Our guide to Thailand
Thailand Family Discovery
Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai & Phuket
- 14 nights
- from $4600 per person
At a Glance
A nice itinerary for those who prefer their hotels more classic and characterful rather than glitzy and glamorous
This is a well-rounded itinerary, taking in both ancient and modern history, as well as local culture and nature
The specific activities in each area can be completely tailored according to what interests you
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas offers a huge range of on-site activities, and so is ideal for active families
Kanchanaburi will be particularly interesting for any children studying World War II at school.Lucy Bailey
If you don't fancy the 290 step climb to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, there is a gondalaLucy Bailey
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.
You will start the trip with three nights at the quirky Ariyasom Villa in Bangkok, the country's bustling capital. There is so much to see and do, and children are sure to enjoy a half day cycling tour of the city, including a Buddhist temple complex, open-air Muay Thai school, textile factory and a local elementary school.
If you would prefer not to cycle, it is still possible to explore Bangkok by car, tuk tuk, or even by boat - the possibilities are endless!
From Bangkok you would have a three-hour transfer by car to Kanchanaburi. This is the location of the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai and 'Death Railway', where thousands of Prisoners of War and local laborers died building the line during the Japanese Occupation in World War II.
Whilst in Kanchanaburi, learn more about the poignant history of the area by visiting the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the adjacent War Cemetery. You can also take a boat up the river and walk over the Bridge, as well as visiting Hellfire Pass, named for the torches that lit the canyon throughout the night.
As well as having a fascinating history, the countryside around Kanchanaburi is also very pretty and offers some great activities for those who would like to experience local culture and nature. Whilst staying at Hintock River Camp, it is possible to go on bike rides to local villages, and to take boat trips up the river to visit caves and waterfalls.
After two nights here, you would head back to Bangkok and fly north to Chiang Mai. This is often visitor's favorite city in Thailand, with a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. There is also plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from spending the day in the company of elephants to exploring one of many impressive temples, including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is perched in the mountains.
Tamarind Village is a simple but sweet hotel right in the middle of the city, and offers a great base to venture out on your own to try out local restaurants or enjoy Chiang Mai's famous night or weekend markets.
After a busy couple of days it would then be time for some well-earned relaxation. There are so many wonderful beach properties to choose from in Thailand, but one we think is great for families is the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. Choose to relax by the hotel's beautiful sandy beach or lovely pool, or why not try out some of the activities on-site, including Thai cooking classes, Muay Thai, tennis or watersports.
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|Hintok River Camp|
Chiang Mai, Thailand
|Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket|
|Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas|
Location & Directions
Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai & Phuket
Ariyasom Villa is situated in downtown Bangkok, just 13 km from The Grand Palace. From Bangkok you will head to Kanchanaburi, a 3-hour drive away by car. Tamarind Village can be found to the north of Thailand in Chiang Mai. Finally end your trip flying down to Phuket for a stay at the Banyan Tree.
When to go
Thailand remains tropical and humid for most of the year and overall the best time to visit is between November and February when temperatures are more manageable and rain is less common. There are three main seasons, the cool season (mentioned above) when temperatures in the North are lower for longer, the rainy season from May to October when warm humid air brought from the Indian Ocean causes the south to be wettest (low season and when fewer tourists travel) and the hot season from March to May. There are of course regional variations across the country, however generally there is little difference in temperature across the center and the south of the country, related to its proximity to the equator.