6 Week sabbatical with 9 and 10 y.o next summer! help!
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 29, 2012 12:40 PM Last Post By: vroth22
Sep 3, 2012 10:07 PM
6 Week sabbatical with 9 and 10 y.o next summer! help!We have a family vacation for 6 weeks next summer starting in late June. Our kids will be 10 and 9 by then. We'd like to go somewhere where the weather will be nice, where we don't have to jump around too too much (constant long car rides/ transit in between spots will be a killer), where we can have some adventure (i.e. zip lining, white water rafting, etc) and some culture and where the every day travel won't be too harsh but still interesting from either or a cultural or natural standpoint. ANY suggestions for an itinerary would be very very helpful! We are intrigued by this part of the country but don't know where to even start to dig in/get out hands around it.
Sep 4, 2012 2:03 AM
1You could fly to Bangkok, spend some time there and then get the overnight train to Chiang Mai, then head to Chiang Rai? Lots to do around Chiang Mai with biking/elephants trekking. Weather in August - bit damp though but it'll be warm-ish. (20-30's).
If you want to travel more there are boats across into Laos which we looked at briefly but decided our children were too young (6 & 3 at the time) but that could work as a good itinary with older children? Perhaps do a loop down through Laos into Cambodia and back to Bangkok?
Or if you can get a flight to one of the southern Thai islands you could spend 6wks touring Thailand,using the trains?
Or fly to Singapore/Kuala Lumpa and train it all the way up to Chiang Mai? Seat61.com is good for planning your train journeys..
Sep 4, 2012 8:36 PM
Sep 5, 2012 10:54 AM
3We are coming from Portland Oregon. We've been to Bali and loved it but my husband doesn't want to spend that much time there. I would love to see Australia but a friend who lives in NZ said that it can be rainy in miserable in arts of the country and we'd like to go there as well, which is a bit of a bummer!
Sep 5, 2012 10:54 AM
4We are coming from Portland Oregon. We've been to Bali and loved it but my husband doesn't want to spend that much time there. I would love to see Australia but a friend who lives in NZ said that it can be rainy in miserable in arts of the country and we'd like to go there as well, which is a bit of a bummer!
Sep 6, 2012 9:46 AM
5I like #1's suggestion. With kids who were 6 and 9 at the time, we did the following itinerary in one month without feeling rushed: Fly into Bangkok, catch connecting flight to Chiang Mai, spend 4-5 days in Chiang Mai. Bus to Chiang Rai, spend a couple of days, set up slow boat trip to Laos. Spend two days on slow boat, arrive in Luang Prabang, spend 4-5 days there. Bus back down to Vientiane, stopping off halfway in Vang Vieng for a few days. (Vang Vieng is getting to be an over-touristed party town but we stayed at a more family-oriented hotel, avoided the "Friends" bars and spent a really beautiful day cycling on dirt roads to a cave where we could swim at a lagoon.) From Vientiane, over the border back into Thailand to Nong Khai. Fly from Nong Khai all the way south to Krabi to spend a week or longer relaxing on Koh Lanta.
Now that I typed this all out, it sounds busier than you want to be, but honestly it didn't feel that way. Our mother-in-law (age 68 at the time) joined us for this whole itinerary and coped with it very well, as did the kids. She left Koh Lanta after just 5 days (catching a flight from Krabi to BKK), which completed her four-week stay. We stayed another two weeks on Koh Lanta, which makes a total of six weeks. As Api said though, you may want to look at the weather in Thailand. I'm not sure what it's like in June. But I think the monsoons hit the east and west coasts at different times so you could probably plan accordingly, at least for the southern bit.
Sep 6, 2012 8:28 PM
6Yes, east coast monsoon starts later. July /August is probably the wettest period on the west coast and the seas can be rough. Some places along the Andaman Coast shut down during this period (I've been trying to go for years, but can never get there before May!). Northern Thailand will also be wet at this time. Your kids are older so maybe it isn't a big deal to be out doing things in the rain. I regularly go and stay in a National Park in Thailand during the monsoon: mostly we get heavy showers that last for a few hours, but sometimes it can go on for days. August was the wettest period.
What about Thailand and Malaysia? Peninsular Malaysia has a similar monsoon as southern Thailand. Sabah and Sarawak may still be dry then too.
Sep 10, 2012 2:09 AM
7If you want action, nature and adventure, you could try Iceland? We just spent four weeks there with kids a similar age and they think it is just the best place EVER. And they have travelled a lot. Incredible nature and active adventure options, landscape like no other, although perhaps more culturally familiar then the far East. Lots of family oriented Iceland travel ideas and itinerary available on our website if you're interested. family oriented Iceland travel ideas and itinerary
Sep 19, 2012 2:34 AM
8Why not Europe? That is a great time to be there, June and July. You could easily do two weeks in several interesting hubs and do slow travel from a base.
Do central Italy, like Tuscany as a base and do day trips or short ones to:
Also think of nearby Barcelona or Paris or London or Nice etc as possible bases.
More ideas here for family vacations in Europe:
There is sooo much to do there and your kids are at a great age for it.
Sep 27, 2012 10:08 PM
9We are thinking about Europe for part of the trip. Yes. This is the best weather this time of year. Still doing my research and will be back with more questions! Thanks a million.
Oct 3, 2012 7:29 AM
10We just did a RTW for a year with our 4 kids. The hardest part was finding a place for the June-August section since everywhere in Asia will be raining then and South America is freezing (their winter). The best place for those months are North America, Europe, Russia or Borneo, We choose Borneo and had a fabulous time. See our blog http://dixons.tumblr.com for descriptions of wandering with orangoutangs, swimming with stingless jellyfish and holding hatching baby sea turtles in our bare hands. Next summer we are taking the Trans Siberian express which is another great option.
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