Explore Northern Thailand

8 Days | Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality and natural beauty of Northern Thailand

4.9 out of 5 based on 81 reviews submitted.
EUR €816
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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, visit the bustling markets of Chiang Mai, stay at a special homestay with local friends and enjoy a traditional khantok dinner - there's so much to discover on this tour through Thailand's northern kingdoms.

Trip overview

Map of Explore Northern Thailand including Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 44 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience the best of Northern Thailand with ample time in the charming Chiang Mai in a whirlwind 8-days and enjoy the local hospitality and understand why the nation is the Land of Smile.
  • Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at Chang Chill Elephant Park
  • Work up an appetite with a leisurely cycle through the ancient Buddhas and ruined temples of World Heritage-listed Sukhothai Park, then feast on a home-cooked picnic lunch.
  • See how the locals live on a bicycle ride through your homestay village. Ride past the rice fields and breathe in the fresh country air, with beautiful mountains in the distance.
  • 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?
  • There is a night at a homestay on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in everyday Thai life. Facilities are basic and multishare, typically with mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.


Map of Explore Northern Thailand including Thailand



3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner


Private minibus, Public bus, Songthaew, Taxi, Train, Tuk tuk, Bicycle


Hotel (4 nights), Resort (2 nights), Multi-share Homestay (1 night)

  • Sukhothai - Night Market
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park bike tour
  • Sukhothai - Home-cooked picnic lunch
  • Village Homestay - Cultural performance
  • Village Homestay - Khantok dinner
  • Village Homestay - Home-Cooked Lunch
  • Village Homestay - Cycling tour
  • Chiang Mai - Fresh Produce Market Visit
  • Chiang Mai - ChangChill Elephant Sanctuary
Add on activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB2500
  • Chiang Mai - Night Market - Free
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple Complex (Entrance) - THB50

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip excluding Day 4 (Homestay). Please note that some room configurations have two single beds, although a double bed will always be requested.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 81 reviews submitted.
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Philip · Traveled January 2024
Excellent trip for getting a great taste of Northern Thailand
Review submitted 28 Jan 2024

Susan · Traveled January 2024
Really enjoyable trip with a great variety of different activities. Everything was so organised and made it easy to travel. Our tour guide Nok was so much fun. Really enjoyed seeing a different side to Thailand particularly the homestay. Overall a great value trip and wonderful experience for the whole family.
Review submitted 14 Jan 2024

Jamie · Traveled January 2024
The Northen trip was something I've wanted to do since I did the southern 5 years ago and it did not disappoint I was very pleased as a solo traveller, the single supplement was worth it to have my own space! But the itinerary was brilliant I absolutely lived the elephant sanctuary and the homestay and I did the optional home cooking on the last day with cooking at home chiang mai and it was incredible, I learned so much and can't wait to bring it home with me! Our tour guide Nok was also amazing and made the trip easy and comfortable for us all++
Review submitted 14 Jan 2024

Cameron · Traveled January 2024
Wonderful trip that gives an insight into the real Thailand. Our tour leader Nok was brilliant- friendly, helpful and knowledgeable
Review submitted 14 Jan 2024

Kathryn · Traveled December 2023
My husband and I had a really nice time on this trip! We had a flight cancelation that led us to actually meet the group on day 4 at the rural homestay, and Intrepid was great in helping us work this out. Highlights for us were the rural homestay and the cooking class in Chiang Mai, and honestly Chiang Mai in general was incredible. I would recommend this tour!
Review submitted 12 Jan 2024
Explore Northern Thailand
EUR €816