Experience Thailand within 8 days, Thailand Family tour will bring you and your kids to a new world. You will visit the capital city of Bangkok with its giant gold Buddha and bustling streets before heading to Pai to meet two communities and learn about their unique and distinct cultures. Take part in a traditional dining experience and embark to the Elephants Camp to see the elephants in Chiang Mai. Ends of the trip is a half day biking tour, which is an introduction to Thai culture while visiting temples and markets as a local.
Upon arrival, meet our driver/tour guide and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure
Pick up at your hotel in Bangkok to start private excursion. South west of Bangkok is a delta area, criss-crossed by canals, highly fertile and full of coconut plantations and fruit orchards. Green and wet. You will enter the famous DamnoenSaduak floating market by long-tailed boat via a labyrinth of narrow canals through the orchards. Sit and take your pictures, try some mango and sticky rice or hot soup with fish balls. The old ladies chat in their little boats and make smartly use of long sticks to hand your small change; no need to move about and risk toppling the boat! Don’t forget to take a look behind all the souvenir stalls to see the wooden houses stretching along canals like they did for centuries. Then back to Bangkok for visit visitThe Grand Palace complex was established in 1782 and it consists of not only royal and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. And then visit WatPhraKaew the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace together form the greatest spectacle for the visitor to Bangkok. Despite the fact that the whole compound is so full of tourists you spend half the time trying to avoid getting in people’s photos, it’s still a pretty amazing place to visit. The Wat Pho or “Temple of the Reclining Buddha” is one of Bangkok’s most attractive temples. It is a much visited temple complex due to its location immediately South of the Grand Palace and the huge Reclining Buddha image it houses. Then transfer to your hotel free on your own.
Breakfast at hotel you will meet our guide and driver pick up transfer to Silom Thai Cooking School caters to people with keen interests in food and culture. Learn to cook famous Thai dishes in a relaxed and friendly environment. Each class starts with a trip to a local market to buy fresh ingredients. You’ll get a feel for real Thai culture as you experience its rich colors, and unique flavors and smells. Students then prepare a complete 5-course meal for lunch completely from scratch. Then transfer back to hotel free and relax on your own.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for a flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, be greeted by the local guide and transfer to the hotel in Pai.On the way, stop by the impressive 60-metre tall MokFah Waterfall and Pong DuadHotsprings in Huay Nam Dang National Park. This natural wonder spurts up from under the ground at a temperature of 99 degrees. Locals believe that the water’s chemical properties are good for skin.
Arrive in Pai late in the afternoon and check in at the hotel. In the evening, enjoy a stroll through the colourfulPai Night Market for an evening snack or some hilltribe-inspired crafts and gifts. Then transfer back to hotel free and relax on your own.
Following breakfast, depart and continue south to Mae La Na (45 minutes), arguably one of the most picturesque valleys in Mae Hong Son Province. Here, visit two communities; Baan Ja Bo (Lahu) and Baan Mae La Na (Shan). Situated 30 minutes walking distance from one another, we will have the unique privilege of being invited into the homes and communities of these tribes to meet the people and learn about their unique and distinct cultures.The Lahu people of Baan Ja Bo are colourful, flamboyant and welcoming. They’re known for their traditional medicine and wild traditional hilltribe food. Here, a local village guide will explain all the important cultural sites and introduce local craftsmen and craftswomen who will explain the the many different meanings of the colours of their traditional clothes. Then, follow the guide’s lead while hiking up the mountain to visit Coffin Cave -considered to be a sacred site by the Lahu people. Learn about the local beliefs and how to behave in the caves. Then, head to the local rice fields and learn about the traditional rotational rice farming method that locals use in order to maintain harmony with nature. Enjoy a local lunch prepared by the villagers at Baan Ja Bo. From here, enjoy a downhill walk (30 minutes) or drive through a stunning valley of majestic limestone cliffs to Baan Mae La Na. Be met by a local village guide and follow his or her lead on a trail to visit the beautiful Coral Cave. During the trek, take in beautiful views of a healthy deciduous forest area, as well as a large herbal plantation that locals use for growing traditional medicine.
Please note: These villages are part of a program called “Project for Recovery of Life and Culture” which helps communities prepare for meaningful community-based tourism projects that share culture, raise funds to conserve natural resources, train community guides and create income for local members.Return to Pai for overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will leave from Pai transfer to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, explore the old and modern city, including its old crumbling city walls, gates, moat, eclectic markets, residential areas, and Tapae Road -one of Chiang Mai’s main streets, and a hive of activity. Continue with a drive up to DoiSuthep Mountain for a visit to WatPhra That DoiSuthep. Built in 1384 AD, it’s the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand. Inside the temple, see one of the most sacred and impressive stupas in all of Thailand. Also, be sure to enjoy the fantastic panoramic views over Chiang Mai. Dinner tonight is sure to be a memorable one. Take part in a traditional dining experience that is unique to Chiang Mai with a Kantoke dinner and cultural dance performance. Kantoke is the local style of eating where diners sit on the floor around raised trays of food. The dance performances that take place are some of Thailand’s most impressive.
Breakfast at hotel, embark to the Elephants Camp to see the elephants at work in a jungle area. See how the elephants are trained for working with human and the elephant shows. Then, you have the chance for an exciting ride on the elephant ride along the trails and followed by Ox-Cart ride back to the camp – lunch at the elephant camp. Afternoon, enjoy on local handicraft bamboo rafting along Mae Taeng river. Return to Chiang Mai and a stop will be at Orchid Nursery. Transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast free time at leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure or next destination.