Family vacation to Thailand, jungles and islands

“Take your family on a 2-week adventure they'll never forget as you experience the jungles, rivers and islands of southern Thailand.”


Bangkok | Kayak on the River Kwai | Train ride to Kanchanaburi | Jungle trek | Waterfalls | Limestone caves | Snorkelling over coral reefs | Koh Lanta Island | Optional activities include: island hikes and boat trips.


Departure information

This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you for families of four or more
Our top tip:
Keep your kids on a veggie, bottled water and smoothie diet to definitely avoid any poorly tums whilst away from home. Also, pack an underwater camera for amazing pics.
Trip type:
Small group or family group, 4-12 people. No min age.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Gentle treks, snorkelling and local trains.
City hotel, beach chalets, riverside resort and sleeper train.
Transport, accommodation, listed activities and tour leader.
All meals except 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
Vacation type

Independent family adventure vacation

These family trips are designed for those of you who prefer to travel just with your family, and not in a group with other families. The itineraries are set but you can typically depart at a time to suit you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family vacation to Thailand, jungles and islands


We and our individual Tour Leaders have fostered healthy, respectful working relationship with the Karen villagers who lead us through the jungle trek in Thung Yai. This provides us with very knowledgeable friends on the trip who are excellent oral witnesses to the life of the Karens and are thus able to give our passengers a genuine understanding of this important ethnic minority in Thailand.

Our regular visits provide long term and sustainable extra income for these people. The benefits of our patronage are extended to local business people not immediately connected to the guides. We eat in small food shops and restaurants, encourage our passengers to make souvenir purchases at the local crafts market and make small purchases in the Karen villages such as water and locally make snacks.

We have also made financial contributions to the local orphanage and to Karen and Mon refugee camps housing people fleeing the oppression they encounter in neighbouring Burma.

Wherever practical we use public transport such as the local bus from Sangklaburi to Kanchanaburi and the sleeper train to Trang. This is not only contributing to the local economy, but results in fewer carbon emissions per head than does smaller forms of transport.

Khao Lak village in Southern Thailand. A relatively poor farming community was inspired, partly through our interest, to organize a co-operative home-stay and trekking scheme and has since received grants, training and advice to that extent from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. We are also pleased to state that several local village lads are now keener to lead bird watching and nature tours than their traditional pastimes of shooting or trapping. We provided the co-operative scheme with textbooks on local bird and animal life.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travelers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.


The tour operator is winner of the 2012 Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Excellence Award for Nature, Marine and Heritage Tourism, the 2010 Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Excellence Award for Best tour operator for Local Communities and the 2008 Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Excellence Award for Best Specialist Tour Operator

Reviews of Family vacation to Thailand, jungles and islands

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

So many wonderful memories. The day trip in Bangkok was fantastic, boat trip on the lily and lotus covered lake at Thale Noi Bird Sanctuary beautiful, and meeting the elders at the Sakai settlement was both fascinating and humbling. My teenage children would say that the night train experience, canoeing at Ban Chao Mai National Park and swimming through the Emerald Cave were the most memorable bits.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring a waterproof camera for the caves and canoeing! Don't worry about your tummies - my children drank smoothies at all the restaurants and didn't have any problems. The food everywhere was fantastic!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Most definitely. It was lovely seeing our guide using local guides and helpers on our adventures.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

As our first vacation in Asia it was fantastic. Our guide was so friendly and helpful we really didn't have to do anything but have a great time! We experienced a bit of Thai culture and history, some exciting adventures and had a relaxing time at the beach! Wonderful food all the time. Wonderful vacation.

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Tube riding on the river and swimming in the beautiful clear water in Koh Talu

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Extend the last two days to five days on the island. There is plenty to do.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

A lot of local people benefited from our visit and we are glad as we really enjoy their friendly welcome

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

10 out of 10

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The three days trekking in Nan province was certainly the most memorable part of our vacation. Highlights included the market across the street from the hotel selling a wide range of "interesting" live produce, my daughter finding a scorpion in her bed whilst staying in a bamboo hut one night, and the "swimming" trip down the river after our raft decided it wanted to tip over. The degree of difficulty of the walks/activities was pitched at just the right level . We certainly finished up each day tired and a bit footsore - but also with a real sense of achievement.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Firstly - do give this type of vacation a go. I was a bit concerned before traveling that some members of the family might find some of the activities a bit too difficult, or the accommodation a bit too basic. However the company had clearly done a lot of work to make sure that this vacation had just the right mix of activity and excitement in order to make this a family adventure that the whole family could enjoy.

Secondly pack lightly - we all came away with more clothes than we originally brought - having spent most of the vacation wearing clothes that we bought on our first two days in Bangkok.

Thirdly - Buy a spare memory card for your camera at the start of your vacation in Bangkok - and then plan to bore your friends to death with all of your photos when you get home - we did.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, particulary when we travelled to some of the more off the beaten track places.

4. Any other comments?

Many thanks for the "Responsible Travel" website and service - we have recomended you to many of our friends and I am busy looking through your pages looking for a similar vacation for next year.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The first night in Bangkok! Also the jungle walk, days snorkelling at the beach, some of the kayaking - it was all terrific. We are four- a seven year old, a 16 year old, my wife and me. Trying to find a vacation that suits everyone is always hard - this vacation did that and more!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty. There won't be many posh nights out! If you're going in the rainy season - just remember it may rain all day long, for days! It happened to us!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes - the choice of small, local hotels was great. We ended up in Krabi and I realised that this wasn't the real Thailand... we'd seen that!

4. Any other comments?

I though this operator were superb to deal with. Their local guide Joe Desmoulins could not have been better - and nicer to us and out kids. A gem of a company and a gem of a guide!

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