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.
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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 and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre
Pick up some impressive new culinary skills and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class
Travel like the locals do on an overnight sleeper train, the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at destinations
Discover a true slice of paradise on an included sea kayaking trip through the stunning inlets, caves and hidden lagoons of the Ao Thalane mangrove forests
Get into the indulgent beach-loving life on the still untouched, chilled out island of Ko Yao Noi and, armed with a snorkel, explore the surrounding islands and waters on an included boat trip
This trip includes a night on an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and another one from Bangkok to Surat Thani. 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 trip includes 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.
Experience travel in a variety of different ways, using private mini vans and local transport like overnight sleeper trains, longtail boats, speed boats, and even kayaks!
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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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. Please note the following days are excluded from the single supplement: Day 4 Homestay, Day 7 Overnight Train and Day 9 Overnight Train.
Our Classic Thailand West Coast (nov - apr) trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
This was my first trip with Intrepid and my first solo trip. I came away wondering why it has taken me so long to try this before! The trip took away the stress of planning whilst giving experiences that makes you feel connected to the culture and that you are treading off the trodden path. I liked the mix of inland and cities with beaches and islands- this made me feel like I had a real taste of the various places to go. The Thai people were very friendly and I loved my time there. Above all, it was great to mix with a group of like minded individuals from all over the globe- that really made the trip for me.
Review submitted 16 Apr 2017
If its your first time solo....dont worry! I was petrified but i stayed in one piece. Your well look after. Days are well planned and theres free time to explore yourself too. Always take a metered taxi. Scorpions taste fab. Pad thai is now my favourite meal....and do try mango and sticky rice. I felt so safe over there. Be prepared for how many tourists are in maya bay where the beach was filmed. Not really paradise...but some of the other islands were amazing.
Review submitted 25 Feb 2017