Northern Thailand trip is one of the most famous trips. Discover northern Thailand, an exotic adventure destination that has something to offer to every kind of travelers. Experience the chaotic metropolis of bustling Bangkok, along with the hillside villages near Chiang Rai, drift down the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi and see the historic temples of the Siam Kingdom. With warm hospitality, local experiences, cooking classes filled with delicacies and plenty of free time to travel at your own pace, come along and see why Beautiful Northern Thailand was, and still is, a benchmark for all other adventures
Is this trip right for you?
- The hill-tribe village house stays are a great chance to learn about the daily rural life. Accommodation is simple, and you need to share a room with other travelers, however, it is very comfortable with mattresses, bedding, and mosquito nets all provided. You might feel nervous about the village house experience before you arrive; however, we assure you that this will be the most rewarding, authentic Thai experience. There might not be a hot shower in some places, but this might not be a problem in this hot country. Most of the visitors search for a cold shower to cool down from the heat of the country.
- We will be covering so much of the country in just over two weeks. So, you should expect long travel days. The trip includes a couple of nights on overnight trains between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Accommodation will be basic, but not at the least uncomfortable. The multi-share compartments will have air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided.
- Temperature and humidity are high in Thailand. Particularly, when you walk in the countryside, there may be very little shade. So, carry lots of water or drinks with you. And don't forget to wear appropriate skin protection. Just an umbrella might not be enough to keep the sun off.
Discover why northern Thailand is an ideal destination to launch a world of travel experiences
Experience rural Thai life while trekking through picturesque hilly villages in the remote Thai countryside, meet with hospitable locals
Visit the place of the infamous 'Bridge over the River Kwai,' and get an insight on its dark history and the construction of the railway during the war
Experience the joy of traveling on overnight sleeper trains, longtail boats, songthaew, and raft house
Revel in an organic farm's cooking show, and lunch at a farm stay in the Mae Chan District – full of heat, spicy and fresh food
- Three-meals per day
- Ground Transport
- Travel Insurance
Welcome to Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is renowned for its tuk tuks, Khlong boats, and delicious Thai street food. We don't have any plan for this day. Bangkok has a lot to offer to those who have time. You can take a boat and go to explore the crowded streets of Chinatown, explore the grandiose Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha, or indulge in relaxing Thai massage. You can go for drinks and music at bustling Khao San Road in the evening. Or, meet your fellow travelers and grab some street foods.
Note: We will hold a welcome meeting where we will be collecting insurance details and other information at this time, so be sure to attend the welcome meeting. Ask reception or look in the lobby for information on the meeting spot.
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
We begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous Khlong (canals). Visiting the longest reclining gold plated Buddha (46-meter long) of Thailand at Wat Pho. Wat Pho is one of the trinity of Bangkok temples. Even the feet are three meters long and beautifully adorned with mother of pearl. The temples are equally splendid with stupas, halls, and shrines gorgeously decorated. Afterward, we take a local bus and travel northwest to Kanchanaburi. Situated where the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai rivers converge, Kanchanaburi is home to the infamous 'Bridge on the River Kwai'.
River Kwai to Erawan Np – Kanchanaburi
Today, we will visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetry, one of the first museums to try to educate the public and keep alive the memory of the Asian and POW workers who died building the infamous 'Death Railway' where we will learn about the darker side of the Kanchanaburi history. Then, we travel to Erawan National Park, which takes about 1.5 hours. Here, we can see the famous seven-level waterfall; if you like, you can take a dip. These falls are one of the most beautiful falls in the country with turquoise blue waters raging through the forest into bamboo-shaded pools. It takes around 90minute to hike from level one to level seven. The top-level is mostly quiet, with a wonderful view over the jungle below. Do not forget to pack swimming gear and proper footwear to hike. Level Seven has a triple cascade that gives the falls their name – Erawan. Erawan is the mythological three-headed white elephant carrying the Hindu god Indra.
Tonight, we will be cruising through the Mae Glong River in a raft house. You need to tow down by a boat to reach the raft house, a perfect way to travel down the river that sets a tranquil scene with pure relaxation. We spend the afternoon hopping temples down the river, explore the cave temple of Wat Baan Tham, the Chinese Wat Tham Khao Noi, and Wat Tham Suea. We might also engage in travel games, or just watch the passing scenery with a view of the verdant Thai countryside. Enjoy a Thai feast on board and watch as day turns night while you moor on the riverside and sleep in the boat while feeling the gentle rock of the boat.
Note: the raft house contains Western-style toilets and shared bathrooms with showers. There is an open plan living area, fully covered. So, there will be enough shade, but the sides are open so that you can enjoy the views and feel the wind while sailing down the river. At night, the raft house will be moored, and we use the living room as the sleeping area. There will be Thai style thin mattresses on the floor, and we provide sheets. Everyone will sleep in one area.
