Explore the cities, villages and forests of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this active family adventure.

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.


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Country
Thailand
Style
Original
Code
TTFZ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 11
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • 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

  • Fly through the trees alongside Gibbon monkeys on a thrilling ziplining experience

  • Explore the colourful flower markets frequented by the local Thais

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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 so a good level of fitness and a passion for hiking, biking and rafting is of course recommended.

Itinerary

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 6pm 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.
Accommodation
  • Nouvo Ciity Hotel or simiilar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Overnight train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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. 
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Trek to Karen Village
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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. 
Accommodation
  • De Charme Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Kayaking day trip on Mae Teang River
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Rise and shine! Get up early (about 6.30 am) and head to the Flight of the Gibbon conservation park for a day of ziplining and tree-top discovery. With over five kilometres of ziplines and 30 stations there is a ride for every member of the family. The park actively supports Gibbon conservation, using proceeds and donations from its tours.

NOTE: A physical requirement for the zipline program is suitable for children over 100 cm height.

Return to the hotel in the afternoon to rest and relax before returning to Bangkok via overnight train. 
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Flight of the Gibbon zipline
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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.
Included Activities
  • Amphawa - Baan Rim Klong Homestay
  • Amphawa - Boat Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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.
Accommodation
  • Nouvo Ciity Hotel or simiilar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Tha Kha floating Market Visit & Paddle Boat Ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private bus, sleeper train, bike, kayak

Accommodation

6 nights hotel, 2 nights Homestay

Included activities

  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
  • 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
  • Chiang Mai - Flight of the Gibbon zipline
  • Amphawa - Baan Rim Klong Homestay
  • Amphawa - Boat Cruise
  • Bangkok - Tha Kha floating Market Visit & Paddle Boat Ride

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Important notes

A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 14 years and under at the time of travel.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 11 years old.

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Reviews

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Family Active Thailand , April 2017

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