• Thailand Family Adventure

  • Thailand Family Adventure

  • Thailand Family Adventure

  • Thailand Family Adventure

Klongs and Khao Soi, temples and tuktuks, beaches and jungles: see quintessential Thailand on this active adventure

Days: 12 | From: $5,900/per person

  • Includes boutique hotels featuring connecting family suites or villas
  • Expert private guides make Thailand come alive
  • Explore Thailand through active adventure and deep cultural experiences

Spend 12 days hiking, biking, eating, and snorkeling your way through Thailand. Ancient ruins, cascading waterfalls, limestone cliffs and sandy beaches provide a stunning backdrop to this journey. Your trip begins in Bangkok’s bustling markets where you’ll have the chance to see iconic temples before learning the ancient arts of Thai cooking and Muay Thai. Visit the famous train market on your way to the River Kwai, where you’ll be rocked to sleep in floating bungalows. Kayak, swim, and explore the natural beauty of Kanchanaburi before heading to an elephant sanctuary where you can see and learn about these peaceful pachyderms. A short flight takes you to the North where you’ll sample Lanna street food, join monks to ascend the stairs to Wat Doi Suthep, and explore the countryside by bicycle. The final leg of your journey is the far South of Thailand, a land of picturesque beaches, colorful underwater worlds, and swaying palms. Surely, you’ll understand why Thailand is called the Land of Smiles as you board your flight home.

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At a glance

  • Bangkok
    2 nights: Highlights and Traditions
  • River Kwai
    3 nights: Stay in floating bungalows and visit an elephant sanctuary
  • Chiang Mai
    3 nights: Explore temples and markets in the cool North
  • Koh Samui
    3 nights: Relax on the beach and explore underwater worlds

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Thailand!


Arrive in Bangkok a city that fuses cutting edge modernity with old Thai charm. Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the capital of Thailand has a bit of everything: from golden wats (temples) to soaring skyscrapers, the old and the new can be found everywhere, with delectable street stalls hawking aromatic delicacies in between.

Step out with your knowledgeable guide to explore the main temples and monuments of Bangkok, discover a few hidden gems and gain an insightful introduction to Thai culture and its fascinating history. First, visit Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Bangkok’s oldest temple, housing the country’s largest reclining Buddha at 151 ft long and 50 ft tall. Proceed to Lak Muang, the City Pillar Shrine, which represents the founding of Bangkok over 220 years ago. Next, step into the Grand Palace, the official residence of the royal families from 1782 until 1925 before admiring the early 18th century Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.

Accommodations: 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, 2 nights

Offering luxurious suites, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok features plush furnishings, two rooftop infinity pools, panoramic views, and several on-site restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. This 5-star property is a half mile from Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain Station and the endless shopping options at Em District. This exceptional hotel features a fully-equipped gym, spa, a 6th floor golfing green, butler service, and more. The design of this hotel focuses on a modern design, with incredible attention to detail.

The luxurious residences offer living at its opulent best, with high ceilings and stylish furniture enhancing the spacious and well designed studio, one and two bedroom units, which all come with luxurious amenities and necessary comforts such as air-conditioning and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

Upgrades and alternatives: The Siam, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Riva Surya Bangkok, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok, Capella Bangkok
Day 2:

Thailand Traditions

Merchant cook soy sauce on top of delicious Chinese steamed rice noodle rolls, beautifully arranged in white plate ready to serve customer in local restaurant.

Learn the art of Thai cooking at a cooking class hosted by Khun Saiyuud Diwong, affectionately known as Poo. She’s a long-time resident of Klong Toey, the largest slum in Bangkok. Join her at a special grassroots cooking class that allows you to encounter life within the Klong Toey community. Wander the local wet market and learn about Thai produce, selecting what you will use in your cooking class at Khun Poo’s small cooking school. Learn how to cook several delicious authentic Thai dishes, enjoying the fruits of your labor for lunch

After lunch, work off your meal with a lesson in Muay Thai. Steeped in tradition and sometimes referred to as Thai Boxing, Muay Thai is an important part of Thai culture. Learn basic skills and discover the techniques of this sport which uses the whole body as a weapon and shield. Witness the rituals performed before a match and learn about the significance of the armband, shorts and headpiece.

