Travel from Bangkok to Thailand's north, meeting the Hmong people along the way

This is a Thailand trip jam-packed with experiences and destinations that ventures beyond where other trips go. Thailand's stunning beauty and charismatic culture are ever present on this Intrepid adventure - discover the exquisite 'Land of Smiles' in style. Thailand conjures up images of spicy delicacies, majestic elephants, golden Buddhas, colourful hilltribe villages, fantastic shopping and exotic hideaways - and we experience it all on this trip. Witness traditional hilltribe life in a H'mong village, support the rehabilitation of the endangered Asian elephant, step back in time in the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai and try your hand at creating some gastronomic delights. This is your chance to capture the adventure and essence of timeless Thailand.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
199kg pp per trip


  • Wander around Bangkok's temples and palaces
  • Cook up a storm in Chiang Mai
  • Climb the steps of Doi Suthep at sunset
  • Experience the culture of the H'mong hilltribe
  • Discover Thailand’s golden age in Sukhothai
  • Visit the infamous yet beautiful River Kwai
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Chao Phraya River


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 30 April 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 May 2016 - 31 December 2016

Travel to Thailand and discover Bangkok - a modern city with an ancient heart. Visit the Emerald Buddha housed beneath the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace. Cruise down the narrow khlongs to see the contrast between city and canal-side life.
Venture north to Chiang Mai and learn to whip up local delicacies at a Thai cooking class. Alternatively, take a guided bike ride to the ruined city of Wiang Kum Kam to explore its well-preserved ruins. Chat with friendly monks at the Wat Chedi Luang temple complex and visit the local market. In the evening, climb up to Doi Suthep, a sacred mountain famous for its copper-plated chedi and sweeping views, before enjoying a traditional dinner and cultural performance.
Head into the Thai countryside where rice fields meet the forest. Get acquainted with Thailand's second-largest hilltribe group - the H'mong. Admire the embroidered aprons, sashes and silver jewellery worn by many H'mong females and gain an insight into local customs during a cultural performance.
Nicknamed the Dawn of Happiness, Sukhothai still recalls Siam's golden age with its superb statues, monuments and blooming lotus flowers. Spend a memorable day exploring these important remnants of Thailand’s ‘golden age’.
Make a sobering visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Board a train at Nam Tok station - the main terminal of the Death Railway - and ride along these historic tracks, passing over the original wooden viaduct, the bridge on the River Kwai. Afterwards, pay a visit to Jeath War Museum.
Return to Bangkok, where there’s ample time for some last minute shopping before a cruise and farewell dinner on the mighty Chao Phraya River.
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9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Overnight sleeper train, Sammlaw (cycle rickshaw), Train, Van
Hotel (5 nights), Lodge (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Chiang Mai - Thai cooking course
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kanchanaburi - War Cemetery and Museum (POW Cemetery)
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch


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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
3. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures

We are pleased to offer a special ANZAC DAY departure on this trip starting on the 18th of April 2015. Please see the "Important Information" section of the trip notes for further information.

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