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Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Thailand that captures the true spirit of this enigmatic nation. Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and back, via Ayuthaya.

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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, sailing on rivers like Chao Phraya River in Bangkok 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.

  • Take a comprehensive journey around magical Thailand
  • Glide along Bangkok's waterways
  • Visit beautiful Wat Pho
  • Have your fortune read in historic Ayuthaya
  • Delve into history at the Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Trek through remote hilltribe villages
  • Learn the unsettled past of the Golden Triangle

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finish:

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (4 nts), Hilltribe village (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (4 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts), Rafthouse (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Sammlaw (cycle rickshaw), Songthaew, Taxi, Van
  • Included activities:

    Ayuthaya - Historical ruins guided tour, Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour, Bangkok - Wat Pho temple, Chaing Rai - Opium Museum, Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple, Hill-tribe - 3 day trek, Kanchanaburi - Baan Tham temple, Kanchanaburi - Erawan Water Falls, Kanchanaburi - Jeath War Museum

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    462kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip.

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Day 1 Bangkok

Loud, bright, chaotic and delightful, Bangkok is a city of modern excesses intermingled with simple traditions, all wrapped up in the famous smiles of the locals.

Days 2-4 Kanchanaburi/River Kwai

Famed as the location of the Bridge on the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi is a beautiful town surrounded by verdant jungle, waterfalls and rivers.

Day 5 Ayutthaya

Once a glorious city with golden palaces and grand buildings, Ayuthaya was destroyed by the Burmese and is now a typical Thai town with impressive ruins.

Days 6-7 Chiang Mai

Awash with stunning temples, fabulous markets and a lively city centre, charming Chiang Mai is rich in culture and the gateway to the northern hilltribes.

Day 8 Doi Mae Salong

A relatively new village and part of Thailand's infamous 'Golden Triangle' area, Doi Mae Salong is a land of tea plantations, hilltribe villages and cherry blossoms.

Day 9 Homestay

An experience like no other, spend the night with a welcoming Thai family, learning about their lives and traditions before sharing a delicious dinner.

Days 10-11 Hilltribe Trek

Meet the hilltribes of Northern Thailand while walking through lush, verdant jungle, enjoying the hospitality, cuisine and friendliness of the people who call this area of Thailand home.

Day 12 Chiang Rai

The charming city of Chiang Rai still has a small-town feel and is a lovely place to explore with a colourful night market and downtown area.

Day 13 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai means 'new city', even though it was founded in 1296! It's a favourite among travellers due to its relaxed feel and cultural richness.

Days 14-15 Bangkok

Bangkok is more than just colourful city streets, khlongs (canals) weave their way through suburbs, forest parks green up the city and Buddhist temples help bring serenity.
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