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Thailand Family Holiday with Teenagers

Thailand, Asia

Thailand Family Holiday with Teenagers

Biking
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Start: Bangkok
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End: Bangkok

Explore the cities, villages and forests of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this active family adventure

Activity
Biking
LocationThailand, Asia
Duration9 days
Start / EndBangkok / Bangkok
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Thailand, Asia

Thailand Family Holiday with Teenagers

Biking·
9 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Bangkok
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End: Bangkok

Description

Explore the busy streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this energetic family adventure in Thailand. Zipline through treetops, cycle around rural villages and kayak down the Mae Teang River. Experience pastoral life with a homestay experience and learn the tricks of bartering at the floating markets of Amphawa.


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Itinerary

Day 1Bangkok
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1 Check in to the hotel and enjoy settling in to Bangkok. Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore, so perhaps arrive a day or so early and take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai food.
Day 2Bangkok
After enjoying a Thai breakfast with the group, head out to explore this incredibly vibrant and action-packed city. Begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous ‘khlongs’ (canals). Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital. We pay a visit to Wat Pho, one of the ‘trinity’ of Bangkok temples, with a 46-metre long gold plated Buddha reclining inside. Even the feet of this statue are incredible, three metres long and intricately decorated with mother of pearl. The temple grounds are equally fascinating, filled with beautifully decorated stupas, halls, and shrines. This evening we head north, catching the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Day 3Chiang Mai
In the morning we arrive into Chiang Mai. After some time to freshen up, head out on an exploration of this charming and relaxed city (compared to Bangkok anyway). Embark on a scenic, winding drive up a mountain (around 45 minutes) to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and sweeping views of the city make this a most memorable experience. In the evening, experience a traditional Khan Toke dinner, which involves delicious food, a relaxed environment and slow-tempo dance entertainment.
Day 4Chiang Mai
After last night's entertainment, today is a day of fresh mountain air and discovery by foot. Trek around Chiang Mai, visiting local markets and taking the time to enjoy a dip by a waterfall before heading to a Thai village for an overnight stay. Staying in the village is a great opportunity to interact with the locals and see how they live. 
Day 5Chiang Mai
Today is an action-packed day on the water. In the morning, glide down the Mae Teang River on an inflatable kayak, paddling through lush jungles, stopping to pick fruit and keeping eyes peeled for wildlife. Stop for a special lunch at a riverside camp. Afterwards head to the Lahu Hill tribe village to see how the rural communities live. Head back to Chiang Mai in the afternoon. 
Day 6Chiang Mai
Today is a free day to explore Chiang Mai. We would highly recommend your consider doing the optional activity: Flight of the Gibbon. It will be an early start (about 6:30) for a day of zip-lining and tree top discovery. With over 5 kms of ziplines and 30 stations there is a ride for all members of the family. the park actively supports Gibbon conservation so not only are you having a wonderful time but helping these incredible creatures as well. NOTE: A physical requirement for the zipline program is suitable for children over 100 cm height. Tonight we take the overnight train back to Bangkok .
Day 7Amphawa
After arriving in Bangkok by train, head out to the village of Amphawa on a journey that will take just over an hour. The area is famous for its floating markets and the local Thais flock here on weekends to bargain and barter. Explore the small, riverside villages before taking to bikes once again and discovering further afield. Tonight enjoy some local hospitality with a homestay experience.
Day 8Bangkok
This morning we will get to experience the famous floating market along with the many Thais who flock here. Having a leader here is invaluable as it brings to life the market, its people and the myriad of alien looking goods on sale. This is a great real life experience and a great last activity before our farewell dinner back in Bangkok.
Day 9Departure Day
The trip finishes today after breakfast. There are still many fun and fascinating attractions to visit, perhaps ride the Skytrain or visit the huge shopping centres.

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Last modified (date)

26 Nov 2018

Trip title

Thailand Family Holiday with Teenagers

Trip code

TTFZ

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Explore the busy streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this energetic family adventure in Thailand. Zipline through treetops, cycle around rural villages and kayak down the Mae Teang River. Experience pastoral life with a homestay experience and learn the tricks of bartering at the floating markets of Amphawa.

