Palm trees at sunset

Wild Thailand Family Adventure

Trip code
WTF001

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.

Pricing

Price based on 3* accommodation
From
$2,600
pp
Price based on 4* accommodation
From
$3,300
pp

Key facts

14 days / 13 nights
Suitable for children aged seven and up
Get to know Thai culture the fun way, with a city-based treasure hunt and a boat trip on Bangkok’s canals
Soak up the scenery of the beautiful south, with beaches, jungles, and a walk through the mangroves
Let off steam with kayaking, snorkelling and island-hopping excursions
Learn about the diversity of Thai food and drink with a hands-on cookery class and coffee tasting in Ranong
Immerse yourself in wildlife at Kui Buri National Park, the Wildlife Friends Foundation, and Elephant Hills
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DAY 12-14 MEKONG DELTA DAY 9-11 HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 7-8 HUE DAY 5-6 HOI AN DAY 3-4 LAN HA BAY DAY 1-2 HANOI DAY 1-2 BANGKOK DAY 8-9 KHAO SOK DAY 4 KUI BURI DAY 5 CHUMPHON DAY 6-7 RANONG DAY 10-14 KHAO LAK DAY 3 PHETCHABURI
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DAY 1-2 BANGKOK DAY 8-9 KHAO SOK DAY 4 KUI BURI DAY 3 PHETCHABURI DAY 5 CHUMPHON DAY 6-7 RANONG DAY 10-14 KHAO LAK

All transfers will be by private vehicle with an English-speaking guide. The longest drive is three and a half hours.

What's great

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

The experience

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.

Day 1-2

Bangkok

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!

Boat trip on the canals of Bangkok

Highlights

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

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Day 3

Petchaburi

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!

Gibbon in Thailand

Highlights

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

Elephant in Thailand

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

Day 1:

Car transfer from Bangkok airport to city (45 minutes)

Day 3:

Car transfer from Bangkok to Phetchaburi (2.5 hours)

Day 4:

Car transfer from Phetchaburi to Kui Buri (1.5 hours)

Day 5:

Car transfer from Kui Buri to Chumphon (3.5 hours)

Day 6:

Car transfer from Chumphon to Ranong (2 hours)

Day 8:

Car transfer from Ranong to Khao Sok National Park (3 hours)

Day 10:

Car transfer from Khao Sok National Park to Khao Lak (1 hour)

Day 14:

Car transfer from Khao Lak to Phuket airport (1.5 hours)

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences
  • Tips for guides & porters