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Thailand for Families: Bangkok, Phuket & Khao Sok National Park

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,165

FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the diversity of Thailand on this family journey to city, beach, and jungle. See the landmarks in Bangkok and visit a floating market, swim through the tropical waters off Phuket, and get up close with elephants and other jungle life at Elephant Hills in Khao Sok.


This 11-day Thai vacation takes you on a family adventure to Bangkok, Phuket, and Khao Sok. It features first-class accommodations and a mix of private and shared tours.

Your journey begins in Bangkok, the Thai capital and a city of dazzling contrasts, with massive skyscrapers alongside ancient temples and wooden huts. On your first day in the city, you’ll visit famous landmarks like Wat Phot, home to the giant golden statue of the Reclining Buddha, the Grand Palace, erstwhile home to Thai kings, and the Emerald Buddha, the most revered icon in the country. Another day, leave the city behind to visit two markets indicative of Thailand’s bustling shopping scene: the Maeklong Railway Market, where vendors set up on the vacant tracks of a train station, and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, with its famous boat stalls and floating shops.

Fly south to fabulous Phuket, the famous island paradise on the Andaman Sea. In Phuket, you’ll stay at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa, a 4-star property set along Karon Beach, one of the longest beaches on the island. Explore the karst islands and emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay on a day tour, which is considered one of the most beautiful bays in Thailand. You’ll visit James Bond Island, which was featured in The Man with the Golden Gun, as well as a variety of secluded beaches where you can spend a few hours swimming and suntanning. The rest of your time in Phuket is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your resort and hit up the world-famous white-sand beaches, lush mountains, and magnificent coves of the island.

Connect onwards to Khao Lok and Elephant Hills for the final leg of your family vacation. This luxury jungle camp offers the chance to get up close and personal with Thai elephants. During your time at Elephant Hills, you’ll learn about conservation and engage with the elephant population. Then head onto Cheow Lan Lake to venture across an aquatic landscape of hundreds of limestone karsts, reminiscent of Halong Bay in Vietnam. Descend further into the jungle to Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp to spend the final night of your vacation in a gorgeous environment in the heart of the jungle, spotting gibbons and butterflies sharing the forest with you.

At the end of your stay, you’ll connect back to the airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,165

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Day 1

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Located on the banks of the majestic Chao Phraya River with the cultural and historical hub of Bangkok at its doorsteps, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok offers a premium choice in Bangkok accommodation by blending spacious yet luxurious contemporary rooms and suites with warm and friendly Thai hospitality. The hotel is ideal for leisure or business travellers. There were 396 spacious studio style rooms and suites.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

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    Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok



    Located on the banks of the majestic Chao Phraya River with the cultural and historical hub of Bangkok at its doorsteps, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok offers a premium choice in Bangkok accommodation by blending spacious yet luxurious contemporary rooms and suites with warm and …

    Located on the banks of the majestic Chao Phraya River with the cultural and historical hub of Bangkok at its doorsteps, the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok offers a premium choice in Bangkok accommodation by blending spacious yet luxurious contemporary rooms and suites with warm and friendly Thai hospitality. The hotel is ideal for leisure or business travellers. There were 396 spacious studio style rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Half Day Grand Palace & Wat Pho

This morning, you'll be collected from your hotel at 8:00am to go behind the scenes for a closer look at Thailand's Buddhist culture. Start the morning with a trip to Wat Pho which is one of Bangkok's most enchanting temples. Arrive just as the resident monks gather for their morning chants and witness this deeply spiritual ritual to gain a better sense of Thailand's Buddhist heritage.

After the chants, take a walk around Wat Pho and see the vast collection of religious treasures on display. Admire the famed reclining Buddha image, which stretches 45-metres in length. Learn about the symbolism of the Buddha's intricate footprint and witness devotees making offerings to this revered image.

Your tour then continues to the nearby Grand Palace, which has served as the seat of Thailand's revered royal family for more than two centuries. Take a walk around the vast grounds, stopping in to explore the various temples, throne halls and museums within the compound. Visit the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddhist image in Thailand, and hear about its mysterious origins.
Following your tour of these iconic Bangkok monuments, you'll be returned to your hotel.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Morning Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market

This morning, travel away from Bangkok's city centre for a visit to local markets and countryside neighbourhoods. Take a one-hour drive, leaving the high-rises behind and entering a land of lush landscapes and traditional wooden houses.