Ayutthaya – Overnight train
After river adventure, hop on a private minivan and head towards Ayutthaya via Suphanburi. Ayutthaya was the second capital (after Sukothai) of Siam and was one of the most powerful in Asia by the 18th century, with over a million residents. The major source of the city's riches was trading. Here, you will see the remains and reminders of its golden age with a guided tour of the historical ruins and temples spread all across the town. You will also see rows of headless Buddhas at Wat Phra Mahathat, which Burmese sacked in the 18th century. Then, see the Banyan roots surrounding a Buddha head, maybe the most scenic site in all of Ayutthaya. In the evening, we head north to Chiang Mai through an overnight train, with air-conditioned sleeping accommodation.
Note: The overnight train will have multi-share compartments that are air-conditioned with bunk beds, sheets, and a pillow. Your baggage will be in the carriage with you. You can also order food and drink on board.
Chiang Mai, the most exquisite city of northern Thailand, is famous for its temples and an interesting old city area. Also known as 'Rose of the North,' this place will leave you spellbound with its beauty, welcoming locals.The day of your arrival will be free for leisure activities. This day, you can engage in lots of optional activities available in Chiang Mai. You can get Thai cooking classes that will undoubtedly enhance your cooking skills with new techniques. Or, go for an active trip with a bicycle and tour around the city and surrounding countryside to get a different perspective of the country. In the evening, join your fellow travelers and visit night markets with a variety of products to choose from.
Another free day in this beautiful city. Although Chiang Mai's markets, temples, and cooking schools offer plenty to keep visitors busy, you can also go for a special outing to an Elephant sanctuary. The sanctuary offers protection to elephants and provides them aid to lead a peaceful life in the country where cruel elephant riding is big business. Here, an expert guide will welcome you who will give you information and stories of rescued elephants and about the issues surrounding elephants in South East Asia. Then, you will also get a chance to feed elephants from a viewing platform. Sit back and see these giants enjoying a peaceful life in this cruel world.
Day Eight :
Doi Mae Salong
Hop on a public bus and travel from Chiang Mai to Mae Chan. The travel takes around four hours. Then, take a minivan to continue towards Doi Mae Salong. Formerly, Chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled from (then) Burma in the 1960s settled in this beautiful town of Doi Mae Salong, so the atmosphere of a Chinese village remains here. The region is well-known for its Chinese Tea traders, and you can also enjoy a cup of tea in a classic tea house while enjoying the spectacular sights of mountains and tea fields. You can also visit the markets where you will some interesting products and crafts made by hill people like Akha.
Note: You need to be fairly fit to make the trek. As you hike across the hilly countryside, you have to face many challenges like rain, hot and humid weather, and around five hours of trekking each day. You will be walking through village tracks, on a remote trail, not jungle trail. Each traveler has to carry their pack for the whole trek. Accommodation will be multi-share, you will be sleeping on a rented roll mat on the floor of the bamboo/wooden huts.
Move from Doi Mae Salong to Chiang Rai on a private vehicle. Chiang Rai, a city renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, great night market, and a variety of good restaurants, is a small town that feels great to explore on foot.
Hill-tribe Villages Trek
Today, we begin the trek through hill-tribe villages. Passing through lush forests, crossing streams, and climbing hills, we will reach the Akha village of Baan Pha Sert Nai. Here, we spend the time with locals and enjoy local foods.
Hill-tribe Villages Trek
Beginning the trek in the morning, we move uphill through bamboo forests and descend to a stream. Then, we pass through some beautiful countryside. Eventually, you will reach the Akha village of Baan Khum Akha, our destination for the day. Enjoy the view of the majestic valley from the village, interact with the locals, and enjoy local delicacies.
Hill-Tribe village to Chiang Rai
Today, we head to Chiang Rai. Walking for around three hours, we will reach Chiang Rai.
Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai – Overnight train
In the morning, we take a trip to privately owned Wat Rong Khun, more commonly known as the White Temple, a must-visit in Chiang Rai. This present temple is continually being updated, and its strange design features references to Buddhist mythology, human sin, and pop culture icons such as Michael Jackson, Harry Potter, and Superman. Then, we head back to Chiang Mai by bus that takes approximately four hours. The rest of the day is free. You can go for a picturesque drive up a mountain to one of the country's most beautiful temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples. This might sound challenging, but the climb is worth the effort. The hypnotic atmosphere of Buddhist monks chanting and panoramic views of the city make a perfectly memorable experience. In the evening, you take a overnight train to Bangkok.
After you arrive in Bangkok, the day is free for your leisure activities. You can spend your day shopping or explore around before meeting with your group for dinner. If you return on weekends, you can visit the famous weekend market of Chatuchak. This is one of the biggest and busiest markets in the world. You can also visit many interesting places like Jim Thompson's house, the Grand Palace, or Chinatown. There is a wide choice of transport in this bustling city; you can stick to the canals, river, and Skytrain. Or, go for a unique experience on a tuk-tuk.
There are no activities planned for today. You can depart from the accommodation any time you like. For those moving towards their next destination, we can transfer them to the airport. Or you can enjoy further adventures in this beautiful country. If you want any help to further the trip, you can ask us. We will provide you all the details required.