayak. And there is, of course, time to simply lay back and enjoy the great food and drink and facilities at your beautiful resort.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Bangkok
Accommodation in Bangkok
- 238 rooms and suites
- Rooftop restaurant and bar
- Infinity pool
- Fitness centre
The product of an innovative collaboration between an award-winning architect and five of Thailand’s leading designers, the Sofitel So Bangkok is a hotel that embodies the epitome of design and modern luxury. 238 rooms and suites come in a variety of sizes and four unique room design themes; Water, Earth, Wood and Metal. Each theme features a different lay-out and decor, styled by world renowned fashion designer Monsieur Christian Lacroix. Depending upon their location within the hotel, rooms offer views of Bangkok city, Chao Praya River or Lumpini Park and come equipped with the latest technology – think electronic curtains and Apple Mac Mini multimedia entertainment. When it’s time to dine, you’ll be spoilt for choice with three restaurants, a rooftop restaurant and bar, a lounge and a ‘Chocolab’ dedicated to tailor-made confectionary, while the 32-meter infinity pool on the 10th floor will give you the impression of swimming in mid-air, high above the bustling city streets. Step outside the comfort of this luxury hotel, and you’ll find yourself brilliantly placed to discover all of Bangkok’s main attractions such as temples, shopping malls, museums, parks, restaurants and street food.
- 393 rooms
- 8 restaurants
- Jazz bar & lounge
- Swimming pool & fitness centre
- Tennis & squash courts
- Running track
- Cooking school
- Trophy room where you can view items from the hotel's long history
- Cigar shop
Providing extraordinary service and overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the Mandarin Oriental is undeniably one of the city’s premier hotels. If you’re interested in history, a stay here is a must: it’s the longest established hotel in Thailand and became one of the Mandarin Oriental group’s flagship properties due to its distinguished history. Walk into the hotel’s magnificent lobby, and you’ll be greeted by a spectacular flower display, for which the hotel is famous throughout Bangkok. Choose between a variety of rooms from entry-level luxury in the Superior Rooms to the considerably more spacious State Rooms and Authors’ Suites. Each room is designed in a colonial style with white slatted doors, dark wooden features and light pastel shades. You’ll benefit from a butler assigned to your room during your stay. The hotel also has eight restaurants; take your pick between traditional Thai, seafood, fine French cuisine and many more options. Drink tea in the opulent Authors’ Lounge or enjoy some jazz and cocktails in the Bamboo Bar if you’re looking to unwind after a long flight. In a prime location overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the Mandarin Oriental is close to some of Bangkok’s most popular attractions. Cruise along the ‘Venice of the East’ and take a long boat out onto the city canals, threading your way towards some of the city’s cultural highlights, including the Grand Palace, various temples and the famous Floating Market.
- 370 Rooms and suites
- 3 restaurants and bars
- Spa & Gym
- Swimming pool
- Tennis courts
The vast W-shaped tower of The Peninsula Bangkok offers everything you would expect from a world-class hotel; exceptional hospitality, a great location and a huge range of facilities to keep you amused. The hotel’s unique shape ensures magnificent views across the river and cityscape from every room. Some of the largest in Bangkok, these are appointed in a traditional aesthetic – dark wood panelling, fine fabrics feature throughout and large, marble bathrooms – but contain all the vital amenities for the modern traveller. The premier suites include opulent details such as open-air terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis. During your stay, you’ll enjoy relaxing by the pool area, serviced by its own bar and dining at the numerous, fine in-house restaurants that serve a range of Cantonese, Thai and international cuisine.
- 39 suites
- 3 restaurants, café and bar
- Gym and infinity pool
- Cooking school
- Library and cinema rooms
- Spa and sauna
- The world's first hotel Muay Thai boxing ring
Championing bold contemporary design with Thai, Colonial, Jazz Age and Art Deco accents, the Siam hotel may only have 39 suites but provides some of the most spacious and fashionable accommodation in all Bangkok. It also sports three restaurants, where you can enjoy excellent Thai cuisine in Chon Thai Restaurant (which also hosts a cookery school), an international menu in the stylish art deco-themed Deco Bar & Bistro and indulgent private dinners at the Chef’s Table. The Bather’s Bar next to the hotel’s infinity pool is the place for light snacks and refreshing cocktails after a dip in the waters and to watch life on the river pass by. You can even enjoy a more secluded dining experience out on the hotel pier for a private bespoke meal. Commanding a prime location overlooking the Chao Phraya River close to the Krung Thon Bridge, all suites feature king-size beds, opulent Chinese antiquity, terraces, complimentary Wi-Fi and butler service. The Pool Villas are a perfect choice for those desiring that extra touch of privacy.
