(Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Khao Sok)
Children and adults alike are all gleeful smiles at Chiang Mai’s Tiger Kingdom where you and your family will enjoy hands-on playtime with tiger cubs.
While in Thailand’s serene northern city, you’ll also visit an orchid and butterfly farm, embark on a jungle safari atop a gentle elephant, cruise remote tropical rivers aboard a bamboo raft, and get an aerial view of the rainforest canopy on a zip-line adventure. In Phuket, you’ll take a speedboat to the stunning Phi Phi Islands and visit the iconic lagoon where Hollywood blockbuster, The Beach, was filmed. You’ll also visit the small rural villages of Khao Sok in southern Thailand where you’ll explore the maze of mangrove channels by canoe and traditional Burmese junk. Also explore the vast Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok, and soak in the sun on one of Phuket’s pristine white sand beaches.
There is no better way to introduce your kids to the joy of travel than on this family-friendly experience. Your accommodation has been hand selected to delight the kids and pamper the adults and features stays in colonial villas, boutique spas and tented jungle safari camps. Your experienced guides and private drivers are always on-hand to cater for your comfort and tell the colorful stories that will keep you and your kids awe-struck at this serene, spiritual land.
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Book by June 15th and save $200 per person or $800 for a family of four. Travel by September 1, 2013
A private vehicle with English-speaking guide and driver will transfer you between the airport and your hotel. The driving time is roughly 45 minutes.
Conveniently located in the "heart" of Central Bangkok, entering the AriyasomVilla is like stepping back in time to a more leisurely life style. The Villa was built in 1942 and is still in the hands of the original family who built it. With 25 beautifully appointed Rooms and Suites, "Na Aroon" Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool, Spa, Meeting Room, Library and Meditation Hall, you will be well looked after during your stay.
Experience a half day trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat enjoy scenes of life by water. We bring you to a more traditional way of living, more serene and traditional, away from all the high-rise and modern buildings of Bangkok City Centre, as we gently pass Thonburi residential areas. A stop will be made at the “Temple of Dawn” (officially named Wat Arun). A visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand is a must. Situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings, the palace occupies nearly one square mile. The former royal residence of the Chakri Kings, the palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by King Rama I, it was the centre of power for more than 150 years. Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction. Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings. Participants on this tour should note that the chapel is a national shrine and you will be required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulders, knees or strapless-heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect. The Palace may be closed without prior notice during Royal ceremonies and officials/head of state visits. The inner courts of Grand Palace are frequently closed on Sundays; we recommend not to book this excursion on Sundays to avoid disappointment.
After being picked up at your hotel, your guide will accompany you on a private transfer to China Town, a district which is full of traditional, cultural & excellent food. Bangkok is an amazing city for its culinary side of life and there is no better place that showcases this than its myriad of street food stalls. Discover delicious and amazing tastes of authentic Thai food at Chinatown, locally called Yaowarat, in the company of your guide on this gourmet walking tour. Taste a variety of dishes such as Hong Kong noodles, Dim-Sum (Pan-fried taro cake, steamed pork rib with preserved soya bean), Grilled Jumbo Prawn with Thai seafood chili sauce, Fried battered mussels, Chinese Bun, Old Chinese Herbal-Drink, Black Sesame Dumpling in Ginger Tea and Thai Tropical Seasonal Fruit. (Subject to change due to local condition). You will be transferred back to your hotel at approximately 9.30pm.
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on Bangkok Air.
You will be greeted at the airport by an English speaking guide and transferred by private car between the airport and your hotel.
You will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to Mae Rim district. You will visit Orchid Farm and Butterfly Farm on your way to the Tiger Kingdom. Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai is a park and restaurant where you can play with and touch tigers. At the Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai Park you can choose from various programs. You can choose to play and touch puppy tigers, small tigers for 15 - 20 minutes (depending on tiger's size). Lunch will be provided.
Ping Nakara Hotel and Spa is located in the centre of Chiang Mai city. The hotel’s graceful gingerbread architecture is accented by hand-carved fretwork and creates a cool and restful environment. The hotel has 19 large rooms that are individually styled and decorated with unique hand-crafted furniture. Decorative accessories and furnishings reflect colonial traditions and are made from the highest quality materials. This sophisticated design is matched by relaxed yet professional service, providing a welcoming retreat for all guests.
The Elephant is Thailand’s working pride and one of this country’s national symbols. Current estimates of wild elephants left in Thailand were between 3000-4000 animals. Although logging is being banned in this Kingdom, they remain a very important mode of jungle transport as it beats any other animal or machine for its ability to move through a forest with minimum damage. For centuries these animals were trained to use their skills by moving lumber and served as a mode of transport within the jungle area. Over the past decade, with the reduction in lumbering, these giants of the forest have been protected in various conservation camps. An interesting journey through the scenic countryside brings you to Chiang Dao Elephant Conservation Camp. Here you to see elephants at work during a half-hour presentation. There is also an opportunity to watch the elephants as they take their morning bath. During your visit to the camp, you’ll have an opportunity to ride on elephant back during a one hour trek into the surrounding forest. After a Thai set lunch at the camp, the afternoon is reserved for a leisurely cruise on board a bamboo raft.
