Traveling with children to South Asia is not only possible but incredibly rewarding! As a travel professional, I am often out exploring the Indian subcontinent and beyond. When possible, my three children accompany me on trips abroad. From staying healthy to scheduling, here are my tips for comfortably exploring South Asia as a family.
As Thailand Destination Specialists, we at Sodha Travel are often asked about including tiger experiences in our tour programs. Ultimately there are only two ways to view the big cats: in captivity or the wild. In Thailand, all tigers officially belong to the government. However, with a zoo license, it is legal for private owners to breed and use the tigers for commercial endeavors.
Sodha Travel is excited to offer a new culinary adventure in Phuket, Thailand! On this 3 day/2 night program, explore the local markets, participate in cooking demonstrations, and dine at renowned eateries. Phuket is an amazing melting pot of cultures and cuisine, immediately evident as you walk around the Old Sino-Portuguese town.
With the passing of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Sodha Travel would like to keep travelers updated on tour interruptions. The country is now in a 30-day state of mourning and we ask visitors to be flexible with any unanticipated itinerary changes. The following is a statement from our Bangkok team:
Located just fours from Bangkok is the picturesque Khao Laem National Park. It is a part of the Western Forest Complex, a system of protected wilderness in the Dawna-Tenasserim Hills area of western Thailand. Not on the popular tourist circuit, the national park offers travelers the unique opportunity to enjoy a houseboat in Khao Laem Lake. Often termed raft houses, the communal lodging docks at a new location each night. Guests spend their days lounging in a hammock, kayaking, interacting with locals, and participating in scheduled activities like hiking and visits to hillside villages.
Sodha Travel loves connecting and creating with our clients. We had the privilege of working with Michael H. for several months to craft a personalized program in Thailand and Laos. Michael and his family, from Portland, Oregon, visited Koh Lanta, Chiang Mai, and Luang Prabang. Here is his review of Sodha Travel's services:
Congratulations to our team at Asian Trails for being named "Thailand’s Leading Travel Company - 2015" at the TTG Travel Awards! Yes, Sodha Travel's team was awarded Thailand's Leading Travel Company! Regarded as one of the most prestigious award programs in the Asian travel industry, the TTG Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the regional travel and tourism industry. Great job, team!
Did you know that Sodha Travel offers free destination guides to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Thailand?
Sodha Travel is very excited to announce our partnership with Portland Community College! PCC is not only the largest institute of higher learning in Oregon, but they are also a leader in offering educationally oriented tours that combine discovery, learning, and adventure. Sodha Travel is delighted to have been selected as an operator of three PCC small group tours in 2016: Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Thailand/Cambodia.
Sodha Travel is excited to present our latest video, The Sodha Travel Journey. We are often asked how and why we specialize in South Asia, as well as what travelers can expect by working with us to plan a custom tour program. We hope the video highlights our services and provides a foundation to learn more about our company philosophy.
Welcome to Elephant Hills, a luxury tented camp in Khao Sok, Thailand. Located less than two hours from most Phuket resorts, Khao Sok is part of the largest area of tropical rain forest in southern Thailand. It connects with Klong Phanom and Si Phangnga national parks as well as Klong Naka and Klong Seng wildlife sanctuaries. Elephant Hills was Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp. It features 30 exclusive tents with attached bathrooms, hot/cold running water, fans, and handmade furniture. In the center of the resort is a large swimming pool, restaurant, and meeting space to share a conversation with other guests. During your stay, the resort will share their conservation initiatives and voluntourism projects. The elephants are well cared for and the camp strives to provide a sustainable experience.
During my recent trip to Thailand, I had the privilege to meet with John Gray, the owner of John Gray's Sea Canoe excursion. John has been highlighting natural history by sea kayak since 1983, and sea caving is just one educational venue in his line of conservation initiatives. The company motto says it all: We Don't Do Anything Normal. And John should be proud of that, as the excursion has been rated one of the "Top 25 Experiences in the World" by National Geographic.
Travelers, hop on over and check out my most recent article on Travelhoppers - Thailand Travel Myths. There are several misconceptions about traveling in Thailand, ranging from the sex culture (not all male tourists are seeking prostitutes) to ice (not all water is contaminated).What would you add to the list?