Accommodations: 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3:

Journey to the River Kwai

Floating Market in Bangkok 3

In the early morning, depart for Samut Songkram, home to the unique Maekhlong market situated right on the train tracks. Vendors use the space between the rails for their trays of vegetables, fruits, and fish. Your guide will walk with you through the market and along the tracks – until the train approaches! After, visit a different kind of market. Damnoen Saduak is Thailand’s largest and most vibrant floating market.

Journey onwards towards Kanchanaburi, pausing for lunch along the way. Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, narrating the history of the Death Railway, constructed by Prisoners of War. In the afternoon, arrive at the River Kwai, where you’ll board a long-tail boat and enjoy picturesque mountain jungle views as you head to your floating hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax and unwind at your floating bungalow

Accommodations: The Float House River Kwai, 2 nights

Floating atop the scenic River Kwai, this unique Thai folk-style resort is surrounded by tropical forests and mountains of Saiyoke. Exuding rustic elegance, the spacious air-conditioned villas come with comfortable beds, a well-stocked mini-bar, tailor-made teakwood furniture, and door front access to the river and a private swing and lounge area. Guests can enjoy a wide range of adventure activities, Thai and international cuisines at the floating restaurant, and Thai massages in the peaceful spa.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Erawan National Park

Landscape view of Erawan waterfall kanchanaburi thailand.Erawan National Park is home to one of the most popular falls in the thailand.First floor of erawan waterfall Hlai Khuen Rung

Today you’ll visit Erawan National Park, renowned for its stunning natural beauty, lush forests, and emerald green waters. The park is most famous for the Erawan Waterfall, a series of seven tiered cascades that resemble the three-headed elephant, Erawan, from Hindu mythology. Each tier of the waterfall offers a unique and picturesque setting, with clear pools perfect for swimming and relaxing. You can also choose to hike along jungle trails, explore limestone caves, ascend to viewpoints, and keep an eye out for wildlife. Enjoy a simple lunch before boarding the train at the Nam Tok Train Station for a short ride across a scenic section of the railway that crosses over wood viaducts and past mountain cliffs. In the afternoon, transfer by car and longtail boat back to your hotel.

Accommodations: The Float House River Kwai, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Elephant Sanctuary

Close up two elephants stand together in forest with sunlight shine through the tree in concept of wildlife in jungle with happiness and freedom.

Venture to a local sanctuary for elephants and spend the day learning and observing these majestic creatures. OurLand originated as a private conservation area adjacent to the Salakphra Wildlife Sanctuary. They work to protect a corridor that allows animals in Thailand’s oldest wildlife sanctuary to access a crucial water source, the river Kwai. Within this space, they run an educational hub and research facility dedicated to exploring and disseminating solutions for human-wildlife conflicts, sustainability, global change, and environmental concerns. During this interactive experience, you’ll have the chance to learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, help prepare food for the elephants, go on a jungle walk, visit a local elephant mud bath, and take a river float to the elephant reserve where you can observe and learn about wild elephant behavior with a naturalist guide. It’s truly an unforgettable experience.

Accommodations: U Inchantree

U Inchantree is a charming boutique hotel located on the north bank of the Kwai Yai River, close to the famous River Kwai Bridge. The hotel features 50 hotel rooms in two-story buildings set around a courtyard, dominated by an ancient “Inchantree” from which the resort derives its name. The overall design of the resort is a rustic river lodge style surrounded by landscaped gardens. Enjoy freshly prepared cuisine with spectacular views of the River Kwai at the Thai Peppers restaurant or sundowners at the sunset terrace lounge.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6:

Fly to Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep with golden morning sky, the most famous temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Onward to Chiang Mai! After breakfast, transfer back to the Bangkok airport for your flight North to Chiang Mai. Northern Thailand, a region teeming with cultural heritage and stunning landscapes, offers ancient temples, lush mountains, and a rich tapestry of history. Wander vibrant markets, sample unique cuisine, and dive into Lanna culture. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon free.

Accommodations: Anantara Chiang Mai, 3 nights

Hidden between a towering wooden wall and the picturesque Mae Ping River in Thailand’s beautiful northern city, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is a luxurious sanctuary of striking contemporary style, accented by traditional Thai and colonial elements. Relax on your balcony daybed, admiring courtyard gardens or the peaceful flow of Thai river life. Find more tranquil seclusion with lazy waterfront pool days, exotic spa rituals, and revitalizing yoga.

