Bangkok, Wat Pho, Mae Klong Delta, Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep, Ban Mae Kampong, Siem Reap, Battambang, Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Koh Samui
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
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
A late start today will give you time to alleviate any jet lag as you unwind by the pool. Meet your guide for lunch at a local restaurant and get acquainted with local dishes, especially those children tend to love, and then set off through the heart of the old city, soaking your senses into landmarks from yesteryear. Impressive coronation halls and thrones in the Grand Palace, and the enormous Buddha at Wat Pho will be baffling to behold with its 46 meters of gold plating. Move next to a flower market for so many colors and smells to take in. Finish the day as you find that Bangkok is enjoyable when exploring time is complemented by quiet time.
Bangkok – Floating Market and Bike Ride
Slowly you paddle the atmospheric channels, stopping alongside boats of vegetables and fruit. Casually you can cycle through rural Thailand, ride paddies all around. Gradually you will fill your lungs with fresh country air as this is more like the Thailand of the imagination with enchanting villages, excited traders, so many dashes of color and so many aromas mingling all around. Travel an hour out of Bangkok and spend time exploring Damnoen Nam Saduak Floating Market, a place that always tends to keep kids fully engaged. Move next to swap a paddle for peddles and a family bike tour through rural parts of Thailand, a two-hour adventure that caters to almost all ages and energy levels. You can stop in a small village on the way and travel the last part back to Bangkok by vehicle, the capital not a city you want to be cycling in.
Chiang Mai – Spiritual Moments at Doi Suthep
Begin the day with a relatively late start as you take an early-afternoon flight north, landing in a city that is entirely different than Bangkok. The first thing you might notice about Chiang Mai is the tranquility as it is in the heart of this city that you can listen to tinkling bicycle bells and walk pedestrianized lanes. It is quiet here, and it is also safe to walk about as a family, stopping at temple ruins and small street-side cafes. In the afternoon, you can travel to the mountain and temple above the city, where the sunset views are otherworldly. Turn the prayer wheels, admire the glittering pagodas, and join a monk for a special blessing. Your time spent here will be an excellent way for the whole family to feel grounded in the ways of the region, incense fluttering about as the orange-robed monk helps immerses you in local spirituality.
Chiang Mai – A Day With the Elephants
Thick forests surround Chiang Mai, the ancient home of Asian elephants. Although tamed, these animals have been integral to the region for many millennia. And although elephant training centers have a bad reputation in this area, you will visit one that has been carefully vetted and supports genuine wildlife conservation. Learn the calls, mount your elephants, and head off through the rainforest, following muddy trails to the river. Take your elephant for a bath, make a connection with the giant, then walk it onwards to a local temple, where you learn about the role of elephants in Buddhism. While in the forest, you will also visit a lovely waterfall and have lunch out in nature. Back in Chiang Mai the night market is a lively, yet relaxed, place to eat local in the evening.
Chiang Mai – Flight of the Gibbons Through the Rainforest
High in the rainforest canopy, you can glide, zip-lining above and into the trees, and feeling the wind rush past your ears. From the sky bridges, it will seem like the views extend for eternity, and then from other bridges you are consumed by the majesty of pristine forest. Today’s tour is a three-hour air trek through Ban Mae Kampong, an ancient high-altitude forest that remains the preserve of monkeys. As part of the tour, you can trek up to Mae Kampong Falls and come down from the adventure with an amazing traditional lunch. Back in Chiang Mai, there are temples and local attractions you may want to explore, the city easy to get around if you are a confident cyclist. If not two wheels, then local rickshaws are a quick way to get to most places in Chiang Mai.
Siem Reap – Cambodian Cultural Performance and Overlooking the Temples
Flying into Siem Reap, you can glimpse the temples from the air and then look towards the grandest temple complex of them all. Over the next three days, you can explore the secrets of Angkor Wat, but you will begin your Cambodian experience with an impression of the country today. Watch a unique cultural performance, song, dance, and tradition all brought together by Battambang refugees with a story to tell. Young and old are here, your children likely to interact with the Cambodians. These exchanges will be a real highlight of your time here, the modern cultural connection and chance to share time with people so different from you. Spending time with Cambodians is eye-opening and humbling, especially for kids.
