Walking with Elephants

16 days from £2,595pp

Ready for a family adventure you’ll never forget? On our Walking with Elephants trip you’ll meet elephants in a sanctuary, tour ancient temples and sites and be taught how to cook by a local. This exciting, fun-filled trip is perfect for families with a serious thirst for adventure.

Starting in the north of Thailand in Chiang Mai, you'll make your way through Laos, travelling by boat to Luang Prabang where you'll visit rescued bears at the Free the Bears sanctuary, and stop at the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls. Then it's onto Vientiane to visit the city's oldest temple and a tour of the sights, including the amazing Buddha Park, before setting off to Champasak. You'll take to the river in search of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, and visit local villages by bike.

Highlights

  • Try and spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin

  • Explore some of the oldest temples in the capital city of Vientiane

  • Meet bears at a sanctuary

  • Take part in a natural dyeing workshop

  • Cruise down the Mekong river on a longtail boat

  • Expand your culinary horizons together at an evening street food market

  • Live like a local for a day and learn how to cook Thai food

  • Meet monks and learn how to make silver plates to take home with you

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Walking with Elephants

16 days from £2,595pp

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Thailand and Laos includes international flights, transfers, accommodation, some meals, cooking with a local family and selected excursions.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

 

Day

Location

Type

1-5

Chiang Mai

City

The day has arrived at last for your family adventure to Thailand and Laos! Once you touch down in Chiang Mai you’ll be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel to settle in. On your first full day in the city you’ll visit the Wat Srisuphan temple grounds where you’ll meet monks and learn how they make silver plates. You and the family will make your own personalised ones using patterns taught at the workshop – what an authentic souvenir to take home! Afterwards you’ll explore more of the city before hitting up the evening street food markets for the best Thai food of your life.

The next day you’ll immerse yourself in local culture, you’ll all don a pair of traditional fisherman’s pants before venturing out of the city to meet a local family. Mr. Prapat will show you around the local village before you learn to cook with his family. Your last full day will be spent at the Elephant Nature Park for a day of wildlife; you’ll hear all about the important work they do, meet the elephants and even get the chance to bathe the majestic giants. 

Places to Stay

Things to do

6

Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

Tour

Today you’re all off to the quieter city of Chiang Rai where you’ll visit Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple and one of Thailand’s best known temples.

Places to Stay

7-8

Pakbeng

Cruise

It’s time to say goodbye to Thailand and hop aboard a longtail boat for a gentle cruise down the Laotian Mekong. The cruise takes two days to reach Luang Prabang and you’ll enjoy an overnight stop in Pakbeng along the way. Along your journey you’ll also have time to visit a hill tribe settlement, visit a local market and see how traditional rice alcohol is made. You’ll also stop at the Pak Ou Caves which contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues – quite the sight!

Places to Stay

Things to do

9-10

Luang Prabang

City

You’ll kick off your stay in Luang Prabang with a trip to Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre to learn more about the fascinating world of Lao textiles and handicrafts in a beautiful garden. Here on the banks of the Mekong you’ll take part in a natural dye class where you’ll make your own products to bring home. Afterwards you’ll visit Kuang Si Waterfall, a series of stunning waterfalls and pools you can swim in. On the way back to your hotel you’ll stop at the Free the Bears sanctuary where you’ll learn all about the rescued bears.

On your last full day you’ll explore Luang Prabang, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, with a local guide. Together you’ll explore the National Museum and fascinating Buddhist temples.

Places to Stay

Things to do

11-12

Vientiane

Capital City

It’s time to make your way to the capital city, Vientiane! Once you’ve settled in to your hotel you’ll visit one of the city’s oldest temples, Wat Sisaket. You’ll continue on to COPE, an organisation which works with Lao residents affected by landmines from the American-Vietnam war. Next up you’ll visit Patuxay; referred to as the Arc de Triomphe of Laos, it offers fantastic views. In the afternoon you’ll focus on culture with a local lunch, visit to Buddha Park and a stop at the Lao Disabled Women' Development Centre.

Places to Stay

Things to do

13-16

Champasak & the 4000 islands

Wildlife

After breakfast it’s onward to Champasak, a fantastic base for exploring. You’ll spend a day adventuring through Si Phan Don - the Mekong Rivers 4000 Island region where you’ll bike around one of the largest inhabited islands passing by colonial buildings, rice paddies and farms. After exploring the Lippi Waterfalls you’ll return to the boat and continue your cruise along the Mekong River; you might even be lucky enough to spot the rare Irrarwaddy dolphin!

On Day 16 you’ll depart for home reminiscing about your wonderful family adventure through Thailand and Laos.

Places to Stay

Things to do

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