Thailand Family Tour (Oct to April)
Explore behind the scenes Bangkok; canoe the River Kwai, discover the jungle flora and fauna of Khao Sok National Park and snorkel on coral reefs in the Andaman Sea
Jungles and Islands
Our 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 authentic – 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. During this period our island, beach and snorkelling activities are shifted to the tranquil and secluded Koh Thalu on the sheltered Gulf of Thailand.
Note, this is a private family tour without scheduled departure dates and therefore can be organised at any period of the year to suit your family while any activities mentioned in the itinerary can be tailored to suit your particular family’s preferences and age group. Our price is based on a family of 4 minimum, sharing two twin/double rooms. (Flights are extra and vary according to the season.) Please mail, telephone (or use our Live Chat facility) for more details or should you need to discuss any options further.
Also, note that additional nights – either in Bangkok prior to the tour – or at the beach afterwards are also available should you wish.
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 ‘heritage’ hotel in the City’s lively Banglamphu district. Time to relax, explore the area or check out some local markets before a local-style welcome dinner.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Bangkok - city tour with a difference
City tour with a difference! Bangkok by riverboat, Skytrain, tuk-tuk and canal boat. Flexible stops could include the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Lumphini Park and bustling Chinatown.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Train, Taxi, Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 3 - Amphawa - 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 - On 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,
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,
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 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 veranda time and perhaps check-out a well-deserved sundowner?
Overnight: Khao Sok Transport: Walk, Meals: B,
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,
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,
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 the 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 11 to 13.
Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Plane, Meals: B,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
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 plus hidden parts that few visitors ever see on our unique day tour
- Discover the area's underwater flora and fauna with a snorkelling trip on the region's colourful coral reefs
- Stay on a superb island in the turquoise waters of Krabi Province's Koh Lanta
- Explore the amazing limestone scenery and caves of what is one of the kingdom's most spectacular national parks
- A kayaking trip on the picturesque, jungle-lined River Kwai
- Travel by local train and foot along the route of Kanchanaburi's 'Death Railway'
Air Departures (UK)
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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
Night sleeper train, Thailand view
- Berth on the night sleeper train - silk pyjamas not provided
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
Visa Info & Notes
Visas; For most nationalities, a free 30-day visa on arrival is issued at airports and all land borders used on our tours. (At certain land entry points you may be required to show; a photocopy of your main passport page, passport-sized photo and proof of a flight exiting the country.)
When entering or exiting Thailand make sure you get a stamp in your passport and keep your departure card.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. You may be refused entry if your passport is damaged, in poor condition or does not have at least 2 blank pages remaining.
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
Meals: breakfasts are generally hotel buffets with lunch and dinners based on local food. Lunches on the road are typically simpler dishes such as variations on noodles or fried rice while your tour-leader will generally order more elaborate-style dinners consisting of a selection of local fare.
Thai cuisine, of course, needs no introduction and while local dishes are frequently spicy your tour-leader will take into account your particular chilli tolerance levels! Both vegetarians and vegans are very easily catered for. For any other likes and dislikes please remind your tour-leader at the start of the tour. A number of meals are not included, which allows you to ‘do your own thing’ or take a break if you’re feeling ‘riced out’.
Accommodation: all choices fall into the comfortable 3* range and are generally en-suite and air-conditioned with pools. We have posted a selection of sample accommodation on the lefthand hotel tab but please note that as we try and avoid the larger hotels, availability, in high season particularly, means we use several options in each destination.
Activities: note that no activities are compulsory and that any offered can be tailored for various fitness levels or alternatives suggested.
Further info: more details and photos of our Jungles and Islands tour
Here is what out guest have to say about their experience on this tour...
" Booked a trip to Thailand through this company in October last year. Excellent service from booking to completion of the tour. Saw parts of the country that you wouldn't see normally, with a local tour guide fluent in English and Thai. Already booked our next adventure with them to Borneo for this year! Wouldn't go to Asia with any other tour company! "
Rachel and Helen Datlen
" We had an amazing time and one that has seriously wet our appetite for future adventures! The holiday was packed full of wonderful experiences; - beautiful places, exciting activities, fascinating culture, lovely people and the right amount of rest and relaxation. Everything was perfect and impeccably organised. Our tour guides could not have done a better job. They were fun, knowledgeable, conscientious and really enjoyable to be around. Thank you.....it really was perfect and we will definitely be back. "