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, drifting down the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi 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.
Experience rural Thai life from a local's perspective with a homestay in a small village and a trek through scenic and enlightening hilltribe villages
Even the transport on this trip is an adventure – discover the joys of travelling on overnight sleeper trains, longtail boats, songthaew and raft houses
Visit the home of the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, learn about its dark history and the construction of the railway during the war
Experience travel in a variety of different ways, using private buses and even local transport like songtheaws. This trip covers a fair amount of ground, so be prepared for some long travel days.
There is a night at a homestay and two nights in Hilltribe villages on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Thai life. Facilities can be basic and multishare, with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.
This trip includes two nights on overnight trains between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. 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.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Beautiful Northern Thailand trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
A single supplement is available on this trip please contact your sales agent to book the single supplement. The following days are excluded from the Single Supplement: Day 4 Rafthouse, Day 5 Overnight Train, Day 9 Homestay, Days 10 & 11 Trek, Day 13 Overnight Train
Our Beautiful Northern Thailand trips score an average of 4.77 out of 5 based on 92 reviews in the last year.
I enjoyed the Northern portion better than the Southern portion of my 23-day tour. The South felt more touristy and without being taught local culture and history, I did not see the value in a tour operator there. I do feel the price should be lower for this tour given the lackluster accommodations and that most excursions and meals are not included and it is common knowledge that luxury is cheap in Thailand. That said, I'm glad I went and walk away with many, many memories and experiences I will cherish forever.
Review submitted 02 Feb 2018
This is one of the BEST experiences of my life from day 1. Everyday just got better. What I learned and experienced was beyond my expectations.. All the guides were amazing and fun . I give this tour a 10 for everything .. thank you Intrepid ❤️🙏🏻
Review submitted 27 Jan 2018