Elephants, Jungle & Beach
From £1349 pp excl flights
14 Days
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This 2 week itinerary covers all the wonderful experiences that come to mind when you think about a holiday to Thailand… and a bit more! Kick off by exploring Bangkok, then head to Chiang Mai to encounter elephants at one of the best sanctuaries in the country, sample its famous street food and markets and explore the forests the adventurous way, with a treetop zipline and white water rafting.

Spend a few nights at Khao Sok national park in a jungle treehouse and a floating hut on the beautiful Chiaw Laan lake, enjoying hiking, swimming and and boat safaris to spot tropical birds and monkeys. Finish by relaxing on the white sands of one of Thailand’s islands or try snorkelling, scuba diving or sea kayaking in the crystal-clear waters. Perfect for families, outdoors lovers and adventurous souls!

Day to Day Itinerary

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This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.

14 Days: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park - Khao Sok National Park - Beach

Activities: Temples and culture, meeting elephants, white water rafting, ziplining, wildlife spotting, rainforest, floating rafthouse, beach time

Day 1: Arrive at Bangkok airport where you will be met by our local representative and taken to your hotel.

Day 2: A full day visit to the ‘must see’ attractions of Bangkok as well as some hidden gems. Begin at Bangkok’s signature landmark, the Grand Palace and Wat Po, with its impressive huge reclining Buddha image, continuing on to China Town and the photogenic city flower market. After lunch, board a classic long-tail boat to explore the city's network of canals, watch a traditional Thai puppet show and sample street food at Bangkokians' favourite riverside market. Finish with a tuktuk ride to the magnificent royal temple Wat Arun. (B/L)

Day 3: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai and the rest of the day is free to explore the “Rose of the North”, with its historic temples, incredible street food and the famous weekend walking streets. We can also arrange a range of activities including city tours, trekking, hilltribe visits, outdoor adventures and more... (B)

Day 4: Spend the day at a project supported by Elephant Nature Park, the leading advocates of ethical elephant experiences in Thailand, where you can meet and interact with these majestic animals in their natural habitat. No shows or tricks, just your chance to observe the largest land mammals in the world and to get up close to touch, feed and wash them. A once in a lifetime experience! After a full day with the elephants, pay a visit to the famous Night Market. (B/L)

Note: this is also available as an overnight experience staying in a hilltribe village.

Day 5: Finish your visit to Chiang Mai with treetop ziplines and white water rafting - for thrill-seekers and nature-lovers alike this has got to be the most unique way to explore the beautiful forest. There are 18 platforms to try, working up to the highlight: a 400m river traverse on the one of the highest and longest ziplines in the Thailand. Afterwards, enjoy 2 hours of exhilarating whitewater rafting, including the best 14 rapids in the country along the Mae Tang River. (B/L)

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Day 6: Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for a flight to Surat Thani. Arrive and head to Khao Sok National Park to check in to your jungle treehouse and relax with a traditional Thai massage. (B)

Day 7: A 3 hour nature walk through the jungle on an easy trail takes you to a wide swimming hole, where monkeys are commonly seen in the trees above. Then in the afternoon choose between canoeing or tubing down the river, where your guide will point out brightly-coloured birds along the banks and maybe a snake or two hanging high up on the trees. (B/L)

Day 8: Drive to Chiaw Laan lake, where you will spend a night under the stars in a basic floating bungalow that matches the simplicity of the surroundings. Daytime activities include hiking through virgin jungle, swimming, exploring caves, kayaking and relaxing amidst the amazing scenery. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Early morning cruise around the lake shores in search of the elusive but prolific wildlife that can be found here, before returning to the rafthouse for breakfast. At lunch time, drive to Surat Thani to catch a catamaran to one of the east coast islands such as Koh Samui or Koh Tao.

Note: these islands are recommended for June-Aug but Thailand has numerous amazing beaches and islands - which one you go to depends on the prevailing weather when you travel and your tastes! (B/L)

Day 10-13: Free days to relax and enjoy the Thailand's famously stunning beaches. Tao is quieter and smaller than the other islands off the east coast and is known as one of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Koh Samui is better known and offers more varied amenities like shops and restaurants but it's still possible to avoid the crowds and discover a slice of tropical paradise. (B)

Day 14: Transfer by catamaran to Koh Samui for a flight back to Bangkok, connecting with your flight home. (B)

Prices from: £1349 per person
Services included: hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide, 24 hour assistance
Services not included: flights, drinks, tips and personal expenses
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.

Best Time To Travel

Best time to visit: November - April
Bangkok: Nov – Mar sunny and dry. Apr – Jun hot and high humidity. Jul – Oct tropical rain showers likely.
North: Nov – Apr sunny and dry but may be cold in the evenings. May – Jun hot and humid. Jul – Oct chance of rain.
Andaman coast: Oct – Mar sunny and dry. Apr - May hot and humid. Jun – Sep monsoon season, heavy rains in Aug-Sep especially.
Gulf Coast: Dec – Aug sunny and dry. Sep – Nov monsoon season, rains sometimes continue into December.

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