Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Elephant Nature Park
Beach, Family, Adventure, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Archaeology, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Train
Tour Type
Custom itinerary

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  • Customisable itinerary
  • Expert guided excursions
  • Exciting sleeper train
  • Family-friendly accommodations & activities

If you fancy exploring Thailand on your family summer holiday this year then this itinerary has lots of variety to keep the whole family happy. Explore the winding waterways of Bangkok by longtail boat, journey via the River Kwai to spectacular waterfalls near Kanchanaburi, marvel at majestic elephants as you aid in their rehabilitation and kayak along peaceful rivers surrounding the tropical island of Ko Samui. This itinerary includes the best beach spots for the summer holidays and allows you and your brood to get to know the real Thailand whilst travelling by a mix of flight and sleeper train.

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After your international flight you’ll arrive in the bustling capital of Bangkok. A welcoming driver will meet you and your family at the airport and transfer you to a riverside hotel with a rooftop pool. The following day you’ll go on a tuk tuk trip through Bangkok’s bustling streets and journey down the canals by longtail boat. A great way to see a different side to this vibrant city!

Includes: breakfast

You’ll then travel by minibus to the River Kwai area where you’ll learn about the haunting history, take a train ride across the infamous Burma ‘Death Railway’, dive into the sparkling waters of the Erawan Waterfalls and sleep on a floating raft house hotel, surrounded by the noises of the jungle! If you’re lucky, you may even wake to see elephants bathing in the river in the morning. On night two, you’ll stay in a Thai style family friendly hotel, set in beautiful gardens in the town of Kanchanaburi.

Onward transfers

Next you’ll be transferred back to Bangkok for you to take a sleeper train with your clan to Chiang Mai. We will book you in shared carriage where the seats are turned into comfy beds with a curtain for privacy. The journey takes around 11 hours and food is served on the train but you can also grab some snacks at the railway station before your journey. If you would prefer to travel in a private two-berth couchette just let your Travel Specialist know.

Includes: breakfast

When you arrive into Chiang Mai after your night on a sleeper train, you and your family will be transferred to your hotel in the centre of the city. The night market, packed with souvenirs and aromatic street food stalls, is a great place to explore with the kids and try some truly different delicacies. The following morning you’ll take a trip to climb the sacred Doi Suthep Temple and learn how to make traditional parasols.

The next day you will get up close to the gentle giants at the Elephant Nature Park. As well as getting to know about these elephants, you will have the chance to feed these majestic animals to aid in their rehabilitation before returning to Chiang Mai in the early evening. A real highlight for any wildlife love at any age!

Onward transfers

Next you’re heading south for some beach time. You’ll take a domestic flight from Chiang Mai to Ko Samui where your driver will pick you up and drop you off at your beachside resort.

Includes: breakfast

You’ll spend your final few days in Thailand on Ko Samui; the perfect island escape for families looking for a bit of everything. It’s a huge island with beautiful, safe beaches and seas perfect for swimming, sandcastle building and snorkelling. During your time here we’ll arrange for you to take a kayaking trip through the underwater paradise of Angthong National Marine park. In the evenings you can dine at one of the many restaurants on the beach, or do some souvenir shopping at the night markets.

Onward transfers

As your family adventure in Thailand comes to an end you will make your way to the small airport for your flight back to Bangkok where you will spend one last night before catching your international flight home the following day.

Includes: breakfast

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

Family-friendly, quality assured hotels in each location

Included Guided excursions

Expert guided excursions as described

Included Ground transfers

All transfers as described, domestic flights and sleeper trains

Included Breakfast

Breakfast each morning

Included Internal flights

Domestic flights as described

Included Support

24/7 support while travelling


What people are saying about Rickshaw Travel


Our holiday (7 persons) commencing 10 August was cancelled 27th July on Government advice. We needed to reconsider our plans quickly and luckily we found contact details for Rickshaw Travel. From first contact nothing was too much trouble. We wanted to go to Thailand and Miles was certainly the person to help us. Within days we had flights and accommodation all booked. Suggested itineraries were tweaked so we could have as varied an experience possible, around the Bangkok area, in the time we had. Our guides on both our city cultural tour and jungle tour were exceptionally good. Both were extremely knowledgeable and patient. I cannot rate Rickshaw highly enough on the speed in which they arranged our holiday and the exceptional customer service we received. We returned 7 happy travellers.

Elaine & Steve

We first contacted RickShaw Travel when their bite sized trips popped up on our Thailand holiday ideas search. We picked a couple and emailed them through as detailed on the website. Miles responded in a timely, professional and friendly manner. Combining his knowledge and conversations with us he put together an itinerary we couldn't have dreamed of. He made the whole process so easy it made the travel arrangements exciting as opposed to stressful. Cant wait to holiday with them again


Just back from a month in Bali care of Rickshaw and once again a fantastic trip to follow super earlier trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Cuba. When we decide on a winter break we always check out Rickshaw first and for what we require they are unbeatable in service, organisation and value for money. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and no doubt we will use them again.



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