Expat Holidays Thailand

Chiang Mai Family Adventure

WHY CHIANG MAI FAMILY ADVENTURE
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!

LETS GET STARTED!
Below is a sample itinerary to inspire you.  You may choose to do this exact itinerary, or we can customize any part of it.  All of our trips are 100% tailor-made!

Holiday highlights
  • Stay in a treehouse
  • Play with tiger cubs
  • Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary
  • 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 sanctuary

Day 7: jungle zip lines

Day 8: departure

DAY 1: BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI BY NIGHT TRAIN

You will be picked up from your Bangkok location by private car and transferred to the 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

DAY 2: CHIANG MAI ARRIVAL – DOI SAKET TREEHOUSE

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

DAY 3: TREE HOUSE

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

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: DOI SAKET TREEHOUSE – CHIANG MAI

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

DAY 5: TIGER KINGDOM – DOI SUTHEP MOUNTAIN

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

DAY 6: ELEPHANT DREAM VALLEY VISIT

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 sanctuary 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

DAY 7: FLIGHT OF THE GIBBON JUNGLE ZIP LINE

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

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

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

Meals: breakfast

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!

Private

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.

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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 Pastell Old Town (deluxe room) Chala 6 Hotel (deluxe room) Anantara Chiang Mai (deluxe room)

    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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      TripAdvisor Reviews

      • star rating  This was, by far... the best trip I have ever taken in my whole life and I feel like I owe much of this to Lenny and his outstanding team... read more

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        4/02/2019

        star rating  I had originally planned to organize this trip myself, but when time got short, Lenny came to my rescue. He fit in everything we wanted to do over our... read more

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        11/30/2018

        star rating  Lenny and his team were outstanding. He worked with our schedule and needs perfect and made great suggestions that added to our trip. Every tour we were set up on... read more

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        3/20/2019

        star rating  Exceptional 15 day tour of Thailand planned and organized by Expat Holidays Thailand . Lenny was very tentative to all details. Understood our request and what we wanted to experience.... read more

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        9/03/2018
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        3/06/2019

        star rating  Wow what can I say. Lenny had everything covered from start to finish. He handcrafted an adventure that we will never forget. He always seemed to be one step ahead... read more

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        12/10/2018

        star rating  Friends recommended Expat Holidays and it was one if our best holidays ever. Everything went smooth - from the pickup service at the airport - the transfer to Koh Chang... read more

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        11/19/2018

        star rating  We are always looking for a local travel agency to book a tailor-made tour. 6 persons (2 adults, 4 kids 5-16 years old). So I posted our ideas and... read more

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        1/07/2019
      • star rating  excellent trip with buddies!we visit this place in first time. this trip is well organized.staff very friendly and well known

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        9/10/2018

        star rating  I cannot say enough about our wonderful trip with adult kids. With the help of Lenny's panning we got off the beaten path and had a great experience. ... read more

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        1/30/2019

        star rating  Friends recommended Expat Holidays and it was one if our best holidays ever. Everything went smooth - from the pickup service at the airport - the transfer to Koh Chang... read more

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        11/19/2018

        star rating  We are always looking for a local travel agency to book a tailor-made tour. 6 persons (2 adults, 4 kids 5-16 years old). So I posted our ideas and... read more

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        1/07/2019