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
Phuket, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTZBC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
492kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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
  • 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.
Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Krabi before taking a snorkelling day trip to Phi Phi Island.
Sail around admiring Phang-Nga Bay's spectacular jagged cliffs and islands before pulling on a mask for more fantastic snorkelling. A tour of Ko Yao Noi provides a fascinating glimpse of daily life on a tropical island.
Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall en route to Phuket's Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much to see and do on Thailand's largest island. Bungee jump, go deep-sea fishing, take in a cabaret show or kick back with a cocktail for a seaside sunset.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Longtail boat, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Speed boat, Tuk-Tuk
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Resort (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Bangkok - Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
  • Chiang Mai - Baan Thai Cookery School half-day course OR Half-day cycling
  • Ko Yao Noi - Phang Nga Bay tour & snorkelling
  • Krabi - Phi Phi Island day trip
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Phuket - Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre & waterfalls
  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch

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Notes

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

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