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Koh Yao Yai & Noi / Phuket / Bangkok

Take the family to a Thailand adventure they will never forget. First, visit Bangkok, the bustling metropolis of Thailand and then fly to Chiang Mai to witness the elephants, zipline through the jungle and cook delicious Thai food. Head down to the South to snorkel and kayak in the famous Phang-Nga Bay and laze on the white sand beaches. Everyone in the family is sure to love the activities lined up for this tour.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Thailand Family Adventure
Discover Bangkok

Discover Bangkok

Wander around this busy city, explore the historical temples and hop in a longtail boat that goes through local canals.

Take care of elephants

Take care of elephants

Spend a day with Thailand’s sacred animal, feeding, washing and watching them bathe.

Kayak around Phang-Nga Bay

Kayak around Phang-Nga Bay

Kayak and snorkel at Phang-Nga Bay’s best spots and see why it’s one of Thailand’s greatest natural wonders.

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ITINERARY

Thailand Family Adventure - 10 Days / 9 Nights

DAY 1 - Arrive Bangkok

Exo TravelBangkok Airport – Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel (45 km): 65 min Optional Activity: Cycling/walking 2.5 hrs

Upon arriving in Bangkok, a member of the team will assist with the luggage, transfer and check-in at the hotel (Note: Room available for check-in is after 14:00. Check-ins for arrivals before that time depend on the hotel availability and surcharge)

Take some time to relax at the hotel before setting off to do the first item on the itinerary: a walk through Bangkok’s Chinatown. Dine at one of the five restaurants in the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel. For a magnificent view of Bangkok’s city lights and the Chao Phraya River, consider eating at the rooftop restaurant.

Overnight in Bangkok

DAY 2 - Bangkok MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelRamada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel – Public boat Transport to Wat Pho: 30 min Morning Tour: Wat Pho – Grand Palace – 5 mins walking Long Tail Boat ride: 2 hours

Start the day in Bangkok with a boat journey down Chao Phraya River to Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This statue of Buddha is 40 metres long and is coated in gold leaf. The feet alone are nine feet long and adorned in mother of pearl!

After lunch, board a longtail boat for a cruise through the klongs (canals) of Bangkok and witness the daily life of locals making their way down the river and bartering at floating markets.

Next, visit Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). These are both strong symbols of the Thai people’s reverence for their King and Queen and their Buddhist faith. Both of these places are incredible works of art and architecture that will leave anyone in awe. There will be a welcome reception and dinner tonight, so take this opportunity to socialise with the guide and other travellers.

Overnight in Bangkok

DAY 3 - Bangkok – Chiang Mai MealsMEALS [B]

Exo TravelBangkok Airport – Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel (45 km): 65 min Chiang Mai Airport – Chiang Mai Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa (9 km) 20 min

The morning is free at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight to Chiang Mai, also known as the “Rose of the North”. Upon arriving in Chiang Mai Airport, transfer to the hotel, relax and enjoy the evening. Dine at the hotel or ask the guide for restaurant recommendations.

Overnight in Chiang Mai Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa 

DAY 4 - Chiang Mai MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelSiripanna Villa Resort & Spa Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon National Park (68 km): 1.20 hr Trekking: 2-3hrs Cooking Class: 4 hours Difficulty: Easy

This day is packed with great opportunities to take family photos that’ll be cherished forever. Take a 90-minute ride to Doi Inthanon National Park where there’s forests, waterfalls and ancient temple ruins to explore. A hike in the national park shows fascinating flora and fauna including 300 species of birds. Watch out for the green-tailed sunbird which is a rare species only found in some parts of Southeast Asia.

While in the area, visit a traditional hill tribe village called Karen and witness a time-honored way of life. Many residents of the village work at a local coffee plantation. After spending some time here, continue the hike to different paths in the forest that lead to small streams and waterfalls.

Lunch will be served at Wachiratharn Waterfall, a 65-metre waterfall that serves as a great view while eating!

After a little rest and relaxation, join a hands-on Thai cooking class to learn how to make traditional Thai dishes. Prepare to taste the delicious results!

Overnight in Chiang Mai

DAY 5 - Chiang Mai MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelChiang Mai Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa – Patara Elephant Farm (30 km) 50 mins Patara Elephant Park – 6 hours

The trip to Patara Elephant Farm is always a favorite! Learn from the experts on how to be a mahout or elephant caretaker.

After learning the ins and outs of guiding, riding and feeding these gentle giants, it’s time to put these new skills to the test by riding the elephant through a rice paddy field to a nearby waterfall where lunch awaits.

Head back to Chiang Mai from the Patara Elephant Farm and make a stop at a local Thai restaurant for dinner. Once dinner is finished, the guide will give a tour of Chiang Mai’s most colorful night market offering exotic sights, sounds and smells.

DAY 6 - Chiang Mai MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelChiang Mai Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa – Doi Suthep (25 km) 40mins Doi Suthep – Old City (Lanna Arts) – (25 km) 40mins Chiang Mai – Flight of the Gibbon – (55 km) 65 mins Flight of the Gibbon – Canopy Activity: 2 hrs

Head out early in the morning to go into the Old City and Ton Payom Market to buy boiled rice and condiments which will be offered as alms to the monks at the daily ceremony. This experience is a true honor where monks, wearing distinctive saffron robes, will give blessings in return. After the ceremony, visit the Buddhist temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which is one of the most sacred sites in all of Thailand and highly revered by Buddhists around the world.

