Expat Holidays Thailand

Chiang Mai Family Adventure

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With tree houses, biking, jungle zip lines, elephant camp, tiger kingdom and much more, this Chiang Mai North Thailand holiday will be your families dream come true! This tailor-made tour will inspire your  family to soak in and get lost in a destination the Lonely Planet describes as a “playground for for outdoor pursuits”. Bring your family together and be captivated by the rugged geography best known for its natural splendor. While you are immersed in Northern Thailand’s landscape, your family will also discover its rich and unchanged cultural heritage. Have a traditional Kantoke dinner as you watch a cultural dance performance. See one of the most beautiful temples in Northern Thailand. Learn how to make delicious Northern style dishes. This experience of a lifetime will be something your family can look back on for many years to come!

Holiday highlights
  • Stay in a treehouse
  • Play with tiger cubs
  • Visit an ethical elephant camp
  • Jungle zip lines tour
  • Waterfalls
  • Thai cooking class
  • Traditional Northern Thailand Kantoke dinner
Brief Itinerary

Day: night train to Chiang Mai

Day 2: arrive and transfer to tree house

Day 3: tree house

Day 4: tree house – waterfall – chiang mai

Day 5: visit tiger kingdom and doi suthep temple

Day 6: elephant camp

Day 7: jungle zip lines

Day 8: departure


You will be picked up from your Bangkok location by private car and transferred to Hualomphong train station where you will board an overnight train to Chiang Mai.  Overnight on the train.  If you prefer to fly, or are not coming from Bangkok, simply refer to day Day 2 as start of your trip

Meals: none


Arrive in Chiang Mai (suggest earlier flight) and transfer to Doi Saket (1.5hrs) where you will check into your family treehouse.  Rest of the day is free at leisure.  The treehouse offers free bicycles for rent to explore the area and there are also multiple trails for self guided treks.

Meals: lunch, dinner


Free day at the treehouse: trekking, biking or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery and fresh air.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Free at leisure until pick up by private car and transfer back to Chiang Mai.  On the way there is an option to stop at a waterfall for a quick, refreshing swim.

Meals: breakfast


In the morning, visit the Tiger Kingdom where you can play with tiger cubs.  After, continue to the famous Doi Suthep temple on top of a hill with panoramic views of Chiagn Mai.  After lunch, return to Chiang Mai and afternoon is free at leisure.  We will provide you a map and you can easily explore the old town Chiang Mai on your own, or if you wish, guide can join you for a walking tour.

For families interested in Thai cooking, we can arrange an evening cooking class at some of the best, local cooking schools

Meals: breakfast


Today is a full day trip to Elephant Dream Valley Park.  This park was opened recently with the emphasis on truly caring for the elephants.  Elephants in this camp are free to roam around, they do not use chains or put baskets on their backs.  The program does not include elephant riding.  You will start off by learning about these amazing animals.  After a delicious lunch, the highlights of your day will be bathing the elephants in the river and then playing with them in the mud!  Return to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

Meals: breakfast, lunch


Today’s exciting adventure is Flight of the Gibbon jungle zip lining tour.  Flight of the Gibbon is the original, and best, jungle zip line tour in Chiang Mai. With 30km of ziplines and 33 stations, some of which are suspended 70m above the valley floor, it is sure to be an exciting, fun-filled day for the whole family!

No trip to Northern Thailand is complete without trying a traditional Kantoke dinner.  Taste the variety of local dishes while enjoying traditional live dance performances.

Meals: breakfast, lunch


Free at leisure until transfer to airport for your departure flight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Best time to go

Best time to visit Northern Thailand is between the months of November – March when the weather gets cooler with very little chance of rain.  April and May are also OK, though the weather gets very hot.

Extension options

Extend this trip with one of these options:

1. An overnight jungle trekking trip out of Chiang Mai which can be arranged before or after this itinerary

2. Travel from Chiang Mai to Golden Triangle and spend one or few nights in Chiang Rai, from where you can fly back to Bangkok and onwards

3.  Travel to the border of Laos and join a cruising program (2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights) on the Mekong River arriving in Luang Prabang.

4.  Fly to the South of Thailand with direct flights from Chiang Mai to Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui.

Flight of the Gibbon requirements

The maximum weight is 130 kg (286 lbs) and each person must be at least 1 meter (3 feet 3 inches) tall to fit in the harness properly. From mid-November until end of March, we recommend you bring something warm to wear as temperatures can sometimes be a bit low in the morning at 10-12 celsius (50-55 fahrenheit).

Tailor – made

All of our suggested itineraries are based on holidays that have been very popular with our clients.  However, we strongly believe that each holiday should be unique to the traveler.  Absolutely anything in our itineraries can be tailored to suit your requirements, travel style and budget.  Simply contact us and let us design your custom holiday!


We never mix groups during holidays.  All the holidays are arranged for your group only so you can travel at your own pace.

Independent travel

The most consistent feedback from our clients is how amazing our guides are!  We strongly believe that having a guide can add some much value to your travel experience.  With that said, we totally understand that some travelers prefer to explore independently.  If this is your travel style – we can still help you!  We can arrange your holiday without guides, suggest activities that you will enjoy, advise the best way to get around, how much to pay for things, etc.  We simply help you plan a logical itinerary, book accommodation and necessary transfers along the way.

Planning process

We work together with you until you are 100% satisfied with your itinerary.

  • Initial contact by phone or email to ask you some questions to help us fully understand your travel style, requirements, budget etc.
  • We send you a detailed itinerary proposal with prices
  • You review, and if needed, reply with requested changes.
  • We send you updated proposal.
  • Continue this process until you are 100% happy with and accept the proposal.

Prices often vary due to travel period, best accommodation rates during that period, number of persons traveling, etc.  Please send us your holiday requirements and and approximate budget (if you have one in mind) and we will get back to you with a detailed quotation right away.

Free planning. No booking fees.

Our philosophy is simple: our tours will not cost clients more than if they arrange the same tour themselves.  We do not charge any ‘fees’ whatsoever.  How do we make profit?  Our profit comes from suppliers we use – hotels, transport, tour companies, etc.  Rates we get as a travel agency are much lower than direct booking (or booking website) rates.  This allows us to offer tours to our clients at lower prices, or at worst the same, as they would be if booking all the services directly.  To simplify – you save money, time and receive our expert advice for free.

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Hotel options for this holiday

These are popular hotels that we have used for this holiday.  If you already have other hotels in mind, or would like more options, let us know.

Location Superior hotels (room type) Premium hotels (room type) Deluxe hotels (room type)
Doi Saket Rabeang Pasak Treehouse (family room) Rabeang Pasak Treehouse (family room) Rabeang Pasak Treehouse (family room)
Chiang Mai Raming Lodge Hotel (superior) Kodchasri Thani Boutique (deluxe) Tamarind Village Boutique Hotel (deluxe)

Holiday includes

  • Train tickets
  • All accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers by private and joined A/C vehicles as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides
  • All entrance fees
  • All applicable taxes and fees

Holiday excludes

  • International or domestic flights
  • Personal expenses such as tips, laundry etc.


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