Northern Thailand


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$950 USD per person

$181 USD per person*

*Single rooms are not available during the homestay. 

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Days 9
Departing January 20, 2018
Exclusive perks
  • Over 15% savings
  • Visit to Koh Kret 
  • Picnic lunch at historical park

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Travel from bustling Bangkok through Thailand's beautiful north.

Northern Thailand is a treasure-trove filled with glittering temples, ancient ruins, exotic markets and delicious 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 khantohk dinner - there's so much to discover on this tour through Thailand's northern kingdom.


Start Bangkok, Thailand Physical rating 2 out of 5
Finish Bangkok, Thailand Ages Min 16 years
Destination Thailand Group size 12 people
Departing January 20, 2018 Style Original


Why we love this trip

  • Work up an appetite with a leisurely cycle through the ancient Buddhas and ruined temples of Heritage-listed Sukothai Park, then feast on a home-cooked picnic lunch

  • Experience daily rural life firsthand when staying with long-time Intrepid friends in a small Thai village

  • Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant

  • Pick up some impressive new culinary skills and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class

  • Travel like the locals on an overnight sleeper train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a night on an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.

  • There is a night at a homestay on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Thai life. Facilities are basic and multishare, with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.

  • There is an included bicycle ride around Sukhothai Heritage Park on this trip. It’s a leisurely cycle though, and one of the best ways to see the park.


Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place, and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore, so perhaps arrive a day or so early. You could take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage. After the meeting tonight, perhaps gather your fellow travelers together and tuck into some into world famous street food.

Optional Activities

  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904


  • Hotel

Travel north of Bangkok by public boat along the Chao Phraya River and reach the island of Koh Kret. 

The island has always been populated by the Mon, a people that dominated the area from the 6th to 10th centuries. The Mon of Koh Kret are famous for their craftsmanship and still make all kinds of terracotta and earthenware products. The main village is a thriving market place where you can see the pottery making process and shop for pots, mortars, and flowerpots. 

You will pass numerous small villages, temples, fruit and flower plantations, and very friendly Thai people. Hop back on the boat to visit the Thai dessert village before returning to Bangkok.

At about 5pm you will head out again for a Bangkok off-grid Food Adventure.

Bangkok’s old town may be tourist central, but there’s far more than just Pad Thai to be found — that is, if you know where to look. Hidden among the overpriced restaurants and mediocre food carts are secret gems that locals love, and many of these spots have been around for decades — since before backpackers started gathering on Khao San Road.

This private Bangkok food tour will lead you to some of the best hidden restaurants and street food stalls in the city’s Bang Lamphu and Ban Phan Thom districts. Our local, food-obsessed guides will share with you their handpicked favourite places. We’ll introduce you to the places that only locals know about, tucked down back alleys, in quiet corners, and even hiding in plain sight, invisible to most tourists who walk past!

Additional information
While walking through the markets or street stalls, please do not step over any food that is put on the floor, as this is a cultural no-no.

Included Activities

  • Koh Kret (Mon Village) visit
  • Bangkok Off-Grid Food Adventure


  • Hotel 

This morning, leave the current capital of Thailand and head north by local bus to one of the first ancient capitals of Siam, Sukhothai (approximately 6 hours). You’ll make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some lunch on the way. Located on a fertile plain, Sukhothai was established in the 13th century, and the name means the 'Dawn of Happiness'. It’s now famous for its World Heritage-listed historic park that celebrates the Golden Age of Thai civilisation. 

Included Activities

  • Sukhothai Night Market


  • Hotel

Head out to the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai, set amid beautiful lakes and gardens. The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles. 

Historical Park contains the remains of 21 historic sites, with awe-inspiring Buddha images and four large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom. Upon arrival at the park, hire bicycles and enjoy a few leisurely hours feeling the breeze in your hair and learning about the history of this fascinating place. 

Enjoy a home-cooked picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds of Sukhothai Park and in the evening revisit one of the temples in the historical park for a sunset stroll before heading to the fascinating local night market to try local dishes, like Sukhothai noodles.

