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Family Thai Hilltribe Adventure FTH

Visiting: Thailand
Trip Duration 15 Days

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Family Thai Hilltribe AdventureScores 9.6 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Worcester, UK
Our family agree that this was the holiday and adventure of a lifetime! As the tour covered city, hills and beaches from the North to South it gave a varied experience. Temples, elephants, markets river trips, jungle trekking, cycling and relaxing on talcum powder white sand made for a holiday of memories. During the holiday our family and others constantly talked about the highlights and it was just so difficult to agree. It seems that everything was a highlight from the food, the tuk-tuk races, Wat Phra Keow, staying in hill villages to washing elephants in the river.

Special mention must be given to our tour leader - Pok. What a guide- what a man! His approach to the tour was forensic in preparation, his knowledge second to none and his care simply exceptional. during the second night in the hills a tropical storm washed away the bridge= we were stranded. Pok organised the building of a bamboo bridge, truck rides across villages and hills to get us safely to Mae Hong Son. although we were stranded on the Thai Burmese border with seemingly no ay across a raging torrent of a river no-one in or party was worried. This man is the stuff of legend!

Tips for others:
a sleeping bag liner for the trekking and overnight train
£1500 spending money for a family of four
long trousers can be bought cheaply and easily from markets - no real need to buy in advance

Tip for Explore:
have another night on the tour in Chiang Mai when we arrive
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 22 August 2016
Published on: 17 May 2017
(10 out of 10)


We were a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and we had truly fantastic tour of Thailand. Joining up with 4 other families we had an amazing Tour leader called Pok. He made our trip the best. Very organised, caring and knowledgeable. He sorted everything out and truly went the extra mile for each of us. Below is a short ode to our trip which pretty much sums up our visit.

Twenty intrepid explorers met in Bangkok
Not really quite sure what was what
Our tour guide was funny and he was called Pok
He knew where to go and could chatter a lot

Soon we were off by tuk tuk no less
Our first visit to a Temple gave us no rest
Time for an ice cream and lots of fried rice
We were all ready for a drink and some cool ice

Night time came and time for the lady boy show
Oh my goodness, they could girate low!
Best leave them now, we need to get some sleep
Tomorrow we head for the jungle and new people to meet

Our train ride to Chiang Mai was chilly and long
The toilet was not the best but we used it despite the pong!
However the food was good and games were played
It was night time soon and our beds were made

Our first day of trekking was hot hot hot
It has to be said that our shower was not!
We walked for mile upon mile with our bamboo poles
The route was hilly and rough, we had to avoid many holes

We finally reached our first village with thankfulness and glee
The chickens and pigs we were happy to see
After a cool drink of coke and a refreshing beer
We were hungry to eat and to spread good cheer

That night Pok cooked us a feast fit for a King
His culinary skills made us want to sing
Dancing and clapping around the camp fire
We were in heaven with no proper shower!

As the night drew to a close the Thai ladies prepared
The floor was carnage with bodies everywhere!
Thai massage of legs, arms and feet
No one could move for fear of an inappropriate meet!

So we trekked to our next village of call
Those damn leaches were a pain in the proverbial
We met buffalo and fish, birds but no snake
If only we had been able to eat some chocolate cake

We woke in the morning once again to cockle doodle do
Surely it wasn't time to visit the loo
The rain had come and poured on down
We had no bridge and neither did the poor old town

The villagers all banded together and built from scratch
A new bridge that was better than anything we could match
We were safely across and spirits were high
We were on an adventure that no-one could deny

Our next stop was a town called Mae Hong Son
Cooler and fresher we could relax after all that had gone on
Swimming and cycling was not the best bit
It was the washing and fresh clothes that gave us the lift!

