Travel from Bangkok to Sukhothai, Lampang and Chiang Mai
Northern Thailand is a treasure-trove filled with glittering temples, ancient ruins, exotic markets and sumptuous foods. Explore the capital of Siam's golden age at Sukhothai, visit the bustling markets of Chiang Mai, stay at a special homestay with local friends and enjoy a traditional khantohk dinner - there's so much to discover on this tour through Thailand's northern kingdom.
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 firsthand 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
Travel like the locals on an overnight sleeper train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
This trip includes a night on an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. 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 a night 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 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. This trip finishes on Day 8 in Bangkok at 12pm midday.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note that on the following nights the supplement is not available: - Day 4 Homestay and Day 7 Overnight Train
Our Explore Northern Thailand trips score an average of 4.86 out of 5 based on 118 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
My first experience with Intrepid was fabulous. Everything was organised perfectly, we had a great tour leader with local knowledge and I've made new friends for life. Every day was something different and every day was filled with smiles and laughter.
Review submitted 09 Aug 2017