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Thailand for families: Elephants & island escape
12 days from CAD3,745pp
Explore the bustling city of Bangkok.
Spend time with elephants in Khao Sok.
Canoe amongst stunning scenery.
Spend a night in a unique floating tent.
- Khao Sok National Park
- Koh Samui
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Day 1 Bangkok
Day 2 Bangkok
Today you have a private guided tour of Bangkok visiting the capital's key attractions: the Grand Palace, Wat Po (home to the reclining Buddha) and Jim Thompson's house. You will get to experience Bangkok's different forms of public transport - the Skytrain which winds its way through the skyscrapers and shopping malls, the public taxi boat, a long-tail boat and of course the Thai tuk tuk. This is a fun excursion that gives you a fantastic insight into the capital as well as the people that call Bangkok home.
Day 3 Bangkok
Today is at leisure to explore the bustling city of Bangkok by yourselves. The Skytrain is a great way to get around the city for families, with an easy to follow route and comfortable seating. The Children's Discovery Museum has plenty of hands-on exhibits with a focus on science and natural history. If you are visiting on a weekend, you might like to visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market, full of brightly hued fabrics, handicrafts and souvenirs.
Day 4 Khao Sok National Park
An early start today for your private transfer to the airport to catch your internal flight to Phuket, a journey of about one and a half hours. Upon arrival at Phuket airport you will be met by staff from Elephant Hills to take you and other guests to the Khao Sok National Park. The Elephant Hills Camp is a fantastic rainforest and elephants experience. The welfare of the elephants is at the heart of this camp and it has received numerous awards for this. This is one of the few places where you can see elephants without chains. Your experiences at the camp will be with other guests in small groups. During your stay all meals are included. Upon arrival at the camp, meet the elephants and learn more about these magnificent creatures. You will have the opportunity to help feed and bathe them. After a traditional Thai lunch you have the chance to enjoy the local scenery - being paddled in a canoe through the jungle past stunning limestone karsts.
Day 5 Khao Sok National Park
Today leave the tented camp with other guests and head inland by road and then by boat for your scenic journey to the relatively untouched and stunning Cheow Larn Lake. This is a great place to be amongst nature and experience a unique accommodation experience - a floating tent. Children aged under 7 are not allowed to stay at this camp. Your afternoon includes a guided canoe safari.
Day 6 Koh Samui
After breakfast, join your guide on a walk through the jungle listening to the chorus of the many primates, reptiles and birds that inhabit the national park. After lunch the lodge staff will transfer you and other guests to the pier at Surat Thani in time for the ferry to Koh Samui. The ferry crossing should take just over an hour. A driver will be waiting for you at Koh Samui to take you and your family to your hotel.
Day 7 Koh Samui
Day 8 Koh Samui
Day free to relax. A popular tour that you might like to consider is a speedboat ride to the nearby Angthong National Marine Park. This beautiful park consists of 42 islands and provided the inspiration for Alex Garland's book "The Beach".
Day 9 Koh Samui
Day at leisure. You may like to relax on the beach or visit some of the attractions on the island. Your hotel can arrange private guided trips to the Na Muang Waterfalls or nearby Bophut which has a charming fisherman's village.
Day 10 Koh Samui
Day 11 Koh Samui
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