Bhutan and Thailand Family Adventure


bhutan and thailand family adventure

Bhutan is a great destination for families with plenty of activities to keep every age group entertained. Combine a festival tour with a few days trekking complete with pack animals and camping. Meet Bhutanese families and stay in a farmhouse and visit a school. Add in white water rafting or a 'float' down one of Bhutan's prisine rivers; explore remote villages on mountain bikes; get to grips with archery or learn how to cook Bhutanese cuisine.

Best time to Visit
March - June | September - November

This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made tour

You then fly direct to Thailand to enjoy Bangkok and a week of luxury on the stunning west coast beaches of Phuket.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - 2 : Thimpu
Arrival day! Your guide and driver will welcome you at the airport, an hour outside of Thimpu, and take you for sightseeing and lunch in Thimpu. Depending on time of day see the Saint Thangtong Gyalpo's 14th Century suspension bridge, Trashi Chhoe Dzong (fortress of the glorious religion) and the Weekend Market. Overnight at Namgay Heritage, Thimpu.

Days 2 - 4 : Punakha, Bhutan
Today you will head to Punakha, taking in breathtaking views of the Himalayan range from the meditative walk along the forest of colourful prayer flags, and the group of 108 memorial chortens. Look out for monkeys while snaking down into the Punakha Valley at Chimmi Llakhang before heading upstream toward the impressive 17th century Punakha Dzong fortress/monastery and checking into your hotel, the Meri Puensum, Punakha for 2 nights. Starting early, a short walk through the valley of Pazaps with its farmland and whitewashed homes leads to Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, a temple with views of the rice paddies and orange groves. Choose to then walk or raft down to the 1637 Punakha Dzong (Druk Pungthang Decchen Phodrang - the Palace of Great Happiness). Climb to Talo village, continue south to Wangdue Phodrang's bazaar and incense making and either complete the day with the walk to Khamsen Chorten or half a day of adventurous white water rafting (additional) before retiring to the Meri Puensum. Biking is also an option - consult with your guide.

Day 4 - 5 : Traditional Homestay, Paro
Return over the Dochula pass to the Chunzom, catching a glimpse of 3 Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese shrines. Follow the Pa Chhu River through apple orchards and rice paddies past quaint homes to Paro town where you will spend 1 night in a Traditional Homestay. This afternoon you can continue sightseeing by bike or walk the old paths through orchards, terraced fields and Drukgyel villages and try some archery at a local Bha Cho. As a guest of Tshering a local farmer you can also experience rice farming, enjoy a fresh brew of tea with the family and partake in a traditional Hot Stone bath while taking in the river views.

Day 5 - 6 : Paro, Bhutan
From Paro walk past Ugyen Pelri Palace and across the traditional Nyami Zam bridge before continuing by vehicle to the tower of Ta Dzong, home of the National Museum. After admiring the views, walk to Zurig Dzong, overlooking Rinpung Dzong before heading to town to buy offerings for a puja at Kyichu Llakhang. One of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the Kyichu Llakhang also has a magic orange tree that bears fruit all year. Spend 1 night at the Rema Paro.

Day 6 - 7 : Paro, Bhutan After meeting the pack ponies at the Sang Choekor, an upward hike through ancient forest leads to the little temple Chhoe Chhoe Tse Lhakhang with its spectacular views. After a break for snacks and water at the spinning prayer wheels, the final piece of trail opens out to meadows spotted with sacred chortens and prayer flags. After lunch visit the monastery and sky burial peak before settling in for 1 night at our Thousand Fairies Wilderness Camp.

Day 7 - 8 : Paro, Bhutan
After tea in bed, enjoy a hearty open-air breakfast while admiring the views. Hike down the monks' path through pine and rhododendron forest toward the golden rooftops of monasteries and temples toward Sangtopelri (Heaven on Earth). Another hour descent stops at Taktsang Goemba (the Tiger's Nest Monastery) where Guru Pinpoche landed on the back of a tigress, bringing Buddhism from Tibet to Bhutan. Return to Paro for some final sightseeing and shopping before spending the last night at the Rema Paro.

Day 8 - 9 : Bangkok, Thailand
This morning you will fly Druk Air direct to Bangkok where you will spend 1 night at the Ariyasom Villa in 2 Deluxe Rooms.

Days 9 - 16 : Phuket, Thailand
This morning you will fly down to the West coast, heading to Phuket where you will end your adventure with 7 nights of luxury at the Anantara Phuket Villas in 2 Pool Villas. Spend six full days to relax and enjoy this family friendly resort.

Day 16 : Flight home
Fly back to Bangkok and connect with your onward flight back.