Tailor-Made Holiday

Thailand with the Family

16 days

from £4,670pp (excluding flights)

From vibrant cities and ancient capitals, to bustling rivers and tranquil seas, Thailand is the embodiment of the Asian holiday. One morning you could be waking at dawn to witness the monks at alms and the next on a sleeper train to Chiang Mai. One evening dine on steaming bowls of noodles by the side of a market and another lit by candles and stars on the edge of the Andaman sea. Thailand with the family is a safe, colourful and exciting holiday full of adventures where memories are made. 

  • Take a private guide to sample and explore Bangkok’s street food and night markets
  • Cycle through local villages before staying overnight in a rural home
  • Become a mahout for a day at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai
  • Travel by long tailed boat for a family beach picnic
  • Learn to cook Thai food with a private chef 

The new and the old

This trip starts with Bangkok, a must during any trip to Thailand. Busy, eclectic and captivating, this capital city is an assault on the senses. Staying at one of the splendid hotels such as the Peninsula allows for some well-earned rest at the end of a busy day exploring golden temples and speeding down the river James Bond style. With a cooking lesson for the children and a spa treatment for parents included, the days in Bangkok are both exhilarating with time to relax.

Travel north by overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai and the rural idyll of Chiang Rai. Here stay in the unsurpassed luxury of the Four Seasons Tented Camp where elephants bathe in the nearby river and gentle trekking can be done from your teak floored tent. Spend a few days exploring Thailand's ancient capital of Chiang Mai where your base is the stylish and welcoming Tamarind Village, found in the heart of the old city. Learn to cook traditional northern curries, visit small community projects showcasing traditional cultures and barter at the night market.

From cities to beach

A short flight south takes you to Koh Samui where an even shorter drive takes you to the 2-bedroomed family villa at the Banyan Tree Hotel. Swim, snorkel and eat fresh fish whilst you bury your toes in the warm, golden sand, it’s a holiday after all. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4670 -

Itinerary at a glance

Collapse all
Day 1

Fly London to Bangkok

If you enjoy cities then Bangkok is a must when visiting Thailand. Busy, hectic and sometimes overwhelming it is a true attack on the senses. With exquisite temples, a beautiful Grand Palace plus street markets and long tailed boats, there is so much to explore and enjoy. Glittering temples vie for space with modern skyscrapers and hotels, while quiet back lanes carry the sounds of every day life.

Day 2

Day at leisure in Bangkok

You will be staying at Peninsula Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Peninsula Hotel Children's Cooking Experience
The class begins in the pastry kitchen where The Peninsula's pastry chef will teach children how to make cookies, brownies, cupcakes and pizza. The children will receive a Junior Chef uniform to begin their cooking experience and select two menu items to create. The class lasts for two hours and is limited to children over six years of age.

Spa Treatment at the Peninsula Hotel
This morning a one hour spa treatment has been included while the children are enjoying their junior cooking class in the hotel's kitchen.

You will be staying at Peninsula Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Tour of the Royal Palace and Thonburi Klongs
A half-day sightseeing tour of the Royal Palace and the Thonburi klongs will show you different parts of Bangkok. The Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples from the ancient Siamese Court, is today used by the king only for certain ceremonial occasions. Royalty and religion are intertwined and people from all over the kingdom come to pay homage to both.

Manohrra Dinner Cruise
This evening join a dinner cruise on a shared teak rice barge. Beautifully decked out, this cruise showcases the city by night. With a feast of traditional Thai flavours, watch the temples and skyline float by. Return transfers to and from the Peninsula are included.

You will be staying at Peninsula Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Overnight Train Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Late this afternoon travel by car to Hua Lampong Train Station for the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai. Travelling in a four-berth compartment or two interconnecting two-berth compartments. Dinner and breakfast can be ordered via the steward and bought to the compartment or it is fun to wander along to the dining car where there is more chioce.

Day 6

Transfer from Chiang Mai Station to Chiang Rai

Travel by private car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai with stops made en route, a journey time of around three hours.

Known as the gateway to the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Wat Pra Keow in Chiang Rai was once home to the famed 'Emerald Buddha' now residing at Wat Pra Keow in the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Chiang Rai itself is situated in a valley and the mountains in the surrounding area are home to many people of the various ethnic minority 'hill tribe' groups. It is possible to arrange treks into the nearby mountains to visit the villages where these people still live a basic lifestyle, albeit one that is changing rapidly.

You will be staying at Four Seasons Tented Camp - Chiang Rai, All inclusive

Day 7

Four Seasons Tented Camp three night package
Enjoy time at this wonderful tented camp, perched on the edge of the Golden Triangle. While staying here all food and drinks are included plus one spa treatment per person, a full programme of activities such as half-day mahout training and trekking and a Golden Triangle excursion.

You will be staying at Four Seasons Tented Camp - Chiang Rai, All inclusive

Day 8

Free at the Four Seasons Tented Camp

You will be staying at Four Seasons Tented Camp - Chiang Rai, All inclusive

Day 9

Travel from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Driven from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, a drive of around four hours. En route stop for lunch and at local sites.

The capital of the North, Chiang Mai, is a wonderful small city, yet increasingly busy city with a history spanning more than 700 years old. Sitting in a beautiful valley, surrounded by farmland, orchards and forested mountains, Chiang Mai still retains a charm of its own.

