This tour will take you to Bangkok to explore and discover this beautiful city for a few days, then to Kanchanaburi, to see the (in)famous River Kwai bridge and Burma railway. Next Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital with more than 1700 temples and over 4000 Buddha images, and from there to Chiang Mai, called the Rose of the North. In Chiang Mai, you have a few days to explore the city and surroundings before you take off on a Jungle trek to experience Hill Tribe’s life and spent a night in a Karen village. After the trek, you return to Chiang Mai where this tour ends.
Minimum 2 people
Private car or minivan, train
Bangkok – Eastin Makkasan Hotel Bangkok
Kanchanaburi – River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Royal River Kwai Resort
Ayutthaya – Krungsri River Hotel
Chiang Mai – Little Village Chiang Mai
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Solo travellers, please check the FAQ section of this tour.
After arrival at Bangkok Airport, our guide will meet you in the arrival hall and take you to the Eastin Makkasan Hotel, a nice hotel in a good location. You have time to relax or discover the area near the hotel. Day 2 you go on a City Tour through Bangkok; Chinatown, the Flower Market, see the Skyscrapers and travel the Chao Praya river and its connecting ‘klongs’ (canals). Day 3 you have time to roam the city all by yourself, take a tuk-tuk ride, visit temples, the palace, or some of the big shopping centers. Or go on a bicycle ride through the less known areas, it is all up to you. You can also just relax at the pool.
From the hotel, a minivan will take you first to Damnoen Saduak, one of the last remaining ‘floating markets’ near Bangkok. Instead of strolling along the stalls, this is a market where everything is done with boats. Local farmers row their boats with all sorts of merchandise around and they even prepare noodles in the boats on the spot. The next stop is Kanchanaburi where forced laborers and prisoners of war in the Second World War created the infamous Burma railway. We pay a visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial, where the story of the construction of the railway is shown. We spend the night at the Jungle Rafts, a unique floating hotel of wood and bamboo in the middle of the jungle. There is no electricity in this hotel, but the beautiful setting and overwhelming nature will make it an unforgettable experience.
The next day we visit the Erawan Falls, a waterfall spread over seven levels with natural pools, for a relaxing swim. And we take a ride on the Burma railway itself from Nam Tok station. The train runs slow and very careful on the dangerous looking wooden bridges, which gives us a chance to properly enjoy the beautiful views.
In the morning, before traveling to Ayutthaya we visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and the War Cemetery in Kanchanaburi. Once in Ayutthaya, we visit the remains of the old capital, which in the 17th century was seen as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Asia. The ruins testify to a glorious past of Thailand with over 1700 temples and more than 4000 Buddha images. At the end of the day, we take the night train to Chiang Mai.
In Chiang Mai, you will stay outside of the old city, at a family resort consisting of teak bungalows on stilts in traditional Thai style. In the countryside, on day 8, you will go on a bicycle tour and visit local villages with houses on stilts and rice fields along lazy back roads and stop at a village school. Day 9 you have time to roam the environment of Chiang Mai, take a massage, do a cooking course, visit an elephant sanctuary or relax at the pool.
We drive to Mae Wang, south of Chiang Mai and from here you go on a trek through the mountains to visit hill tribe villages. You walk through dense forest, open areas, plantations owned by mountain people, and sometimes along or through rivers. You spend the night in a Karen village, in one of their houses and get a feel of their lifestyle and taste their food, an experience to never forget. The next day we walk down the hills for a bamboo rafting trip and then onward to Chiang Mai. Time to visit the town center and the famous night market.
The 12th day is a day for leisure or for more exploring of Chiang Mai. Visit the temples of this beautiful city, go for a zipline tour, visit the umbrella village Bor Sang or the woodcarvers’ town of Ban Tawai. Enough to do and see in Chiang Mai. Your tour ends on the morning of the 13th day, we can make arrangements for transfer to Bangkok Airport for your connecting international flight or you can extend your holiday either at a beach or in the North, depending on your choice, check it out here.
Finish your trip with a couple of relaxing days at the beach or amidst the beautiful tranquil paddy fields. We have several options in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Koh Samet or Koh Samui. You can find them all here.
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Included transfers, air or otherwise are listed within the tour details. The tour does not include any international airfare. We can help you book the cheapest flights.
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