This is the ultimate, comprehensive Northern Thailand experience. Spend 17 days discovering the best of Thai culture. From big-city life in Bangkok to historic Ayutthaya and a hilltribe trek outside of Chiang Mai to meet the locals, this tour takes you to all the places on your must-see list, and some you didn't know to add. Perfect for first-timers or travellers that have seen it all.
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.
Klong Riverboat Tour
Wat Po Visit
Overnight Rafthouse Excursion
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)
Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history.
Erawan Waterfalls Visit
Bridge on the River Kwai Visit
Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit
Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction)
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum.
Temple Ruins Tour
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 150km)
Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in.
Doi Suthep Temple Visit
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your CEO and local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.
The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!
Hilltribe Trek Day 1
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Trek for about six hours and between villages, over farmlands and grasslands and acend to the ridgeline. Learn about bush medicine, seasonal fruits and plants and seeds. Slip on your wet shoes and descend to the Huew Hin Poon Creek for lunch.
Here, go for a swim and help the local guides make a friction fire and prepare lunch. Continue another hour and a half to the jungle Buddhist temple outside the second village. Spend the night in the Karen village learn about wood carving, weaving and cooking. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.
Hilltribe Trek Day 2
After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, stopping at other villages along the way. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Enter by bamboo raft and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience. After lunch, drive back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.
Hilltribe Trek Day 3
Pickup truck (4.00 hour(s))
Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sa waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner.
Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 274km)
Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.
Mae Sai Visit
Opium Museum Visit
Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 315km)
Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 213km)
Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time.
Sukhothai Bicycle Tour
Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 422km)
Depart at any time.
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Trip Name: Northern Thailand Encompassed
Duration: 17 Days
From Price: 1104
Trip Code: 153322
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