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Thailand for families: Elephants & island escape

13 days from £2,610pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bangkok.

  • On arrival in Bangkok you will be met by your guide who will accompany you and your family on your private transfer to your hotel located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 enjoy 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Today is free to relax or explore independently.

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  • 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'.

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  • 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.

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  • Day at leisure on Koh Samui.

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  • Today is your last day by the beach before heading home.

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  • Your hotel will arrange your transfer to the local airport in time for your flight to Bangkok where you will catch your international flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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Khao Sok National Park
Koh Samui
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