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Northern Thailand Journey
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Never been to Northern Thailand? These 14 days from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and back again sure are the perfect introduction to all the life-changing cultural experiences people come here for. Stay on a traditional floating rafthouse in Kanchanaburi, enjoy an local cooking class with delcious meal and take a guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park. Nature, nourishment, palaces, and people this trip's got it all.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATTX/126855
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

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.

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Day 3: Kanchanaburi

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.

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Day 4: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

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.

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Day 5: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

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Day 6: Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.
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.

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Day 7: Chiang Mai

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.

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Day 8: Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai

Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.

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Day 9: Chiang Rai

Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.

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Day 10: Chiang Rai/Lampang

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.

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Day 11: Lampang/Sukhothai

Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon.

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Day 12: Sukhothai

Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time.

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Day 13: Sukhothai/Bangkok

Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping.

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Day 14: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Local Living: Village Homestay, Lampang
    • Klong riverboat tour (Bangkok)
    • Wat Po visit
    • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
    • Rafthouse stay
    • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
    • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
    • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
    • Local cooking class and meal
    • Mae Sa visit (Chiang Rai)
    • Opium Museum visit
    • Local community homestay (Lampang)
    • Bicycle tour (half-day, Sukhothai)
    • All transport to/from included activities and between all destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)
    • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, private vehicle, walking, bicycle, longtail boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a homestay with a Lanna family
  • Go shopping in Bangkok
  • Experience the 13th-century ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park from the seat of a bike
  • Get inspired with a local cooking class in Chiang Mai


Reviews (17)
Sohni S Posted on: 

The tour was much better than I thought it would be, as I went into it being cynical about tour-group trips. Our tour guide for the north part of the trip, Willie, was excellent and helped to accommodate in any way he could! Also, the security of travelling with a group and not having to worry about accommodation and travel made the trip very hassle-free. I would definitely recommend it!

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Jinnie C Posted on: 

Overall it was a great experience. I like that we got to see so many different parts of Thailand and do so many different activities while taking every mode of transportation possible. I really feel like I had experienced so much more than if I had done it on my own. And the guides really made it so easy and stress free because we didn't have to worry about how we would get from one place to the next.

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Rebecca D Posted on: 

A wide variety of things to see/do. Loved the hill trek but also the relaxing beaches of the south.

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Julia M Posted on: 

i had a really great time. i would definitely use G Adventures again.

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Alison J Posted on: 

The tour was fantastic! It took the stress of making travelling arrangements away and made it easier just to enjoy the experiences facing me.

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Jeddah B Posted on: 

I had an excellent time on this trip. Would recommend it for people who want to see the culture and beaches of thailand.

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Sarah B Posted on: 

A great trip! The trip allowed us to see lots of Thailand and cover the main areas of Thailand in the North and South. It was lovely to have the week on the islands at the end to relax after the hectic 2 weeks before!

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Anne Mary R Posted on: 

I was very impressed with how the reps catered for all the groups needs, and got balance right. I found the trip very informative and the tour guides Tee and Pongsin very knowledgeable. The accommodation was very good and I was impressed with the standard that we slept in. I found the itinerary was just right, where we was busy for the first two weeks and I feel that we did see the real Thailand and for the last week, a complete relax. I am recommending G Adventures to my friends and will be using G Adventures in the near future. Thank you for a very enjoyable first time!!

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Matthew J Posted on: 

The northern part of the tour was brilliant, saw a lot of amazing things, the accomodation was good and our tour leader Paul (Surapol) was fantastic, his enthusiasm was brilliant, there is nothing bad you can say about him.

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Jason F Posted on: 

Fantastic experience. The tour was incredibly well organized. I never stressed for one moment about what we going to do next as a group. The trip provided an amazing introduction to Thailand.

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Aaron D Posted on: 

great mix of activities - saw alot in the time and great cultural experience with in my opinion a higher level of comfort than i expected

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Janet M Posted on: 

I thought the tour was very thorough. I truly believe that even with my own extensive research, I still would not have seen or experienced as much as being a part of this particular tour.

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Joe B Posted on: 

A wide ranging tour, taking in most aspects of life and environment, but with special attention paid to the genuine Thailand.

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Rebecca H Posted on: 

An amazing time has by both of us. We can't praise G Adventures highly enough. Everything ran so smoothly we never had to think about anything other than enjoying ourselves. Tour leaders were fantastic with such a wide range of knowledge. Thank you.

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Stacey H Posted on: 

Everyday was a new insight and experience. Seeing this completely different world thousands of miles away from home was unbelievable, and I saw so many things that I won't be able to ever relay all of them back which just shows how much I saw and took in from the whole trip.

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Michael O Posted on: 

Overall, the trip was very well executed. My group became very tight knit and our guide was both knowledgeable and resourceful. It was an exciting and fulfilling experience.

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Theresa E Posted on: 

Overall, I thought this was an awesome adventure! The North Thailand tour was incredible, so much to see and do. Whereas the island part was way more laid back, a nice way to recover! Angkor Wat again very different and extremely interesting. I would definitely do a G Adventure again.

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