The perfect adventure and relaxation holiday in beautiful Thailand

Experience the best of Thailand, north and south, on a compact, 18-day journey. There's no need to choose between an active adventure in the mountains or a lazy sojourn on the beautiful beaches because this trip caters to both. Discover the remote north with its hilltribes and gorgeous green scenery and travel to the striking jungles and emerald islands of the tropical south. Explore Thailand from top to bottom and really get to know the country. Meet the locals and come to understand the wonderful cultures that make up this fascinating corner of South-East Asia.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
412kg pp per trip


  • Explore a myriad of fascinating cultural attractions in Bangkok
  • Bargain hunt on a visit to Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar
  • Take a longtail boat tour along Bangkok's khlongs
  • Meet villagers while trekking the northern hills
  • Stroll along jungles paths and cool off under waterfalls in Khao Sok
  • Travel from north to south on sleeper class trains
  • Laze on stunning beaches in southern Thailand
  • Be awed by the underwater scenery on a snorkelling adventure
  • Laze about in Thailand's world famous holiday destinations


Get acquainted with rambunctious Bangkok where there are so many things to see and do. Take a walk through Bangkok's vibrant streets to discover colourful markets, tranquil temples and delicious hawker-style food. For a break from the tuk-tuks and traffic, why not take a longtail boat trip down the khlongs? Then it's all aboard the overnight train to Chiang Mai, northern Thailand's cultural capital.
Sharpen bargaining skills on a visit to Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar, cycle into the countryside or climb the dragon staircase to the Doi Suthep temple.
Trek into the northern hills for a unique glimpse of rural Thailand and meet smiling locals on the way. At night, experience a slice of hilltribe life and stay in a simple village hut.
Return back to charismatic Chiang Mai and grab some last-minute mementos, indulge in a classic Thai massage or continue to temple-hop before boarding the train to Bangkok.
Back in the fast-paced capital, there are plenty more palaces and temples to explore. Perhaps ascend one of the many skyscrapers and admire a carpet of Bangkok city lights.
After an overnight train journey it's time to go wild in the thick jungles of Khao Sok National Park. Roam beneath the shady canopy, cool off under waterfalls or trek along one of the jungle paths.
Visit Thailand's beachside bliss at a remote and little-developed part of Ko Samui. Stretch out on the perfect white sands, take refreshing swims or wander through endless coconut groves to discover why this is one of Thailand's best-loved island destinations.
Leap into crystal clear waters, explore an underwater paradise teeming with tropical fish and brilliant coral, and discover why Ko Tao is such a popular diving destination. Maybe grab a kayak to explore hidden coves or take a nap on a deserted beach. Leaving Ko Tao, travel to Chumphon for a look around town before catching an overnight train back to Bangkok.
Return to vivacious Bangkok city after an overnight train ride where the Best of Thailand trip wraps up. Check out its shopping malls, thumping nightlife, gourmet delights and fascinating cultural attractions.
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2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Bus, Ferry, Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Taxi
Guesthouse (5 nights), Hilltribe village (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (4 nights)


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Important notes

1. This trip finishes at the Bangkok Railway station on day 18. Please see trip notes for further information.

TRIP CHANGES 2013: Please note this tour has been discontinued for 2013. Please see tour code TTSBC for a similar tour.

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