Travel from Bangkok to Sukhothai, Lampang and Chiang Mai

Northern Thailand is a treasure-trove filled with glittering temples, ancient ruins, exotic markets and sumptuous foods. Explore the capital of Siam's golden age at Sukhothai, travel through the rainforest of Lampang by elephant, visit the bustling markets of Chiang Mai, stay at a special homestay with local friends and enjoy a traditional khantohk dinner - there's so much to discover on this tour through Thailand's northern kingdom.

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
246kg pp per trip


  • Soak up the dynamic vibe of Bangkok city
  • Try fried bugs at the Sukhothai night market
  • Explore Lampang's enchanting ruins by bike
  • Watch elephants bathing in the jungle
  • Enjoy a traditional khantohk dinner
  • Discover adventure and relaxation in Chiang Mai
  • Travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on an overnight train


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.
Step back in time and tour Sukhothai's fascinating temples by bicycle, stopping off at a local market and then sharing a picnic. Perhaps see the impressive murals of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang or enjoy some pampering at Sukhothai's herbal sauna and massage centre.
Stop by the Elephant Conservation Centre to watch the curious inhabitants frolicking at bath time. Visit Intrepid's long-time village friends and get a first-hand experience of Thai rural life. Be treated to a traditional khantohk dinner accompanied by live music and a dance performance.
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.
After an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, celebrate the end of this Northern Thailand adventure with a cold Singha beer. Perhaps stay a few extra days to properly explore the enigmatic capital of Thailand.
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1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Bus, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Taxi, Train
Guesthouse (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Resort (1 night)
Included activities
  • Chiang Mai - Hot springs
  • Lampang - Elephant Conservation Centre
  • Lampang - Elephant ride
  • Phistanulok - Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai)
  • Sukhothai - Historical park guided cycle tour & home-cooked picnic lunch


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Important notes

1. This trip finishes on Day 8 in Bangkok at 12pm midday.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

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Explore Northern Thailand , August 2015

Explore Northern Thailand , August 2015