** 9 Day- Exclusive Holiday Departure**

Price Release Date

$1,395 Based on Per person Twin/Double Share Room 

$1,730 Based on Per person Single Occupancy Room*
*Single Rooms not available at homestay 

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Date

21-29 December 2018 .

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Exclusive perks
  • Visit to Koh Kret 
  • Picnic lunch at historical park

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Travel from bustling Bangkok through Thailand's beautiful North onto the beaches of Phuket.

Squeeze through crowded markets in Bangkok, then calm yourself down on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 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 and wrap up your adventure in Phuket - there's so much to discover on this tour through Thailand's northern kingdom.

 

Start Bangkok, Thailand Physical rating 2 out of 5
Finish Phuket, Thailand Ages Min 15 years
Destination Thailand Group size 12 people
Departing 21- 29 December, 2018  Style Original

 

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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

  • See the best of Phuket, from 360-degree views of the island from the base of the Big Buddha to the clear waters of mountain-clasped beaches.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There's a bit of driving on the trip for those who get fidgety or carsick, but it shouldn't be too excessive – the longest you'll drive at a time will be five hours

  • 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

Itinerary

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

Accommodation

  • 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

Accommodation

  • 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

Accommodation

  • 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

Accommodation

  • 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.

The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Renowned for dazzling beauty and extremely welcoming locals, the

‘Rose of the North’ will leave you spellbound. Chances are, you won’t want to leave. Your accommodation has both ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning, and is perfectly located right by the famous vibrant night markets.

 

Included Activities

  • Friends of the Asian Elephant

 

Accommodation

  • Homestay

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 and travel 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 better understand a country and its people. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a traditional northern Thai khantohk dinner, accompanied by live music and dancing.

 

Included Activities

  • Markets and Temples Visited

 

Accommodation

  • 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)

 

Accommodation 

  • Hotel

Depart in the Morning by flight (Included) from Chiang Mai to Phuket ready for an action packed day! 

Upon arrival, Go beach-hopping with a local guide while exploring some of the finest sights Phuket has to offer. Start off at Phuket’s Big Buddha, one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks. The huge 45 metre tall (147 feet) statue sits atop the Nakkerd Hills like a beacon in the distance – enjoy stunning 360-degree views and a few cheeky photos once you arrive at the base of the statue itself. Travel onwards to Nai Harn Beach, arguably one of the prettiest in the area thanks to undeveloped tree-covered mountains clasping the shores on each side and clean, clear waters. While the secret about Nai Harn is out, it’s still less crowded than other beaches and remains a favourite for people in the know. Next stop – Kata Noi Beach. The pristine sands, turquoise waters and unhindered view of the Andaman Sea have earned this beach a reputation among locals as an excellent place to kick back and relax, made even better by the less-developed feel it offers in contrast to neighbouring Kata Yai Beach. Swimming is a fairly popular activity here, as is a game of frisbee with the locals or grabbing a massage – dabble in any of these at your own leisure after a restaurant lunch with the group.  Spend your first night in the south at a great resort.

Accommodation

  • Resort

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Your Trip Leader will discuss optional activities like visiting the Islands of Koh Phi Phi by Speedboat or snorkeling off the coast for those staying on. 

 

Want More Island and beach time? Take advantage of our Googler Exclusive 35% Discount on our Cruising the Thai Islands from Phuket departing 29 December 2018! Book Online and reach out on email to have the discount adjusted to 35% off the Original Price. 

Inclusions

Meals

7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Transport

Minibus, Public bus, Songthaew, Plane ( Internal Thailand Flight Only). International airfares not included. 

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Homestay (1 night), Resort (1 night)

Inclusions

  • Bangkok - Koh Kret (Mon Village) Visit & Off-Grid Food Adventure
  • Sukhothai - Night Market Visit, Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch 
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant 
  • Chiang Mai - Markets & Temple Visits, Thai Cooking Class OR Cycling Tour (half day)
  • Phuket - Day Tour

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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