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This is the ultimate, comprehensive Northern Thailand experience. Spend 17 days discovering the best of Thai culture. From big-city life in Bangkok to historic Ayutthaya and a hilltribe trek outside of Chiang Mai to meet the locals, this tour takes you to all the places on your must-see list, and some you didn't know to add. Perfect for first-timers or travellers that have seen it all.


Duration: 17 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 153322
Starts: Bangkok, Thailand Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will visit
  • Bangkok
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.

Included Activities:
Klong Riverboat Tour
Wat Po Visit
Overnight Rafthouse Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)

03

Day 3: Kanchanaburi (1B)

Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history.

Included Activities:
Erawan Waterfalls Visit
Bridge on the River Kwai Visit
Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit

Transport:
Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction)
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)

04

Day 4: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B)

Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum.

Included Activities:
Temple Ruins Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 150km)

05

Day 5: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)

Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in.

Included Activities:
Doi Suthep Temple Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Chiang Mai/Ban Pha Mon (1B, 1L, 1D)

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your CEO and local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

Additional Notes:
The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 1

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Ban Pha Mon/Ban Muang Pam (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek for about six hours and between villages, over farmlands and grasslands and acend to the ridgeline. Learn about bush medicine, seasonal fruits and plants and seeds. Slip on your wet shoes and descend to the Huew Hin Poon Creek for lunch.

Here, go for a swim and help the local guides make a friction fire and prepare lunch. Continue another hour and a half to the jungle Buddhist temple outside the second village. Spend the night in the Karen village learn about wood carving, weaving and cooking. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 2

09

Day 9: Ban Muang Pam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, stopping at other villages along the way. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Enter by bamboo raft and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience. After lunch, drive back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 3

Transport:
Pickup truck (4.00 hour(s))

10

Day 10: Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sa waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner.

Included Activities:
Cooking Class

11

Day 11: Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai (1B)

Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 274km)

12

Day 12: Chiang Rai (1B)

Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.

Included Activities:
Mae Sai Visit
Opium Museum Visit

13

Day 13: Chiang Rai/Lampang (1B, 1D)

Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal.

Included Activities:
Village Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 315km)

14

Day 14: Lampang/Sukhothai (1B, 1L)

Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 213km)

15

Day 15: Sukhothai (1B)

Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time.

Included Activities:
Sukhothai Bicycle Tour

16

Day 16: Sukhothai/Bangkok (1B)

Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping.

Transport:
Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours, 422km)

17

Day 17: Bangkok (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Klong boat tour (Bangkok)
    • Wat Po guided visit
    • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
    • Rafthouse stay
    • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
    • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
    • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
    • 3-day trek to remote hilltribe villages
    • G Adventures-supported community stays
    • Lod Cave visit and bamboo rafting
    • Free time to explore Chiang Mai
    • Local cooking class and meal (Chiang Mai)
    • Mae Sa visit (Chiang Rai)
    • Opium Museum visit
    • Local community homestay (Lampang)
    • Bicycle tour (half-day, Sukhothai)
    • All transport to/from included activities and between all destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), basic huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, private vehicle, open pickup truck, trekking, bicycle, longtail boat, bamboo raft
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist trekking guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore magnificent temples and palaces
  • Sleep in a floating rafthouse
  • Trek through Northern Thailand and stay with friendly locals
  • Experience the 13th-century ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park from the seat of a bike
  • Get inspired with a local cooking class.