This exclusive Thailand tour combines the best of the north and south. Travel from the bustling capital to the tranquil rainforests, from atmospheric ruins to relaxed sun-drenched islands. This journey is an excellent opportunity to visit many attractions of Thailand.
The trip begins with your arrival in Bangkok. The very next day, we head towards Sukhothai to learn about ancient Thailand. Then, we move to Village Homestay, where we enjoy remote Thai life, followed by a visit to Chiang Mai, the vibrant city of Northern Thailand. Also, experience long travel on an overnight train. After visiting a few more places, the trip ends at Ko Samui.
Cycle leisurely through the ancient Buddhas and ruined temples of Heritage-listed Sukhothai Park
Experience the rural lifestyle in a small Thai village
Visit the Elephant Sanctuary and watch the peaceful life of these jungle giants
Enhance your cooking skills with Thai cooking classes
Discover impressive beaches of Thailand
Witness underwater scenery and life while snorkeling in various spots
Experience the sleeper train of Thailand
- Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
- Airport Transfer
- Train Tickets
Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand's lively capital. Bangkok is well-known around the globe for its tuk tuks, Khlong boats, and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. We have not set any plans for today, so you can rest in your hotel or go out to explore this beautiful city. Take a riverboat and sail to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, visit the majestic Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the partying Khao San road, or indulge in a Thai massage. In the evening, go for some world-renowned street foods.
In the morning, depart from the capital of Thailand and head north by train/ private minivan to the ancient capital of Siam, Sukhothai. The name Sukhothai means the 'Dawn of Happiness.' Established in the 13th century, it is now famous for its World Heritage-listed historic park that celebrates the Golden Age of Thai civilization. Tonight, do not forget to head to the interesting local night market and try dishes, including Sukhothai noodles.
Visit the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai lying amidst the gorgeous lakes and gardens. The art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are some of the most classic of Thai styles, and the Sukothai Historical Park consists of the remains of 21 historical sites, with imposing Buddha images and four massive ponds full of beautiful lotus flowers in full bloom. After arriving at the park, hire a bicycle, and enjoy cycling while feeling the fresh breeze and learning about the history of this interesting place. If you have enough time, visit a local ceramic factory.
We move from Sukothai on a private minivan to the hospitable home of Intrepid's long-time friends in a small Thai village where we will stay overnight. At the homestay, we will share accommodation with fellow travelers, and the accommodation will also be basic (fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms). This is the perfect way to understand native Thailand and its people. In the evening, you will get to enjoy a traditional northern Thai khantok dinner, accompanied by live music and dancing.
Village Homestay to Chiang Mai
In the morning, hire some bikes and travel around the homestay village. This is a great chance to see the lifestyle of Thai locals and make a few stops to see small country industries in the area. Cycling past the rice fields and feeling fresh country air will make a perfect experience in your travel diaries. Bid goodbye to the homestay and move towards Chaing Mai. Chiang Mai is the most vibrant city in northern Thailand and contains many famous temples and fascinating ancient city areas. Famous for stunning beauty and very hospitable locals, the 'Rose of the North' will blow your mind. This city is such captivating that you might not want to leave ever. Tonight, spend strolling around the bustling night markets.
You can enjoy a Thai cooking class today. It is a perfect chance for foodies to learn since the secrets of Thai cuisine. Learn about the main ingredients, how to use them, and substitute ingredients, in case you don't find them as t home. The class will also provide you a comprehensive recipe book after you finish the class. For lunch, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Then, the rest of the day is free for your leisure activities. You can explore the popular Doi Suthep, drive along a picturesque twisting mountain road that ends at a magnificent 300-step naga-guarded stairway. You might feel the climb us straining; however, you will surely change the mind after reaching this beautiful temple of Thailand and witness the panoramic views of the city and while listening to the hypnotic evening chanting of the resident monks. Or, wander markets, cruise the river, and slurp noodles on a Mae Ping River Experience.
Today, you will have a unique experience visiting the ChiangChill. Drive out of Chiang Mai for about 1.5hours towards ChiangChill. Here, you can learn how this organization supports the protection, conservation, and lifestyle of freely roaming elephants in the region. You will get to observe the daily routines of these giants, see how they graze and socialize with fellow elephants. The local guides will give you an explanation on the elephants, its sustainable tourism practices, and conservation efforts in the area. Treat yourself to Thai delicacies in a riverside sala alongside the jungle giants, who will be enjoying a meal too. Then, we return to Chiang Mai. You have the rest of the time free for leisure.
Day Eight :
Today, you will catch a flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and then our representative will transfer you from Bangkok's airport to the hotel. The afternoon is free for you so that you can check the fast-paced night city. In the evening, there will be a group meeting to discuss your further trip.
