Thailand

Southern Thailand Adventure

The south of Thailand is home to some of Thailand’s most picturesque landscapes with an endless sea of emerald paddy fields, dense jungle, spiky limestone peaks and idyllic beaches. If you want to keep the travelling down to a minimum then you can happily spend two weeks exploring the area, combining a range of activities with plenty of time on the beach. This itinerary does not require any internal flights so is also ideal for those travelling on a tighter budget.

A wide range of different accommodation types are available and we can adapt any aspect of this itinerary to suit your family and travel dates.

Highlights

  Bike ride through Bangkok
  Help to bathe elephants
  Overnight in a treehouse
  Friendly fishing-village homestay
  Relax on a gorgeous beach

15 days from £1,500 pp

Plus international flights from £650

A two-week holiday in the South of Thailand usually costs from £6,000 plus flights for a family of four.

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Southern Thailand Adventure day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax by the pool and recover from your jetlag.


Day 2 Bangkok
This morning take a tuk tuk to the Grand Palace where the children can imagine what it would have been like to grow up as a prince or princess in the Siamese court. Walk through the grand courtyards and painted corridors to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha where you can introduce the children to Buddhism.

This afternoon you will see a side of Bangkok that few visitors see, taking to two wheels to cycle through the backstreets of Bangkok. Follow your guide along the narrow sois (residential alleyways) and canal-side trails, stopping at tiny temples and local markets along the way. We can arrange tagalong bikes or bike seats for younger children but if this does not appeal, we can replace this activity with a long-tail boat ride along the network of waterways that form the backbone of the city.


Day 3 Kanchanaburi
This morning drive northwest into Kanchanaburi province, through endless rice paddies, until you reach Kanchanaburi town. In the afternoon board the train to Nam Tok over the infamous Burma Railway, constructed during the Second World War by POWs. Later you will visit the War Cemetery, containing the graves of some of the POWs who perished during the construction of the bridge. There is also an excellent (very child-friendly) museum nearby which older children will find fascinating. 


Day 4 Kanchanaburi
Today spend the day with elephants at the extremely responsibly run Elephant’s World. This is a sanctuary for sick, old, disabled, abused and rescued elephants, and is a place where they can live out the rest of their lives in comfort. The day programme includes the chance to prepare food for the elephants and feed them, as well as taking them down to the river where you can help to bathe them. This is a wonderful activity that is a real highlight for families.


Day 5 Kanchanaburi
This morning you will enjoy a Thai cookery class so that you can learn to create some of your favourite dishes. The course starts with a visit to a local market where you will learn about the many ingredients used in Thai cuisine. You will then head to the kitchen and will learn how to cook three different dishes that have been handed down over generations, and are typical of the Kanchanaburi region. You will then take a seat in a riverside restaurant to enjoy your hard work!

Later return to Bangkok in time to board the overnight train to Surat Thani. You can either travel first class in private 2-person cabins or second class, in an open carriage with individual sleeper berths.

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Day 6 Surat Thani – Khao Sok National Park
When you arrive in Surat Thani your guide will meet you off the train and will accompany you to Khao Sok National Park. The park is home to some of Southern Thailand’s loveliest scenery. Much of this area was flooded with the building of the Ratchaprapha Dam, creating a spectacular landscape of sheer limestone karst cliffs that soar out of the deep blue water of the lake and jungle clad hills which are home to a great variety of wildlife.

Overnight in a treehouse.


Day 7 Khao Sok National Park
Today you have a full day excursion into the national park. You will take a longtail boat on the Ratchaprapha Lake to see the breath-taking limestone formations that fringe the lake. Stop for lunch at a floating bungalow and feast on freshly caught fish and southern Thai curries. In the afternoon take a short boat ride to a trailhead and trek through the jungle. This wilderness is home to 5% of the world’s species and boasts langur monkeys, gibbons, macaques, rare birds, butterflies and more. The trek can be tailored to the children, depending on how energetic you are all feeling.


Day 8 Khao Sok National Park
Today you have a free day. You can either relax at your hotel or you can head into the national park and take a walk through the rainforest. Although many of the larger species have withdrawn deep into the park, there is a good chance of spotting horn-bills, gibbons and perhaps even gaur or banteng. Even without the animals, the weird and wonderful landscape of gigantic creepers, thick groves of bamboo and huge tropical ferns is very unique.


Day 9 Ao Leuk Homestay
A short drive takes you to the coast for a 2-night homestay. This is located in Laem Sak, a small peninsula near the picturesque Thanbook Koranee National Park. When you arrive in the village you will be met by your host, Khun Chareen, and can spend the afternoon with the family or enjoying the beautiful views. This evening you will be served a delicious dinner of traditional southern Thai food. 


Day 10 Ao Leuk Homestay
A full day to enjoy the national park. Take kayaks to explore the lovely karst scenery and walk to some small pools where you can swim. You will spend a second night with Khun and his family.


Day 11 Ao Leuk Homestay – Beach
After breakfast bid your hosts farewell and travel to the beach. Depending on the time of year we will either suggest an east coast or a west coast beach. There are a wide variety of different hotels to suit every budget and we will advise accordingly.


Days 12-13, Beach
Two full days to relax and enjoy the beach. Perhaps take a snorkelling trip and marvel at the colourful fish or hire bikes and meander along a quiet coastal trail before stopping in a local restaurant for a seafood barbeque. Or if that sounds a bit much like hard work, find a hammock and a palm tree and read a book!


Day 14 Beach – Bangkok
The morning is free for a last bit of beach time. After lunch you will be transferred to Surat Thani train station for the overnight train back to Bangkok.


Day 15 Bangkok
When you arrive at the station you will be picked up for a transfer to the airport in time for your international flight home. Alternatively you could have one final night in Bangkok.

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