Journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and back, via Ayuthaya

This was the tour that started it all for Intrepid - and it remains one of our most popular. Northern Thailand is among the greatest adventure destinations on the planet and this journey shows why - hiking among hilltribes near Chiang Mai, sailing on rivers like Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and calling in to visit friendly and colourful villages. Come along and see why this has become the benchmark for all other Intrepid Travel journeys.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSN
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
303kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Take a comprehensive journey around magical Thailand
  • Glide along Bangkok's waterways
  • Visit beautiful Wat Pho
  • Have your fortune read in historic Ayutthaya
  • Delve into history at the Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Trek through remote hilltribe villages
  • Learn the unsettled past of the Golden Triangle

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.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Taxi, Van
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Hilltribe village (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Rafthouse (1 night)
Included activities
  • Ayutthaya - Temple Ruins Guided Tour
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple
  • Chaing Rai - Opium Museum
  • Day trip: Elephant Nature Park
  • Hill-tribe - 3 day trek
  • Kanchanaburi - Baan Tham temple
  • Kanchanaburi - Erawan Falls
  • Kanchanaburi - War Cemetery and Museum (POW Cemetery)

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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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Reviews

Our Beautiful Thailand trips score an average of 4.53 out of 5 based on 43 reviews in the last year.

Beautiful Thailand , August 2015

Beautiful Thailand , August 2015