Essential Thailand

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Schedule Details

Departs from
Hilltribe village, Hotel
Group Size
Maximum of 16 travellers per group
Overnight sleeper train, Taxi
Important Notes
1. This trip finishes upon arrival in Bangkok on Day 8. Please do not book flights departing before 12pm.


Ramble through Bangkok in a tuk-tuk, Melt away cares watching a Chiang Mai sunset, Meet locals on a hilltribe trek, Enjoy northern hospitality at a rural homestay, Traverse Thailand's lush highlands, Experience the ancient and modern fusion of Thai culture

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Short on time but want to enjoy a Thailand trip that encompasses some unforgettable Thai treats? Jump on this express tour of northern Thailand for an out-of-this-world experience in a country that boasts centuries of rich history and colourful culture. Throw yourself into the vibrant metropolis of Bangkok and check out timeless Chiang Mai, the take-off point for a three-day trek into the rural hilltribe areas of the far north. With a little shopping and lots of local cuisine thrown in, this is bound to be an unforgettable way to holiday in Thailand.


Days 1-2 Bangkok
Loud, bright, chaotic and delightful, Bangkok is a city of modern excesses intermingled with simple traditions, all wrapped up in the famous smiles of the locals.
Day 3 Chiang Mai
Awash with stunning temples, fabulous markets and a lively city centre, charming Chiang Mai is rich in culture and the gateway to the northern hilltribes.
Days 4-6 Hilltribe Trek
Meet the hilltribes of Northern Thailand while walking through lush, verdant jungle, enjoying the hospitality, cuisine and friendliness of the people who call this area of Thailand home.
Day 7 Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai means 'new city', even though it was founded in 1296! It's a favourite among travellers due to its relaxed feel and cultural richness.
Day 8 Bangkok
Bangkok is more than just colourful city streets, khlongs (canals) weave their way through suburbs, forest parks green up the city and Buddhist temples help bring serenity.