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. You stay for a few days in a floating hotel and visit a Mon Hiltribe village. Quite a unique experience. Then back to Bangkok for 1 night and from there, by night train to Chiang Mai, called the Rose of the North. From Chiang Mai, you take off on a Jungle trek to experience Hill Tribe’s life and spent the night in a Karen village. The next day you visit an elephant camp and go on a bamboo rafting trip. Last but not least a day to explore Chiang Mai, its temples and scenery and don’t forget the night market. This tour ends in Chiang Mai.
Minimum 2 people
Car or minivan, train
Bangkok – Eastin Hotel Makkasan Bangkok
Kanchanaburi – River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Royal River Kwai Resort
Chiang Mai – Little Village Chiang Mai, Ratana Hotel
Enter your details, select your travel date, number of participants and extension choice in the booking enquiry form, then click Next Step. Any additional information you want to share (number of kids and adults) can be added in the Additional Notes field on the second page of the booking enquiry form.
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. The rest of the day and day 2 you have time to roam the city all by yourself, take a tuk-tuk ride, visit temples and 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 transfer to Kanchanaburi where forced laborers and prisoners of war in the Second World War created the infamous Burma railway. We pay a visit to the JEATH museum, and the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. After lunch a visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial, where the story of the construction of the railway is shown. Then back to the Jungle Rafts, where we had lunch already and where you will spend the next 2 nights*, a special place to escape from the hectic everyday life. There is no electricity in this hotel, but the beautiful setting and overwhelming nature will make it an unforgettable experience. The next day a visit to a Mon village and some more relaxing at the Jungle Rafts. To end your stay in Kanchanaburi a ride on the Burma railway itself from Nam Tok station, over the dangerous-looking wooden bridges with the beautiful views. From here back to Bangkok.
*If you do not want to spend the night on the Jungle Rafts, we offer you the possibility to spend the night in the Floathouse River Kwai. Rooms here have air conditioning. Please enquire about extra costs.
A day in Bangkok to explore and enjoy the city more. In the evening you take the night train to Chiang Mai.
Start with exploring Chaing Mai at your leisure and prepare for your trek which will start the next day. On the morning of day 8 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, owned by mountain people and sometimes along or through rivers. You spend the night in a Karen village**, in one of their houses and experience their lifestyle and food, an experience to never forget. Day 9 we walk down the hills for a visit to an elephant camp, a swim at a waterfall and bamboo rafting trip along a peaceful river, then onward to Chiang Mai.
On days 10 and 11, more time to explore the city, 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, don’t forget to visit the famous night market.
Your tour ends on the morning of the 12th 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.
**If you do not want to spend the night with a mountain tribe, we will book an extra night for you at the hotel in Chiang Mai and you will do a 1-day trek. The next day is then a day off in Chiang Mai. There are no extra costs.
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.
If you wish to extend your trip choose the desired option in the booking enquiry form.
Please use the enquiry form if you are a solo traveller. We will get in touch with you to see if/how we can arrange it.
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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