Where to summer? Make a wonderful adventure with your kids to Mongolia, China and Thailand. Ride on a horse in the Gobi desert, sleep at local Mongolian yurts and exerience real nomadic life. Learn history and paint a Peking Opera mask at a hutong house, marvel at the Terracotta Army, get to Bangkok for a wonderous spin and kick back at a nice family-friendly resort in Phuket. This is how you create the best quality time.

Family Memories

  • Nights in the desert of Mongolia - watch stars as they twinkle
  • Ride on horseback in the desert and go on camel safari to an oasis
  • Tobaggan slide ride at the Great Wall and paint a Peking Opera mask in a hutong house
  • Learn how to make a terracotta warrior in Xi'an - and bring home one!
  • Tuk tuk ride and Skytrain, hop on and whizz around Bangkok!

What's Included

  • Transfers and English-speaking tour guides in every destination as specified in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flights including taxes and fuel as specified in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels, lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

Price per Person in US Dollars

Nov.1 - May.31 Handpicked Comfort Luxury
2-4 Adults $4,408 $5,118
6-8 Adults $4,088 $4,888
Child on Extra Bed $3,238 $3,578
Jun.1 - Oct.31

2-5 Adults $4,408 $5,118
6-8 Adults $4,088 $4,888
Child on Extra Bed $2,998 $3,198

Note: We will guarantee you get the price as showed above except that there will be a price fluctuation in festival seasons (such as Mongolian Naadam, Chinese National Day, Chinese New Year, King's Birthday in Thailand, and religous festivals).
Children Policy:
- This tour is designed for families with young children above 6 years old. We will arrange extra bed for your child but children above 17 years old are required to take his/her own bed. Child using an extra bed, quotation applies according with the "Child on Extra Bed" in the table above; young adults above 17 years old will be charged the same as the perants.
- In your inquiry, please specify the age of your children at the time of travel.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Ulaanbaatar Arrival

Make your way to the exotic land of Mongolia.

- All you need to know about this trip:

How to fly into Mongolia and out of Thailand? What kind of accommodations should we expect? Is this trip good for my teenager son? For all these questions, you may find answers from our expert travel advisor on a case-by-case basis. Just for a quick checklist, please go to our Tour Information at the bottom of this page.

Accommodation:

1 night at Chinggis Khaan Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace (Luxury)

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar - Baga Gazarin Chuluu (4 hours by car)

Drive out of the capital and get to the Middle Gobo in Baga Gazarin Chuluu. The host of your stay will be waiting for you.
Get a taste of local nomad life by helping out their daily work.

Highlight of Your Mongolia Trip: Get Wild
In the following days, you and your kids will be taken away from the big city and into the wilderness. In the Gobi desert of Baga Gazarin Chuluu, you will be sleeping at 3 different Gers (traditional nomadic yurts) and experience nomadic life, as well as horseback riding and camel safari.

What makes it special for us?
- Gobi within easy reach: Baga Gazarin Chuluu (literally meaning small rock formation) is 260km away from the capital, taking only 4 to 5 hours. With big travel groups heading down to the southern Gobi, which is more famous and takes longer hours to reach overland, life here remains intact from tourist trod.
- Lifestyle that you've never tried: You will live in the way as your hosts do, help out housework, herd the sheep and rinse the horses, which is something that your kids cannot get from school! (Note: For horseback riding and camel safari, your hosts will control the snaffle for safety concerns.)
Your family might have been to some nice hotels, resorts or cruises, but sleeping in a Ger is nothing like that. Without wifi, TV and even electricity, it will be a great chance for you to bond more strongly with your growing children.
- Help another family: Nomadic families often move from one pasturage to another for their sheep, living a simple life. Summer to autumn is the busiest time for them and your being here will be of great help.

