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Elephant-riding Archives - AdventureTemples

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AT01 – Andaman Elements

9:28 pm in South-East Asia, Thailand by South-East-Asia

One week from £1295pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Railay is a hidden oasis of beauty. Cut off from the mainland by high cliffs and dense jungle, this tiny peninsula is only accessible by boat. The area is packed with world-beating activities for body, mind and spirit – all from a beautiful luxury base. Neighbouring Phi-Phi Island is home to great diving and was the backdrop to the film. 

What to do there…

Railay is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Rock-climbing, Scuba-diving, Sea-kayaking, Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Boat-trips, Cave-treks, Nature-walks, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Sailing, Windsurfing, Swimming, Tennis, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

Home to one of our favourite super-luxury hotels, Railay’s incredible natural environment can be enjoyed in effortless style at the 5* Rayavadee. The hotel exudes opulence and its private activity classes, spa services and fine dining are first class. Railay can also be enjoyed from the sleek, design-conscious 4* Bhu Nga Thani.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Krabi Airport is 1h away by car/speedboat. Phuket Airport is 3.5-4.5h away. Both airports are 1h from Bangkok.
  • Weather: Nov to May is peak season, but off-season offers great seclusion and the rains come in bursts from 2.30-4pm.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Railay has a chilled out, adventurous vibe. The long west beach is linked to the eastern bay by the peninsula’s only shopping strip, a tiny, sandy street with a great coffee and cocktails bar and ice cream parlour. You will share gorgeous cliffs, jungle, beaches and islands with tanned rock-climbers and playful monkeys, but the exclusive Phranang beach and best caves are all right next to Rayavadee. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Andaman Elements

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Elephant-riding

10:44 am in Activities D, E, F, Body by Activity

The elephant has a gentle majesty and has long beguiled the adventure traveller. No jungle safari is complete without a dramatic yet slow pa   Find out more.

The elephant has a gentle majesty and has long beguiled the adventure traveller. No jungle safari is complete without a dramatic yet slow paced amble on a patient pachyderm.
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AT37 – Kruger Bay

7:12 pm in Central & Southern Africa, South Africa by Central--Southern-Africa

One week from £1995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £1995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Kruger Park’s myriad of stunning lodges make it the most luxurious safari park in the world, and also one of the best. The dry plains camouflage lions perfectly, so watching this apex beast making a kill is very much on the agenda. Elephants bathe in the shady tree-lined watering holes while crocodiles lurk below and leopards crouch above. 

What to do there…

Kruger is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Safari, Game-drives, Nature-walks, Photography, Cultural-visits, Scenic-flights, Elephant-riding, Bird-watching, Wine-tasting, Star-gazing.
  • Other: Swimming, Library, Spa/Massage, Picnics, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

The exquisite suites of ultra-luxury 5* Leopard Hills have private plunge pools overlooking a watering hole. At stunning 5* Ulusaba you can experience both epic cliff-side panorama suites and intimate jungle treehouses – and even indulge in a spot of tennis. Pafuri Camp has fabulous 4* en-suite cabins set in a gentle shady river bend.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Jo’burg to Kruger Park is a 6h drive, or a 1h flight to Nelspruit plus 2h drive, or a 1.5h direct charter flight to selected reserves. Jo’burg to Richards Bay is 1.5h flight.
  • Weather: warm and sunny all year round, showers May-Aug.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

That you can find such opulent lodges in such a wild place almost defies belief. Each morning your heart is in your mouth as you set out in an open-sided jeep to find lions and leopards that could kill you with one mighty swipe. Your guides will amaze you time and again as they spot animals completely hidden from your inexperienced eyes. Have no fear, they will keep you safe – but do keep your eyes open! We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Kruger Bay  

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AT11 – Ocean Lion

3:21 pm in Sri Lanka, Western Asia by Western-Asia

One week from £1095pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1095pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Sri Lanka’s Sigiriya rock is a gigantic natural wonder made even greater by human endeavour. Steps carved into its steep sides and precarious rope walkways take you up, past exquisite erotic art, to the fortress at the summit. Along the way you pass through the huge rock-hewn Lion gate, to the baths, palaces and temples beyond. 