Siem Reap – Exploring Majestic Angkor Wat on a Treasure Hunt
Thick tree trunks crash through ancient temple walls and forests wrap themselves around vestiges of a spiritual past. Crumbling stone juxtaposes with the works of nature. This is Angkor Wat, the grandest temple complex of them all. And there are so many stories to uncover. So head out on a family treasure hunt to explore the different areas and temples, learning about how long they have been here and why they were abandoned. Your kids will find a lot of fun searching for hidden symbols and deciphering codes. The best time to explore is in the cooler morning hours, and then again in the hours leading up to sunset, your guide picking a lesser-known temple for you to watch the sky change color.
Siem Reap – Butterflies, Temples and Art Class
Distant temple bells accompany you at breakfast as rugged temple summits stand on the horizon. Villagers wave hello as you pass with another day to be together as a family in a gregarious part of the world. Travel to a butterfly center and interact with the free-flying wonders. Visit the delicate temples at Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, contrasting the stories of yesterday. Spend the afternoon in a local village, with a children’s art class that has been shared by your kids and the locals. Finish the day as you head out to an Angkor Wat temple and watch the sunset, another dreamy day in Cambodia drawing to a close.
Siem Reap – Cambodian Villages and ATV Sunset Tour
Siem Reap is a great place to take things slowly. While some come for two days of rushing around temples, this piece of Cambodia is best enjoyed when you take it slow. Today you can head out to a series of small villages on a bicycle tour, peddling amid lush landscapes and immersing yourself in local life. Children play, adults relax, the photos are iconic, and all the senses are entertained. Lunch will be traditional, and there will be an opportunity to get involved in the kitchen should you wish. A final evening in Cambodia and you watch the sunset over Angkor Wat one more time, this time by riding quad bikes to a lesser-visited side of the complex.
Koh Samui – Family Relaxation on a Remote Island
Two shorts flights take you from Siem Reap to Koh Samui, a journey from Cambodia to the beach that takes just under four hours. Touch down and transfer to a small beach resort on a quiet part of the island, where there is little around but thick jungle, open beach, and warm, serene waters. Welcome to a tropical island and welcome to four days of doing not much at all. You have barefoot access to the beach, and nothing is scheduled for your time here. Lie back, rest up and feel the invigorating qualities of a Thai island as you enjoying time as a family. There are things you could do, of course, but this time in Koh Samui is mostly designed as a laid-back retreat after the cultural adventure.
Day 12 - 14
Koh Samui – Leisurely Days on the Sand
Amble to the beach and lie beneath the sun or grab a snorkel and go searching for turtles. Take a walk through a rainforest on sandy trails, or perhaps join a game of beach volleyball, finish two books, or try scuba diving. These are leisurely days for you to spend around the beach, and you can see how the mood takes you. Many restaurants are situated within a reasonable beachfront walk from the resort, the seafood particularly good in this part of the world. Tours can be booked with the resort and might be an option if four days is a little long for entertaining the kids.
Koh Samui to Bangkok – Departure
After an airport transfer you fly back to Bangkok and connect with your outbound flight, two weeks in Thailand and Cambodia flying past in a blur of happy memories.
- 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)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
Reviews of Zicasso's Referral Service
4.88 stars based on 193 reviews
"[Our travel planner] made it easy to experience many more...
Reviewed By John K.
"All four tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly."
Reviewed By Joseph S.
"This travel team organized a wonderful trip..."
Reviewed By Kathy H.
"The travel specialist... frequently checked in as to how...
Reviewed By Robert B.
"The travel team created an absolutely incredible adventure,...
Reviewed By Suzann S.
"I cannot speak highly enough about this company, the designer...
Reviewed By David G.
Get Weekly Inspiration and Expert Advice on Travel
during the COVID and post-COVID era