THAILAND: NORTHERN HILL TRIBES, CITIES AND BEACHES
14 days, from £1,000 per person, based on a family of 4 sharing.
Plus international flights, from £500 per adult.
Recommended for travel between October - May.
Travel Style: Self-Guided
Take your Tribe the full length of this beautiful country on a family adventure full of variety. From the bustling markets and golden temples of Bangkok, north to Chiang Rai’s dense jungle trails and fascinating tribal villages, to the silky soft sands and crystal-clear seas of the Southern Islands.
Watch the sunrise over floating market stalls on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.
Stay in an urban treehouse in central Bangkok.
Wander the quirky temples and markets of Chiang Rai.
Stay with a local hill tribe, in a community-led lodge, near the Thai-Laos border.
Find your perfect beach on the island hide-away of Koh Kood
THE BORING (BUT NECESSARY) BITS
Average flight time from UK: 12 hours (direct) 15.5 hours (indirect)
Total internal flight time: 5 hours
Total drive time: 6 hours
Longest drive: 1.5 hours
No visa required for UK passport holders
Day 1 – 3 Bangkok
Your adventure begins in Bangkok, where exotic meets familiar in a fascinating city where just about anything goes. Take a boat trip down the Chao Phraya river past floating market stalls, where the kids can pick out an exotic fruit shake to sip along the way. Wind your way through traditional neighbourhoods en-route to temples and giant golden Bhudda's. When your all cultured out, let the little adventurers pick from a huge array of attractions from a giant Kidzania to world renowned water and amusement parks.
Day 3 – 6 Chiang Rai; Hill Tribes and Elephants
Fly north to Chiang Rai; gateway to the golden triangle and the countries northernmost province. From spectacular jungle covered mountains to the rich lowlands of the Mekong River floodplains, Chiang Rai is a stunning region and home to the fascinating hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Visit quirky temples and colourful night-markets, follow jungle trails to tribal villages and seek out award-winning elephant sanctuaries for an experience that your Tribe will never forget.
Day 6 - 8 Hill Tribe Homestay
Venture into the heart of rural Thailand next, staying overnight in the tiny village of Kiew Karn, in one of four bamboo houses, built and run by the local tribal community. It's a truly authentic experience as you spend two days integrating with the Hmong and Lahu tribes, learning how they co-exist with their beautiful natural surroundings. Wake-up to mist-wrapped hill-sides, dine with mystical shamans and learn about some extremely unusual medicinal practices.
Day 8- 14: Koh Kood
Time to swap remote jungle for beach paradise as you fly back south to Bangkok and, after a good night’s sleep, begin your journey to the tropical eden of Koh Kood. After a 4-hour drive, you’ll cross from the mainland aboard a catamaran, watching out for pods of dolphins playing in the turquoise waters. Powder soft sands surround an island covered in coconut palms and mangroves. The island remains wonderfully untouched and much of its interior is still virgin rainforest, rife for exploring, with waterfalls, lagoons and natural plunge pools all accessible. Kayaking and snorkelling is a great way for adventurers to explore the stunning beaches and tropical waters, rich with brightly coloured fish and coral. Your Tribe will stay in a family-run villa with the beach and sea on your doorstep - the perfect way to end your Thai adventure.