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.
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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 102 reviews in the last year.
The hilltribe trek through the jungle is a once in a lifetime experience. The local guide was amazing, explaining what use you could make of all the plants around us. Cooking with and on bamboo was fascinating, as was sleeping in the bamboo hut.
Review submitted 29 Mar 2018
This trip was awesome, but is definitely geared toward able bodied people. Climbing the steps to the temples was a little hard at times, and the trek. A very good trip for anyone with an active life style that wants to get a feel for how the locals really live.
Review submitted 27 Mar 2018