Accommodation:

3 nights at traditional Gers

sleep in a traditional yurt in the desert Your hostess welcomes you to their Ger
Day 3Baga Gazarin Chuluu

Visit the Small Rock Formation by riding on a horse. Proceed to your next Ger house by car.

horseback riding in baga gazarin chuluu of mongolia
Day 4Baga Gazarin Chuluu

Have a simple breakfast with your host before you get escorted deeper into the Gobi desert. Explore an oasis and learn about the eco-system. Enjoy camel safari and stay overnight at the Ger.

camel safari in the gobi desert Ride on a camel to an oasis in the desert
Day 5Baga Gazarin Chuluu - Ulaantaabar (4 hours by car) - Beijing (2h10min by air)

Say goodbye to your host and you will be back to Ulaanbaatar. Take an evening flight to Beijing.

Accommodation:

3 nights at Novotel Peace Beijing (Handpicked Comfort) / Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Luxury)

Day 6 Beijing

Today you will be on a slow exploration in Beijing. Start with a boat trip in the Summer Palace and proceed to the Forbidden City. Learn paper-cutting, mask-painting or calligraphy at a local house inside the Hutong.

peking opera mask painting Paint a Peking Opera mask in a hutong house
Day 7 Beijing

Drive to the Great Wall in the morning. Your family will have your own cable car up the mountain ridge and then hike the paved section of Mutianyu. Take an exciting Tobaggan slide down. Visit the Temple of Heaven when you are back in Beijing.

tobaggan ride at the mutianyu section of the great wall Tobaggan ride at the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
Day 8Beijing - Xi'an (2h25min by air)

Take a morning flight to Xi'an. Visit the bustling Muslim Quarter and learn about Chinese Muslim's living situation. Go cycling on the Ancient City Wall at sunset.

Accommodation:

1 night at Grand Noble Hotel (Handpicked Comfort) / Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian (Luxury)

a naan vendor at the muslim quarter in xi'an Vandor selling Naans (a kind of crusty pancake) at the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an
Day 9Xi'an - Bangkok (4h10min by air)

Get to the supreme highlight of your trip: the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, plus a side visit to a local family-run workshop for terra-cotta army. Learn how these clay warriors are made and get a miniature figure as memento.
Fly to Bangkok at night.

Today's Highlight: Terracotta Army Workshop
Back in the days, there was no factory to make terracotta warriors. Every figure was hand-made in a life size by local farmers, craftmen and potters. Today, some farmers in Xianyang are still practicing the art.
They will teach you the process in details and you may have a chance to try moulding or painting. At the end of the visit, you will bring home a miniture terracotta warrior.

What makes it special for us?
- Close set: Terracotta Warrior Workshop is not a common attraction but an Asia Highlights' exclusive site, only opens for your visit. Your kids will have a chance to learn the processe in details, which is not written that lively on textbooks.
- Relive the history: Learn about every detail in making a terracotta warrior just in the same way back in history.

Accommodation:

2 nights at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn (Handpicked Comfort) / Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (Luxury)

terracotta warriors and horses in xi'an
Day 10 Bangkok

You will have a free day in Bangkok (for you arrived pretty late last night)

- Feeling alive?

We have arranged a Bangkok highlight tour for tomorrow. However, if you rather take the excitement today we can make changes.

Day 11Bangkok

Explore the famous Damnonsaduak Floating Market in the morning. Get back to downtown and visit the Grand Royal Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha. Wrap it up today with a short yet fun food hunt with your local insider.

Highlight of Today: Bangkok on Tuk Tuk

Hop on Skytrain from your hotel and head to Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha in downtown of Bangkok.
Get to Amulet Market where you will find a lot of funk stuff that is used in Buddhism practice.
Have some simple lunch at a nearby restaurant. Get away from the mid-day heat at National Museum, where you will learn more about this amazing country.
A Tuk tuk ride awaits! Roam to Wat Saket (Golden Mount Temple) that is built on the top of a mountain. You will take 381 steps up to the temple and get a good view of the city.
Embark a fun food adventure after another leg of tuk tuk ride to the iconic Chinatown. Try out the mouth-watering toasted bread or a bowl of bird's nest, or feast on a seafood BBQ. The bustling Chinatown can be a real treat for both your eyes and taste buds.

