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Bangkok to Chiang Mai
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Tour code: ATTY

Highlights

Explore magnificent temples and palaces, Sleep in a floating rafthouse, Swim in the turquoise pools of Erawan Falls, Trek through remote Northern Thailand and stay with the friendly locals

Don't just visit Thailand; find yourself on a once-in-a-lifetime, genuine cultural experience you'll talk about forever. This 10-day adventure throughout northern Thailand will give you amazing stories to share. Explore the ruins of the former Thai capital city of Ayutthaya, spend a night in a floating rafthouse, and take a local train up to vibrant and unforgettable Chiang Mai to trek into the hills surrounding the city. Get to know the people of the hilltribes who don't often get to meet travellers. This immersive experience will take you back to a simpler time that you might not want to leave.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist trekking guides.

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Train, open pickup truck, private vehicle, trekking, raft, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt), basic huts (3 nts, multi-share).

Included activities

Your G for Good Moment: Ban Pha Mon Homestay, Ban Pha Mon Your G for Good Moment: Ban Muang Pam Homestay, Ban Muang Pam Your G for Good Moment: Ban Jabo Homestay, Ban Jabo Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi. Klong riverboat tour (Bangkok). Wat Po 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. Prehistoric coffin cave visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Bangkok
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Pho. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Klong Riverboat Tour, Wat Po Visit, Overnight Rafthouse Excursion

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 3
Kanchanaburi
Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit, Bridge on the River Kwai Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Kanchanaburi - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Explore the Allied War Cemetery and the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre to learn more about the area's history. 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.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Temple Ruins Tour, Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit

Optional activities:

  • Chan Kasem National Museum Visit
  • Chao Sam Phraya Museum Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai
Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Doi Suthep Temple Visit

Optional activities:

  • Muay Thai Fight
  • Night Market
  • Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure
  • Northern Thai Cooking Class
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. The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

Included activities: Ban Pha Mon Homestay, Hilltribe Trek Day 1

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

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.

Included activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 2, Ban Muang Pam Homestay

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 9
Ban Muang Pam - Ban Jabo
After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, trekking beside the Pam River through lush jungle. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Enter by bamboo raft and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience. Following the cave visit and lunch travel to Ban Jabo, a Black Lahu village. Learn about the Lahu culture, try out some traditional activities, and lend a hand making dinner using regional products and cooking methods.

Included activities: Hilltribe Trek Day 3, Ban Jabo Homestay, Prehistoric Wooden Coffin Cave Visit

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 10
Ban Jabo - Chiang Mai
Following breakfast, bid farewell to your hosts and return by private van to Chiang Mai, arriving at approximately 3pm. Tour ends on arrival.

Included activities: Departure Day (Activities)

Meals: breakfast

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