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.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ko Samui, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
492kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore the colourful 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
  • Discover Buddhist relics in Bangkok city
  • Cruise to idyllic Thai islands
  • Chill out on perfect beaches
  • Experience the amazing Thai hospitality

Itinerary

Make the most of a day in bewitching Bangkok city, a place full of skyscrapers, temples, chaos and calm. Nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a frenetic fusion of tradition and modern. Perhaps visit the towering Turquoise Buddha at Bangkok's Grand Palace or cruise around the city in a tuk-tuk.
Enjoy the tranquillity of Thailand's first capital, Sukhothai, set amid leafy forests, perfumed gardens and fertile rice paddies. A trip to the night market is a real eye-opener - the culinary smorgasbord ranges from fried rice to fried bugs.
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. Perhaps wake early to give alms to the monks at the Kad Ton Payom flea market and then sample the best local specialties in town.
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.
Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok's chaotic streets are a traveller's delight. Head out to Wat Arun to visit the 'Temple of the Dawn' and see its ornate Khmer-style tower. Then climb aboard a southbound overnight train.
Ko Pha-Ngan’s clear blue water, white sand and lush jungle surrounds really is the epitome of a tropical island getaway. Visit fishing villages, discover ancient temples or swim under refreshing waterfalls. In the afternoon, enjoy a one-hour Thai massage, followed by a seafood barbecue on the beach as the sun goes down.
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 the long white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Perhaps visit the Wat Plai Laem temple or the Secret Buddha Garden or hike up to Hin Lad Waterfall. 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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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Public bus, Songthaew
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
  • Chiang Mai - Baan Thai Cookery School half-day course OR Half-day cycling
  • Ko Tao - Day tour & snorkelling
  • Koh Pha-Ngan - Thai Massage on the beach (1 hour)
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for further information.

Trip notes

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