Explore Thailand's essential highlights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Short on time but want to enjoy a Thailand trip that encompasses some unforgettable Thai treats? Jump on this express tour of northern Thailand for an out-of-this-world experience in a country that boasts centuries of rich history and colourful culture. Throw yourself into the vibrant metropolis of Bangkok and check out timeless Chiang Mai, the take-off point for a three-day trek into the rural hilltribe areas of the far north. With a little shopping and lots of local cuisine thrown in, this is bound to be an unforgettable way to holiday in Thailand.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
183kg pp per trip


  • Ramble through Bangkok in a tuk-tuk
  • Melt away cares watching a Chiang Mai sunset
  • Meet locals on a hilltribe trek
  • Enjoy northern hospitality at a rural homestay
  • Traverse Thailand's lush highlands
  • Experience the ancient and modern fusion of Thai culture


Get acquainted with Bangkok, Thailand's steamy capital on an orientation walking tour. In free time, amble through Bangkok's Grand Palace, admire the enormous gilded Buddha at Wat Pho or spend the day grazing through the many street food stalls. Alternatively, take a tuk-tuk through Bangkok's tangle of busy streets.
Thailand's beloved northern capital, Chiang Mai, is filled with peaceful temples, exotic markets and a diverse range of tasty dining options. Perhaps uncover the secrets of Thai cuisine at a cooking class, go temple-hopping within the city's moat boundaries, bliss out with a massage or catch the sunset from Doi Suthep. A visit to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a must, but be sure to bargain hard!
Trekking through Thailand's rugged hills is the absolute highlight of any northern adventure. The hilltribes who occupy this region each have their own unique language, traditions and dress. Hike between lush rice paddies and along shady tracks to remote villages, enjoying the hospitality these tribes are famous for. Sleep in authentic bush huts, mingle with the tribespeople and really gain an appreciation of the way of life in this area.
Head back to Chiang Mai for a final spot of shopping, or a relaxing Thai massage, before boarding an overnight sleeper train to Bangkok.
The adventure comes full circle in Bangkok. If time permits, why not stay a bit longer and pay a visit to the legendary floating market, lively Chinatown or one of the modern shopping centres.
View trip notes to read full itinerary


2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Songthaew, Taxi
Hilltribe village (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)


There are currently no departures for this trip.

{{departure_day.departure_date | date:'EEE d MMMM yyyy'}} {{departure_day.arrival_date | date:'EEE d MMMM yyyy'}}

Style: {{departure.style}}

Boat/Ship: {{departure.vehicle_name}}
On sale Hot deal Departure guaranteed On request
{{product.currency_code}} {{room.base_price | noFractionCurrency:product.currency_symbol}}
{{product.currency_code}} {{room.discount_price | noFractionCurrency:product.currency_symbol}}
Fully booked Bookings closed

Total price per person {{room.room_type | lowercase}}
Includes {{departure.kitty_currency_code}} {{departure.kitty | noFractionCurrency:departure.kitty_currency_symbol}} kitty
Includes {{extra.extras_code}} {{extra.extras_symbol}}{{extra.extras_value}} in local payments Single supplement available from {{product.currency_code}} {{departure.single_supp | noFractionCurrency:product.currency_symbol}}

Contact us to arrange an alternative departure for you

Book {{departure.places_left}} spaces left! space left!

Important notes

1. This trip finishes upon arrival in Bangkok on Day 8. Please do not book flights departing before 12pm.

Please note this tour will depart selected Saturdays in 2013

Trip notes

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Your trip notes provide a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what’s included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

View trip notes


Our Essential Thailand trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.

Essential Thailand , March 2014

Essential Thailand , March 2014