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This is the ultimate Thailand experience for every kind of traveller. This 24-day trip combines the best highlights of Northern Thailand, with the picturesque, tropical islands of the south. Experience cultural touchstones like the former capital city of Ayutthaya and a hilltribe trek outside of Chiang Mai and then head south to discover some of the most idyllic beaches in the entire world. Want Thailand? You've got it.

  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Boating, Local Culture & Cuisine, Trekking, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATFT.A/201432
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
  • Chiang Mai
  • Ban Pha Mon
  • Ban Muang Pam
  • Chiang Rai
  • Lampang
  • Sukhothai
  • Ko Samui
  • Ko Pha Ngan
  • Ko Tao

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.

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Day 3: Kanchanaburi

Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history.

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Day 4: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum.

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Day 5: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

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Day 6: Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.
Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in.

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Day 7: Chiang Mai/Ban Pha Mon

Drive from Chiang Mai to the trailhead. Trek through farmland and bamboo and teak forests. Learn about bush food and medicinal plants. Enjoy lunch en route before continuing through rice fields and valleys to reach the first village of a Lahu tribe. Assist with food prep and cooking, learn about weaving and embroidery or check out a local Lahu massage.
Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your CEO and local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

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Day 8: Ban Pha Mon/Ban Muang Pam

Trek between villages, over farmlands and grasslands, and ascend to the ridge line. Learn about bush medicine and seasonal fruits as you make your way to the lunch stop. Go for a swim and help the local guides prepare lunch. Continue on to the Karen village and spend the night. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.
Trek for about six hours and between villages, over farmlands and grasslands and acend to the ridgeline. Learn about bush medicine, seasonal fruits and plants and seeds. Slip on your wet shoes and descend to the Huew Hin Poon Creek for lunch.

Here, go for a swim and help the local guides make a friction fire and prepare lunch. Continue another hour and a half to the jungle Buddhist temple outside the second village. Spend the night in the Karen village learn about wood carving, weaving and cooking. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.

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Day 9: Ban Muang Pam/Chiang Mai

After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, stopping at other villages along the way. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Enter by bamboo raft and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience. After lunch, drive back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

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Day 10: Chiang Mai

Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sa waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner.

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Day 11: Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai

Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.

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Day 12: Chiang Rai

Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.

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Day 13: Chiang Rai/Lampang

Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal.

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Day 14: Lampang/Sukhothai

Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon.

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Day 15: Sukhothai

Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time.

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Day 16: Sukhothai/Bangkok

Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping.

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Day 17: Bangkok/Ko Samui

Catch a flight to the tropical island of Koh Samui. Relax on the beach or visit the bustling little town.
With tons to do in the area, spend the next couple of days enjoying this tropical paradise.

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Day 18: Ko Samui

Relax on the beach or visit the bustling little town. Opt for a snorkelling trip in Ang Thong Marine Park.

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Day 19: Ko Samui/Ko Pha Ngan

Take a ferry to nearby Koh Pha Ngan, with time to explore the island's waterfalls, swim in lagoons, hike, or relax. If it's the right time, opt to take part in the island's famous Full Moon Party.

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Day 20: Ko Pha Ngan

Enjoy free time to make the most of Koh Phangan.
With everything from yoga and meditation courses, natural beauty, and its famous full moon parties, Koh Phangan has something for everyone.

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Day 21: Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Tao

Travel by ferry to Koh Tao, a haven for scuba diving and snorkelling. Enjoy an included snorkelling trip from Koh Tao through Koh Nang Yuan. Relax at one of the many beach bars in the evening.
Travel to Koh Tao, in English known as ‘turtle island'. While most of the visitors spend their days in the water, in the evening the beach bars and hotels spill over with people looking to share their tales of the days activities and a cold beer or two. Enjoy an included snorkelling excursion from Koh Tao through Koh Nang Yuan.

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Day 22: Ko Tao

Enjoy a free day on the island.

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Day 23: Ko Tao/Bangkok

Head back to the mainland by ferry before an overnight train back to Bangkok.

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Day 24: Bangkok

Arrive at Bangkok station in the morning. Trip ends on arrival.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Local Living: Village Homestay, Lampang
    • Klong boat tour (Bangkok)
    • Wat Po guided visit
    • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
    • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
    • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
    • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
    • Trek to remote hilltribe villages (3 days)
    • Lod Cave visit and bamboo rafting
    • Free time to explore Chiang Mai
    • Mae Sai visit (Chiang Rai)
    • Opium Museum visit
    • Bicycle tour (half-day, Sukhothai)
    • West Coast: Beach barbecue (Koh Lanta)
    • Snorkel trip (Koh Ngai)
    • Free time on spectacular beaches
    • East Coast: Snorkel trip
    • Free time on spectacular beaches
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • West Coast: Hotels/guesthouses (17 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts), basic huts (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt). East Coast: Hotels/guesthouses (17 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (2 nts), basic huts (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt)
    • 21 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, private vehicle, open pickup truck, trekking, raft, bicycle, longtail boat, ferry, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist trekking guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village
  • Trek through remote villages of Northern Thailand and stay with the locals
  • Experience the 13th-century ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park from the seat of a bike
  • Enjoy quiet beaches and dramatic scenery on Southern Thai islands
  • Explore magnificent temples and palaces