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Thailand has so much to offer the active, adventure-seeking traveller - this tour starts in the vibrant, colourful capital of Bangkok, with its majestic monuments and neon nightlife before featuring a stay in a rustic rafthouse in Kanchanaburi, and the temples of Ayutthaya. In northern Thailand we visit Chiang Mai, adventure capital of the north, for some jungle trekking, bamboo rafting and an elephant ride, before returning to Bangkok. Suited to the budget travellers’ pocket with plenty of free time, this tour offers fantastic value for money and the peace of mind of a well organised tour.

Buddhas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, ThailandWe begin your tour in Bangkok, with plenty of time to enjoy all this cosmopolitan city has to offer. We take a walking tour of the important temples and markets before heading to Kanchanaburi, home of the 'Bridge on the River Kwai', where we spend the night with a local family and learn about and take part in traditional village life. After time to visit the local sites we head to Ayutthaya and explore the historic temples at this World Heritage Site before hopping aboard the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

Once in Chiang Mai we have some free time to enjoy this charming and bustling city, perhaps take time to visit some of the most important sights.

Bamboo rafting, Chiang Mai, ThailandFrom Chiang Mai we make our way out to the Huay Nam Dang National Park to begin your jungle adventure. En-route we will visit a local village market to pick up supplies, and have a refreshing stop at a local waterfall. After an easy first afternoon's walk through the forest, we visit a Karen village to sample their simple way of life and to learn a bit more about the local customs – including a basic dinner and overnight in a bamboo hut.

The next day features a longer walk (approx. 7-8km, about 3 hours) through the forest and jungle, before we climb aboard an elephant and a chance to get close to nature on a ride through the jungle.

After spending the night in another hill-tribe village, we spend the next day enjoying a bamboo rafting trip back (approx. 3-4 hours) before returning to Chiang Mai. In Chiang Mai there is time for more sightseeing after which we drive to Chiang Rai via Thaton and a long-tail river boat trip. Once in Chiang Rai, trips out to the hill-tribe villages and mystery of the Golden Triangle can't be resisted.

The tour ends with a drive back to Chiang Mai and the overnight sleeper train back to Bangkok.

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Ayutthaya, Thailand

Read about the fascinating ancient capital of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya and its magnificent temples and palaces.

Bangkok, Thailand

The heart of Thailand, read about this chaotic and colourful city in our short guide to Bangkok.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Largest city in the north of Thailand and ideal base for jungle trekking, rafting and other adventure activities.

Kanchanaburi & River Kwai, Thailand

For many visitors the main attraction to the area is the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.

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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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