Travel from Bangkok to Sukhothai, Lampang and Chiang Mai
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 khantohk dinner - there's so much to discover on this tour through Thailand's northern kingdom.
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
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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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1. This trip finishes on Day 8 in Bangkok at 12pm midday.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please note that on the following nights the supplement is not available: - Day 4 Homestay and Day 7 Overnight Train
Our Explore Northern Thailand trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 134 reviews in the last year.
Great company to deal with, hotel accommodation good, although beds can be a little hard (consider taking a small self inflating sleeping mat if you like softer beds). You need to be prepared for squat toilets In Asian countries. Nothing can beat having a native guide to share their cultural knowledge.
Review submitted 12 Nov 2017
Great trip - the tour was well organised and we had just the right amount of free time for swimming in the pool at the resort in Sukhothai, and shopping and browsing night markets in Chang Mai. I would recommend doing the BMP elephant care project half day trip, it was one of my highlights, where we had the opportunity to feed and bath the elephants. I did the cycling tour in Chang Mai however given we had already cycled in both Sukhothai and at the homestay I would recommend doing the cooking class instead if you can't decide between the two.
Review submitted 06 Nov 2017