See the Thai-riffic northern enclaves of Chiang Mai and surrounds.

Head into the hills and get sky high on this northern Thailand adventure. Pass through the bustling hub of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, and take the time to check out the temples in Ayuthaya Trek the hillside out of Chiang Mai, and explore the city and its colourful nightlife. This eight-day exploration of temples, jungles, markets and mountains is sure get your heart pumping and your stomach rumbling.

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Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Destination
Thailand
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
TTYN
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • Wander around the Buddhist temples of Ayuthaya, exploring the bygone era of the Kingdom of Siam.

  • Get your street food fix in bustling Bangkok and hit the nightlife in cruisy Chiang Mai, where the Nimman area is swarming with hipster bars and lounges.

  • Trek deep – super deep – into the northern Thai hinterland staying in a traditional hilltribe village, eating and laughing with the locals.

  • Learn the art of Muay Thai with a class in Chiang Mai. You’ll be defending yourself in no time!

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a two-day hillside trek, and can involve a lot of walking. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.

  • Accommodation can be basic but it's always comfortable, especially in the hillside village.

  • We use hostels on this trip in Chiang Mai, so think dorm beds and shared bathrooms. It’s modern, comfortable and has some great communal spaces to hang out with your new mates.

  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people. We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • This trip involves some long journeys on the road, lots of public transport (songthaews, public buses) and two overnight trains, which can be tiresome. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a true local experience and the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at your destinations. Occasionally passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and/or you'll be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups. For your own security, take a lock for your luggage.

