Wild Thailand Family Adventure
Often called the friendliest country in the world — and for good reason — there’s nowhere better than Thailand for an unforgettable family holiday.
This trip is packed with crowd-pleasers: a treasure hunt in Bangkok, snorkelling and island-hopping at the coast, several days in the jungle with the elephants — and that’s just for starters. Add fabulous food, family-friendly hotels and hands-on cultural activities, and you’re onto a winner.
Transport in detail
All transfers will be by private vehicle with an English-speaking guide. The longest drive is three and a half hours.
We packed this trip with hands-on, culture-based experiences designed with kids in mind
There are no internal flights, so no faffing around at airports
There’s not one, but two opportunities to spend time with elephants
You’ll experience the full diversity of southern Thailand’s landscapes, including city, countryside, jungle and beach
Things to consider
We’ve left out some classic experiences that we felt might be a bit too history-heavy for a family trip
You’ll need to be fairly active, as the trip includes swimming, kayaking and short treks
Some hotels don’t have connecting rooms or suite options, so in those cases you’ll have extra beds added to regular rooms where necessary
Kui Buri closes for March & April
Every family is different, and every trip should be too. If you want to change anything in this itinerary, let us know and we’ll design the perfect holiday for your family.
City stays can be hard on families, with their dry history tours and cultural attractions. Not this time! Discover Bangkok’s illustrious heritage as you join a treasure hunt, searching for clues and completing missions that’ll have you exploring some of the city’s most interesting sites. Then, jump in a brightly painted longtail boat for a cruise into the city’s network of khlongs — or canals — where modern mansions and old-fashioned teakwood houses line the banks. Hop out to explore temples, orchid gardens and plantations of exotic fruit, and don’t forget to feed the holy catfish who call these waters home!
Explore Bangkok’s different neighbourhoods on a treasure hunt through the city
See a quieter side of the capital on a boat trip through Bangkok’s canals
Escape the crowds at temples rarely visited by foreign tourists
Trade the concrete jungle for the actual jungle as you venture south to Petchaburi. Here, you’ll be staying at a wildlife sanctuary whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been exploited for tourism purposes, kept illegally as pets, or captured for their value in traditional medicine. Spend the day getting acquainted with the hundreds of animals being looked after at the sanctuary, including gibbons, bears, lorises, wild cats, elephants and more, then spend the night surrounded by hoots and chirps in an ecolodge in the forest. If you’re lucky, you might even see an elephant passing by your bedroom window in the morning!
Meet the animals at the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand
Get up close and personal with the magnificent Asian elephant
Spend the night at an eco-lodge surrounded by jungle
The finer detail
- Breakfast every day
- Seven lunches: one at the WFFT lodge; one at the Kui Buri community village; one during the island-hopping trip from Ranong; three during the stay with Elephant Hills; one you’ll make yourself during the cookery class
- Three dinners: one at the WFFT lodge; two during the stay with Elephant Hills
- Two full-day experiences: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand experience; island-hopping off the coast of Ranong
- Eight half-day experiences: treasure hunt through Bangkok’s neighbourhoods; tour of Bangkok’s khlongs by longtail boat; sustainable activities at the Kui Buri community village; wildlife watching in Kui Buri National Park; tour of the Chumphon scenery; kayaking in mangrove forests; learn about Robusta coffee; cookery class in Khao Lak
- Three-day stay at Elephant Hills with wildlife activities including elephants and river safaris
- All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences
- All internal transport & accommodation
Logistics and journey times
Car transfer from Bangkok airport to city (45 minutes)
Car transfer from Bangkok to Phetchaburi (2.5 hours)
Car transfer from Phetchaburi to Kui Buri (1.5 hours)
Car transfer from Kui Buri to Chumphon (3.5 hours)
Car transfer from Chumphon to Ranong (2 hours)
Car transfer from Ranong to Khao Sok National Park (3 hours)
Car transfer from Khao Sok National Park to Khao Lak (1 hour)
Car transfer from Khao Lak to Phuket airport (1.5 hours)
What's not included
- International flights
- Meals not mentioned
- Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
- Tips for guides & porters