Thais by their very nature are welcoming. With your kids, even more so. They smile and invite you in. To their mountain villages, ornate temples, noodle shops and longtail boats. Even the water buffalo are friendly, letting your kids plant rice alongside them out in the rice paddies. Warm. Inviting. Exotic. Approachable. It's the Asia you dream of.
1-2 Receive a blessing from the village elders and meet the resident monk Villagers greet you with smiles as you ride into the countryside, passing rice and garlic fields, and papaya and teak forests Families learn from a local gardener how to plant and harvest rice Discover how traditional Thai dishes are prepared at Rim Tai Cooking School.
3-4 Bike backcountry lanes through remote villages and rural scenery, with grazing water buffalo as your audience Visit Tap Tao Caves, a tranquil oasis where monks come to pray and leave offerings at the many Buddha shrines A picturesque route leads to the bustling trading center of Fang Adults relish some free time while the youngsters explore the resort's ropes course Welcome the sunrise by offering alms to monks on a hilltop beneath the white Buddha.
5 Float in longtail boats down the Maekok River Pedal along narrow lanes past small villages into vibrant Chiang Rai Embark on a culinary adventure, wandering the streets of Chiang Rai sampling some of Thailand's unique delicacies and delicious street food.
6-8 Experience a fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures Dared to taste durian yet? Try this pungent fruit and other interesting local snacks Bike alongside the Mekong River on the Laos border into the ancient kingdom of Chiang Saen Sop Ruak's market stalls provide a chance to sample Thai iced tea and shop for local handicrafts.