With elephants wandering through lush jungles, colorful temples dotting the landscape and the smiling welcoming people, Thailand makes for an exotic and amazing family vacation. Having long been a backpacker’s paradise, Thailand is set up for travel making the destination easy to navigate, but it still maintains an air of the exotic. From the rich, green jungles of the west to the remote hill tribes of the north to the white sand ringed islands of the south, you will see it all on our Travel With Kids family trip. Interested? Fill out this Information Request Form.
Arrive Bangkok. Spend the afternoon exploring the colorful temples and giant gold Buddhas of the Royal Palace and Wat Po and the evening exploring the markets and cafes along the backpacker’s infamous hangout along Khao San Road.
Board a transfer to the western jungle area around Kachanaburi. En route visit the incredible “Venice of Asia” Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. There, hop a boat and glide through canals lined by vendors selling everything from rice cakes to handicrafts.
Continue on to Kachanaburi, where you will visit the Bridge Over River Kwai (made famous by the movie of the same name). Built by Allied forces Prisoners-of-War, this is part of the Death Railway, which killed hundreds of soldiers. Learn about Asia’s part in WWII and this famous bridge. From there, head upriver to your accommodations for the night, River Kwai Jungle Rafts.
About 30 miles northwest of Kachanaburi town, up the Mae Nam Kwae Noi, lies the River Kwai Jungle Rafts Hotel, or Floatel. This eco-floating resort is snuggled along the banks of the river with walls of lush jungle on either side. The whole hotel floats above the river on pontoons and offers one of the most unique ways to experience the river here. The Mon heritage is reflected in the bamboo woven walls, wood furniture and gas lanterns hanging throughout the premises. Plus, at night local Mon people demonstrate beautiful traditional dance and music.
Days 3 & 4:
Explore the jungle areas of this area. Enjoy floating down the river at the hotel, boat rides around the area, visiting a Mon village and more. One of the highlights of this part of the trip is visiting an elephant sanctuary where older and injured elephants come to retire. In the morning, you will cut leaves and fruits for the animals and plant banana trees – elephants can eat over 500lbs of vegetation a day! Then help make sticky rice balls loaded with vitamins and feed them to the older elephants.
Another fun activity during the stay here is a ropes course and zip lining!
Transfer back to Bangkok for a flight to Phuket where you will transfer to a small island in the Andaman Sea.
Day 6 – 8:
Enjoy kayaking and snorkeling in your island paradise or perhaps join a Thai cooking class or go island hopping.
Board a boat back to Phuket for your air transfer back to Bangkok for your return flight home.
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