Tropical sea and blue sky on Koh Samui island, Thailand

Ten-Day Thailand Family Adventure: Culture, Jungles & Islands

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Places Visited

Chiang Mai, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Doi Suthep–Pui National Park...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

Thailand brings adventure and mystique as an exotic destination that is comfortable for all ages. Elephants hoot in the thick jungle, monks will greet you at sunrise, and the tribe villages will impress an alternative way of life. A jungle camp will immerse you in nature while an island retreat provides sun, sea, and sand. Handcrafted to maximize your family time together, this 10-day Thailand tour avoids the city to create the classic Thai mix of culture, jungle, and island.

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Trip Highlights

  • Luxuriate on the spacious beaches of Koh Samui as you spend three nights at an island retreat tucked behind palm trees
  • Spend a day rafting through the jungle for a fun-packed family adventure that takes you deep into nature
  • Meet orange-robed monks in Chiang Mai and soak up the city’s spirituality from Doi Suthep
  • Gain an intimate cultural immersion as you visit families of a Karen hill tribe village, as well as those in remote Shan villages
  • Ride an elephant at an ethical sanctuary outside Chiang Mai, and then take the giant for its morning bath
  • Spend two nights at a jungle camp where the simplicity of family life meets nature’s humbling power
  • Learn to cook Thai style with a delightful hands-on workshop
  • Explore on the water and the land with three days on Koh Samui with your family
  • Gain the perfect introduction to Thailand on a tuk tuk tour through the ancient Chiang Mai streets

Detailed Description

Thailand offers so many new experiences that your family will never forget this magical adventure. Stay out in the jungle to find gibbons in the trees, or meet with a monk beside the ruins of a 16th-century temple. The white beaches of Thailand’s islands are a new experience for many, as is riding an elephant through the forest. Hill tribe villages reveal an alternative way of life while rice paddies provide the bucolic backdrop for half a day of cycling. Thailand is an exotic country filled with excitement whatever your age and Thailand is not as rural as it once was. This is a developed nation with all the contemporary comforts you need, and a dreamy combination for families with both exotic and exciting experiences complemented by modern accommodation and travel.

This ten-day Thailand tour is designed for families with active and adventurous children. It’s split across three easily connected destinations and avoids time in the somewhat overbearing capital city of Bangkok. The focus is on spaces where you can be together and share the adventure as a family. Chiang Mai provides a cultural landscape along with elephants, while Pai offers an escape into the jungle, complete with rafting, monkeys and the humbling power of nature. At the end, Koh Samui is your beach retreat with time and space to relax together fully.

Most people fly into Bangkok, but Chiang Mai is a more relaxing entry point as a small and serene city that continues to be the country’s cultural hub. It will be barely a 15-minute transfer from the airport to your hotel, and the old town is pedestrianized, so you can easily stretch your legs before taking your first tour in a tuk tuk for a fun way to connect the temples and get introduced to the sights of Thailand. Spend the next day in the jungle riding elephants and then meeting families in a Karen hill tribe village. Monks provide a local interaction the following day before you experience a Thai cooking workshop that is tailored towards children.

Pai is small and quaint with a cluster of low-lying houses stretching along river and forest. Rice paddies provide its backdrop, studded with small temples and chedi, or stupas. After a short winding journey from Chiang Mai, you can spend your afternoon peddling in rural Thailand, cycling to hot springs and Shan villages along with a supporting vehicle if the ride gets too difficult for anyone. Tackle the rapids next on a day of rafting and your downriver journey will lead you to a jungle camp that is hidden in nature. Spend two nights here in simple and comfortable bamboo huts with hot showers with evenings around a campfire, the wildlife a significant part of the experience.

Continue by raft through the jungle the next day, exiting the park in Mae Hong Son to catch a short flight back to Chiang Mai, and then a direct flight to Koh Samui. Jungle continues to provide the backdrop here with a canopy of indigenous trees hanging above the beaches with than enough space to run around. Adventures can be on land or water, but mostly this is downtime, a sublime setting to let go and feel the allure Thailand can provide. It will be peaceful on the islands, tucked away beneath the palms with no need for shoes as you walk from room to beach. Ten days in Thailand comes to a blissful conclusion, and Koh Samui’s airport makes for a convenient departure.  For the best Thailand travel ideas, explore additional Thailand tours and vacations available on Zicasso.

Starting Price

$2,195 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.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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