Thailand family tour, elephants and Islands

“A two week, tailor made family vacation of both North and South Thailand, with one sleeper train journey and one internal flight. Staying at mix of lodges and hotels.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Sleeper train journey | Chiang Mai | Elephant Nature Park | Khao Sok National Park | Ko Phangan

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Everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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Responsible tourism: Thailand family tour, elephants and Islands

Environment

We are committed to supporting wildlife experiences that are ethical and have minimum impact on the animals natural way of life. Our local charity project in Thailand is the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, where elephants that have been mistreated or used for riding around Thailand come for rehabilitation. Here you observe the elephants and customers are able to donate to the charity through us before they travel.

In Khao Sok our accommodation is a community run lodge built with help of our local partners in Thailand who share the same values of protecting the environment.
We encourage train travel where possible and on this trip you'll take an overnight train rather than a plane to reduce the carbon footprint of travel. We also provide a carbon offset option for our clients when they book their trip.
Our customers receive a 'Uneasy no settleer' infographic before they go with tips on how they can have minimum impact on the environment.
Our local office in Thailand also takes protecting the environment very seriously and has put many measures in place to be responsible in the way that they operate. A while ago they installed a water purifier into their office instead of buying big bottles of water and this now saves 10,000 litres of drinking water a year, as well as reducing the plastic wastage. They also now recycle all of their waste, they offset all of their flight emissions for staff travel, use recyclable batteries, use environmentally friendly printing paper and eco-labelled cleaning products.

Community

We try and use small family-run accommodation wherever possible during this trip as opposed to using big chain hotels. We also offer regular chances to stop at small shops, stands and stalls during this itinerary where you can buy snacks and drinks from the locals. This happens on the way to and from Khao Sok and also during our River Kwai trip. During this itinerary we use guides employed from the local area, helping to provide jobs in all of the areas that we visit. We also use minibus transfers for most of our transport in this itinerary and this also secures jobs for many drivers.

Our local partners have their Travelife accreditation and means that all of their employees are protected by the employment laws that they have in place. This includes schemes for maternity leave and they also provide medical insurance for employees. They also have rigorous checks to make sure there is no forced labour or child labour which happens in any of the destinations that we visit during this itineraryclient has any specific questions.

We do not promote elephant riding and only support elephant sanctuaries that we know and trust.

Our local charity project is the Elephant Nature Park which is included in our family itinerary that clients will visit and can donate to before they go as well.

The accommodation is Khao Sok National park is run by the local community, providing jobs for locals in the area. Your family can interact with the staff and villagers

1 Reviews of Thailand family tour, elephants and Islands

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


I think it was being away together with our family somewhere exotic and adventurous and making memories but I was most taken by going to the elephant sanctuary and living in a solar powered beautiful lodge right in an elephant enclosure. I still can't believe that we got to do that!

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


I feel like we were a little bit off the beaten path and I love that about this trip. I would encourage others to go with the professionals at the agencies who
planned our trip because they know their locations the best and can find some really unique settings.

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


I do feel that local people benefitted and I felt that the lodges attempted to reduce environmental impact in the ways they could. It was nice not to stay at any giant corporate hotels and to trust that someone has researched the "responsible-ness" of the hotels to the extent you can. I do know that our time at the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand supported conservation and that our agency, donates towards conservation but I'd love to have done it even more!

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


It was excellent. We were all really happy, learned a lot, met great people, saw inspiring things happening with wildlife, and felt well taken care of. It was a
comfort to know that we had planned our trip as responsibly as was possible for us by using your organization. Thank you!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm so pleased you had a wonderful trip and got to experience so much along the way.

It was a pleasure to plan your trip and I hope you will come back us to book your next adventure!

Thanks
Emma

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