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.

From here, continue to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Although these days the stalls are mostly selling items for tourists, this market remains the best example of a traditional floating market. Take a stroll around and admire the floating shops, many of which are selling fresh fruits and typical Thai snacks.

Leave the main market area and take a relaxing paddle boat ride. Pass by an old section of the floating market and enter a labyrinth of quiet canals. See houses built alongside the waterways and catch glimpses of local life in this rural Thai province.

Following your tour, you'll be returned to your hotel in Bangkok.

Duration6 Hours
Day 4

Bangkok Hotel to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Phuket Airport to Phuket Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the perfect resort for a fun-filled and relaxing holiday in Phuket. Boasting of 7 room types, this Phuket Resort provides an ideal option for all types of travelers. Chill out around one of the 3 pools while the kids enjoy Kids World, Phuket's premier kids club. Pamper yourself at In Balance Spa or keep in shape at the fitness center. With 5 dining options serving Asian and international delicacies, there is certainly a way to satisfy your appetite at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa. Prim location, 5 minutes walk to Karon Beach and Karon Centre. 10 minutes drive from the shopping and entertainment areas of Patong. At the quietest end of this Phuket resort, a stroll away from the main pool, the 28 sqm standard rooms of Novotel Phuket Karon Resort and Spa feature a double bed or twin beds with light duvet and double pillows for a maximum comfort. Each modern room comes along with rain-shower, complimentary Wi-Fi and private balcony. Ideal for families and friends, inter-connecting rooms are also available. Up to 2 adults

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration5 Nights
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Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa

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    Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa



    Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the perfect resort for a fun-filled and relaxing holiday in Phuket. Boasting of 7 room types, this Phuket Resort provides an ideal option for all types of travelers. Chill out around one of the 3 pools while …

    Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is the perfect resort for a fun-filled and relaxing holiday in Phuket. Boasting of 7 room types, this Phuket Resort provides an ideal option for all types of travelers. Chill out around one of the 3 pools while the kids enjoy Kids World, Phuket's premier kids club. Pamper yourself at In Balance Spa or keep in shape at the fitness center. With 5 dining options serving Asian and international delicacies, there is certainly a way to satisfy your appetite at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa. Prim location, 5 minutes walk to Karon Beach and Karon Centre. 10 minutes drive from the shopping and entertainment areas of Patong. At the quietest end of this Phuket resort, a stroll away from the main pool, the 28 sqm standard rooms of Novotel Phuket Karon Resort and Spa feature a double bed or twin beds with light duvet and double pillows for a maximum comfort. Each modern room comes along with rain-shower, complimentary Wi-Fi and private balcony. Ideal for families and friends, inter-connecting rooms are also available. Up to 2 adults

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Day 5

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 6

Full Day Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island by Private Longtail Boat

Today, spend a day at sea visiting beautiful Phang Nga Bay from Phuket. After breakfast, you'll be met and driven to the jetty where a private, longtail boat awaits. Climb aboard and cast off to begin your adventure!

Cross the emerald-green waters of the bay, passing by dramatic limestone karsts and uninhabited islands. Go ashore at 'James Bond Island', a distinctive rocky island that is a popular place for photos.

The day is filled with several fantastic stops. Cruise through a pristine mangrove forest, getting a close look at the incredible ecosystems created by these ancient plants. Stop at secluded beaches to go swimming alongside colourful tropical fish. There is plenty of time to explore secluded beaches and soak up the sun. Around midday a scrumptious picnic lunch will be served in a scenic location. Enjoy the fresh air and tropical breeze while dining on a delicious meal.

As the sun begins to dip low into the sky, return to Phuket arriving in time to watch the sunset at the end of the day. You'll be transferred back to your hotel.