Chiang Mai was a blast, everyone agreed
We spent all our money in the night market with the greatest of ease
The Thai cooking class was a cut above the rest
The elephant sanctuary visit was one of the best

Finally we headed south to the beach, sea and rays
Time to relax and let all those worries go away
Koh Samet, a tropical paradise where we want to return
Just be very careful that the sun doesn't burn

So our Explore journey is shortly to end
Each one of us has made a new friend
An unforgettable two weeks of adventure and fun
We thank you Pok for all that you have done
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 21 August 2016
Published on: 06 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


This was the holiday of a lifetime. From the hustle and bustle and noise of Bangkok to the peace and quiet of the villages, the whole experience was amazing. One of the main reasons for this was the tour leader - Pok. He was quite simply wonderful. He was always there if we needed advice or help, and was a wealth of useful information. We were also very lucky with the rest of the group - both adults and childrenall got on really well - and this helped to make the holiday unforgettable. There was something to appeal to everyone in the family, which also meant you were constantly on the go - don't expect too many lie-ins! The whole family would recommend this trip. Highlights: trekking, elephants, cookery class, tuk tuks, fact all of it! Take plenty of mozzie repellent and watch out for leeches when trekking!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 21 August 2016
Published on: 13 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


Pok, our tour leader, was absolutely inspirational and ensured our every need was met. Having a bad skin infection, I was escorted to the hospital where he totally took care of everything to make sure I was ok. The itenary was superb and ensured our family got the most out of the trip.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 21 August 2016
Published on: 31 August 2016
(10 out of 10)


A perfect holiday for a family with two teenage sons. John our tour leader was just amazing and a made our holiday one with memories we'll treasure forever.

From the hustle and bustle of the Grand Temple in Bangkok to the well paced trek in the hills there wasn't an aspect of the holiday that didn't work like clockwork.

There was something for everyone in this jam-packed tour but we never felt rushed; staying with local families in the hills, bathing rescued elephants, seeing the young monks' ordination ceremony, boating, snorkelling, swimming nearly every day, bartering, overnight train rides, tuk tuks, learning to cook Thai food, even experiencing a mud facial and Thai massages.

For families wanting to create memories to last a lifetime, this was a great holiday so much so that we've decided to book a similar for one for 2017.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 13 April 2016
Published on: 02 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Mid Sussex
The highlight of the trip was the trip itself and all the varied experiences it brought, from Bangkok to rainforest and everything in between. The itinerary covered the extremes of the country from the very energetic, loud and bright Bangkok (with its tuk tuks and it's own extremes of shacks and 5 start hotels), the northern towns and cities being much quieter or laid back, the hill tribes with origins from Burma and Tibet and the modern beach resorts.
Two things brought it all together - the food and the people!
There is a lot of travelling involved but that itself is an experience and nearly always comfortable.
We went in the rainy season so expect to get wet (occasionally), and muddy !
Confirmed traveller: 23 August 2015
Published on: 02 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


Friendly,efficient,cleverly devised intinerary. Small company atmosphere.Altogether outstanding.
Confirmed traveller: 16 August 2015
Published on: 26 September 2015
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Getting a broad sense of the Thai culture from a number of different perspectives was the most interesting thing for me. Especially so as our guide, Pok, was both knowledgeable and lived his philosophy of Karma! He was attentive to us all equally and responded to our various needs in an unflustered and mindful manner which was impressive to observe. Well done to him. The scenery was fantastic and food cheap and lovely! Very good - see my comments above. Organised lots of travel and a diversity of activities with grace!
Confirmed traveller: 26 April 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

This tour was everything we hoped it would be and so much more. Explore's organisation was commendable, with so many excursions and transport arrangements to make on a daily basis, everything ran like clockwork. We were treated like VIPs and the tour was seamless. The highlights were numerous but to select just a few, the trek was fabulous with informative guides and beautiful countryside, well off the beaten track; the villages were amazing and it was a real experience for the family staying there with the pigs and cockerels underneath! The elephant ride and visit to the sanctuary were magical and the cookery course with the enthusiastic chef was a treat, even for the children. Pok was in every way a credit to Explore. He was knowledgeable, informative, patient, totally unflappable, flexible and friendly. He appeared to enjoy being with us whilst continually planning trips and reservations for us. He not only led us but cooked for us, made elephant dung for us, built bamboo tables and cups etc. He taught us so much about Thai culture, life in the villages, how resourceful they are with the nature around them and we felt privileged to have been able to see some local ordinations of monks and village life. I'd happily recommend Pok for future tours.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 22 April 2015
Published on: 12 March 2016
(10 out of 10)


1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 12 April 2015
Published on: 26 September 2015