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Thailand – Jungles and Islands, (Oct to April)

Discover behind the scenes Bangkok; canoe the River Kwai, discover the jungle flora and fauna of Khao Sok National Park and snorkel off islands in the Andaman Sea

2-week Thailand family tour

An escorted, 2-week Thailand family tour; ‘Jungles and Islands’ offers spectacular sights, stunning landscapes, a wide range of activities and plenty of great food and friendly people. This exploration of some of the well known – as well as some of the lesser visited – highlights of western and southern Thailand makes an ideal tour for all ages and every member of the family.

Visit the famous sights and ‘behind the scenes’ of Thailand’s fascinating, bustling capital, Bangkok and explore its canals and local markets.  Canoeing down the famous River Kwai, hiking along the route of Kanchanaburi’s historic ‘Death Railway’, travelling by boat through the lush rain-forest of spectacular Khao Sok National Park, snorkelling on coral reefs and lazing on unspoilt beaches are just some of the highlights you’ll experience on this fantastic introduction to the real – off the beaten track – Thailand.

An alternative version of our Thailand family tour; Jungles and Islands, is offered during the May to September period to avoid the western monsoons on the Andaman Sea coast. Our island, beach and snorkelling activities are shifted to the tranquil and secluded Koh Thalu on the sheltered Gulf of Thailand.

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.

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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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.

Additional accommodation in Bangkok prior to your tour is available on request

Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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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, Taxi, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 3 - Amphawa - canals and markets

Overnight: Amphawa Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - On to Kanchanaburi - a ride on the 'Death Railway'

Leaving the Capital we’ll journey by local train to Kanchanaburi Province, across the historic 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, 

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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, 

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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, 

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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, 

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Day 8 - Khao Sok - check out the flora & fauna on a day hike through the rainforest

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, 

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Day 9 - Khao Sok - boat trip on Chiew Lan Lake

A boat trip through the fabulous scenery and karst landscapes of Chiew Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park with stops to visit lake-side caves and of course a dip in the crystal waters.

Overnight: Khao Sok Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Day 10 - Krabi - on to Koh Lanta

Morning minibus transfer through more spectacular scenery to nearby Krabi Province for a short ferry ride to the Andaman Sea’s scenic Lanta Island.

Due to weather conditions between May and September we move our island stay to secluded and unspoilt Koh Thalu on the sheltered Gulf of Thailand

Overnight: Koh Lanta Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 11 - Koh Lanta - day at leisure on the island

Leisurely day on this picturesque, jungle-clad, island – make the most of the turquoise waters and quiet beaches or sling a hammock between a couple of palm trees. (Hiking in the interior for the energetic or boat trip to the famous Phi Phi Islands?)

Overnight: Koh Lanta Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 12 - Koh Lanta - check out the Marine Park?

Optional boat excursion through the spectacular Chao Mai National Marine Park with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling on the regions vibrant coral reefs.

Overnight: Koh Lanta Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 13 - Koh Lanta - morning at leisure and return to Bangkok

Morning on the island topping up your suntan, before transferring to Krabi for a flight to Bangkok and end of tour.

Extra nights in Bangkok prior to, or after your tour, or additional nights on the island 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.

This tour is fully accompanied with the exception of the island stay on days 10 to 12.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Plane,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

No more “...mum I’m bored...”; kayak down the River Kwai; hike through the lush jungle of Khao Sok, take a boat trip amid the stunning karst scenery of Chew Lan Lake and snorkel on vibrant reefs of the Andaman Sea

  • Discover Bangkok - famous sites, temples, markets, museums as well as the hidden parts that few visitors ever see on our unique Bangkok day
  • Travel by local train and on foot along the route of Kanchanaburi's old 'Death Railway'
  • Stay on a superb island in the turquoise waters of Krabi Province's Koh Lanta
  • A kayaking trip on the picturesque, jungle-lined River Kwai
  • Explore the amazing limestone scenery and caves of what is one of the kingdom's most spectacular national parks
  • Discover the area's underwater flora and fauna with a snorkelling trip on the region's colourful coral reefs

Air Departures (UK)

Land Departures

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from

*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

Relax Bay Resort, Koh Lanta view

  • Our choice on Krabi's Koh Lanta
  • The secluded and scenic Relax Bay Resort
  • Individual chalets, garden setting and great pool

*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 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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