Visitors to Chiang Mai are sure to find themselves busy exploring old temples, bustling markets, and mountain top temples, such as Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. The streets and lanes are lined with shops selling a fantastic range of goods and of course the famous night bazaar is a great place to explore.

You will be staying at Tamarind Village, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Half Day Chiang Mai City and Temple tour
Early pick up this morning at 06:00 this morning for a cultural tour of Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai's temples give the city its cultural identity and showcase a mixture of architectural styles that reflect the rich heritage of the northern region. Visit four of the most important temples: Wat Chiang Man (AD 1297), the oldest temple within the city walls; Wat Chedi Luang (AD 1411), where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined; Wat Pra Singh (AD 1345), housing a very sacred 1,500 year old Buddha image; and Wat Suan Dok (AD 1371), where the ashes of Chiang Mai's Royal Family are interred. The tour also includes an unforgettable drive through many interesting parts of the city, including markets, traditional residential areas, foreign consulates, government buildings and Ta-Pae, Chiang Mai's thriving main street.

Long Neck Karen Hilltribe at Baan Tong Luang
On this excursion visit several hill tribe groups and learn something of their origins. You will also visit Long Necked Karen, traditional Karen, Lahu and Palong villages. On the return journey back to Chiang Mai stop at one of the region's orchid farms.

Culinary Delights of Chiang Mai
As the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom; the second-oldest Thai Kingdom after the Sukhothai Kingdom, Chiang Mai became a vital cultural and commercial crossroads city between Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos and China. The first Thai ingredients, which are still in use today such as lemongrass and galangal, have their culinary roots Chiang Mai's royal courts. This evening tour provides an insight into the delights of Chiang Mai cuisine, including various mouthwatering local snacks, and the delicious Khao Soi - a coconut curry noodle dish that is unique to the region.

You will be staying at Tamarind Village, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Half day Local Lifestyle along the Maeping River
This relaxing tour travels along the Mae Ping River by local long-tail boat. Softly navigating the river, see traditional wooden houses interspersed with modern residences, colorful scenery and witness the lifestyle of the local people. Stop at a traditional farmhouse and the market to see the abundance of crops grown in this fertile area. From the market travel by trishaw along Tapae Road, through the City Wall Gates and along Rajdamnern Road to see the Three Kings Monument before returning to the hotel.

You will be staying at Tamarind Village, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Fly Chiang Mai to Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. Crystal clear blue waters and bright white sand are set against the backdrop of a lush, jungle-dressed mountain, which provides fine views across this relatively large island. Easily accessible from Bangkok, it is an island on which to unwind and soak up the beautiful scenery.

You will be staying at Banyan Tree Koh Samui, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Free at the Banyan Tree

You will be staying at Banyan Tree Koh Samui, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Free at the Banyan Tree

You will be staying at Banyan Tree Koh Samui, Bed & Breakfast

Day 15

Free at the Banyan Tree

You will be staying at Banyan Tree Koh Samui, Bed & Breakfast

Day 16

Fly Koh Samui to Bangkok

Day 17

Fly Bangkok to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Peninsula Hotel

Peninsula Hotel

One of the finest properties in Bangkok, The Peninsula's riverside location capitalizes its position with panoramic views from every room where guests are assured legendary Thai service....

View Accommodation

Tamarind Village

Tamarind Village

Hidden under the shade of a 200-year-old Tamarind Tree, from which it takes its name, this centrally located 46-room boutique property showcases the style and diversity of the region....

View Accommodation

Four Seasons Tented Camp

Four Seasons Tented Camp

Reached by riverboat amid Thailand's exotic bamboo jungles, where three countries meet, a one-of-a-kind experience for active adults awaits....

View Accommodation

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Destination Experts

Our experts have unrivalled firsthand knowledge of Thailand

Amy Waters, Travel Expert

Read More

Deborah Brock-Doyle, Travel Expert

Read More

Paul Craven, Travel Expert

" I spoke to five different companies, but Paul was by far the most knowledgeable and empathetic."

"The service which I received from your Travel Expert Paul Craven was excellent, he was able to answer any queries I put to him."

"Paul must be congratulated on his expertise and great patience in dealing with all my programme changes. He must dread my phone calls!! A big thank-you from both of us to Paul and Carol."

Read More

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Enquire about this holiday:
Speak to a Thailand holiday expert:

Tailor-Made Holiday Ideas

Booking a Tailor-made holiday gives you the flexibility to customise your journey, travelling when and where suits you.

Holiday Ideas in Thailand

You are unique, so we believe your holiday should be too.

We listen to what you want and create a personalised itinerary tailored around you.

Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Call our Travel Experts on +01285 880 980
Start Your Journey


  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides


  • We negotiate the best rates with hotels and expert guides
  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates


  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

Fully Protected

  • Your monies are financially protected
  • 24/7 Emergency UK contact whilst abroad

Featured in the Press

Financial Times
The Telegraph
Sunday Times logo

Our Partners

African Parks
Galapagos Conservation Trsut
Restless Development
Save The Rhino
Tusk Trust
World Land Trsut
Gorilla Doctors

© Steppes Travel, 51 Castle St, Cirencester, GL7 1QD, United Kingdom