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Thailand Real Food Adventure

8 Days | Take a tantalising culinary journey through Bangkok and Chiang Mai

4.7 out of 5 based on 26 reviews submitted.
GBP £1,004
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Indulge in the complex flavours, fresh aromas and heavenly spices that make Thai food so addictive. Explore bustling markets and taste tropical fruits and aromatic dishes whipped up in front of your eyes. Learn the trick behind making palm sugar, experience the thrill of cruising through Tha Kha Floating Market by paddleboat, slurp noodles alongside locals in Bangkok, enjoy some home-cooking with a family in Chiang Mai, sit down to a khan tok feast and tour all the must-see sights of Thailand. This is an incredible culinary journey through one of South East Asia’s most addictive food cultures.

Trip overview

Map of Thailand Real Food Adventure including Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 52.53 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn how to prepare and present the traditional 11-dish Northern Thai speciality khan tok and experience Thai life from a local's perspective at a village homestay.
  • See dishes whipped up before your eyes, like kaeng som, spicy fish cakes at a community farm and roti sai mai at a market food stall in Ayutthaya.
  • Cruise Bangkok’s floating market on a paddleboat and sail aboard a longtail boat to an island Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya
  • Tuck into your favourite iconic Thai dishes and discover new ones along the way: guay-tieo-ruea (boat noodles), roti sai mai, khao soi, som tum, larb and more.
  • Dine on a plant-based meal at a Chiang Mai restaurant that sources organic, local vegetables for their daily array of delicious meals.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, EcoThailand Foundation. Donations help educate school children on important environmental issues like climate change, nature appreciation, conservation and sustainability.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Thailand includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Thailand which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • This trip includes an overnight train between Ayutthaya 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.
  • There is one night at a homestay 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 itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Thailand Real Food Adventure including Thailand



6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners


Private Vehicle, Boat, Overnight Train, Songthaew


Hotel (5 nights), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night), Homestay (1 nightt)

  • Bangkok - Welcome Dinner
  • Bangkok - Tha Kha Floating Market tour
  • Bangkok - Palm Sugar Demonstration
  • Bangkok - Chinatown walking tour
  • Ayutthaya - Regional Specialties Cooking Class
  • Ayutthaya - Homemade Dessert Making Lesson
  • Ayutthaya - Chao Phraya Long Tail Boat Cruise
  • Ayutthaya - Wat Niwet Thamma Prawat Visit
  • Ayutthaya - Temple Ruins entrance & guided tour
  • Ayutthaya - Roti Sai Mai demonstration & tasting
  • Chiang Mai - Wat Chedi Luang entrance
  • Chiang Mai - Leader-led Old Quarter orientation walk
  • Homestay - Khan Tok Cooking Class
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple Visit
Add on activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 4 (Overnight Train) and Day 6 (Village Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Please note that some room configurations have two single beds, although a double bed will always be requested.
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.

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4.7 out of 5 based on 26 reviews submitted.
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Aileen · Traveled October 2023
This has truly been a wonderful experience for me. But would not recommend if you want to be pampered and want 4-5 star hotel accommodations. If you want to experience local Thai culture and daily life,then this is the trip to take.
Review submitted 30 Oct 2023

Christina · Traveled October 2023
Could not have asked for a more balanced program over a week and a better Guide. The home stays were the highlight. Great to see Intrepid’s local partnerships. Just be prepared for ALOT of eating!
Review submitted 28 Oct 2023

Bryony · Traveled July 2023
A varied trip in a beautiful country. Na our guide was warm and knowledgeable - I learned a lot about cooking and Thai culture.
Review submitted 21 Jul 2023

Bernhard · Traveled May 2023
Thailand real food adventure was a great overall adventure. Not only focussing on food and cooking, but also on sightseeing, temples, history and daily life experiences in Thailand. I already liked Thailand from some beach holidays in Phuket and Ko Samui very much, but after this trip with Intrepid I really love this country and its people. For me flying to Thailand now feels like coming home.
Review submitted 02 Jun 2023

Robert · Traveled March 2023
Brilliant tour with a knowledgeable and gregarious leader. We all bonded as a group (6) and had the best time, particularly enjoying Thai culinary culture, from its source, to preparation and of course eating. Each day was different and there was always something to look forward to. I enjoyed this tour immensely.
Review submitted 18 Mar 2023
Thailand Real Food Adventure
GBP £1,004