Savor refined culinary journeys, from their famous afternoon tea and high tea experiences, to impeccable Indian, Thai, and western cuisine. Toast the sunset aboard a river cruise and celebrate days well spent with the sophisticated pleasures of the colonial bar.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: 137 Pillars House, Raya Heritage, Na Nirand Resort, Rachamankha Hotel, Tamarind Village
Day 7:

Chiang Mai

Selective focus. Stairs of Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mia, Thailand. Empty stairs of Doi Suthep temple

Embark on the Monk’s Trail hike, leading to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a revered temple complex. Depart from the city to the trail’s start and begin following this historical monks’ path up Doi Suthep mountain, marked by occasional orange-robed indicators on branches. Reach the peaceful Wat Pha Lat, an ancient jungle temple adorned with intricate stone structures and statues, before ascending the remaining road to Doi Suthep. Ascend the 308-step Naga serpent staircase at Doi Suthep for panoramic views of the city. Immerse yourself in the temple’s spiritual ambiance and the sound of monks’ chants and interact with pilgrims exploring the Buddhist pagodas and statues from across Thailand.

Have some free time at the hotel before setting off on an exciting evening food adventure, traveling to a number of bustling neighborhood markets by Songthaew with your local expert foodie to indulge in a feast of Northern Thai street foods. Learn how to order food and uncover the ingredients behind recipes, some passed through generations.

Accommodations: Anantara Chiang Mai, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8:

Cycle the Countryside

Take to two wheels, exploring Chiang Mai’s temples and countryside by bicycle. Discover the ancient remnants of Wiang Kum Kam, tracing back to 1286, before visiting pottery artisans who are honoring the heritage of the Lanna empire. Cycle along the scenic Ping River, pausing to sample local delicacies at a bakery. Cruise past an elementary school, predominantly attended by hill-tribe children, and wave good morning. Explore a bustling market brimming with exotic fruits and snacks before indulging in a traditional Thai meal, Khao Soi Kai, at a delightful local restaurant. Return to your hotel and have the afternoon free.

If you’d like us to help arrange something different, we can suggest checking out the local street art by tuktuk, taking a cooking class, hiking through Doi Inthanon, or visiting the Golden Triangle on a day trip.

Accommodations: Anantara Chiang Mai, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9:

Chiang Mai to Samui

Angthong national marine park, koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand. Asia.

Bid farewell to Northern Thailand and fly South to the pristine beaches of Southern Thailand. On arrival in Koh Samui, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon is free to explore the town, relax on the beach, or simply enjoy all your resort has to offer.

Accommodations: SALA Samui Chaweng, 3 nights

Located on the white-sand Chaweng Beach, SALA Samui Chaweng is a stunning, bright, and airy resort. This hotel features luxurious pool villas and suites, a signature 'moon pool' that overlooks the sea, and a charming beachfront restaurant offering a blend of Thai and international cuisines. The spacious pool deck also comes with plenty of sun beds for lounging and a kid's pool, and other facilities include a spa with various treatment rooms and a fully-equipped gym. Guests can enjoy complimentary kayaks and standup paddle boards, private in-suite dining, and private beach barbecues.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 10:

Ang Thong Marine Park

Sailrock trip october 2023 when out to sailrock trip for 2 dives . It was amazing visability

Explore Angthong Marine Park on a full-day snorkeling excursion from Koh Samui via speedboat. This archipelago, spanning 250 sq km, sits northwest of Koh Samui and is reachable within approximately 1 hour by speedboat. The park enchants with its emerald isles, serene lagoons, intricate caves, and unique rock formations. Comprising around 40 islands, the park boasts diverse underwater worlds. Your boat will anchor for snorkeling at Koh Wao or Koh Tai Plow, where you’ll find vibrant fish and stunning coral reefs. Delight in a lunch amidst the park’s beauty before taking some time for beach relaxation, swimming, or hiking to a viewpoint for spectacular panoramic views of the Marine Park.

Accommodations: SALA Samui Chaweng, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11:

Free Day

Beaty limestone rock in the ocean

Free day. Choose to relax and enjoy your resort or opt for a snorkeling adventure to nearby Koh Tao.

Accommodations: SALA Samui Chaweng, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 12:


Goodbye to Thailand for now. Meet your driver and transfer to the airport. Fly to Bangkok and onward home or continue your journey elsewhere in Southeast Asia

*Includes: Breakfast

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  • Choose from a selection of carefully curated, best in class hotels to fit your individual travel style.

  • Consult with your Vaya Specialist and expand your trip to combine with another destination on the continent for a true in-depth look at Southeast Asia.

  • Take a short flight and explore the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip!

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