Bangkok Overnight train
You will start the day with a tour to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). This temple, named after the Indian God of Dawn – Aruna, is a magnificent temple that sits imposingly on the west shore of the Chao Phraya River. The afternoon is free for your leisure activities. You can visit the majestic Grand Palace, Temple of Emerald Buddha or Wat Pho, home to the country's largest reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also famous as the keeper of the magic behind Thai massage. Or, take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, or cruise through the Chao Phraya River on a longtail boat top traverse the renowned 'khlongs' of Bangkok. Life on these canals seems far away from the chaotic streets of the capital. Then, we board a night train to head towards Langsuan.
Note: Overnight trains are clean and air-conditioned, and multi-share compartments with bunk bed padded berths with sheets, pillow, and blanket. You might even have to share a compartment with locals or other travelers of any gender.
We will arrive early in the morning through an overnight train. In the Luangsuan market, try some local breakfasts before heading to the pier for Koh Pitak. Then, we take a 10-minute boat to nearby Koh Pitak, a splendid little island, the location of tonight's homestay. Go for a walk around the village while enjoying the fresh air. Here, you can see the lifestyle of fishers and how they make fascinating fishing traps. Tonight's homestay includes lunch, dinner, and breakfast. Generally, meals will be typical southern fare with fresh local seafood.
Departing from the homestay, we take a boat to travel back to the mainland. Then, we catch a minivan and drive for around 1.5 hours to reach Chumphon. After arriving at Chumphon, check into the resort. Our today's accommodation lies beautifully on the beachfront at Thung Wua Lan Beach, located about 16 kilometers away from the main town. Then, you join with the rest of the group to trip to a local lookout point, Khao Matsee. Here, enjoy some spectacular views while grabbing a cup of coffee. Then, we return to the beach where you can spend time strolling along the white sands of this pristine, uncrowded strip of coast.
Today, we enjoy a full-day snorkeling adventure. We will start the day at around 9 am and finish up at around 3 pm. The trip covers three distinct snorkeling spots, which offers you a nice variety of underwater scenery. Count the number of different kinds of tropical fish you can spot. Snorkeling takes place in the open water, so there will be no beach stops.
Move from one beach heaven to another, traveling to Ko Tao. We will catch a ferry to Ko Tao and arrive around mid-afternoon. Ko Tao is renowned for its stunning coral reefs, and the island is not only popular among divers, but also those looking for superb palm-fringed beaches such as Sairee. Here, you can relax or go diving. Other great options here are Cooking classes, aromatherapy sessions, or local spa visits. For those interested in beach bars, Kao Tao has a small but bustling nightlife.
Today, you will get to see the wonderful underwater world that surrounds Ko Tao with an interesting snorkeling trip. Ko Tao is undoubtedly one of the jewels in southern Thailand's crown with plenty of coral and fish and the rare chance to see timid reef sharks amidst superb coral formations. Sail south from Mae Haad Pier, sailing around the southern point of the island to reach Shark Island. You might also get a glimpse of a leopard shark. Then, head towards Luek Bat, one of the best swimming beaches on the island with fish-filled reefs on both sides. Afterward, halt at Hin Wong Bay for lunch aboard the boat – an idyllic spot where palm trees line the sheltered inlet. Colorful fishes fill the shallow waters of Muang Bay and then stop at Nang Yuan Island. If you want to hike this private island, you need to pay a small entrance fee. Walk for a bit towards the islands' viewpoint and enjoy the sight, relax on the beach, snorkel, or chill out on the boat.
We take another boat today and sail over to Ko Samui that takes about two and a half hours. The island is unquestionably a brasher, more lively, extrovert in contrast to its sister islands. Even if you are after a little modern pizazz with a dose of sunshine exotica, this island has it. Known simply as Samui by locals, Thailand's third-largest island has abundant white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut trees. There's also the Big Buddha, markets, temples, great shopping opportunities, a mummified monk, Michelin star restaurants, waterfalls, luxury spas, and a bustling nightlife. You can also take an optional sightseeing trip around the island or enhance cooking techniques with a Thai cooking class.
The day is free for your leisure. But, if you don't want to keep idle, you can take a trip to Ang Thong Marine National Park, an idyllic archipelago of around 40 islands (many uninhabited). If you opt for Marine Park, you have to take a speedboat with the island of Ko Wao or Ko Tai Plow as your first stop. Here, you can snorkel in the turquoise waters full of altering colors of coral and fish. Cruise around the steep limestone cliff islands and halt near an inland saltwater lagoon called Emerald Lake (Talay Nai), which is fed by an underground cave. Then, go for a short hike through the pathways and a wooden staircase to reach a splendid hilltop lake viewpoint. Then, stop for lunch at the island with park's headquarters, then relish the time at the beach, hike up for a panoramic view of the Marine Park, and get out on to the bay to enjoy kayaking. In the mid-afternoon, we head back to Ko Samui. For those wanting to explore overland, head out to Samui Elephant Sanctuary and witness the giant elephants as they roam, socialize, bath, and enjoying a peaceful life. In the evening, join fellow tourists and go for a drink to celebrate the end of this east coast Thailand beach adventure.
Today, this exciting Thailand beach tour comes to an end. You can depart from the accommodation at any time. Or join us for further adventure on this beautiful country.