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Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok, Ko Samui

Thailand has long been one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. With jungle clad hills, beautiful palm fringed beaches, and warm blue waters, it really is the jewel of the east. Ideal for backpackers who want a little organisation to help them along, or independent travellers on a tight budget, this comprehensive tour covers nearly the whole country. In the north we have time in Bangkok, River Kwai, Ayutthaya and a jungle trek & rafting trip near Chiang Mai. In the south we visit Khao Sok National Park, and the beautiful island of Ko Samui. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Bangkok

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Bangkok for the start of your trip.

  • Day 2:
  • Bangkok, overnight traing to Chiang Mai

Our tour begins with a a fun way to discover Bangkok’s unmistakable ‘Kwam-Pen-Thai’ (Thai-ness) as we use various modes of public transport such as tuk tuks, BTS Skytrain, public long-tailed boats etc. The tour takes in the Grand Palace and old Rattanakosin Island, and our guides make every tour a little bit different so a true Bangkok is uncovered. Late in the afternoon we have time for tasty snack before boarding the train to Chiang Mai.

  • Day 3:
  • Chiang Mai

We arrive into Chiang Mai this morning where the rest of the day is free to explore the city. Nestled amongst some of the highest mountains in Thailand, Chiang Mai retains a relaxed feel to it. Head to the impressive local zoo or visit one of the nearby Buddhist temples before dining out in one of the city’s many restaurants.

  • Day 4:
  • Start jungle trekking adventure

Leaving Chiang Mai this morning we travel to the colourful market at Mae Malai before carrying on to the lush Pang Lan Waterfalls. After lunch we begin our trek into the Huay Nam Dang National Park and walk on to the traditional Karen village of Baan Mae Jok where we stop for the night in order to learn more about the culture of the local hill-tribes.

  • Day 5:
  • Trekking and elephant ride

On our final day in the jungle we experience bamboo rafting along the Mae Tang river. Cruising along the tropical riverbanks in our bamboo rafts we make stops at small tribal settlements before finally arriving into Shan village where we transfer back to Chiang Mai.

  • Day 6:
  • Bamboo rafting, Chiang Mai

We arrive into Chiang Mai this morning where the rest of the day is free to explore the city. Nestled amongst some of the highest mountains in Thailand, Chiang Mai retains a relaxed feel to it. Head to the impressive local zoo or visit one of the nearby Buddhist temples before dining out in one of the city’s many restaurants.

  • Day 7:
  • Chiang Mai, overnight train to Bangkok

Today is kept free to relax after the trek. You could take in a local Thai cooking course, explore the markets and alleyways of Chiang Mai on foot or relieve any tired muscles with a relaxing local massage. Transfer to the train station for the overnight train to Bangkok.

  • Day 8:
  • Bangkok

We arrive back into the Thai capital this morning and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Bangkok at your leisure. Visit the lively area around Patpong, drop in on a snake farm or browse round Bangkok’s many modern shopping centres.

  • Day 9:
  • Bangkok, overnight train to Surat Thani

Today we discover historical Bangkok as we enjoy a boat tour of the city’s old canals, stopping off at lively river markets to view the rituals of daily life that have hardly changed in hundreds of years. The day finishes with a visit to the iconic Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Local legend has it that the shards of pottery decorating its 79 m tall spire came from a nearby shipwreck 100 years ago. Later we transfer to the station with time for a snack before boarding the train.

  • Day 10:
  • Transfer to Khao Sok National Park

Arriving into Surat Thani this morning we then make the short journey to Khao Sok National Park. This verdant and tropical rainforest will be our home for the next 3 nights as we discover the flora and fauna unique to this part of the world. In the afternoon we take to the river for 2 hours of canoeing (or tubing!) and also visit a local temple famous for the monkeys that are kept here.

  • Day 11:
  • Khao Sok National Park

We start today with a 4-hour guided trek through the beautiful Khao Sok national park whose rich flora and fauna is famous throughout Thailand. After lunch head to a local elephant camp where you can get up close to these amazing animals. Head back to your tree house via Mai Yai waterfall and spend the evening relaxing after a long day and enjoying eating some local specialities.

  • Day 12:
  • Khao Sok National Park

Leaving our tree house accommodation this morning we travel to Cheow Lan Lake and our raft houses, surrounded by the spectacular limestone cliffs and forested scenery. After lunch we trek through the nearby jungle to a beautiful local lagoon where you have the chance to explore a stunning cave, famous for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Then, return to the Raft house for dinner and to relax under the stars.

  • Day 13:
  • Khao Sok, transfer to Ko Samui

Today we swap the rainforest for the beautiful tropical island of Ko Samui on the South China Sea. Departing Khao Sok we travel back to Surat Thani from where we catch the ferry to the island and transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 14-16:
  • Ko Samui

The next 3 days are yours to explore the sun-drenched island of Ko Samui at your own leisure. With many incredible dive sites dotted around the island this is a great place to arrange any diving or snorkelling options or just relax on one of the islands many golden and idyllic beaches.

  • Day 17:
  • Ko Samui, fly to Bangkok

Saying farewell to our tropical island paradise we transfer to the airport for the short flight back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 18:
  • Bangkok

Your day is free for some last chance shopping and exploring around Bangkok before we transfer you to the airport for departure flight.

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Tour facts

User rating:
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2 - 18 people; minimum age is 18 yrs
Jungle trekking; elephant ride, bamboo rafting in Chiang Mai; river canoeing; jungle wand tree houses in Khao Sok National Park; idyllic Ko Samui beaches
2nd class a/c sleeper train, pick-up truck, local bus, ferry, internal flight
Group departures:
Departs on Sundays approximately every two weeks
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Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 14 | Lunch: 6 | Dinner: 5


We use a range of carefully selected hotels for our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a tailor-made tour.


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"Thank you for organising such a fantastic tour. Very friendly and well organised. Nothing too much trouble for our guides."

Georgina Bruce (Thailand tailor-made)

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