Evocative and engaging, Southeast Asia has evolved into a destination for all ages. Thailand and Cambodia are now tailor-made for families with treasure hunting in Angkor Wat, zipping through rainforests, meeting with monks and villagers, invigorating cities, and a tropical beach getaway all coming together for a perfect holiday. Handcrafted across four distinctive destinations, this family tour combines a little of everything that makes these countries so revered: culture, adventure, heritage,...
Bangkok – Impressions Along the River
At first glance, Bangkok is all business and bustle, a chaotic capital city that does not at all seem ideal for families. But fear not, as you look beyond the initial impressions there is much to engage all ages. Enjoyment is all about where you stay, minimizing travel time by sticking close to the key attractions and maximizing serenity with a rooftop pool high above the city. Your guide will greet you at the airport for your private transfer into Bangkok with an orientation given on route to ensure that you have your bearings, including letting you know about good restaurants in walking distance, plus places that are feasible to visit by taxi. Your hotel is along Bangkok’s famous river, and there is so much color all around with temples, locals, and boats giving you a very vibrant first impression of Thailand.
Bangkok – Highlights of Bangkok Family Tour
Bangkok – Floating Market and Bike Ride
Chiang Mai – Spiritual Moments at Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai – A Day With the Elephants
Chiang Mai – Flight of the Gibbons Through the Rainforest
Siem Reap – Cambodian Cultural Performance and Overlooking the Temples
Siem Reap – Exploring Majestic Angkor Wat on a Treasure Hunt
Siem Reap – Butterflies, Temples and Art Class
Siem Reap – Cambodian Villages and ATV Sunset Tour
Koh Samui – Family Relaxation on a Remote Island
Day 12 - 14
Koh Samui – Leisurely Days on the Sand
Koh Samui to Bangkok – Departure
- Explore the majestic temples of Angkor Wat, an evocative meeting place of nature and heritage
- Escape to a tropical island and several days of family serenity away from it all in a beautiful corner of the world
- Feast your senses into one of Thailand’s floating markets
- Receive a monk’s blessing on a mountain top Chiang Mai temple and receive a vibrant welcome in a Cambodian village
- Whizz through the rainforest on the Flight of the Gibbons zip-lining experience
- Ride bikes across landscapes of rice paddies and colorful villages
- Join local Cambodian families in an art class and tour Angkor Wat on a family treasure hunt
- Spend a day with elephants in the forests near Chiang Mai and admire the colors at a butterfly center
Incense swirls in a mountaintop temple as your ears are teased by ringing gongs and the wind rushes through the hair in verdant rainforest, your family zip-lining across the canopy. Evocative shouts mingle with vibrant colors at a Bangkok floating market and ancient temples have been overtaken by trees at Angkor Wat as you learn the history on a family treasure hunt. In Thailand and Cambodia, there are so many unique experiences that every day brings something wildly different to excite and entertain. There is local culture, witnessed at monuments, and lived out in villages and you have a great heritage to uncover, much of it preserved into the 21stcentury. The landscapes are sublime and range from rice paddies and bicycle trails to a tropical island of white sand indulgence.
This handcrafted family vacation takes you to four of the region’s best destinations, each of them connected by local flights. Bangkok is your regional introduction, a busy and bustling city that is full of treasures when you have good guides to lead you. Chiang Mai is the highland retreat, immersing you in old-world spirituality and the grandeur of nature. Siem Reap is your four-night base in Cambodia, where you mix local experiences with the majesty of Angkor Wat, a temple complex beyond what the imagination can conjure. And then finally the beach with nights spent on Koh Samui for lots of space and serenity to be together as a family.
Bangkok can be a whirlwind of new impressions for children, but with a good central hotel, you can escape the noise, relax around the pool, and save your energy for two days spent exploring. Spend your second day in the Thai capital, going up and down the river, riding in a rickshaw, and admiring the city’s iconic attractions. The following morning, you can paddle around a floating market before cycling amongst the rice paddies, and you will all be amazed at how easy it is to get out into nature when staying in the capital.
Fly north to Chiang Mai and watch the sunset from Doi Suthep, the pre-eminent temple that stands high above the city. Receive a monk’s blessing and get to know the quiet, and mostly pedestrianized, lanes where there is a wonderful night market for you to wander in the evening. The next couple of days are spent amid nature with one day alongside the elephants and another day in the rainforest. Your activities are tailored to all ages, and there is so much space in this part of Thailand, so some can let off steam while others put their feet up and unwind.
Your direct flight will take you back south and into Cambodia and Siem Reap, the cute town on the edge of Angkor Wat. Explore the temples on a treasure hunt for an excellent way to keep the children involved so you can extend your exploration of the site. Also on the program, you will find a butterfly center, other temple ruins, superb sunset spots and welcoming Cambodian villages. You will meet with local families, quad bike to see temples, and watch the kids do an art class with villagers. So while Angkor Wat is the chief attraction, four days in Cambodia are more diverse than the temple complex that is now overrun by nature.
Complete your family vacation by returning to Thailand for several days on Koh Samui, an island that is quiet enough for doing nothing, but has enough to do should you need some entertainment. Spend lazy days on the sand, go snorkeling or even diving, hike through the forests, and enjoy languid evenings of seafood and sunsets. It is the timeless way to end vacation to Cambodia and Thailand, the kind of island that made this region such an exciting travel destination. Natural beauty, lazy days, and space to spend time with those you love.
$2,995 per person (excluding international flights)
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