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12 Days | Elephants, boats, temples, monks, artworks and delicious local food – this is Northern Thailand

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Discover a land of mouth-watering cuisine, natural landscapes and hospitable locals on a 12-day Premium journey through Northern Thailand. Get to know Thai culture as you travel from city streets to mountain tops. Explore the ancient temples of Ayutthaya, spend time with Lisu hill tribes at an incredible Feature Stay, bring an offering to local monks for an insightful Exclusive Experience, meet the experts at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai and uncover the country’s past in Kanchanaburi. With an experienced local leader by your side, you’ll soon see there’s more to Thailand than meets the eye.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Northern Thailand including Thailand
Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Thailand
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TTPT
This trip generates 80.32 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
Premium accommodation Our best 4-star accommodation and the highest level of service
Premium experiences All must-see locations plus authentic experiences exclusive to Premium
Premium knowledge Trips led by our most experienced and highest-rated local leaders

Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience a different side of bustling Bangkok during an Exclusive Experience – rise early and visit a local temple where you’ll ‘make merit’ by bringing an offering to the temple’s monks.
  • Stay in the beautiful Lisu lodge for your Feature Stay. This community-based project employs Lisu villagers and allows you to immerse yourself in local culture while enjoying creature comforts.
  • Cruise the waterways on board a traditional rice barge as you watch local life pass by and enjoy a delicious meal during an Exclusive Experience.
  • Support an important animal welfare initiative, speak with local experts and get close to the resident wildlife at the Elephant Nature Park.
  • Unleash your creativity and learn about the history of Benjarong – a traditional style of painted Thai porcelain – with a visit to a Benjarong ceramics community.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, EcoThailand Foundation. Donations help educate school children on important environmental issues like climate change, nature appreciation, conservation and sustainability.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You will visit a number of temples which require a level of modesty. All travellers will need to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees. The heat can be challenging, especially in April and May, so please pack accordingly.
  • This trip includes a cycling tour around Sukhothai Heritage Park, so a level of confidence on a bicycle will be required. The roads are quiet with minimal traffic and within the confines of the park it will be easy going so it is certainly a leisurely ride.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 01 August 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 02 August 2024 - 31 December 2025

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Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Train, Private mini van, Longtail boat, Songtheaw, Bicycle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Resort (5 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Bangkok - Welcome Dinner
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat canal tour
  • Bangkok - Temple Merit Making
  • Benjarong - Ceramics Workshop
  • Kanchanaburi - Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
  • Kanchanaburi - Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Kanchanaburi - Erawan National Park Visit
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Baan Nong Khao - Weaving Community Visit
  • Ayutthaya - Temple Visit
  • Ayutthaya - Traditional Rice Barge Dinner Cruise
  • Ayutthaya - Train to Phitsanuloke
  • Sukhothai - Morning Alms Offering
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Visit and Bike Ride
  • Sukhothai - Dinner in a local home
  • Muang Kued - Village Visit, Cooking Class, and Handicraft Workshop
  • Mae Taeng - Mae Tamaan Base Camp BBQ Dinner
  • Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park Half Day Trip
  • Chiang Mai - Akha Ama Coffee Social Enterprise Visit
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple Visit
  • Chiang Mai - Farewell Dinner
Add on activities
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB200
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Please note that some room configurations have two single beds, although a double bed will always be requested.
3. Due to limited luggage space in our vehicles, please ensure that you are packing light and compact. Large, bulky suitcases are unsuitable for this trip. Please refer to the Packing section of the Essential Trip Information for details.
4. On the TTPT231111 and TTPT231114 departures, the Feature Stay will be Sibsan Resort and Spa, rather than Lisu Lodge, in Mae Taeng.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 75 reviews submitted.
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Stephen · Traveled April 2024
The Thailand Intrepid tour was a fantastic journey in a wonderful and diverse country. The people are friendly and made our stay memorable.
Review submitted 14 Apr 2024

Doiya · Traveled April 2024
What awesome adventures were had. Each day brought new intros to the culture in Thailand. We had the best time. Great accommodation, delicious food and the people of Thailand are amazing. Thank you!
Review submitted 13 Apr 2024

Betty · Traveled March 2024
Elephant park, temples, and food were amazing! You will not ride an elephant. Considered mistreatment. So ignore what you read in magazines, but they are so majestic and docile up close. Beautiful
Review submitted 14 Apr 2024

Michele · Traveled March 2024
Our Fabulous guide Ant , went above and beyond to make our Premium Northern Thailand a trip to remember.
Review submitted 01 Apr 2024

Mario Augusto · Traveled March 2024
Our trip to Northern Thailand was a blast. This was our 11th trip with Intrepid, the second Premium, and the first to SE Asia. We loved the well-balanced mix of rich cultural experiences and activities under the leadership of Raht, our top-notch tour guide. Accommodations and meals were also very good. We are already planning our next trip!
Review submitted 23 Mar 2024
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