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Essential Thailand Adventure for the Family

Bangkok, Khao Sak, Koh Lanta

Thailand is a great place for adventure with city, jungle and beach all within reach of each other. This itinerary takes you from culturally rich Bangkok to activity based Elephant Hills in the south and then on to the beach front in Koh Lanta.

At a Glance

  • Great option for those seeking an activity-based vacation but also keen to factor in some time out

  • Children and adults alike will love the sense of adventure at Elephant Hills

  • Bangkok provides a great buzz for the start of your trip whilst Rayavadee is more of a calm at the end

  • A journey which takes you through different scenery - from city life in Bangkok to the hills of Khao Sak and then the coastal area of Krabi

  • Take a canoe ride along the Sok River, meet elephants, take a jungle trek and a traditional long-tail boat

Adventure, Beach, Family, Culture

Insider's View

Elephant Hills is not the epitome of luxury, but children will love it and who needs an HD television when you can look at the scenery for real just outside your tent.

Scott Dunn team


Your adventure will start as soon as you arrive in Bangkok, where you will spend three nights getting to know the city. The well-known attractions in Bangkok include the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Floating Market.

Whilst these should all be visited, there is much more to the city away from the crowds. Wake up early one morning to take a stroll through the park to witness local performing martial arts, then head on to a temple to hear the monks morning chant before wandering down to the market packed with locals buying and selling. Spend an afternoon cycling through the backstreets and over to the wealthier island. Do an extended tour of the khlongs on a long tail boat to get away from the touristy areas and is a calm contrast to the busy city.

In the evening you can retire to the marvelous Peninsula Hotel located on the river banks offering views of the ongoings of the river from all rooms. There is also a large swimming pool with sunbeds and several delicious restaurants to choose from if you dine in.

Next you will fly down to Phuket and make your way to Elephant Hills camp in Khao Sak where you will spend the next two nights enjoying the Elephant Hills Jungle Lake Safari. You will spend the nights at the main camp in a simple but perfectly comfortable tent. During the day you can enjoy a canoe safari down the Sok river and though the lake channels, explore the lake, go wildlife spotting, trek through the rainforest, swim in the emerald waters, watch dance performances and cooking demonstrations and the elephant experience.

Your days will be action packed with adventure, scenery and wildlife, with always something to do and something to see. There will never be a dull moment. However, if you want some time out you can of course make the most of the pool area and in the evening you can tuck into some delicious dinners and enjoy some refreshing drinks whilst reminiscing about your day’s adventures with other guests.

The final part of the itinerary takes you to Pimalai on Koh Lanta. From its hilltop position you have wonderful views of the bay and the resort has luxurious rooms, facilities and a flawless service to match. After a busy few days at Elephant Hills you are probably ready for some relaxation which is what you can do here! We recommend opting for a pool villa for the ultimate experience.

However if you are still after some activity, there is plenty to be found. Take a kayak out to explore the island from the sea, try your hand at windsurfing or explore the underwater life with some fabulous snorkeling and diving opportunities. Back on land you can take a cooking class, borrow a bike and head inland or do some more elephant experiences. Or of course, just lie on the sandy beach with a good book and a drink in hand!





Fly to Bangkok
3 nights

Bangkok, Thailand

Peninsula Bangkok
Fly Bangkok to Phuket
2 nights

Khao Sok, Thailand

Elephant Hills Tented Camp
6 nights

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Pimalai Resort & Spa
Fly home (via Bangkok)

Location & Directions

Bangkok, Khao Sak, Koh Lanta

The Peninsula Bangkok is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok close to many of the main city attractions. You will then head down south to Khoa Sak National Park to stay at Elephant Hills Camp before making your final stop in Krabi at Rayavadee which is located on a peninsula with three beaches.

When to go

Tropical climate and the driest months to visit are December to March. November and April are also good months to visit and you may get some rain, although it is outside of the monsoon season. May to October is the monsoon with downpours occurring once or twice a day, rather than constant rain.

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