What to do there…

Sigiriya is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Elephant-riding, Horse-riding, Mountain-biking, Bird-watching, Nature-walks, Boat-trips, Spa/Massage, Jungle-treks, Community-projects, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites.
  • Other: Safari, Cave-treks, Music, Gym/Fitness, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Ecology, Hot-air-ballooning Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

5* Heritance Kandalama is an eco-design masterpiece from renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, who cleverly blended the 160-room hotel into the rock faces and surrounding jungle, using stilts so animals can pass underneath on their way to the lake. The stylish rooms and activities concierge make the hotel a great luxury adventure base.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Sigiriya to Colombo airport by car takes 2-3h and it is a further 3-4h on to Godellawela on the southern coast, or a short sea-plane transfer.
  • Weather: except the cooler mountain areas, Sri Lanka is hot all year. Tropical showers are frequent (less in Dec-Mar).

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

With dense, warm jungle all around, ancient temple complexes to the north and east, cool tea plantations in the mountains to the south and beautiful beaches just a day’s drive away, this area is packed with activities to excite your body, mind and spirit. Take time to enjoy the small things, such as a simple but refreshing jungle shower viewed from the comfort of your hotel. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Ocean Lion

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AT02 – Hill-tribe Haven

3:21 pm in South-East Asia, Thailand by South-East-Asia

One week from £1695pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1695pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The morning mist rolls through the hill tops, caressing the rice paddies and swirling around ornate temple spires. Art and cookery classes are available to intrigue the mind; jungle walks, elephant treks and climbing to energise the body; and meditation or yoga to enrich the soul. Let the ways of the hill-tribes refresh and enchant you in this luxurious haven. 

What to do there…

Chiang Mai is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cooking-classes, Art-classes, Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Elephant-riding, Nature-walks, Bird-watching, Yoga, Meditation, Spa/Massage
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Boat-trips, Rafting, Rock-climbing, Golf, Tennis, Cycling, Music, Swimming, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

Set in its own idyllic 60-acre nature park, surrounded by rolling hills and paddy fields, the 5* Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi is every bit as beautiful as any of the famous 300 temples of Chiang Mai. Its staff are experts at tailoring and arranging activities for every mood. Our other favourite is the elegantly modern designer 5* The Chedi Chiang Mai.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Chiang Mai airport is 15 min away. Bangkok flights take 1h, with connections to most Asian capitals.
  • Weather: Nov to Mar has cool nights, but days are hot year-round. May to Oct the rains come in bursts from 2.30-4pm.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Get a local guide to take you into the mountains to spend time with the hill tribes. They are amazing and friendly people who live a fascinating lifestyle, which they will share with you in a very engaging way. Chiang Mai is famous in Thailand as the place to learn to cook, so taking a class will reward you time and again back home. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Hill-Tribe Haven

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AT06 – Amazing Angkor

3:21 pm in Cambodia, South-East Asia by South-East-Asia

One week from £1495pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1495pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Angkor is everything an ancient temple should be – and more. The sheer scale is incredible, with mile after mile of stunning structures to explore, some covered in ornate carvings and others overgrown by giant trees and twisting vines. Culture, history and art are the highlights, but there are great opportunities for physical activity too. 

What to do there…

Siem Reap is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Cultural-visits, Historical-sites, Art-classes, Spa/Massage, Bird-watching, Elephant-riding, Cycling, Hot-air-ballooning, Micro-lights, Scenic-flights.
  • Other: Gym/Fitness, Quad-bikes, Golf, Cooking-classes, Ecology, Horse-riding, Boat-trips, Swimming.

Where to stay…

The 5* Hotel de la Paix is a work of art in itself, offering stunning experience packages, especially in the areas of community, spa and culture. The 4* Heritage Suites is an exquisite alternative, providing an impressive range of activities through its in-house adventures company. Either would be a perfect base for experiencing Angkor.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (4h apart over land) both have international airports with connections across Asia.
  • Weather: hot and humid all year round, with short, sharp monsoon showers common from May-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Walking through the Angkor temples is an exciting and intimate experience. Almost no other site in the world offers such unrestricted access to its ruins, yet the intense beauty makes it feel private despite the many other visitors. Stare in awe at sprawling temple-scapes, intricate carvings and the ravages of nature on stone. This is truly a wonder of the world and a great adventure. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Amazing Angkor

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