What makes it special for us?
- Enjoy the whizz: Tuk tuk is a must-try experience in Thailand yet it is still hard for foreigners to haggle with the driver or even explain the destination. Your private tour guide will do the talking and you can just sit back and enjoy the speed.
- Real good food: Authentic and clean eats lie all around Bangkok yet for a first-timer you need sharp eyes to find them. Your tour guide is your compass. Now time wasted at so-called hit shops, head straight to an unforgettable Pad Thai!
- Great value: Tuk tuk ride or skytrain are actually more time-economic than private car in a busy city like Bangkok. Only a small amount gets you to every corner of the city and you get to blend in.
Your "food fund" gets you up to 7 different kinds of local food in small amount and shared basis. Asian believe that emotional bond or relationship grow stronger by sharing food together.

a tuk tuk driver in bangkok
Day 12Bangkok - Phuket (1h25min by air)

Fly over the ocean and get to Phuket. Enjoy your stay at our exclusively-selected resort.

Accommodation:

3 nights at Centara Kata Resort Phuket (Handpicked Comfort) / Katahani Phuket Beach Resort (Luxury)

Day 13 to 15Phuket, Phuket - Bangkok (1h25min by air) - Bangkok Departure

Enjoy your family days on the beach of Phuekt and fly back to Bangkok. Connect your international departure flight and back to your sweet home.

free days by the beach of phuket
Tour Map

map of family adventure to mongolia china and thailand

Asia Highlights Handpicked Hotels

Asia Highlights chooses hotels with a balanced mixture of traditional style and modern comfort, easy access to everything yet quiet enough for a good night's sleep.

Ulaanbaatar - Chinggis Khaan Hotel

- Ranked 13/59 hotels in Ulaanbaatar on TripAdvisor.
- Great value, located in primary residential area and close to downtown.
- Standard Room allows extra bed and connecting rooms available.

Baga Gazarin Chuluu - Ger

- Three different Gers of different families.
- Basic accommodations with nothing luxury.
- An entire Private Ger will accommodate your family for up to 10 people.

Beijing - Novotel Beijing Peace

-Ranked 63 in 6,474 hotels in Beijing on TripAdvisor.
- Located on Wangfujing Street, easy to shop and dine.
- Superior Room is 32sqm, extra bed and connecting rooms available.

Xi'an - Grand Noble Hotel

- Ranked 11 out of 2,581 hotels in Xi'an on TripAdvisor.
- A nice 4.5-star hotel with great location on Dongdajie Street.
- Superior Room, spacious and connecting rooms available.

Bangkok - Eastin Grand Hotel Bangkok Sathorn

- One of Bangkok's best designer hotels, great value.
- Elvator straight to SkyTrain station, great breakfast.
- Superior Sky Room is 32sqm, higher floor and large extra bed.

Phuket - Centara Kata Phuket Resort

- TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice 2017.
- Large swimming pools, garden setting and great food.
- Family Deluxe Poolside is 42sqm, balcony right to the pool.

Note: Your comfort counts! It's totally possible to change hotels based on your interests and budget.Just let us know your preferences and we will help you choose.

