Thailand Family tour (May to Oct)
Off the beaten track Bangkok, kayak the River Kwai, hike through lush rainforest and finish on a sheltered and unspoilt island in the Gulf of Thailand
Jungles and Islands
A summer version of our popular, off the beaten track, south Thailand family tour. For the monsoon season, we swap our island stay and beach activities from the Andaman Coast to the sheltered and picturesque Koh Thalu in the Gulf of Thailand.
The tour takes you from Bangkok – for a behind the scenes tour of this hectic yet fascinating city – via the canals and local markets of Amphawa District, to Kanchanaburi with the infamous Death Railway and Bridge on the River Kwai. From here we head south by train to the spectacular karst scenery and jungle of Khao Sok National Park before making our way back up the peninsula to Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and unspoilt Thalu Island.
A wide range of destinations with varied, and flexible, activities guaranteed to keep any family member entertained!
This is a private family tour and therefore can be organised on dates to suit your family and does not have set dates. The price is based on a family of 4 sharing two twin/double rooms. Flights are extra and vary according to the season. Please ask for our most competitive quote.
Finally, please note that this itinerary is recommended for the May to October period.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Bangkok - arrival and time to explore the area
Arrival in Bangkok and check in to a downtown hotel in the City’s lively Banglamphu district. Time to relax, explore the area or check out some local markets.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Bangkok - city tour with a difference
City tour with a difference! Bangkok by riverboat, sky-train, tuk-tuk and canal boat. Stop-offs include the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow – “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” – and the fascinating Jim Thompson House Museum.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Train, Boat, Walk, Tuk Tuk, Meals: B,
Day 3 - Ampawa - canals and markets
Off into Bangkok’s leafy and canal-lined suburbs with a stop at the famous Mae Klong ‘Railway Market’ plus a chance to discover some of the area’s local industries such as sea salt production and parasol fabrication. Check-in to our accommodation in waterside Amphawa with an evening visit to a floating market and perhaps a firefly viewing boat trip.
Overnight: Amphawa Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B,
Day 4 - Bangkok to Kanchanaburi - a ride on the 'Death Railway'
Morning boat trip along the area’s canal before a departure for Kanchanaburi Province where we’ll take the local train over the Bridge on the River Kwai and along the scenic, but infamous, ‘Death Railway’. Afternoon visit to Sai Yok Noi Waterfall and short jungle hike through the lush surrounding jungle before checking into our riverside resort.
Overnight: Sai Yok Transport: Minibus, Train, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 5 - Kanchanaburi - down the River Kwai
Departure for nearby ‘Hellfire Pass’; visit the fascinating museum and hike along the former route of the ‘Death railway’ itself. (So named because of the numbers of local workers and Allied POWs who died during its construction by the Japanese army.) Afternoon expedition down the jungle-lined River Kwai with a choice of kayaks or 2 person canoes for the uninitiated.
Overnight: Sai Yok Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 6 - Kanchanaburi - Angkor period ruins and a night train south
Complete our Western Thailand loop with a return to Kanchanaburi Town by way of the impressive 12th century ruins of Muang Singh – a former, fortified, frontier town of the Angkor Empire. Time to visit some of the sites of Kanchanaburi Town on foot or bicycle, such as the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ and war museum before catching a night sleeper train to the South.
Overnight: Night sleeper train Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk, Meals: B, L,
Day 7 - Khao Sok - explore the stunning scenery
On to Khao Sok in Surat Thani Province – acknowledged as one of Thailand’s most spectacular National Parks with its dramatic limestone karst scenery, lakes, waterfalls and lush jungle Three-day exploration of the park including canoeing or tubing, a boat trip on the lake and jungle hiking, with plenty of time to relax, splash around in the streams and waterfalls or just kick back in your chalet and admire the fabulous tropical flora and fauna.
Overnight: Khao Sok Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 8 - Khao Sok - check out the jungle flora & fauna
Day hike through the lush rainforest to a scenic waterfall for a ‘jungle picnic, and chance to cool off in the clear waters. Return to our resort in the afternoon for some quality verandah time and perhaps check-out a well deserved sundowner?
Overnight: Khao Sok Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
Day 10 - Chumporn - heading north
Heading north up the coast our stops include the historic town of Chaiya – one of the oldest towns in Thailand – Koh Chumporn National Park for spectacular views over the nearby islands and the fishing village of Sairee for well-earned sunset drinks on the picturesque beach. Overnight in Chumporn with a visit to the lively night market to check-out some of the local specialties!
Overnight: Chumporn Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 11 - Koh Thalu - arrival on the island and afternoon at leisure
Short transfer up the coast to Bang Saphan where we’ll take a speedboat to the scenic and unspoilt Koh Thalu Island for 2 night’s accommodation in a secluded, beach-side resort.
Overnight: Koh Thalu Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B, L, D,
Day 13 - Koh Thalu to Bangkok - morning at leisure and end of tour
Morning at leisure on the island and afternoon drive back to Bangkok and end of tour.
Extra nights in Bangkok after your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.
Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
Just a few of the many highlights
Discover behind the scenes Bangkok; kayak down the River Kwai, hike through the karst scenery and ancient rainforest of Khao Sok National Park and stay on the unspoilt tr9pical island of Koh Thalu
- Discover Bangkok - famous sites, temples, markets, museums as well as the hidden parts that few visitors ever see
- A kayaking trip on the picturesque, jungle-lined River Kwai
- Discover the area's underwater flora and fauna with a snorkelling trip on the region's colourful coral reefs
- rek through the tropical rain-forest and check out the lush flora and fauna of southern Thailand
- Stay on the secluded and unspoilt tropical island of Koh Thalu on Thailand's sheltered Gulf coast
- Sample the superb Thai food in street stalls, markets, jungle picnics and local restaurants where Thais eat!
Air Departures (UK)
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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Bangkok
*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Nanda Heritage Hotel, Bangkok view
- Based around a beautifully restored 1920s teak family villa
- The award winning design combines traditional and modern
- Great central location for restaurants, cafes and shopping
Khaothone River View Resort view
- Low-key, friendly resort on the banks of the River Kwai
- Floating wooden raft-houses
- Located in Sai Yok district close to the national park
Our Jungle House, Khao Sok view
- Our choice for South Thailand's Khao Sok National Park
- Tree houses or garden chalets
- Friendly servcie and spot on location
Koh Thalu Resort, Prachuap Khiri Khan view
- The secluded beach-side Koh Thalu Resort
- Sheltered location makes a great monsoon season choice
- Snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, hiking, fishing and more
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
Visa Info & Notes
This information is for anyone embarking on this tour and does not pertain to long-stay visitors or expats.
Most nationalities simply receive a 30-day visa waiver stamp on arrival at Bangkok airport. Your passport must be valid for a full 6 months, in good condition with no pages torn or missing, and while we can’t find any specific information regarding the number of blank pages, as usual in South East Asia, you’re better off with at least 2 available.
Importantly you may be asked for proof of onward travel and proof you have sufficient funds for your stay.
More details, including a list of all nationalities eligible for the visa waiver, can be found on our blog A Round-Up of Thai Entry and Visa Requirements for Visitors
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