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. Ride an elephant in Lampang, 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.

Bangkok, Thailand
Ko Samui, Thailand
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
495kg pp per trip


  • Explore the heaving streets of Bangkok
  • See the stunning ruins of Sukhothai
  • Feast upon scrumptious Thai cuisine
  • Stay with Intrepid's village friends in rural Thailand
  • Experience culture in chilled out Chiang Mai
  • Ride an elephant at the Elephant Conservation Centre near Lampang
  • Discover Buddhist relics in Bangkok city
  • Cruise to idyllic Thai islands
  • Chill out on perfect beaches
  • Experience the amazing Thai hospitality


Arrive in Thailand and travel through the vibrant streets of this modern metropolis. Things to do in Bangkok range from relaxing day spa visits, cruising cultural sights like the Grand Palace and watching a bout of Thai boxing.
Ancient ruins and age-old temples dot the former capital of Sukhothai. Take in a memorable sunset over this iconic landscape.
Cycle through the remains of Old Sukhothai and stop for a picnic along the way. Then head to Lampang, the essence of a more sedate Thailand.
Ride an elephant through the forest at the Elephant Conservation Centre and experience how life is led by locals on a homestay.
Rise early to offer alms to the monks before travelling to Chiang Mai, via relaxing thermal hot springs. Situated at the crossroads of one of South East Asia's most important trade routes, Thailand's northern capital is a legendary centre of ancient culture, adventure, relaxation and shopping. Bike between gold-gilded temples, enjoy a cooking class, take a river tour aboard a bamboo raft or hone haggling skills at the markets.
Discover Buddhist culture at Wat Arun before boarding a train bound for Surat Thani.
Lap up the spoils of the tropical island paradise on Ko Pha-Ngan. Visit tranquil fishing villages, go swimming in blue waters or enjoy a beachside barbecue.
Soak up the best of beach life on the white sandy shores of Ko Tao. Diving is the order of the day for many visitors to Ko Tao but snorkelling over the colourful reefs is equally as impressive. There's also plenty of time to simply relax on the beach under swaying coconut palms.
Travel across to Ko Samui and enjoy long white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Take a day tour to Thailand's largest national marine park, home to the beautiful Emerald Lake, or choose to head out on a sea-kayak trip. If that seems like too much hard work, just kick back with a cocktail on one of Ko Samui's beaches.
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3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Bus, Ferry, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus, Songthaew, Taxi, Train
Bungalow (2 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Bangkok - Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
  • Chiang Mai - Hot springs
  • Ko Samui - Ang Thong Marine Park tour
  • Ko Tao - Day tour & snorkelling
  • Lampang - Elephant Conservation Centre
  • Lampang - Elephant ride
  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch


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