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Bangkok, River Kwai, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai

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. Read more

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Bangkok

Upon arrival at Bangkok airport we meet & greet and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into your hotel and relax, or start exploring the local area.

  • Day 2:
  • Bangkok

Our tour begins with a a fun way to discover Bangkok’s unmistakable ‘Kwam-Pen-Thai’ (Thai-ness) as we take to tuk tuks and long-tailed boats for tours of the Grand Palace, Buddhist temples including Wat Po, the old canals of Thonburi and 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. Overall we aim to make sure the true Bangkok is uncovered.

  • Day 3:
  • Kanchanaburi

Leaving Bangkok this morning we travel to the historic town of Kanchanaburi. Originally founded to protect Thailand from the Burmese the area is known today for being the site of the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai. Occupied by Japanese troops during WWII the bridge and subsequent railway line was built by allied prisoners of war. Travelling by train along the bridge we will also visit the Allied War Cemetery and the local museum. Then we travel by long-tail boat to our overnight accommodation in rafthouses.

  • Day 4:
  • Kanchanaburi & Erawan National Park

After breakfast we head for the beautiful Erawan Falls National Park. This huge park is home to ancient caves and the spectacular waterfalls named after the 3 headed white elephant found in Hindu mythology.

  • Day 5:
  • Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, overnight to Chiang Mai

We depart Kanchanaburi this morning for the short trip to the former Siam capital of Ayutthaya. Now a UNESCO world heritage site the city flourished between the 14th and 18th centuries and is home to many ancient temples and Palaces. This evening we board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

  • Day 6:
  • 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, start trekking

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 8:
  • Trekking & elephant ride

Awakening to cool mountain breezes we enjoy breakfast this morning before we trek on through the tropical jungle to the village of Baan Pa Khao Lam. Climbing aboard Thai elephants we experience these majestic creatures up close as we continue our journey through the landscape until arriving later today at the rafting camp.

  • Day 9:
  • Trek and bamboo raft

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 10:
  • Chiang Mai, Overnight 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 11:
  • Arrive Bangkok, free day

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 12:
  • Bangkok

Free time. Transfer to airport for flight home.

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Tour facts

User rating:
Group size: (what's this?)
2 - 18 people; minimum age is 18 yrs
Highlights:
Floating markets in Bangkok; famous Death railway; Erawan Falls National Park; ancient Ayutthaya; trekking; bamboo rafting and elephants of Chiang Mai
Transport:
2nd class a/c sleeper train, minibus, local bus, pick-up truck
Group departures:
Departs on Sundays approximately every two weeks
Local payment: (What's this?)
None
Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 9 | Lunch: 3 | Dinner: 3
 

Accommodation

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.

 

Customer feedback

"Our guides in the park were very knowledgeable and also extremely helpful, flexible and resourceful."

Debora Singer (Khao Sok Jungle Safari)

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