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Family Active Thailand

9 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Bangkok 
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.

Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm on Day 1

Check in to the hotel and enjoy settling in to Bangkok. Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore, so perhaps arrive a day or so early and take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai food.

Day 2 Bangkok 
After enjoying a Thai breakfast with the group, head out to explore this incredibly vibrant and action-packed city.

Begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous ‘khlongs’ (canals). Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital. We pay a visit to Wat Pho, one of the ‘trinity’ of Bangkok temples, with a 46-metre long gold plated Buddha reclining inside. Even the feet of this statue are incredible, three metres long and intricately decorated with mother of pearl. The temple grounds are equally fascinating, filled with beautifully decorated stupas, halls, and shrines.

This evening we head north, catching the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Day 3 Chiang Mai 
In the morning we arrive into Chiang Mai. After some time to freshen up, head out on an exploration of this charming and relaxed city (compared to Bangkok anyway). Embark on a scenic, winding drive up a mountain (around 45 minutes) to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and sweeping views of the city make this a most memorable experience.

In the evening, experience a traditional Khan Toke dinner, which involves delicious food, a relaxed environment and slow-tempo dance entertainment.

Day 4 Chiang Mai
After last night's entertainment, today is a day of fresh mountain air and discovery by foot. Trek around Chiang Mai, visiting local markets and taking the time to enjoy a dip by a waterfall before heading to a Thai village for an overnight stay. Staying in the village is a great opportunity to interact with the locals and see how they live.

Day 5 Chiang Mai
Today is an action-packed day on the water. In the morning, glide down the Mae Teang River on an inflatable kayak, paddling through lush jungles, stopping to pick fruit and keeping eyes peeled for wildlife. Stop for a special lunch at a riverside camp. Afterwards head to the Lahu Hill tribe village to see how the rural communities live. Head back to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

Day 6 Chiang Mai
Today is a free day to explore Chiang Mai.

We would highly recommend your consider doing the optional activity: Flight of the Gibbon. It will be an early start (about 6:30) for a day of zip-lining and tree top discovery. With over 5 kms of ziplines and 30 stations there is a ride for all members of the family. the park actively supports Gibbon conservation so not only are you having a wonderful time but helping these incredible creatures as well.

Tonight we take the overnight train back to Bangkok .

Day 7 Amphawa
After arriving in Bangkok by train, head out to the village of Amphawa on a journey that will take just over an hour.

The area is famous for its floating markets and the local Thais flock here on weekends to bargain and barter. Explore the small, riverside villages before taking to bikes once again and discovering further afield.

Tonight enjoy some local hospitality with a homestay experience.

Day 8 Bangkok
This morning we will get to experience the famous floating market along with the many Thais who flock here. Having a leader here is invaluable as it brings to life the market, its people and the myriad of alien looking goods on sale.

This is a great real life experience and a great last activity before our farewell dinner back in Bangkok.

Day 9 Departure Day 
The trip finishes today after breakfast. There are still many fun and fascinating attractions to visit, perhaps ride the Skytrain or visit the huge shopping centres.
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All This Included
Explore the busy streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this energetic family adventure in Thailand. Zipline through treetops, cycle around rural villages and kayak down the Mae Teang River. Experience pastoral life with a homestay experience and learn the tricks of bartering at the floating markets of Amphawa.
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport - Private bus, sleeper train, bike, kayak
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat canal tour
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Chiang Mai - Trek to Karen Village
  • Chiang Mai - Kayaking day trip on Mae Teang River
  • Amphawa - Baan Rim Klong Homestay
  • Amphawa - Boat Cruise
  • Bangkok - Tha Kha Floating Market tour
Highlights
  • Wake up to the sights and sounds of bustling Chiang Mai after an overnight train journey
  • Blissfully glide across the Mae Teang river on a kayaking voyage
  • Explore the colourful flower markets frequented by the local Thais
Accommodations
Hotel (4 nights)
Homestay (2 nights)
Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 10
  • Group size: Min 2, Max 16
  • This trip includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.
  • This is an active style trip featuring trekking and kayaking. To fully enjoy it, you and your family will need to be in a good state of health and fitness.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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