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12-Day Thailand Family Holiday

12-Day Thailand Family Holiday

By Nora OuUpdated Aug. 11, 2023
A Memorable Thailand Family Adventure with Beach Relaxation

This itinerary is a good combination of culture, local life, exciting activities, great food, and stunning scenery. Cruise along the ancient canals and visit a floating market in Bangkok, visit the legendary "bridge over the river Kwai" and multi-tiered Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi, learn about and interact with elephants in Chiang Mai, discover the charming island of Koh Samui, introduce your kids to a new world, and enjoy a great vacation at the same time during this family-friendly trip.

  • Days:12±
  • Best For:First-timers
  • Price:from US$2,499 p/p

Tour Highlights

Cruise along Bangkok's ancient canals and visit a floating market, which would give you insights into a bygone way of life.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Enjoy a special overnight stay in a floating house on the river Kwai.

The Float House River Kuai

Splash in the emerald green water at Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi.

Erawan Falls

Have a close encounter with elephants in the jungle.

Enjoy a Thai krathong (floating lantern) making-and-releasing experience in Chiang Mai.

Thai floating lantern making

Relax and spend some quality time at the wonderful beach in Koh Samui.

Family Holiday in Koh Samui Island

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Day 1
Bangkok Arrival, Airport Collection

Upon arrival, your private tour guide and driver will greet you at the airport and then drive you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at your leisure.

Day 2
City Exploration and Bangkok's Top Attractions
breakfast and lunch

Explore Bangkok's famous highlights in the morning when it is cooler. The landmarks of Bangkok include Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of Dawn.

Try out Bangkok's different forms of public transport — the public taxi boat, a long-tail boat, and the infamous Thai tuk-tuk. This is a fun excursion that gives you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the local people. Conclude your day with a visit to the bustling Chinatown area.

wat pho
The Magnificent Wat Pho
Day 3
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi — Local Markets, Bridge over the River Kuai
breakfast and lunch

After breakfast, drive out for about an hour southwest of Bangkok to Maeklong Railway Market. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market.

Later, visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is the most popular floating market in Thailand and is great for photo opportunities, food, and giving you an insight into a bygone way of life.

After that, take a 2-hour drive to Kanchanaburi, and visit the famous bridge over the river Kwai, which was built by prisoners of war during World War II, overseen by the Japanese. Walk across the bridge and learn about how World War II affected Thailand.

After the tour, you guide and driver will transfer you to the Phutakien Pier, where you will take a motorized long-tailed boat, passing by unspoiled mountains and jungle, to your hotel — The Float House River Kuai.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Day 4
A Day Tour to Visit Erawan Falls
breakfast and lunch

Erawan National Park is one of the most famous national parks in Thailand. The major attraction in the park is Erawan Falls, which has emerald green ponds that you are allowed to swim in. This is a good place to visit, especially for families with children. You can enjoy some gentle trekking in the forest, splashing around in the water, and relaxing while you spot some wild monkeys.

Erawan Falls
The Second Tier of Erawan Waterfalls
Day 5
Kanchanaburi to Bangkok Airport, Fly to Chiang Mai

Check out of your hotel among the mountains and forests, then drive for about 4 hours to Bangkok airport, and take an hour's flight to Chiang Mai.

Upon your arrival, your guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Chiang Mai.

Day 6
Chiang Mai City Life Experience and Mt. Doi Suthep
breakfast and lunch

After breakfast in your hotel, visit a vibrant food and flower market where local Thais do their shopping. Later, head for Doi Suthep mountain, where you will visit one of the most sacred temples in Northern Thailand — Wat Phra That (founded in 1383). After climbing up 309 steps, you will be rewarded with a superb panoramic view of Chiang Mai city!

Continue to Wat Suan Dok, just outside the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai. The temple was built in the 14th century to accommodate important priests visiting from Sukhothai and to be a place for local monks to shelter from the rain.

Return to Chiang Mai, and take a rickshaw ride through its busy streets and quiet alleys.

Doi Suthep mountain
Doi Suthep mountain
Day 7
Have a Close Encounter with Elephants in the Jungle
breakfast and lunch

About 1½ hours' drive from Chiang Mai, beside a Karen village in a densely forested mountainous region, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is surrounded by a spectacular forest landscape. During the program there, you can change into traditional Karen clothing, get to know each of the remarkable elephants and gain a special understanding of their daily lives and behaviors. Learn how to make herbal medicine balls, feed the elephants, and then walk with the elephants to the river. Bathe and brush the elephants.

Finally, eat some snacks and seasonal fresh fruit, before enjoying once again the impressive rural scenery as you drive back to Chiang Mai.

Interact with elephant in Chiang Mai
Interact with elephant
Day 8
A Special Thai Lantern Making-and-Releasing Experience
breakfast and dinner

Loy Krathong (the floating lantern festival) is one of Thailand's most-loved festivals. During the celebrations, Thai people make their own krathong (floating lantern). On the night of the November full moon, they make a wish as they release their krathongs to float down the river.

To offer you the opportunity to experience the local culture and traditions of Loy Krathong, we have arranged a lantern-making-and-releasing activity at a peaceful and secluded restaurant overlooking the Ping River. Making lanterns together would create unforgettable moments for you and your family.

After creating your lantern, take a break to try some delicious northern Thai dishes while enjoying the view of the sunset over the river.

Once it is dark, release your floating lantern on a pond or river, and don't forget to make a wish!

Day 9
Chiang Mai to Koh Samui

After breakfast, you will have a private transfer to the airport, and from there fly to Koh Samui.

Upon your arrival in Koh Samui, we'll provide a private transfer to your beautiful hotel by the beach.

koh samui
Spend some quality time at the wonderful beach in Koh Samui
Day10 - 11
Koh Samui

These days are free from arrangements, allowing you to spend them at your leisure by the beaches of Koh Samui.

Day 12
Koh Samui to Bangkok, Bangkok Departure

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to Koh Samui Airport, where you will take a morning flight back to Bangkok, and then connect with your international departure flight.

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

Special experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

Bangkok Evening Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

For foodies

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An Extension to Chiang Rai

For culture fans

Erawan waterfall
Island Hopping Day Tour to Koh Tao

For families or adventurers

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hotel in Bangkok
Central located hotel in Bangkok
Hotel with Lanna style in Chiang Mai
Hotel with Thai lanna style in Chiang Mai
The float house river kuai
Floating Villa in Kanchanaburi
Boutique resort in Koh Samui
Family friendly resort in Koh Samui

Our Service Includes:

12 days from
US$ 2,499
per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Thailand demostic flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flights between cities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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