Discover the exquisite 'Land of Smiles' in style.
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. 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.
Whip up a culinary storm and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai
Travel like the locals do on an overnight sleeper train, the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at destinations
Immerse yourself in the wonders of an ancient tribal culture with a night in the Hmong Lodge, treated to a BBQ dinner and Hmong Cultural show
Make some new pachyderm pals at the unique Friends of the Asia Elephants Hospital and learn about the great work they do to protect these magnificent creatures
Uncover the ancient charms of Sukhothai as you leisurely cycle around the ruin-filled Historical Park, and feel your own cheerfulness increasing in the city named ‘Rising Happiness’
Pay your respect at the memorials by the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ – learn about its dark history and the construction of the death railway in Kanchanaburi during the war
This trip includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. 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 an included bicycle ride around Sukhothai Heritage Park on this trip. It’s a leisurely cycle along quiet and flat roads, and one of the best ways to see the park.
As a shorter trip that covers quite a lot of ground, there will be travelling every other day to the next destination. The longest travel time (excluding the overnight train) is 6 hours.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip please contact your sales agent if you would like to book a single supplement. Please note a single supplement is not included on day 2 Overnight train.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
Our Highlights of Thailand trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 31 reviews in the last year.
A good way to see lots of Thailand, well arranged with plenty of free time, but bear in mind nature of tour involves many hours of transfer.
Review submitted 16 Aug 2017
This was an excellent "tasting" tour of Thailand. I had never been to Southeast Asia before, and wanted to travel with a tour group so I could familiarize myself with the culture and customs of Thailand. This trip was perfect for that. I feel I got to see what Thailand is really like, while still feeling comfortable and not totally out of my element. The food was fantastic, as were the sights. You have plenty of down time and free time on this trip, I never once felt rushed. This truly was a great experience, especially for first-time travelers to this part of the world.
Review submitted 31 Jul 2017