Join Adventure Ecotours on an exhilarating ride through the rainforest canopy on zip lines and sky bridges in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai. This Jungle Canopy Adventure is a unique zip line canopy tour through pristine, 1500 year old rainforest outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. 18 platforms, sky bridges and lowering stations connect 2km of zip lines that take you through different layers of the rainforest canopy. You zip line easily from tree to tree on a spectacular and gradual downhill course, taking time to linger in your favorite places, soaking up the fragrance, clean air and animal life. The safety team accompanies you and teaches you how to move through the trees with the speed and grace of a young gibbon. It is a one day tour. You spend about three hours in the forest canopy on cables and bridges, one hour trekking along Mae Kompong waterfall, about one hour having time for lunch and visiting the village. Add 45 minutes to one hour travel time each way. So allow 7 hours from pick up time.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, via Bangkok.
You will be welcomed by private car with an English speaking guide and transferred between the airport and your Phuket hotel.
You will be picked up by private car with an English speaking guide and taken for a lovely International buffet dinner, followed by a popular theme show extravaganza for the whole family.
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Resort: Patong, located in Thailand’s renowned tropical island in the sun. Superb white sandy beaches, excellent food, a vibrant nightlife and idyllic tropical scenery, Phuket offers the perfect holiday. The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket lies in a superb location in popular Patong Beach. Standing in its own secluded grounds, just steps away from the beach, close to the action, yet hidden away by careful landscaping. Providing a hidden world where you can relax in comfort and style.
This amazing adventure starts in the early morning as you set out by Speed Boat to the scenic Phi Phi Islands (Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le), located about 45 kilometers from Phuket. Sightseeing excursions include Loh Sa Mah and Phi Phi Ley cove as well as Maya Bay, where the 2000 film “The Beach” was filmed. A chance to observe the majestic undersea world is also available for guests who enjoy snorkelling. Phi Phi Ley is home to the Viking Cave, a large limestone cavern in which ancient rock paintings can be found. Thought to resemble Viking ships – hence the name of the cave – they are believed to be 3000 to 4000 years old.
Transfer from your hotel to Khao Sok National Park
Proceed to Phangnga province passing small rural villages, rubber and oil palm plantations. Glimpses of rural life in tropical southern Thailand can be seen along the way. Explore the rivers that cut through the mangrove forest by dinghy with outboard motor (speed cat). There is a maze of channels between the island and along the coast, it really feels like some primeval swamp. For people who want to explore the smaller creeks, see some bird life and get closer to nature self paddle canoes with life jackets are available for a silent journey into this dense green world. Emerging further along the coast meet up with our classical Burmese junk where lunch will be served, a variety of Thai dished cooked not too spicy. Drinks are available, as well as bathroom facilities on board. Spend the afternoon on a deserted beach, swim, relax or paddle canoet. The panoramic views of distant mangroves and banyan tree stretch to the horizon. Few people live in the area and little has changed here in hundreds of years. Cruising on the junk gives the feeling of traveling back in time when nature was untouched. Late afternoon is the time to transfer to Khao Sok, dinner and overnight at Elephant Hills.
Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp combining the camp idea of African national parks with the Thai tropical forest environment. At the center of the camp is the semi-open air main camp housing the restaurant. This serves as the place to meet other guests.At the center of the camp is the semi-open air main camp housing the restaurant. This serves as the place to meet other guests. The forest is filled with animals and plants, some of them can only be found in this environment. A night at Elephant Hills is a unique experience; the temperatures drop, campfires create a romantic and warm atmosphere in which to share travel tales and the rainforest and its inhabitants form an exciting concert that accompanies visitors through the night.
Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes close to the tent. When the sun comes up and clears the mist over the mountains and jungle to the south of Elephant Hills the gibbons start to make their morning territorial calls that echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure. Then transfer to elephant camp, here you can see, touch and find out about the life of Thai elephants and about the elephant conservation project the company is running. Also the guide will explain about the life of the mahout, the man who takes care of the elephant. From here you will undertake either an Elephant Trek in the tropical rainforest or take part in one of our Elephant Experiences. You will then have the option of either spending time caring for the elephants and learning the secrets or their mahout trainers, or take part in a trek on the back of an elephant through the surrounding rainforest.
Returning from the jungle with a huge appetite you will appreciate the buffet lunch that is served, a variety of Thai dishes cooked not too spicy. After lunch take 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. Some times hornbill can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience a world that has changed little in thousands of years, some of the last areas of primary rainforest. Dinner and overnight at Elephant Hills.
After a good nights rest lulled to sleep by the back ground symphony of insects and frogs its time for a wholesome breakfast before coming face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. It is an opportunity to explore the ecology of the rainforest, to see a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses; the variety is unlimited. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbon can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or leaf monkey may be heard swinging through the branches, every day is different but it is truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life forms that co-exists together, this can only by experienced on foot, take it slowly, look, learn and listen then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. Weather permitting lunch will be served in the rainforest cooked in bamboo, a tradition of jungle explorers for centuries past. Sadly in the afternoon its time to return to Elephant Hills then onward transfer to your hotel or the airport but you will always know how it feels to be close to nature in the jungle, some thing you will never forget.
Depart from Elephant Hills and Khao Sok National Park
Fly today from Phuket to Bangkok.
VISA/PASSPORTU.S. and Canadian citizens staying for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa, but must possess a valid passport and may be asked to show an onward/return ticket.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Thailand for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/thailand.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Bangkok. Government: Constitutional monarchy. Language: Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists. Religion: The vast majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 5% are Muslim and there are Christian and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT + 7. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +66. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is good coverage, especially around main towns. Internet: There are plenty of Internet cafes, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists.
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