Family adventure vacation in Thailand

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This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you for families of four or more
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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 adventure vacation in Thailand

This itinerary includes a fascinating look into one of the indigenous ethnic minorities of the region, with a home-stay at the Hmong village of Rom Klao.

As well as educating our passenger to the ways of life of another lesser-known people of the region, it provides income directly to the owners of the houses in which we stay as well as indirectly for other members of the village. Passengers are encouraged to make purchases, such as from the village shops and from individual crafts-people specifically, in this instance, embroidery from the women of the village.

We then employ villagers to guide us through the jungle, further enhancing the benefit for the village as well as helping us to build up respectful and trusting relationships with the villagers.

During an unusually cold winter last year we donated warm clothes and blankets to the village.

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.

Reviews of Family adventure vacation in Thailand

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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 11 Jun 2010 by

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


Difficult to single anything out.....the whole vacation was very special. A lot of the credit for this goes to our guide (called 'Oh'). He was totally passionate about his country and went out of his way to make sure we experienced as many sights, sounds & tastes as possible. He secretly photographed and videoed us as we went along, presenting us with a CD at the end of the vacation....with the video all edited together.

If we were to single out one day it would probably be the day on the lake in Khao Sok National Park.

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


Go ahead & book.

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


This is difficult to gauge, but I would like to think this was much more the case than with the more mass market vacations.

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


Wonderful. Traveling in a small group as a family with such a dedicated guide allowed us to see more & interact more. We were able to eat at small road side cafes and at the Phetchaburi night market, and wander around the Sangklaburi floating houses.....a bigger group just couldn't do this.

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2008 by

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


We all have different highlights, but generally agree that the day we had a boat trip down the Maekok river, followed by an elephant ride where we got to ride the elephants like a mahout and then spent a night in an Akha village, was our most memorable day.

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


The guides are very knowledgeable and will give you good advice. The kit list is quite comprehensive. Bring lots of bite cream!

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


The company are very conscious of the impact of tourism on the environment, and local economy. We were struck by their ethical stance.

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


Absolutely fantastic.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2008 by

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


Walking in the rainforest following local guide in his shower cap and Wellingtons and meeting the jungle dwelling Sakai, and swimming in pool at top of huge and remote waterfall.

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


Do some research and have plenty of discussion with the tour operator to ensure that you pick the elements that you really want for your vacation - we ended up with an itinerary that took parts from two separate brochure itineraries and suited all our family.

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


Yes.

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


Very well organised and some wonderful experiences, my children aged 12 and 14 were only just old enough to enjoy it and were not very adventurous with food-would not recommend for younger children.

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