Style

Original

Themes

Family

Transport

Private bus,sleeper train,bike,kayak

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

These trips are setup to involve and include all the family so no real physical preparation is necessary. The trips all have some degree of physical activity but nothing that is too strenuous. Please check the physical rating on the trip notes and if you need further explanation please contact one of our sales consultants who will provide you with more detailed information.

Joining point

Nouvo City Hotel

Joining point description

A modern centrally located hotel in the Bangamphu area which is also known as the Old Bangkok City. The hotel is only 15 minutes walk from Khao San Road. and walking distance to many Buddhist temples and the Grand Palace. All rooms have WiFi, air conditioning, hair dryer and a fridge. Please note that no alcohol is served in this hotel but there are lots of great bars across the road

Joining point instructions

GROUP TRIPS Private arrival transfers are available at the time of booking. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. After exiting customs go outside and look for exit door 4 and our representative holding a sign with your name on it. If you have any problems and cannot locate our representative please go to the ATTA Counter (Association of Thai Travel ... Read more

Finish point

Nouvo City Hotel

Finish point description

A modern centrally located hotel in the Bangamphu area which is also known as the Old Bangkok City. The hotel is only 15 minutes walk from Khao San Road. and walking distance to many Buddhist temples and the Grand Palace. All rooms have WiFi, air conditioning, hair dryer and a fridge. Please note that no alcohol is served in this hotel but there are lots of great bars across the road

Finish point instructions

GROUP TRIPS Departure transfer is available - enquire at time of booking. If you have a transfer to the Bangkok Airport your transfer driver will collect you from your hotel 3 hours before your flight time. If your transfer has not arrived within 15 minutes of the scheduled pickup time please ask reception to call our transfer provider World Travel Idea 24 hr number 081 658 2727 or 081 566 9324.... Read more

Group leader

All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that ... Read more

Safety

SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

Communications

With the modern world you may want to bring along tablets of smartphones for the children to document their adventure - there are a wide variety of apps out there which we suggest downloading before you depart. There will be opportunities to charge ( just make sure you bring the correct adapter) and there will be wi-fi available on your trip, although it will probably not be at the speeds you are ... Read more

Visas

THAILAND: If entering by air most nationalities will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival. If entering by a land border, you will be granted a 15 day stay only (some exceptions are citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan who are eligible for 30 day visa at land borders). A visa extension can be obtained in Thailand at an immigration office for appro... Read more

Why we love it

Wake up to the sights and sounds of bustling Chiang Mai after an overnight train journey

Is this trip right for you

This trip includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. This is an active style trip featuring trekking a... Read more

Health

Kids' bellies are delicate and the standards of hygiene you may experience while travelling in this region can be less than what you are accustomed to at home. There are a few simple precautions you can take that will keep the family travelling in good health. DRINKING WATER: Make sure you always travel with plenty of water so you do not risk dehydration. FOOD: With all the exotic tastes availab... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

Your group leader will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. These instances will be indicated in the ‘trip notes’ itinerary. Please notify your group lea... Read more

Money matters

If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by... Read more

What to take

WATER BOTTLE Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although... Read more

A couple of rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Peregrine travellers. Peregrine’s philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the lo... Read more

Feedback

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/ After your travels, we want to hear from you! We realise that our partner company may ask you to complete paper or online feedback following your trip, however we would also like to know what you thought and encourage you to submit your feedback to us too. We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well an... Read more

Emergency contact

ISSUES ON YOUR TRIP: While we always endeavor to provide you the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader/specialist guide or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to recti... Read more

Responsible travel

LOCAL DRESS: When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women wi... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Thailand include: * Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) provides care for sick and injured elephants in Thailand. www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/friends-of-the-asian-elephant/

Accommodation notes

GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS: Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room. Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in a handful of places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it i... Read more

Transport notes

We believe that the vehicles you use pay an important part in your holiday so where possible we include a wide variety of vehicles from local remorks or tuk tuks in Asia to feluccas on the Nile as well as the ubiquitous air conditioned minibus.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. On our Family Adventures, single relatives or friends are welcome to travel along with a family. These single travellers share with people of the same gender for the duration of the trip and in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Please note that some of our itineraries have accommoda... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your p... Read more

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4 nights hotel,2 nights Homestay,2 nights overnight sleeper train
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