A definitive tour through South East Asia's gem
Combining the best of the north and south, this is the definitive Thailand tour. Travel from the clamour of the capital to the serenity of steamy rainforests, from atmospheric ruins to relaxed sun-drenched islands. Tour temples in Bangkok, bargain-hunt in lively Chiang Mai and then swim, snorkel or simply kick back on the divine beaches of the southern coast. This adventure is the perfect chance to visit the many attractions and treasures of Thailand.
Work up an appetite with a leisurely cycle through the ancient Buddhas and ruined temples of Heritage-listed Sukothai Park, then feast on a home-cooked picnic lunch
Experience daily rural life first hand when staying with long-time Intrepid friends in a small Thai village
Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant
Pick up some impressive new culinary skills and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class
Discover the best beaches and islands of Thailand’s east coast – from popular Ko Samui to laid-back Ko Tao – for a true slice of paradise
Cruise to Ko Pitak for a taste of real island life. Enjoy an overnight homestay, feast on fresh seafood and interact with local fishermen
Two in-depth snorkelling trips, one in Chumphon and one in Ko Tao, give you plenty of time to explore underwater worlds brimming with coral and colourful tropical fish
Travel as the locals do on overnight sleeper trains – the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at destinations
Experience a variety of local accommodation, from small guesthouses to beach resorts
This trip includes a number of overnight train journeys. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.
There is 2 nights at a homestay on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Thai life. Facilities are basic and multishare, with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.
There is an included bicycle ride around Sukhothai Heritage Park on this trip. It’s a leisurely cycle though, and one of the best ways to see the park.
This trip includes lots of free time for flexibility and space for making your own discoveries. There are lots of recommended optional activities if you wish, or just time to soak up the sun and kick back on the countless beautiful beaches.
Get your sea legs ready because this trip involves lots of travel by boat. Apart from being the only way to see these islands, you can’t beat cruising between dramatic limestone outcrops as you island hop.
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A single supplement is available on this trip, please contact your sales agent if you would like to book a single supplement. The following days are excluded from the single supplement: Day 4 Homestay Day 7 and day 9 Overnight Train, Day 10 Homestay
Our Classic Thailand East Coast (May - Oct) trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Quick warning: this is actually two 1-week Intrepid trips stitched together ("Explore Northern Thailand" and "Thailand Beaches East Coast") so you will be traveling with 2 different groups (and may even experience 2 different group leaders). "Explore Northern Thailand" is an abbreviated version of "Beautiful Thailand" but hitting Sukhothai instead of Ayutthaya. "Thailand Beaches East Coast" is an abbreviated version of "Southern Thailand", skipping Khao Sok National Park, a homestay at Koh Pitak instead of Leeled, Koh Tao instead of Koh Pha Ngan, and skipping the night camping in Ang Thong National Marine Park (the only real upgrade is I find Koh Tao much nicer than Koh Pha Ngan because of the snorkeling).
Review submitted 17 Aug 2017
The trip was great! The perfect overview of Thailand. Go at your own pace, fill your free time with what interests you, and you'll have a blast! Great guide and seamless tour from start to finish.
Review submitted 04 Aug 2017