Journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and back, via Ayuthaya
This was the tour that started it all for Intrepid - and it remains one of our most popular. Northern Thailand is among the greatest adventure destinations on the planet and this journey shows why - hiking among hilltribes near Chiang Mai, drifting down the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi and calling in to visit friendly and colourful villages. Come along and see why this has become the benchmark for all other Intrepid Travel journeys.
Experience rural Thai life from a local's perspective with a homestay in a small village and a trek through scenic and enlightening hilltribe villages
Even the transport on this trip is an adventure – discover the joys of travelling on overnight sleeper trains, longtail boats, songthaew and raft houses
Visit the home of the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, learn about its dark history and the construction of the railway during the war
Experience travel in a variety of different ways, using private buses and even local transport like songtheaws. This trip covers a fair amount of ground, so be prepared for some long travel days.
There is a night at a homestay and two nights in Hilltribe villages on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Thai life. Facilities can be basic and multishare, with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.
This trip includes two nights on overnight trains between Bangkok and 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.
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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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Beautiful Northern Thailand trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
A single supplement is available on this trip please contact your sales agent to book the single supplement. The following days are excluded from the Single Supplement: Day 4 Rafthouse, Day 5 Overnight Train, Day 9 Homestay, Days 10 & 11 Trek, Day 13 Overnight Train
Our Beautiful Northern Thailand trips score an average of 4.77 out of 5 based on 75 reviews in the last year.
I would like to say that all three trips that I have been on with intrepid have been most enjoyable, anybody who is looking for a well organised tour with fantastic tour guides please look up intrepid, you won't be disappointed. Regards mark
Review submitted 20 Aug 2017
My first trip with Intrepid Travel was a great success. The itinerary includes an amazing variety of activities, from archeological sites to nature. Our tour leader, Mr. Damrong, was outstanding, knowledgable, welcoming, patient and funny! The tour is full of surprises like the waterfalls during trekking; the homesteads are an enjoyable adventure. Be rested before your trip so you can enjoy all the activities included and suggested. Chiang Mai was my favorite place and the Hilltribe trek was my favorite activity. Travel with an open mind and you will have tons of fun on this tour. Food in Thailand is delicious, don't be afraid to eat where the locals do!
Review submitted 16 Aug 2017