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Essential Thailand Itinerary
Days 1-2 Bangkok
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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Day 3 Chiang Mai
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!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Days 4-6 Hilltribe Trek
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.
ACCOM: Hilltribe village - 2, Hotel - 1
Day 7 Chiang Mai
Head back to Chiang Mai for a final spot of shopping, or a relaxing Thai massage, before boarding an overnight sleeper train to Bangkok.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1
Day 8 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.
Essential Thailand Reviews
Our Essential Thailand trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews in the last year.
Essential Thailand, May 2014
Chai was a fantastic guide, I honestly believe he made my holiday what it was. The whole reason I wanted to do this particular tour (rather than sitting in a resort in Phuket drinking all day and night) was to see a different culture and get as much into as possible. Chai knew the cities backwards, and he grew up in the villages so he had everything down pat! He was very friendly and genuinely cared that we had a good time and were in control of our holiday. All his suggestions were fantastic and I learnt so much about Thai life off him, we had some great talks!
Review submitted 19/06/2014
Essential Thailand, March 2014
Great Trip! Accomodation and Food provided was beyond my expectations and Suchin was a fantastic Travel Guide! Suchin was fantastic! He is very knowledgeable about his culture and i felt confident in asking him questions knowing that he would know the answer. He got along great with the group and took us out to great spots for lunch and dinner during the tour. He is very reliable and with great time management and organisation skills.
Review submitted 18/03/2014
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