Duration7 Hours
Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Arrive Elephant Hills

This morning, transfer to Elephant Hills Camp, catching glimpses of tropical rural life along the way. Upon arrival at the camp, enjoy a delicious Thai buffet lunch. After lunch, relax on a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River, passing limestone mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Sometimes hornbill birds can be seen flying high overhead, as well as reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. Continue to the elephant sanctuary, where you can see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants and about the Elephant Hills elephant conservation project. You will prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, including their dietary supplements that help with their digestion and overall well-being, then watch them bathe before you scrub and wash them clean. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure in your luxury tent. Optional evening entertainment includes a movie presentation, a traditional Thai dance performance from local school children and a cooking demonstration. At 8:00pm, dinner will be served amidst the sights and sounds of the surrounding rainforest.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camp

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  • Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camp



    The Elephant Camp offers 35 luxurious tents with comfortable solid beds, a fan, tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom with Western style toilet, hairdryer and hot and cold shower. Furniture is handmade by local craftsmen using natural materials and provides all the comfort you would …

    The Elephant Camp offers 35 luxurious tents with comfortable solid beds, a fan, tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom with Western style toilet, hairdryer and hot and cold shower. Furniture is handmade by local craftsmen using natural materials and provides all the comfort you would normally find in a hotel room. The tents are well protected against mosquitos and other possible intruders, offer plenty of lighting and are the perfect place to reflect on the day's observations and activities. At night, an outdoor campfire creates a warm atmosphere. In the main area, amenities include a semi-open-air restaurant, well-stocked bar, swimming pool with superb view of the spectacular limestone cliff backdrop, a small souvenir shop, maps/newspapers/info boards, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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    • Restaurant
    • Restaurant

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Day 10

Elephant Hills - Cheow Lan Lake - Rainforest Camp

Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent. Tea and coffee-making facilities are available in your tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure. Later this morning, explore Cheow Lan Lake by local long-tail boat. Surrounded by Limestone Mountains, the lake has more than a hundred small islands, and the scenery has been compared to Guilin in China and Halong Bay in Vietnam. In the 1970s, the area was a hide-out for communists and students opposing the military dictatorship. Continue to the floating Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, situated in the heart of the national park, and check in to your luxury tent. After enjoying a delicious Thai lunch overlooking the lake, set out to explore the jungle on foot. This is an opportunity to explore the ecology of one of the world's oldest rainforests, including hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboo and mosses. Gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates, you might spot macaque or leaf monkeys swinging through the branches, and beautiful butterflies abound. You will have the chance to walk slowly and really listen, to discover the secrets of the rainforest. Return to the rainforest camp, where you are free to take a refreshing dip in the water and perhaps watch the sun set behind the towering limestone mountains from the deckchair in front of your tent. The evening is at leisure for you to really absorb the peace of this magnificent natural setting.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Rainforest Camp

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  • Rainforest Camp



    Rainforest Camp is one of the only floating tented camps in the world, located on Thailand's spectacular Cheow Larn Lake and surrounded by rainforest and towering limestone mountains. Powered by wind and solar energy, and using responsible waste management, Rainforest Camp offers 20 luxury safari …

    Rainforest Camp is one of the only floating tented camps in the world, located on Thailand's spectacular Cheow Larn Lake and surrounded by rainforest and towering limestone mountains. Powered by wind and solar energy, and using responsible waste management, Rainforest Camp offers 20 luxury safari tents with ensuite shower and WC.

    Facilities

    • Bathrooms with hot/cold shower
    • Bathrooms with hot/cold shower

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Day 11

Rainforest Camp - Depart

This morning as the mist clears, you are free to canoe or swim in the lake. After breakfast, join your guide on a short safari into the little channels and side arms of Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy lunch at the rainforest camp before returning to the pier and transferring onwards to your next destination.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Bangkok
  • Private arrival airport transfer in Phuket
  • Shared transfer between Phuket hotels and Elephant Hills
  • Shared departure transfer from Elephant Hills to Phuket Airport
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Bangkok
  • 5 nights first-class accommodations in Phuket
  • 1 night first-class tented accomodation at Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camp
  • 1 night first-class floating tented accommodation at Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp
  • Private-guided Grand Palace and Wat Pho Tour in Bangkok
  • Private-guided Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market Tour
  • Private-guided longtail boat tour of Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island
  • Shared guided activities at Elephant Hills
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 3 lunches, 2 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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