  • As this is a Basix trip, the majority of activities are optional and you'll have lots of free time. This means you're able to do your own thing at your own pace.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand. There’s a welcome meeting at around 6 pm tonight. If you do arrive early, perhaps take a walk around Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, or head to the magnificent Grand Palace. Once you’ve had your important meeting, it’s definitely time for food. Bangkok is known for its street food, so be sure to check out some roadside stalls for a delicious coconut curry, tom yum goong or pad thai. Later on, get wild in Bangkok’s nightlife and head out. Ask your guide for directions or grab your new travel mates and attempt to navigate the MRT subway train.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Bangkok Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
  • Bangkok - Bangkok Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB2175
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1980
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Good morning! Time for an adventure. Take a train from Bangkok to Ayuthaya in the morning. Ayuthaya was the capital in the Kingdom of Siam, but now the ruins of this old city form the Historical Park: an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues. Take local tuk tuks on a visit to the Ayuthaya temple site, stopping by Wat Panan Choeng (adorned with a huge 19 metre Buddha image), Wat Yai Chai Mong Kol (with its 62 metre Victory Pagoda), and the famous Wat Maha That (the Buddhist temple with a striking figure head swallowed by tree roots). You’ll have the chance to buy some of Ayuthaya’s famous Boat Noodles’ soup – trust us, they’re delicious. After your day exploring, hop on an overnight train up to Chiang Mai. You’ll have a few day use rooms to share in Ayuthaya to freshen up before your train ride.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ayuthaya - Temple Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Arrive in Chiang Mai in the morning and transfer to your hostel. Even though check-in is at 2 pm, you’ll still be able to use the facilities, if you’d like. Chiang Mai is the perfect entrance to the Thai highlands, with misty mountains and colourful hillside villages awaiting you to explore. This will be your base for the next few days, as you’ll return here after your hillside trek. Today, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and exploring the city, then at night, why not get a group of you together and visit some of the trending bars in the happening Nimman area? You are on holiday, after all.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Thai massage - THB200
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple - THB50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning at around 8 am, leave Chiang Mai in a songthaew (approximately 2 hours). Head to Wachirathan Waterfall, then on the way up to the mountain, visit Hmong Hilltribe Market at Baan Khun Klang. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. After lunch, start trekking at Doi Pha Tang, trekking for 2-3 hours along a relatively smooth trail, mostly walking downhill through the natural forest. On the trail, you will pass the Mai Phai waterfall which is a great spot to take a break. After a bit more of a hike, arrive at a Karen hilltribe village called Baan Tin Tok, where you’ll be staying for the night. Around 20 Christian families of Karen people live in this village. Enjoy dinner cooked by your host, then take a walk around the village to chat with the locals, perhaps checking out their art of naturally dyed clothes. You’ll stay in a wooden house, surrounded by an organic vegetable farm, with shared facilities. This is special.
Accommodation
  • Hilltribe Village House (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Doi Inthanont - 2 dayHilltribe trek
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Tonight’s stay is right in the middle of the jungle. Accommodation in the traditional wooden houses tonight are authentic and basic. There will be multishare with mattresses on the floor, blankets, pillow and mosquito nets provided. There are shared toilets (both Western and Asian ‘squat’ style) and a basic wet room for bathing.
The best thing about being deep in the jungle in the morning is to enjoy the natural wake-up sounds of wildlife calls to stir your sleep. After a hearty breakfast (you’ll need it!), get back on board for today’s hike. It’s a pretty easy walk through local agricultural practice and farmland for a couple of hours, before arriving at Mae Ya Waterfalls, the biggest waterfall in Doi Inthanont National Park. Lunch will be provided today as well – yeah! Then, you will also have time to visit Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara, which is highly respected because of the sacred Buddha relic that is enshrined here. The Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong was constructed halfway through the 15th century located where the Buddha relic was found. The oldest structure is the chedi, which was built around 1450. The chedi is a large golden structure with a square base and a spire on top of that. Afterwards, continue back to Chiang Mai (approximately 2 hours), arriving around 4 pm and checking into your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the city.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Doi Inthanont - 2 dayHilltribe trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today you're free as a bird in charming Chiang Mai. There’s a heap of optional activities to check out today, and you’re free to choose. Maybe take an optional excursion to the temple at the top of Doi Suthep, which offers fantastic views over the city. Perhaps spoil yourself with a traditional Thai massage or try your hand at a local cooking class. It's totally up to you. What is recommended is, at night, get the gang together and check out Chiang Mai’s famed night markets, where you’ll find everything from souvenirs to sweet treats on offer.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Bicycle tour - THB990
  • Chaing Mai - Baan Thai Cookery School Half Day Course - THB800
  • DISCONTINUED Chiangmai Cultural and Mindfulness - THB1530
  • Chiang Mai - Mae Ping River Experience Urban Adventure - THB2174
  • Chiang Mai - Made In Chiangmai Artisan Village and Handicraft Urban Adventure - THB1526
  • Chiang Mai - Taste of Chiang Mai Urban Adventure - THB1812
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With another day to explore Chiang Mai, you’re spoilt for options. Included for today is your chance to learn one of the world legend Martial arts, Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) this morning. Spend 2 hours exercising and learning the basics of Muay Thai with the pros, plus how to adapt yourselves to be the weapons and guard. Later in the evening, board an overnight train for Bangkok (approximately 13 hours). Soft sleeper class trains are used for the overnight journey, and they’ve got all you’ll need! The compartments are multi-share with air-conditioning and bunk beds that come with sheets and a pillow. Baggage travels in the carriage with you, and there's a food and drink service available on board.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Muay Thai Class (Thai boxing)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your train is scheduled to arrive into Bangkok early this morning. You’ll transfer back to the hotel where the trip started, and you’ll have access to shared day rooms, available until midday. If you would like to spend more time in Bangkok (we don’t blame you), we can organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). There’s so much to see and do in Bangkok, so why not book yourself in to an Urban Adventures tour? There’s one called Chinatown Food Discovery, which will take you through the best haunts and markets selling foods you may never have heard of before! Head to urbanadventures.com/destination/bangkok-tours for more information.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
As there are no more activities planned for today, you’re free to depart at any time. If you’re booking flights or any other form of transport out of Bangkok today, please keep in mind that train delays are frequent. We suggest not booking a flight earlier than 2 pm.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private mini van, Overnight sleeper train, Day train, Songthaew, Tuk-Tuk

Accommodation

Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (1 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Hilltrive Village House (1 night)

Included activities

  • Ayuthaya - Temple Tour
  • Doi Inthanont - 2 dayHilltribe trek
  • Chiang Mai - Muay Thai Class (Thai boxing)

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is only available for the hotel night in Bangkok. The remainder of the trip is in multishare hostels, overnight trains and one night in a hilltribe village house.

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