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Family Elephants & Emeralds
Best time to go: January to April, October to December
11 Nights | from £2,360pp
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Holiday type: Tailor-made
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- Be dazzled by the glitz of the Golden Palace and explore Bangkok's colourful markets
- Learn about elephant welfare and conservation at Elephant Hills
- Make friends with the people of traditional villages and trek through southern Thailand's unique rainforest environment
- Perfect your Thai cookery skills with expert lessons using fresh local ingredients
- Snorkel among dazzling reef fish in the safe, clean waters off the sandy beaches of Koh Samui
Days 1 - 3 Bangkok
Arriving in Bangkok on an overnight flight is a great way to ease yourself into the Asian experience –spend as long as you like recharging the batteries at a friendly hotel on your first day before being enticed out by nearby delights. Waking fresh on your second morning, step back in time at the Golden Mount Temple before jumping in the back of a tuk tuk to visit the magnificent Grand Palace, with its gilded roofs and vivid murals, and see the revered Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. After floating down the Chao Phraya River, disembark at the Flower Market, one of Bangkok's liveliest and most colourful marketplaces.
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa | Meals: Breakfast
Days 4 - 5 Surat Thani
Experience the best of the verdant south near Surat Thani with three days of fun at the Elephant Hills tented camp. This beautiful resort, nestled into lush greenery in the countryside offers a wealth of activities. The jewel in the crown is the ethical elephant experience where you are able to feed, wash and interact with Asia's largest land animal while learning about and contributing to conservation efforts. The menu of options continues with canoe safaris on the Sok River, jungle trekking, learning to cook mouthwatering Thai cuisine, discovering more about Thai history or simply relaxing by the pool.
Elephant Hills | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6 - 11 Koh Samui
Fulfil your dreams of silky soft sand beaches on Koh Samui, afloat in the Gulf of Thailand off the southern coast. Once again there's a range of activities for the energetic at Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa, a stylish haven overlooking one of the country's most beautiful beaches. Dive or snorkel among kaleidoscopic coral and ﬁsh, kayak the turquoise waters, or learn something new –mixing cocktails, cooking Thai specialities or even carving fruit.
Anantara Bo Phut Koh Resort & Spa | Meals: Breakfast
Day 12 Koh Samui / Bangkok / UK
Wave goodbye to the beach and azure ocean as you fly home to the UK via Bangkok.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,050 per adult based on two sharing and £2,360 per child based on two children per family, including international and domestic flights.
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Our office in Bangkok is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Thailand, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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Meet the Orient & Indian Subcontinent Team
Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Smith, Lynne and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget.
Best time to be there
November to March. April is often the hottest month of the year, and also the month of the celebratory 'Songkran' festivals. May to October is the rainy season, with short bursts of rainstorms refreshing the green paddy fields once more.
Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Airways/Thai Airways)
11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area