Travel around Thailand and be immersed in the intoxicating culture.

Discover the riches of Thailand in this epic trip from north to south. On this adventure we take you from the bright lights and crazy sights of Bangkok city to the serenity of the rainforest, from atmospheric ruins to tropical sun-drenched islands like Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha-Ngan. If you're after the idyllic Thailand getaway with the perfect blend of northern adventure and southern relaxation, then this tour is definitely for you.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ko Samui, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSEC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
708kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Take to the waters of the River Kwai
  • Meet locals on a hilltribe trek
  • Visit idyllic tropical islands

Itinerary

Soak up the energy of Thailand's capital, Bangkok. Travel around the city in a tuk-tuk, stroll down Khao San Road and perhaps check out the lively bar scene. After all, Bangkok is Asia's very own city that never sleeps!
Swap bustling streets for shady waterways on a longtail boat cruise along Chao Phraya River. Gaze up at the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Hit the road to Kanchanaburi, home to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Discover the area’s tragic past at Jeath War Museum and swim beneath a seven-tiered waterfall in Erawan National Park. There's even a chance to kayak back to Kanchanaburi, via the infamous Death Railway Bridge.
Ayuthaya, the ancient capital of Siam, is home to many beautiful, intricately carved temples. Visit Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon with a local guide, before taking an overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai boasts dozens of spas and yoga studios, plus a Night Bazaar packed with bargain buys. Maybe choose to hone culinary skills at a Thai cooking class before hailing a songthaew to the temple complex of Doi Suthep.
Head through undulating green valleys lined with tea plantations to picturesque Doi Mae Salong. Go underground to explore a fascinating cave system.
Experience village life on an overnight stay and, in the evening, enjoy a khantohk dinner and dance performance.
Hike through remote villages and learn about hilltribe cultures. Stay in simple huts and trek over lush rice terraces carved into the hills.
Explore Chiang Mai’s ‘little sister’ – Chiang Rai. While here, an evening boat cruise on the Mekong River is a great way to finish the day.
Why not enjoy a traditional Thai massage before taking an overnight train to Bangkok.
Back in the city, meander through the extensive Chatuchak Weekend Market or explore vibrant Chinatown. Perhaps mark the end of the tour by picking up some colourful handicrafts or souvenirs.
You've just found the perfect spot for a tropical island getaway. Visit fishing villages, discover temples, swim under refreshing waterfalls or relax on the white-sand beaches. This afternoon, enjoy a one-hour Thai massage followed by a seafood barbecue on the beach.
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 long white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of some lively nightlife. Head to Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks to explore the infamous rock formations, visit the Big Buddha shrine, or just kick back with a cocktail on one of Ko Samui's gorgeous beaches.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Taxi, Van
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Guesthouse (6 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights), Rafthouse (1 night)
Included activities
  • Ayutthaya - Temple Ruins Guided Tour
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
  • Chaing Rai - Opium Museum
  • Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park day trip
  • Hill-tribe - 3 day trek
  • Kanchanaburi - Baan Tham temple
  • Kanchanaburi - Erawan Falls
  • Kanchanaburi - War Cemetery and Museum (POW Cemetery)
  • Ko Tao - Day tour & snorkelling
  • Koh Pha-Ngan - Thai Massage on the beach (1 hour)

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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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