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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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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 4.76 out of 5 based on 117 reviews in the last year.
Beautiful Northern Thailand excellent trip and great experience with different cultures. Part of my trip used Urban Adventures as my activities. Charging phones and lap tops no problems.
Review submitted 12 Sep 2018
Excellent trip! Felt like we sampled 'real' Thailand. The trip was a nice pace, although a couple of times I felt I was getting on too much transport, mainly my own fault to doing 4 extra excursions on on our free time days! Personal highlights were the elephant sanctuary, Thai Boxing, zipwiring, raft house, ladyboy show and of course the jungle trek! Although only trekking for usually 3-4 hours a day, make sure a level of fitness is maintained. Also make sure you take playing cards, games etc, for the 'activity free' evenings at the homestay & hill tribes. You can entertain yourselves then with card games or a massage. Overall I really enjoyed everywhere we visited, even the overnight train was of a good standard, giving yourself time to relax. I would of preferred an extra night each in Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai, instead of the homestay & Laos border crossing (Although I totally understand why these are included). I didnt really get much out of this section. Overall an excellent trip, & our leader Sar went above and beyond to assist us with all requirements. Will definitely use intrepid again!!
Review submitted 24 Aug 2018