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Thai Hilltribe Adventure FTH

Visiting: Thailand
Tour Duration 15 Days
  • Idyllic Koh Samet
  • Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai
  • White beaches of Koh Samet
  • Feeding the Elephants
  • Thai Hilltribe Adventure
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Simple
 

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10 , 12/09/13

Name

Rowena Adams

Tour Code

FTH

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

There were many highlights of this tour, as each day seemed to bring a new adventure. The elephant ride and experience at the elephant sactuary were a firm favoutite with all the family.The trek and time staying in the hill tribe villages was very special and different to anything we had done before.

Tour Leader Name

John

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

John was a delight. Patient, informative, hard working, fun but never over bearing. He connected well with all ages and everyone on the tour.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Bring long trousers for the trek, as we were asked to trek in long trousers due to leeches. In the rainy season, expect everything to be sodden and very muddy, so don't plan to wear anything for two days. Good quality ponchos good as cover back pack in the rain. Wipes and tissues are also very useful on the trek:)

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

A magical, memorable family experience!

 
10 , 15/08/13

Name

Liz Hare

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

How to choose? The country was beautiful, the Thai people extremely child friendly, the tour ran like clockwork, the weather was great and we got on extremely well with the other families on the tour. I also loved the fact that we had nothing to do but wake up in the morning and do what we were told was o n the agenda. No cooking, no cleaning, no worrying about where to find a good hotel. Very relaxing.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

He was very thorough and detailed. Everything went exactly according to plan. My only criticism was that he was a little too overprotective of us. We were all seasoned travellers in one way or another and were sometimes left feeling slightly stifled with his attentions. However, he was extremely thoughtful, and both he and his 'dream team' were wonderful with the children.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Be excited! You have made a great choice and will love it.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Would definitely book with Explore again. Highly recommended.

 
10 Deborah Lees, 23/08/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Just back from this amazing holiday. Staying with the Hill Tribes was everything I imagined it to be, the Lahu tribe had very simply equipped stilt houses and the local children sang for us in traditional dress.  Be prepared for a reciprocal performance singing back to the children! The Karen tribe children were keen to play with us and we enjoyed drawing pictures for them in the books we took along. The sleeper trains are not at all fancy but the service and food is excellent and we had a very comfy (but noisy) sleep.   I particularly liked the temple at Changmai as it was not only beautiful and peaceful but also much less busy then the temples in Bangkok. Feeding the baby elephants at the sanctuary was particularly memorable and we learned how life for working elephants has changed.

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0 GH, 20/02/12
We had a wonderful family holiday.  Our guide, John, was sensational.  Knowledgable and conscientious, he was always there for us but never overpowering.  Our family has serious allergies and so adventure travel can be daunting.  However, with John, there were no issues.    I was a little nervous of the trk before we left.  However, this for our family, was the real highlight.  Meeting villagers and watching two cultures collide between the children was an experience I shall never forget.  The village children really want to interact and the teenagers in our group all responded.      I would also thoroughly recommend the cookery lesson.  It was great fun and something completely different.    I would definitely recommend this trip for teenagers and adults alike.
 
0 C.H & L.H, 17/09/10
The Perfect Family Adventure. Beautiful temples in Bangkok, Chang Mai and Mae Hong Son. Kids found the overnight sleeper train very exciting and had lots of fun in the bunk beds.  I would advise you to take eye masks as the lights are not switched off on train through the  whole night and the curtain screen does not keep the bunk beds area dark enough. ( I noticed that our guide did have an eye mask, so he'd obviously been on this train journey before!!)  The night markets in Chang Mai were full of hustle and bustle and the food courts offered delicious meals which were excellent value.  In fact the food was wonderful everywhere we ate and again at a very good price.  The kids  also loved sleeping in the tribal villages in large rooms above "noisy" cockerells and pigs.  I realised that cockerells do not wake up at dawn but more like 3 o'clock in the morning!!- perhaps ear plugs might have helped then!! Take some toilet rolls and lots of wipes for the trek.  Energy bars are also handy during the trek. There is plenty of opportunity to interact with locals in the hilltribes and it might be handy to take some postcards of where you come from to show it to them and perhaps leave it as a gift.  We all also enjoyed the bamboo rafting, elephant riding and snorkelling.  One of the main highlights of our trip was the Songkran festival which is not in the dossier - it is the Thai New Year  which is celebrated  around April - it lasts around 3 days with fun water fights and stunning  parades with beautiful floats.  A few other tips - we did not take our sleeping bag as you can rent them out there from explore and  use them only for the trek, so it saves you carrying them around with you all through your trip and  helps keeps extra space in your luggage for all that shopping to bring back home!!  Overall a wonderful holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had an amazing local  Explore guide who we called "John" whose real name is Boon Chuay - he was fantastic and helped make our holiday truly special. (FTH 3rd April 2010)
 
 
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