The temple sits atop the mountain Doi Suthep, offering stunning views of Chiang Mai, and contains a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh.

Next stop is at Flight of the Gibbon where the family will have a fun, exciting and thrilling experience. Climb to the top of the rainforest canopy and take a zipline back to the bottom. The thrill of flying through the air, above the trees, is a feeling that kids will look back later and smile!

Optional: afternoon tour instead of ziplining:  Arrive at Mae Kampong village and be welcomed by the villagers who will accompany everyone, including the guide, on a stroll through the community forest, passing by tea and coffee fields. Take a 1.5 hour trek up to Mae Kampong waterfalls before returning to relax with a traditional Thai massage. Then take a walk around the village to see the processing of fermented tea leaves and some locally handmade products.

The evening is free at leisure. Take this opportunity to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or spend some quality time with the family.

Overnight in Chiang Mai 

DAY 7 - Chiang MaiMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelChiang Mai Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa – Sri Lanna NP (56 km) 70 mins Kayaking: 2 hrs Optional Cycling: 1.5 hrs

The last day in Chiang Mai is going to be an exciting one. Head off to the spectacular Sri Lanna National Park. Once in the park, head straight to the Bua Tong limestone waterfall and then continue on to Mae Ngat Dam where there’ll be an opportunity to kayak at the lake.

Paddle towards the bamboo floating raft house where a traditional Lanna lunch awaits. The rest of the afternoon is free for exploring the park with more kayaking, swimming and sunbathing.

In the evening, visit a local temple to join the monks in their prayer chants. It will be followed by dinner at a local restaurant that serves Lanna, Burmese and Shan dishes. The end of the night is spent at the Warorot Market to  get some classic, tasty Thai sweets.

Optional: cycling between Bua Tong limestone waterfall and Mae Ngat Dam

Overnight in Chiang Mai 

DAY 8 - Chiang Mai – Phuket – Koh Yao Yai MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelFlight CNX – HKT: 1 hr 50 mins Long-tail boat ride: 4 hours Kayaking: 30-45 mins

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Phuket. This day will be an enormous treat for the family as it’ll be spent in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, Phang Nga Bay.

Phang Nga Bay is famous for many reasons. It has clear emerald and teal waters that are almost too beautiful to be real. The dreamlike nature of the bay is only magnified by the limestone islands that stand tall out of the water. Take a private longtail boat for a tour around the bay before spending some free time kayaking around  the hidden lagoons, mangrove forests and karst formations. End the trip here with a lunch at a privately owned island.

Dinner and overnight Koh Yao Yai

DAY 9 - Koh Yao Yai MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelLong-tail boat ride: 3 hours Snorkelling: 1.5 hours Optional Island Walk: 1.5 hr

Today is a day of fun spent at Hong Marine National Park. The tropical park offers plenty of exciting underwater activities. Swim with schools of colorful fish and view the magnificent sea corals. Feel free to swim in the water or relax at a quiet area in the beach.

After spending the morning at Hong Marine National Park, head back to the hotel for a free afternoon. Relax by the pool or take advantage of the entertainment and activities offered by the hotel.

Tonight comes to a close with a farewell dinner with the guide and fellow travelers. Share one last meal together with newly made friends and reminisce about the new memories made in the last week. Afterwards, enjoy a Krathong ceremony where all families light a candle in a banana leaf and let it float on the water.

Overnight on Koh Yao Yai 

DAY 10 - DepartureMealsMEALS [B]

Exo TravelTransfer Koh Yao Yai – Ao Por Pier: 1.5 hours Ao Por Pier – Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre: 45 mins Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre – Airport: 15 mins

After breakfast, the family will be picked up by boat and brought back to Phuket to visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. This is a project that reintroduces gibbons to their natural habitat in the rainforests of Thailand. The gibbon almost became extinct due to poaching in the 1980s. It’s a great feeling to meet the people that are working tirelessly to save the gibbon monkey.

The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is the last place to visit in Thailand before it is followed by a transfer to the airport for the flight home. If an extension of the trip is desired, don’t hesitate to ask the guide for other tour options.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Private air-conditioned car for transfer
  • Meals in local restaurants as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English-speaking adventure guide throughout the trip
  • Local guide for Chiang Mai activities
  • 2nd English-speaking adventure guide (assistant) for 8+ pax
  • Welcome gift
  • Snack, water,and local fruits every day while doing activities
  • Bike rental (include helmet and biking bottled water)
  • Welcome and farewell drinks (2 per person)
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Include guide and assistant guide for domestic flights with group
  • Tips for long-tail boat drivers, van drivers, restaurant staff and hotel porters 
  • International air ticket to/from Cambodia and international airport include departure tax.
  • No alcoholic drinks, except those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, camera films and so on…)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the trip inclusive portion.
  • Guide  tips not included
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges and compulsory meals

Note:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
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