Bustling and energetic, Bangkok has something for everyone. A haven for shoppers, historians, foodies and culture seekers alike, the capital is an integral part of any Thailand itinerary. It has everything from awe-inspiring temples to bustling markets and high-end shopping malls. And, of course there's the food - some of the best in the world!
Just an hour’s drive south of Bangkok, Samut Songkram province offers visitors a glimpse into life in the Thai countryside. Stop at a local railway station where a bustling country market has sprouted up along the tracks. As a train pulls into the station, witness the vendors quickly clearing their stalls off the railway. Then, after the train departs, watch them set up shop and resume business as usual. It is a standard practice and stall holders have learnt the art of assembling and reassembling their wares at a moment’s notice.
Then visit Damnoen Saduak floating market and take a long tail boat ride through the canals and see how Thai people live alongside the labyrinth of waterways in this area. Arrive at the famous Damnoen Saduak market where you can stroll around the colourful floating marketplace bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.
There is no better way to explore Bangkok’s endless maze of backstreets and alleyways than on foot. Take to the streets on this guided walking tour of Chinatown and discover daily life away from the tourist trail.
Start in the bustling Yaowarat district and discover shops and stalls selling a curious array of items, such as birds’ nests. Take a break at an old tea shop to enjoy people watching while sipping a cup of Chinese tea.
From here, delve deeper into the smaller backstreets, or 'sois', of Chinatown. Visit Talad Kao, a market packed with fresh food, tropical fruit and Chinese herbs. Rub shoulders with the locals while perusing the various items on sale. The last stop of the walk is Wat Leng Nei Yi, a Chinese Taoist temple and learn about this traditional belief system.
Discover the city’s ways of life and iconic monuments from the water. Take a ride along the Chao Phraya River, also known as the ‘River of Kings’. Admire the passing skyline where glittering pagodas stand in the shadows of towering skyscrapers. The boat then turns off the main waterway and onto the canals, or ‘klongs’. Now you'll see why Bangkok is often called the Venice of the East. Capture glimpses of small villages on the water’s edge and enjoy the slower pace of life away from the city centre.
Cruise back onto the Chao Phraya to visit Wat Arun, a 79m high pagoda built in a style similar to Angkor Wat. Meaning ‘Temple of Dawn’, Wat Arun is one Thailand’s most beautiful temples.
Private transfer to Bangkok airport
Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai
Private transfer to your hotel in Chiang Rai
Accommodation in Chiang Rai
- 77 rooms and suites
- Three dining spots
- Onsite elephant camp
- Anantara Spa
Just seventy kilometres from Chiang Rai, ensconced in the jungle overlooking the Laos and Myanmar borders, Anantara Golden Triangle boasts luxury, fantastic service and its very own elephant camp. This charming hotel provides 77 rooms and suites, all of a high standard with king size beds, large balconies in contemporary Thai design. With Asia’s finest Elephant camp on-site, you get the magical opportunity of learning how to handle these mighty animals in their natural habitat and experience trekking with them through the mountainside jungle. The excursions do not stop here, with private tours to hill tribes, expeditions to Laos or Myanmar, and longtail boat rides down the Mekong River are also available. With three choices for dining here, feast on a variety of dishes from Thai to Italian and Mediterranean cuisine all while enjoying jaw-dropping scenes of Myanmar and Laos.
- Fifteen open-air tents
- Riverside pool, whirlpool & spa
- Elephant camp
- Restaurant, bar & wine cellar
- Trading post boutique
If you’re seeking a combination of luxury, authenticity and adventure, then the Four Seasons Tented Camp is for you. Set in Thailand’s lush northern forests, the Four Seasons Tented Camp offers up a sort of extravagant sanctuary of fifteen beautifully adorned tents and a variety of unforgettable activities. You can even choose to turn down a car transfer in favour of arriving at the camp by traditional long-tail boat, before you are taken to your handsomely furnished tent. Adorned with a king-size bed, expansive decking and scenic views, the tents provide all the modern luxuries, boosting this accommodation a few notches higher than mere ‘glamping’. Dining at this Four Seasons encompasses a number of cuisines and locations. You can feast on Thai, Burmese and Western cuisine at the atmospheric Nong Yao, while laid-back drinks can be enjoyed at Burma Bar, an open-air lounge which overlooks the amazing Elephant Camp. During the day learn how to direct elephants and then experience an authentic Thai elephant trek. Various other excursions are also on offer including cruising along the Mekong River, visiting Chiang Saen town and hiking up verdant mountain trails.
