Northern Thailand Adventure

  • Thailand

Explore magnificent temples and palaces, Sleep in a floating rafthouse, Swim in the turquoise pools of Erawan Falls, Trek through remote Northern Thailand and stay with the friendly locals

Don't just visit Thailand; find yourself on a once-in-a-lifetime, genuine cultural experience you'll talk about forever. This 10-day adventure throughout Northern Thailand will give you amazing stories to share. Explore the ruins of the former Thai capital city of Ayutthaya, spend a night in a floating rafthouse, and take a local train up to vibrant and unforgettable Chiang Mai to trek into the hills surrounding the city. Get to know the people of the hilltribes who live there who don't often get to meet travellers. This immersive experience will take you back to a simpler time that you might not want to leave.

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Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
ATTY
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 15, avg 12
Transport
Train, open pickup truck, private vehicle, trekking, raft, walking.
Accommodation
Hotels/guesthouses (5 nights), rafthouse (1 night), sleeper train (1 night), basic huts (2 nights, multi-share).
Meals
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Other
  • Local Living: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi
  • Klong riverboat tour (Bangkok)
  • Wat Po visit
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    • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
    • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
    • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
    • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
    • Trek to remote hilltribe villages (3 days)
    • Lod Cave visit and bamboo rafting
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Northern Thailand Adventure itinerary
  • Day 1Bangkok

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    accommodation

    Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok

  • Day 2Bangkok / Kanchanaburi

    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.

    Klong Riverboat Tour

    Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close.

    Wat Po Visit

    This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Overnight Rafthouse Excursion

    Enjoy a unique homestay experience aboard a floating rafthouse on the famous River Kwai. Relax, swim, and mingle with locals in the community.

    accommodation

    Petch Fa Raft house

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 3Kanchanaburi

    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.

    Private Vehicle

    Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction)

    Erawan Waterfalls Visit

    Visit one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft). Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and opt to hike in the jungle to spot monkeys.

    Bridge on the River Kwai Visit

    Take in a piece of World War II history on this visit. We're sure you've seen or at least heard of the famous movie "Bridge on the River Kwai." Well, now you can tour the real thing. It's massive, majestic, and imposing, and offers fabulous views of the river below.

    Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit

    Visit the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum, and JEATH (Japan, England, America, Thailand and Holland) War Museum to learn about the Death Railway's dark history. More than 6,000 prisoners are buried at the cemetery.

    accommodation

    Good Times Resort

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 4Kanchanaburi / Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

    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.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Temple Ruins Tour

    Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya, which served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Located 86km (53 mi) north of Bangkok, the ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include stunning pagodas and Buddha images.

    accommodation

    Ayothaya Hotel

    Optional Activities:

    • Chan Kasem National Museum Visit

      Take a step back in time at this historically important museum that was once Chan Palace and home to many kings. Tour its pavilions and towers, and admire the extensive collection of antiques and artifacts, including ancient weapons, sculptures, Buddha images, and King Rama IV’s personal belongings.

    • Chao Sam Phraya Museum Visit

      Enjoy looking at objects excavated at Wat Racha Burana and Wat Maha That in the 1950s, including images of the Buddha. The second building displays artifacts from the 6th to the 19th centuries and is a great chance to learn about Thai history.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 5Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya / Chiang Mai

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

    free time

    Enjoy free time exploring all Ayutthaya has to offer.

    Basic overnight train (beds)

    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 6Chiang Mai

    Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.

    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.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Doi Suthep Temple Visit

    Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

    free time

    Use free time here to make the most of your time in Chiang Mai.

    accommodation

    Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

    Optional Activities:

    • Cooking Class

      2-3 hours of cooking class delivered by the local expert, You will learn about the different Thai herbs

      Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

    • Muay Thai Fight

      Watch a round of Muay Thai -- it's a sport unique to Thailand that’s gaining popularity around the world. Muay Thai has many of the same principles as kickboxing. Learn more about this engrossing sport with a visit to a match -- don't worry, you're not expected to pick up your gloves and fight.

    • Night Market

      Pick up a a souvenir at this shopper's paradise. Wander through the market to find music, food, and local artists selling handmade crafts.

  • Day 7Chiang Mai / Ban Pha Mon

    Drive from Chiang Mai to the trailhead. Trek through farmland and bamboo and teak forests. Learn about bush food and medicinal plants. Enjoy lunch en route before continuing through rice fields and valleys to reach the first village of a Lahu tribe. Assist with food prep and cooking, learn about weaving and embroidery or check out a local Lahu massage.

    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.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Hilltribe Trek Day 1

    Trek through various terrain like farmland, bamboo forests, teak forests, mountain rice fields, valleys and creeks. Depending on the season you can help with communal rice planting or harvesting. On arrival, learn more about the life of your village hosts with food prep, weaving and embroidery, Lahu massage or rice farming in season.

    Hit the road early in the morning to head to the trailhead. Start the trek through forests and rugged terrain that winds itself around various hilltop villages. Trek from Huay Nam Dung National Park to Ban Pha Mon, a Lahu village.

    accommodation

    Ban Pha Mon Homestay

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    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!

  • Day 8Ban Pha Mon / Ban Muang Pam

    Trek between villages, over farmlands and grasslands, and ascend to the ridge line. Learn about bush medicine and seasonal fruits as you make your way to the lunch stop. Go for a swim and help the local guides prepare lunch. Continue on to the Karen village and spend the night. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.

    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.

    Hilltribe Trek Day 2

    Trek to reach the lunch stop, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way. Enjoy lunch before carrying on to the Karen village of Ban Muang Pam. Here, discover more about local life, help prepare dinner, learn about weaving or meet with a traditional shaman.

    accommodation

    Ban Muang Pam Homestay

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9Ban Muang Pam / Chiang Mai

    After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, trekking beside the Pam River through lush jungle. 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.

    Hilltribe Trek Day 3

    After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, trekking beside the Pam River through lush jungle. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Bamboo rafts are required to enter the cave and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    free time

    Check out more of Chiang Mai.

    accommodation

    Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 10Chiang Mai

    Depart at any time.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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