Travel from Bangkok to Sukhothai, Lampang and Chiang Mai then on to Southern Thailand, where the shorelines are serene and the beaches pristine.
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. From the pearly white shorelines of Phuket’s Patong and Nai Harn beaches to the lost islands of Koh Gum, Koh Kangkaw and Koh Yeepoon, Southern Thailand offers a splendid balance between resort-like charm and hidden excitement. Plunge headfirst on an adventure to soak up both sun and culture, spending time relaxing on the ambient shores of Khao Lak or bumping arms with the locals in the markets at Ramong. Lose yourself in the jungle or find tropical fish in the ocean. There's so much to discover on this tour from Thailand's north to south.
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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
Go beach-hopping through sunny Phuket, often regarded as one of the best seaside locations in Thailand (if not the world!)
Sink into the slower pace of Khao Lak – a realm full of ambient charm and calming coastlines
Trek through thick jungle landscape to serene waterfalls in the midst of the jungle – finding tiny pockets of serenity hiding under the trees as you go
An island hopping trip through Koh Gum, Koh Kangkaw, Koh Yeepoon offers an incredible insight into Thailand’s stunning coastal environments. Explore them further from above and below the water on beach-walks and snorkelling adventures
Visit a local community and learn about the ceramic and tin mining industries in a rural location- if you are lucky you might get the chance to participate
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'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
Passengers who suffer sea-sickness should also be made aware that a whole day trip at sea might set them off. It would also be wise to pack enough sunscreen to prevent a nasty sunburn from ruining your adventures
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.
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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