Thailand Family Tour

Thailand Family Tour

By Ruby Zhao | Updated Aug. 2, 2022

12-Day Family Tour to Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui Island

This is a diversified tour in which you can learn about the Thai culture and history by visiting the palace and temples in Bangkok, feeling the damage caused by World War II to Asians via the legendary bridge over the River Kwai, reviewing Thailand's past glory in the ruins of Ayutthaya, and interacting with elephants to unlock a harmonious way for humans and elephants to get along with each other in Chiang Mai. An experience to make and release a floating lantern will let you discover more about the traditional Thai festival, Loi Krathong. Stay on the charming island of Koh Samui to enjoy some relaxing family time. All of these activities will show you and your kids a new world. Find a new and diversified Thailand — this is everyone's original intention when choosing to visit Thailand.

Days

12

Price

US$2,999 p/p

Best For

Family

Best Time

Jan. to Aug.

Tour Highlights

Explore a floating market in Bangkok by boat
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Explore a floating market in Bangkok by boat
Review Thailand's past glory in the ruins of Ayutthaya
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Review Thailand's past glory in the ruins of Ayutthaya
Have a close interaction with elephants in Chiang Mai
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Have a close interaction with elephants in Chiang Mai
Enjoy an experience making a Thai krathong (floating lantern)
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Enjoy an experience making a Thai krathong (floating lantern)
Have some free and relaxing time at the charming beach in Koh Samui
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Have some free and relaxing time at the charming beach in Koh Samui
 
 
 

Itinerary Details

Below is the detailed tour itinerary, which is designed to provide inspiration for your Thailand tour. We will follow your requests and assist you to customize your dream journey to Thailand.

Day 1
Bangkok Arrival

After arriving at the airport, your guide will wait for you, holding a sign with your name on it, and then transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day to yourself, adjusting to the jet lag or wandering around your hotel.

Day 2
City Exploration and Visit Bangkok's Top Attractions

A Palace, Temples, and Ancient Canals

You will start your trip after breakfast and will visit some landmark sites in Bangkok, which include Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of Dawn. Experience Bangkok's local transportation – the long-tail boat and Thai tuk tuk – to feel what it's like to be a local.

Have lunch at a local Thai restaurant.

Day 3
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Maeklong Railway Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

You will visit two unique markets in Thailand. After breakfast in your hotel, you will be driven for about 2 hours from Bangkok to reach Maeklong Railway Market where the market vendors are all set up on the railway. A few times a day, the train runs directly through the market.

Then, you will continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which is the most popular floating market in Thailand. The market vendors there are all on the river and it will change your perception of traditional markets. Fresh fruits, vegetables, clothes, and souvenirs can be bought there.

Have lunch in a local Thai restaurant.

Bridge over the River Kwai

The bridge over the River Kwai was built by prisoners of war during World War II and was supervised by the Japanese. You will take an hour's train ride along the Death Railway on the River Kwai. Your guide will tell you about its history in detail so you can learn about the misfortune brought by the war and cherish the peaceful world we have now.

Day 4
A Day Tour to Visit Erawan Falls

Relax in Erawan National Park

Erawan National Park is a famous national park in Thailand. The most popular site in the park is Erawan Falls. You will have a special experience in this mysterious natural world. Trek and swim with your family there, enjoying the beautiful scenery and discovering the footprints of wild animals.

Have lunch in a local Thai restaurant.

Day 5
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya

Magnificent Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

After breakfast, you will be driven to Ayutthaya and discover an ancient capital of Thailand. First, visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, which is the closest of the five palaces in Thailand. It is also the largest and most beautiful one in Ayutthaya.

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace was built in 1632 by the king of Ayutthaya. After Ayutthaya was captured by neighboring countries, the capital moved south, and Bang Pa-In Royal Palace was abandoned for 80 years. From 1881, Rama IV and Rama V successively carried out restoration works and a large-scale expansion, which was completed in 1896.

Walk Through the Historical Ruins in Ayutthaya

Take a walk through the ruins in Ayutthaya Historical Park, which was the capital of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom. You will visit two typical temples: Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. You will see a Buddha head among the tree roots in Wat Mahathat.

After your trip, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Day 6
Chiang Mai Arrival and Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai Spiritual Tour with Two Sacred Temples

Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you will meet your guide and driver in the train station and be transferred to downtown Chiang Mai. After breakfast, you will begin your Chiang Mai city tour, visiting two landmark sites: Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Wat Chedi Luang is the home of the Emerald Buddha and it attracts many visitors every year. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was built in 1382 and is one of the most holy Buddhist temples in Thailand. Buddhism is the most important religion in Thailand so many locals go there for pilgrimages.

Have lunch in a local Thai restaurant.

Enjoy some free time in the afternoon.

Day 7
Full Day Tour Program in Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

You will be driven for about 1½ hours from Chiang Mai to reach Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. It is surrounded by spectacular forest landscapes in the mountainous village of Karen. You will learn about the elephants' daily lives as well as having a close interaction with them. You will feed, bathe, and brush the elephants.

Day 8
A Special Day with a Thai Lantern-Making and Releasing Experience

Create and Release Thai Krathong (Floating Lanterns) and a Riverside Dinner

You will learn about Loi Krathong (a floating lantern festival), which happens on the night of the November full moon. The local people will release their krathongs to float down the river and make wishes to hope that everything will go better in the new year.

This offers you the opportunity to experience the local culture and traditions of Loi Krathong.

Making and releasing a lantern at a riverside restaurant will be an unforgettable moment for you and your family. First, your guide will show you how to design and make a Thai lantern with traditional materials. Then, you will make your own lantern and, after that, taste some delicious northern Thai dishes while enjoying the view of the sunset. Finally, you will release your lantern once it's dark — please don't forget to make some wishes.

Day 9
Chiang Mai to Koh Samui

You will meet your guide and driver at your hotel, then you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Koh Samui. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will wait for you at the airport gate and transfer you to your hotel by the beach.

Day 10-11
Koh Samui

These days are free for you to enjoy your leisure time by the beach in Koh Samui.

Day 12
Koh Samui to Bangkok for Your Departure

Enjoy a refreshing breakfast in your hotel. Say goodbye to Koh Samui and your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport to take your flight back to Bangkok. You can leave Thailand via Koh Samui or Bangkok. We wish you a pleasant journey!

Price Includes

Price from: $2,999 (Tour code: gh-ah-56)

One-to-one consultancy
One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

Every element of the tour above can be tailored. Feel free to tell us your ideas and we will be happy to make adjustment for you.

Customizing the Tour — According to Your Needs

This tour is very flexible. We are happy to alter the itinerary with you, to extend or shorten it to suit your schedule. For example, you can extend your tour for 1 day to explore Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai or shorten 1-2 day on the beach.

About the Internal Transportation

We recommend taking an overnight train with a first-class sleeper cabin from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai, as it is a great way to integrate the local life — please tell us if you don't like it.

Accommodation

Various types of accommodation are available, including famous 5-star hotel chains, 4-star hotels in the best locations, good value 3-star hotels, or boutique hotels that reflect the style of the region. Whatever your accommodation preferences are, our travel experts will seek out and find the perfect one for you.

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