Family-friendly Trips to Thailand and Cambodia

Family-friendly Trips to Thailand and Cambodia

“Colorful floating villages and markets.
Ancient temples filled with mythical stories.
Endless rice paddies and tropical islands.
People with the warmest smiles.
This is the Southeast Asia we invite your family to discover with us.”


Trekaroo’s Southeast Asia Family Travel Experts

Journeys Within

Andrea Ross, the founder and CEO of Journeys Within, lived in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 10 years, raising her two children there for the first five years of their lives right when Cambodia first opened up to the world. She knows the joys and the pain points of family travel in Southeast Asia. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with local staff in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar to source the best guides and develop rich immersive experiences that truly delight families. If you are looking for a Southeast Asia travel expert who will not just take excellent care of your logistics, but a help craft a trip that allows your family to experience the warm hospitality of locals and share unforgettable experiences as a family, look no further.

Countries of Specialization: Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar

Family-friendly trips by Journey's Within to Southeast Asia 

Why We Love Journey’s Within

by LiLing Pang

“Five years ago, Brennan and I (LiLing) visited Cambodia with our then 8, 5 and 3-month old kids. We’d always wanted to visit the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, but we weren’t sure we how to manage a family-friendly trip to Cambodia with young kids. Fortunately, we met Andrea Ross and her family, an American family living in Cambodia. Andrea and her children have explored every nook and cranny of Southeast Asia. They curated the most wonderful itinerary for our family. Her team at Journeys Within knew exactly what we needed as a family. Not only did we see the most exquisite sites, they also handcrafted unique experiences that allowed us to connect as a family with locals.  I don’t think our kids will ever forget pounding rice with locals in a village near Siem Reap, or riding on elephants at Angkor Archeological Park. “

Contact Journey’s Within to Begin Planning Your Trip

Call the Journeys Within booking office at (877) 454-3672 to begin planning your personalized family tour of Southeast Asia.

 


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Sample Itinerary: First Time to Southeast Asia

Duration: 15 Days

Price: starting from $3,125 per person

Trip Overview

For families who are new to Southeast Asia, or just looking for a great way to see the region with other like-minded families, Thailand and Cambodia are the perfect countries to visit. The Thai and Cambodian people welcome traveling families with open arms, and both countries offer culture, diversity, history and some of the best beaches in the world.

This tour begins in Bangkok, Thailand where families will explore the cultural highlights of the city. From there, a quick flight to Chiang Mai brings you to a full-day adventure with elephants and a zip-line tour of the jungle canopy that is sure to create lasting memories for parents and children alike.

Continuing on to Siem Reap, Cambodia – home of the famous Angkor Wat archeological park – families will experience the best of Khmer culture at the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus before touring the Angkor Wat temple complex and exploring the outskirts of town via quad bike.

After three days in Siem Reap, the group continues on to the beaches of Koh Samui, Thailand where kids can play in the mellow waves lapping at the shores of this welcoming island paradise with no pre-planned activities for the final four days of the tour.

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrive on your flight in Bangkok where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Meals Included: None

Overnight at Tenface

Day 2 Bangkok: Late Start City Tour

Start the day enjoying delicious Thai cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit the Grand Palace, which houses the famous Emerald Buddha as well as the throne and coronation halls. You will also visit Wat Pho to see the impressive Reclining Buddha. Afterwards, you will be then given a 30-minute traditional Thai massage at the Wat Pho Massage School, then head to the renowned flower market.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 3 Bangkok (Thailand): Floating Market Bike Ride

Starting in Bangkok, drive south to start your bicycle exploration of the Mae Klong Delta area, beginning at Damnoen Nam Saduak Floating Market, the biggest and most colorful in Thailand, and a must-see for any visitor. Continue on a longtail boat through local villages and plantations, catching a glimpse of the Thailand of old/

This 32km trip is suitable for all levels of riders and is an excellent trip for families.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Tenface

Day 4 Chiang Mai (Thailand): Arrival and Doi Suthep Temple and Home Industries

Depart Bangkok and arrive in Chang Mai by air. Drive up to visit Doi Suthep, the most important Wat in Chiang Mai. After lunch, explore the fascinating industrial world that feeds the ever-growing city of Chiang Mai. See how lacquer-ware, silk and traditional Thai umbrellas are made.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Le Meridien Chiang Mai

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Day 5 Chiang Mai: Elephant Owner for a Day at Patara Elephant Farm

We’ll visit Patara Elephant Farm, located not far from Chiang Mai which we’ve vetted or their humane elephant breeding and elephant care practices. You’ll learn how to work with them and lead these gentle giants into the river for their morning bath, followed by a short ride to a local temple where you can learn about elephants in Buddhism and a visit to some lovely waterfalls

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Day 6 Chiang Mai: Flight of the Gibbon

At Ban Mae Kampong we’ll enjoy the “Flight of the Gibbon” – a 3 hour, 2km air trek high up in the rainforest canopy using zip lines and sky-bridges taking in the glory and majesty of old growth, high altitude pristine rainforest.

