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Only in Thailand
- Become a mahout –elephant carer –for the day!
- Learn how to cook zingy, tasty Thai food
- Explore the jungle by raft, canoe, bike and hike
- Paddle through ancient limestone caves and between tropical islands, looking out for dolphins
✓ Best for Easter and Christmas school holidays
✓ Adventure & Activity, Wildlife
✓ 5 years +
The sizzle of stir-fries, the lap of turquoise waves, the jungle's chirrups, the elephants' trumpets –Thailand is noisy in the best kind of way! It's a country that will overload the ears, tingle the tastebuds and knock the socks off travellers of all ages.
Bangkok is the best gateway...to a Thai adventure. The city is a whirl of colour and energy, where tuk-tuk rides offer all the fun of a fairground and every street-side offers tasty snacks –from grilled meat sticks to banana pancakes. The kids can even try making some authentic Thai dishes themselves at a cooking class. The Anantara Riverside provides a tranquil oasis from all this marvellous mayhem, with its tropical gardens, kids' club and pool.
The north of Thailand is the place for mini Indianas to let loose in the jungle. The lush region around Chiang Mai offers both whitewater rafting and gentler river floats, plus chances to mountain-bike and hike amid the hills. You can even explore on a Segway, a two-wheeled self-balancing contraption that's the most fun way to tour Chiang Mai's temples.
The south is no less wild. In Khao Sok National Park you can stay at Elephant Hills, Thailand's first ever jungle camp, with 30 tents hidden amid rainforest, limestone mountains and deep valleys. Here, you can trek, canoe and learn to be a mahout (elephant handler) for the day, feeding and bathing the animals;at night, you can swap tales around the campfire and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
Then there are Thailand's islands –all 1,430 of them. Phuket is a fine choice. Its Phang Nga Bay is a postcard-perfect expanse of turquoise, dotted with limestone outcrops. Here, kids can learn to sail in safe confines, glide on a catamaran under brilliant-blue skies or sink their toes into pristine sands. One of the best ways to explore is by kayak, paddling to deserted islands, across hidden lagoons and into 'hongs' –caves created over thousands of years: your guides will light the way until you emerge into the blazing midday sun.
Of course, as well as kayaking through the limestone, you can have a go at scrambling up it. The rocks here –actually ancient coral reefs, full of nooks and crannies –make for ideal climbing. There are options on Phuket, or head to Krabi province, especially Koh Phi Phi, a stupendous island only an hour's boat ride from Phuket. Climbing is an exhilarating sport that everyone can try;it requires little more than will and determination, and your ability to attain new heights will surprise you –just like everything else in this astonishing country.
MEET THE UAE TEAM
Debbie Duncan-Studart - General Manager
+ 971 2 245 8100
Debbie loves exploring the World, but Africa is her true passion and she know it intimately. Her favourite travel memory is sitting in a canoe on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe watching the sun go down behind the Matusadona Mountains whilst listening to the sound of hippos splashing around us. Next on her list is Vietnam as it has several of the world's top beaches along with an amazing history, world heritage sites and fabulous cuisine. It's also really easy to see a lot in Vietnam in a very short time.
Camille d'Harambure - Senior Travel Consultant
+971 2 245 8103
Camille grew up in South America and Africa and as a result knows these destinations extremely well. After a year as a bush guide in the horn of Africa, she spent several years as a tour leader across Africa and the Middle east. Following this experience, she lived in Mauritius for four years where she founded a small travel agency specializing in luxury travel in the Indian Ocean. Camille joined A&K in Abu Dhabi at its opening in 2014. With her passion for adventure and luxury travel expertise, she creates inspiring journeys for the most discerning travellers.
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