Included Activities

  • Historical Park by bike and picnic lunch


  • Hotel

Travel by private minivan from Sukothai to your overnight homestay (approximately 4-5 hours). On the way, stop off at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital located in Lampang. This is the first elephant hospital in the world established to care for sick and abused elephants, with the aim of preserving the animals' natural habitat and lifestyle. You’ll learn more about this important initiative and perhaps become acquainted with some of its resident pachyderm patients. Continue 1.5 hours to the warm and welcoming home of Intrepid's long-time friends in a small Thai village. 

Accommodation is multishare and basic (there will be fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms), but there is no better way to understand a country and its people. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a traditional northern Thai khantohk dinner, with live music and dancing.

Included Activities

  • Friends of the Asian Elephant


  • Homestay

In the morning, jump on some bikes and cruise around the homestay village. This is a great opportunity to see how the locals live, and you’ll make a few stops along the way to see small country industries in the area. 

Cycling past the rice fields and breathing in the fresh country air, with beautiful mountains in the distance, makes this morning a picture-perfect experience. Say goodbye to your new friends and travel on to Chiang Mai (approximately 45 minutes). The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Your accommodation is perfectly located right by the famous vibrant night markets.

Included Activities

  • Local village visit


  • Hotel 

Today you have the choice of doing a half day Thai cooking class or a half day cycling tour around Chiang Mai. If you're a foodie, join the cooking class to discover some of the secrets of Thai cuisine, learn the key ingredients, how to use them, and what to use in their place if you can’t get them at home. As well as taking your own comprehensive recipe book with you after the class, you'll feast on the fruits of your labour for lunch. If you’re feeling more active then you might want to saddle up for a half day cycling trip. After a short safety briefing and bicycle fitting, cycle south along the green banks of the Ping River. Make a stop at a former leper colony turned rehabilitation centre, where you’ll learn about the daily life of the missionaries who worked here over a hundred years ago. The trip continues along various fruit orchards, cycling down small country roads and meandering around the villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Here you’ll discover the real rural Thailand and encounter the Thai way of life. Explore the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, the former capital of Lanna, before you cycle back to Chiang Mai.

Included Activities

  • Thai Cooking Class (lunch) OR Cycling Tour (half day)


  • Hotel

Start your Chiang Mai tour with a scenic drive in a songthaew - an iconic public bus. As you make your way down Suthep Road, stop by Kad Ton Payom, a flea market well known for its northern Thai cuisine. Afterwards, offer alms to monks to ‘make merit’, then enjoy a traditional style Chiang Mai breakfast.

Next we'll make our way to Wat U-Mong, a 600-year-old temple famed for its large painted pagoda and underground tunnel. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and perhaps take the opportunity to talk with the abbot about Buddhism and Dharma.

From there, our Chiang Mai tour will pay a visit Wat Suan Dok temple, where you can mingle with monks and learn about their way of life. Take some time out to learn basic meditation, and cap the day off by making an offering to the Sangkha. The rest of the day is free.

Tonight you’ll board an overnight train for Bangkok, accommodated in air-conditioned sleeping berths (approximately 13 hours). Multi-share compartments are air-conditioned, with bunk beds; sheets and pillow provided. Your baggage travels in the carriage with you. There is a food and drink service available on board.


  • Overnight sleeper train 

Your train is scheduled to arrive back in Bangkok in the early morning. Transfer back to the joining point hotel where this trip concludes, and you are free to depart at any time. If you are booking flights or other transport out of Bangkok on this day, please keep in mind that train delays are frequent; we suggest you don't book a flight earlier than 2pm. No accommodation is included in Bangkok at the end of the trip, but there are shared day rooms available for use until 12 noon. If you wish to stay longer in Bangkok, additional accommodation is available; please enquire at time of booking.



7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner


Minibus, Public bus, Songthaew


Hotel (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Resort (2 nights), Sleeper train (1 night)


  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch 
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant 
  • Chiang Mai - Thai Cooking Class OR Cycling Tour (half day)

Important notes

This trip finishes on Day 9 in Bangkok at 12pm midday.
A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note that on the following nights the supplement is not available at the Homestay or on the Overnight Train

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