A traditional Thai lunch is served followed by a spectacular trek up beside the impressively Mae Kampong Falls.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Le Meridien Chiang Mai

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Day 7 Siem Reap (Cambodia): Arrival and Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus

Depart from Chang Mai and arrive in Siem Reap. This evening we will enjoy a unique performance by the Cambodian Circus, also known as the hugely talented Phare Ponleu Selpak from VIP seats. The troup was founded by a group of young ex-refugees from Battambang Province.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight at Kralanh Petite Villa

Day 8 Siem Reap: Angkor Wat and Visit JWOC Art Class

Explore the majestic Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site, during the cooler morning temperatures. Today you will explore this majestic temple in a unqiue and special way – joined by students from our non-profit’s community classes, your family and theirs will have a hosted scavenger hunt through the temple. While parents are looking at the details of the temples, kids can find fun in temple exploring by searching for hidden symbols and learn about the library vs. the pools of the temples.

Sunday afternoons are special at JWOC. We hold our art class for local students at 2:30pm – a no-pressure class where children are invited to come, play games, sing songs and do a simple and rewarding art project. You will also have a chance to meet with our scholarship students and gain a greater understanding about the work we do within our community.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight at Kralanh Petite Villa

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Day 9 Siem Reap: Banteay Srei, Butterfly Center and Other Temples

This morning set off with your guide to Banteay Srei, the intricately carved temple located just 30km beyond Angkor Wat. Stop at Banteay Srei Butterfly Center which opened its net quite recently, allowing visitors to interact with hundreds of free-flying native butterflies including some of the world’s largest butterflies. This includes the Atlas Moth with a wing-span of 26cm (11in) and the exotic Birdwing butterfly, which resembles more of a delicate bird than an insect. Interacting with more than 30 of Cambodia’s 400 species of butterflies, visitors will witness first-hand the complete lifecycle of the butterfly, from the tiny eggs to shocking caterpillars, mysterious pupae and finally the delicate adult butterfly. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch you will visit Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, two of the prettiest temples in the complex, before returning to your hotel late afternoon.

This evening enjoy a group dinner by the Kralanh Petite pool with Andrea’s family and friends. This will be a special evening of fun and fellowship!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Kralanh Petite Villa

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Day 10 Siem Reap: Village Tour and ATV Sunset tour

Set out on the Journeys Within Village Tour with our guide who will take you to his village, showing you rice paddies and typical homes along the way. Once there enjoy a fresh coconut drink and meet his family and neighbors, and take some time to explore this beautiful area before returning to your hotel.

You will be met at your hotel at 4:30pm and taken to the quad bike base. Enjoy strikingly beautiful views of the rice fields and villages as the clear blue sky turns yellow and gold. After enjoying the sunset return to the base and you will be transferred by tuk-tuk back to your hotel.

Please note: Your guide & driver for this tour will be different than your temple guide

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight at Kralanh Petite Villa

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Day 11 Koh Samui (Thailand): Arrival

Depart Siem Reap for the island oasis of Koh Samui where your family will kick back and enjoy the relaxed island culture and the freshes seafood.

The beachfront property of New Star Resort is ideal for families…

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight at New Star Resort

Days 12-15 Koh Samui: Leisurely Beach Days

After seeing so many wonderful sights, kick back for a few days this wonderful a beach front resort. This boutique resort offers is located on a beach with beautiful, soft sand. You can walk along the beach to the busier part of town if you want access to more restaurant and activity options.  A few free and easy days will be a glorious end to your trip, so take it easy or if you wish add in tours on a whim at the beach if you wish.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight at New Star Resort

Day 15 Samui: Home sweet home

We’ll have one last delicious breakfast together and transfer you to the airport to catch you flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Tour Rate:

Starting at $3,125.00 per person

based on a family of four (2 adults and 2 children ages 11 & 12) for a group tour

*Inquire for rates for your family size and ages. Final pricing will vary based upon family size and children’s ages.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is currently in progress and does not reflect hotel room availability. The pricing is not final until the itinerary has been confirmed and booked.

 

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Price includes:

  • Air tickets Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Siem Reap – Samui – Bangkok
  • Boat tickets as specified above
  • Accommodation as specified above
  • Air-conditioned car/van with driver
  • Licensed English speaking guides
  • Tours and admission fees as mentioned above
  • Meals as specified in itinerary, including water

Price excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Airport tax
  • Drinks (except water) and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips
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Book your Trip

Call the Journeys Within booking office at (877) 454-3672 to start working with their travel experts to plan your family’s trip to Southeast Asia.


 

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What’s Special about

Trekaroo Trip Partners

At Trekaroo, we believe that travel with kids can be much more than seeing beautiful sights. Every trip is an opportunity for families to discover, learn, and grow together. Every partner has been handpicked by staff because they exemplify the best in family travel and go above and beyond to create truly exceptional experiences. We’ve actually travelled with them and can vouch for them.  These are the qualities we look for:

Deep local knowledge

Vetted by our kids

Experts at crafting immersive experiences

Able to anticipate the needs of families

Ethical, responsible & safe

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