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This is an easy going but adventurous family friendly journey from Laos to Thailand, taking in some incredible activities that are ideal for active children. Starting in Luang Prabang, Laos' undisputed highlight, the journey continues to Bangkok, Khao Sok and Koh Lanta in Thailand.
Stay at a luxury tented camp in Khao Sok, one of the world's oldest rainforests
Cycle your way around Luang Prabang, one of Asia's finest historic cities that's flanked by glorious rivers and mountain scenery
Enjoy canoeing, trekking and spending time with elephants in a wonderful and non-invasive way
Enjoy Bangkok, one of Asia's most colourful and exciting cities
End with time in The Pimalai, a beautiful beach resort on Koh Lanta. Enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, jungle walks, cookery lessons and non-motorised water sports
On west coast there is a tropical climate. 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.
November to April is the best time to visit Laos and Bangkok with dry and warm weather, with March and April being the hottest months. October and May are also good months to visit with only a bit of rain. July to September are the wettest months.
This is a wonderfully varied family journey through Laos and Thailand, taking in the sleepy streets of picturesque Luang Prabang, spending some time at a family friendly resort in Bangkok, then walking with elephants in Khao Sok National Park before finishing on the beach in Koh Lanta. This trip is perfect for the December and March school holidays.
Luang Prabang is a fantastic introduction to Indochina, with peaceful streets that are easy to navigate on foot or by bicycle. It's a wonderful family option, picturesque and cultural with lots of fun activities and friendly locals. While you are here we suggest you embark on a day tour with your Laotian guide, for a local’s perspective on the wonderful history of the town. Visit the gold tiled Royal Palace, the breath in the incense infused atmosphere inside Wat Xieng Thong and learn about the astonishing diversity of Lao culture in the diminutive Ethnology Centre. We also suggest you take a day to relax at Kuang Si waterfall. Visit the Sun Bear Sanctuary where these adorable native bears live having been rescued from poachers or loggers, and walk up to the falls, passing levels of inviting blue pools, fringed with tropical plants and offering a variety of depths, perfect for wading or there are also platforms and trees for adventurous types to jump from into the deep water below. Children will love hearing the tale of the Golden Deer, and active teens will enjoy the challenging scramble up to the top of the main cascade, where you can watch the water fall away beneath your feet.
A fond farewell to Laos, and you embark on a short flight to Bangkok, the bustling and electric capital of Bangkok. For families not wishing to stay right in the thick of the city, the tranquil Anantara Riverside Resort is a fantastic choice, set within 11 acres of gardens and just a short boat trip from the centre of town. Your guide will steer you through the crowd to visit the most famous highlights, the Grand Palace (former home of the Thai Royal Family) and Wat Pho, home to the iconic 45m (148ft) reclining Buddha. Religion and royalty are both hugely important to the Thai people, so your guide will be able to explain the close relationship between them both.
Next stop is a short flight to Phuket, and a scenic three-hour drive north to the Khao Sok National Park, one of Thailand’s last remaining areas of primary rainforest and home to Elephant Hills, a firm Scott Dunn favourite. Elephant Hills is the most wonderful tented jungle camp that offers canoeing, trekking, river cruises and of course humane and authentic elephant experiences that are perfect for families. Please be aware that the minimum age here is 4 years old, and children under the age of 7 will not be able to spend a night at the lake camp but will need to stay at the rainforest camp for the duration of their stay.
From Elephant Hills you will be driven south to the pier where you will embark on a one hour boat journey to the sandy shores of Koh Lanta where you will spend the remainder of your trip relaxing on the beach. We recommend the Pimalai, one of our favourite family friendly hotels on this magnificent island. From its hilltop position you have wonderful views of the bay and the resort has luxurious rooms, facilities and a flawless service to match. 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 snorkelling and diving opportunities. Back on land you can take a cooking class or borrow a bike and head off around the island. Or of course, while the kids are busy exploring, just lie on the sandy beach with a good book and a drink in hand.
Today you will be transferred to Elephant Hills Camp to begin your Jungle safari. Experience your first encounter with elephants and interact with these gentle giants before exploring beautiful Khao Sok by canoe.
Head out on the water today and explore mangrove swamps, fig tree channels and deserted mangrove beaches by speed boat, canoe and classic Burmese junk, taking in the pristine wilderness that surrounds you.
Get under the skin of rural Thailand on today's adventure, visiting a local market and enjoying a ride in a traditional longtail boat before embarking on a canoe safari through the pristine rainforest.
Your final morning at Elephant Hills sees you trekking through the jungle on the hunt for more of the region's fascinating wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for gibbons, spectacled langurs and a variety of birdlife.
Spend half a day exploring two of Bangkok's most iconic sites; the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Accompanied by your own English-speaking guide, you will learn more about Buddhism in Thailand as well as the country's much loved Royal Family.
Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating UNESCO protected city of Luang Prabang, exploring the Royal Palace, shimmering temples, ancient streets and traditional art and ethnology centre. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.
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