Verdant and mountainous, Chiang Rai is located in the picturesque Golden Triangle region. This is a great base from which to experience Thailand’s more mountainous and adventurous landscapes by trekking, cycling or rafting. Whether you stay at the Anantara or the Four Seasons, there are a range of included activites to choose from that help you get the most out of your time here.
Enjoy spending some time in the company of the gentle giants. Asian elephants are truly beautiful and you can choose to spend your time walking with them through the forest, helping out at bathtime, or enjoying a picnic with these very special and unusual guests. You will also learn about elephant biology, behaviour and conservation from those that live and work alongside these majestic creatures.
Set out on a serene river adventure and experience the cultural blend where the three countries that make up the famous Golden Triangle - Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar - meet.
The spectacular Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, is totally different from any other in Thailand. The temple’s consecrated assembly hall is finished completely in white, including white glass. The white represents Lord Buddha’s purity and the white glass stands for Lord Buddha’s wisdom.
Private transfer to Chiang Mai
Accommodation in Chiang Mai
- 84 rooms and suites
- The Health Club
- 34 metre pool
- High speed wireless Internet access plus broadband in each room
- Five minutes’ walk to the city
Sitting by the Mae Ping River is the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa. A peaceful and serene oasis in which to shelter from the busy streets outside, the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is Chiang Mai’s only five-star riverside hotel, Its modern design creates a stylish flair, while all guestrooms have sleek interiors and spacious balconies. With 52 Deluxe Rooms and 32 Club Suites, you have a large choice of accommodation to suit your needs. As well as waterside balconies, the Anantara Chiang Mai also provides a riverside pool which is surrounded by sun loungers arranged under stylish umbrellas. From the pool and gardens you’ll have a riverside view of the Chiang Mai locals fishing and playing. And adding to the already substantial tranquillity of hotel’s location, its spa can take you to new heights of pampering and relaxation. For more active pursuits, the Health Club has a modern fitness centre with everything from yoga to weights, while the attentive staff are more than happy to organise any local excursions (of which you have many to choose from). Moreover, the restaurant, originally a British consulate building, serves up a dazzling range of cuisine from Indian to Western, to Thai and Korean.
- 98 pavilions and villas
- Four dining locations
- State-of-the-art health club with yoga classes
- Three swimming pools
Just thirty minutes outside of Chiang Mai, the celebrated service and comfort of the Four Seasons invites an exquisitely elegant stay in the Thailand’s rich and modest northern countryside. Ninety eight expansive pavilions and villas make up the flawless accommodation, all designed to complement the scenery and culture that surrounds them, with impressive interiors and traditional Thai architecture harmonising with your mountain and garden views. Besides a number of pools and a state-of-the-art health club, the Four Seasons also boasts a shopping village with five stores, an organic spa and four different dining spots which cook up an international range of cuisine. The Concierge can organise and assist guests with a variety of leisure and sporting activities. Choose from balloon rides, Thai kickboxing, rice planting and garden tours.
- 30 suites
- Ten minute drive to city centre
- Five dining places
- Infinity pool
- Business Centre
Indulgence and modern luxury are at the core of this intimate hotel with its thirty opulent suites which hark back to the Old World of the Orient. The charming guestrooms all come with the lavish features, garden views, contemporary interiors, walk-in closet, Victorian bathtub and open-air shower. Besides beautifully adorned suites, this boutique property also boasts five dining locations. You can feast on both Thai and international cuisine at the stylish Dining Room and enjoy refined high tea at The Parlor Lounge. Breakfast is a personal affair with the option of enjoying it in bed or on your own private veranda. Outside, exotic lush grounds surround the accommodation with an infinity pool sitting by the ‘living garden’ wall. Relaxation and wellness is extended to the Gymnasium and Spa with its many soothing therapies and treatments.
This northern province is a beautiful part of the country. It is a deeply spiritual place and is full of wonderfully ornate temples. We will recommend and arrange the best privately guided activities so you can really get the ultimate Chiang Mai experience.
Enjoy a lively night in Chiang Mai town, wandering through the South Gate of the old city to the traditional street food market that opens every evening. During the walk, you will be tempted by the heady aromas emanating from the various food stalls and simple carts, and your guide will be on hand to introduce the many local dishes on offer.