Tour Information
  • Best travel time:
    This tour is designed for school vacations during June to Novemeber, as well as Christmas holiday and New Year vacation that last till next February. However, it does have a certain best time. That is early August to late September.
    Reasons are: The best travel time to Mongolia falls during June to September with chances to witness Nadaam festival and enjoy the bright cool days of Mongolia summer; on the other hand, peak travel time for Thailand arrives from October till next March, which means traveling before October rewards you with great value and experiences; this time span also keeps you away from crowds during Chinese National Day (which grants all Chinese with at least 3 days off).
    No matter when you plan to travel, we suggest a window of at least two months for planning and reservation.
  • Connecting flights:
    Travelers from Europe make their stop at Moscow before flying into Ulaanbaatar; flying from the United Stations, you can easily connect via Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo; Beijing has direct flight to Ulaanbaatar (Note: For entry via Beijing, you may apply for 72-hour visa-free stay in Beijing or transit visa).
  • Age preferance:
    As this trip involves horseback riding, camel safari, Tobaggan slide, Tuk tuk and long hours of driving, we think it suits better to families with young children above 6.
    Price for children depens on what kind of beds they use. At each hotel, we will arrange extra bed for your child but children above 17 years old are required to take his/her own bed; at Mongolian Gers, everybody will have his own bed. Child using an extra bed, quotation applies according with the "Child on Extra Bed" in the table above; young adults above 17 years old will be charged the same as the perants.
  • Visas:
    - Visa for Mongolia: Citizens of the following nationalities are granted visa-free access to Mongolia:
    1. 90 days: Belarus, Macao, Brazil, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, United States
    2. 30 days: Canada, Malaysia, Cuba, Russia, Germany, Singapore, Isreal, Turkey, Japan, Thailand, Laos
    3. 21 days: Philippines
    4. 14 days: Hong Kong
    For other nationalities, travelers may apply for single entry visa-on-arrival at USD6 per person at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar.
    - Visa for China: All nationalities are required to obtain visa except for some certain countries (for example, Brunei, Japan and Singapore for up to 15 days).
    - Visa for Thailand: Thailand grants visa-free policy to most major nationalities and visa-on-arrival is also easy and possible.
  • Packing tips:
    Average temperature during June to August is about 26 centigrade during daytime but it drops dramatically at night on the desert of Mongolia. So come equipped with coat, long pants, jackets. Bring sunglasses and hat for the hot sun in China and Thailand.
  • Special dietary requirements:
    Daily breakfast at hotels and a lunch for days with sightseeing are included, so are some dinners as mentioned in the itinerary. For meals that are not included, your tour guides will suggest where and what to eat.
    For your stay at the Gers, you will have some dairy products, mutton and very little fresh vegetables. If you or your children are lactose intolerant, our tour guide will prepare something for substitute (such as bread, instant noodles and etc.).
  • Transportation:
    You will have a private car in each destination; our cars are within 5 years of usage and your private drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety.
    Internal flights that are detailed in this very tour are run by nation-own airline companies, such as Mongolia Air, Thai Airways and etc. They are trustworthy and punctual.
    As you can see in details, some sightseeing is done by public transportation out of the consideration of time and money-efficient and for your good experiences. For big city like Bangkok, it is easier to hop on and hop off a public skytrain than wait for traffic light to turn in a private car. Also for the sake of environment protection.
  • Arrangements of the tour:
    Sightseeing, activities and accommodations that are mentioned in this tour you are looking at are just for your inspiration.
    If you don't feel like driving out to a desert, change it; if you would like to climb up the Great Wall inside of cable car, change it; if you prefer to spend one more night in Xi'an, you have it. Everything is open to alteration as long as it suits your family the best.
    As we also arrange our own family trips, we know how to put the best interests of your family together with Asia's unique charms. If you are looking for experiences that are not done by others, look no further. Discovery your way, Asia Highlights' motto suites you the best.
  • Responsible travel:
    Travel avails you with special experiences. Somehow its impact on the local community can be more beyond imagination and what Asia Highlights wishes to do is lead the impact onto a good path, a path that helps the local people (not only your tour guides) boarden their outlook and the local communities develop.
    During your trip, you will stay at three local Gers with a chance to help out the local families; stop by a hutong house where you learn about mask-painting, which encourages cultural continuity for this fading artform; in Bangkok, you will take public transportation instead of private car, which will be more friendly to environment (and less possible to be caught in traffic jam!).
    Taking baby steps one at a time, we highly appreciate you would like to be part of it.
    With that being said, detours to so-called factories or specialty workshops are strictly prohibited. We make sure your tour guides earn enough to support their families without squeezing commissions out of you.
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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Tour Code:AH-19
  • Tour Type: Private Tours
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