And of course, you will be able to try whichever dishes take your fancy. Some of the most delicious dishes on offer include deep-fried pancakes, deep-fried taro, kanom jeen (rice noodles with curry soup), kanom krok (Thai coconut pudding), noodle soup, pad Thai, and the summer favorite of sweet mango with sticky rice. There is also the option to sample the local rice whisky, if you would like.
Enjoy an active and exciting day of kayaking and cycling in and around the spectacular Sri Lanna National Park, just an hour's drive from Chiang Mai. You'll cycle 20km along beautiful rural roads set against a backdrop of dazzling bamboo and fern groves, fruit orchards and rolling rice fields before paddling kayaks on Mae Ngud Lake Reservoir. At lunch time, you'll stop for a delicious Lanna meal at an exotic bamboo floating raft house. The afternoon can be spent paddling and exploring the lake, swimming or indulging in a spot for sunbathing on the shore of the reservoir. You'll be transferred with your bikes back to Chiang Mai in the evening.
Private transfer to Chiang Mai airport
Flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi
Private transfer to your hotel in Krabi
Accommodation in Krabi
- 98 pavilions and four villas
- Four restaurants
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Tennis and squash courts
Built on the Phranang Peninsula, enclosed by white sandy beaches, tropical gardens and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, Rayavadee epitomises exotic luxury. To ensure the protection of the world below its surrounding waters, this resort has established the EnLive Foundation. This sustainability-focused foundation funds an array of projects to protect marine life, as well as to encourage and equip the local youth with knowledge and skills for the future. Not only does this idyllic resort have an eco-friendly heart, but it also allows its guests to really immerse themselves in the natural splendour of the unique location. The accommodation of circular pavilions and opulent beachfront villas all blend seamlessly into the tropical grounds and coconut groves to guarantee environmental preservation. Luxurious amenities include couple’s bathtubs and outdoor Jacuzzis, further enhanced by spectacular vistas of the limestone cliffs. The resort’s sustainable practices continue through to its dining scene as it focuses on making use of local food, much of which is grown on its grounds and sourced from producers in the region. Throughout the resort, recycling is encouraged, and Rayavadee employs a zero discharge water treatment system, ensuring that no water discharge is released into the ocean. Four dining options serving both local and international cuisine include a casual, open-air eatery as well as a restaurant set in a grotto. The resort also donates one Thai baht for every dish ordered in every restaurant throughout the year to its FOOD4GOOD charity programme. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the location responsibly, and snorkelling is permitted in designated areas. A range of sea and land excursions are also available, along with cultural pursuits, such as cooking classes, flower garland making and traditional fruit carving. To relax after all the activity, the spa promises a peaceful escape, with treatments that draw on ancient Thai healing traditions.
- 54 villas and pavilions
- ESPA spa
- Six restaurants/dining experiences
- Infinity pool
- Yoga/Pilates pavilion
Set on the picturesque South Andaman coastline, the Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay is a truly idyllic destination for a tropical retreat. Being on the mainland, the Ritz-Carlton is easy to reach and means you can spend more time relaxing and less time travelling. Start the unwinding process by taking a dip in the infinity pool, overlooking the sea, or wandering down the tranquil beach. Guests who need a little extra help in de-stressing can book an invigorating massage with eucalyptus and frankincense essential oils in the open-walled ESPA spa pavilion, set amid a mass of thick, tropical vegetation. The various dining options include Jampoon, the Mediterranean restaurant, and Lae Lay, where seafood is served on a lantern-lit terrace. The villas and pavilions provide beautiful, comfortable hideaways in which couples can enjoy an indulgent escape and families can spend some relaxing, quality time together. The chic, Thai decor is complemented by generous amenities, like huge bathtubs, spacious terraces and private plunge pools, with views across the exotic gardens or the Andaman Sea.
Filled with natural wonders in the form of archipelagos of coral fringed islands, impeccable tropical beaches broken up by rich mangrove forests, national parks both out to sea and nestled in its interior, it makes no surprise that Krabi is a popular place for visitors to Thailand's southwest Andaman coast.
Spend your days in this idyllic location lounging on the vast sandy shoreline taking in the gorgeous views, trying your hand at kayaking and other water-sports or exploring nearby islands.
The beautiful scenery of Ta Lane Nature Reserve with its steep cliffs, canyons and lagoons is a nature lover's paradise. Explore the mangroves by kayak and observe the rich bird and animal life as you paddle through the green waterways of the forest.
The islands in this part of the world as some of the most beautiful. Pristine beaches, tropical rainforest and increidble coral reefs, home to schools of colourful fish, make them perfect for exploring. Cruise around the islands by boat and enjoy swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.
Private transfer to Krabi airport
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