North & South Thailand Highlights

Comfort, Bangkok to Bangkok

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The perfect mix of culture and beach, activities and relaxation, this 15-day adventure hits all the highlights. In the north, ponder the River Kwai, attend a cooking class for the secret to great curry, and marvel at the ruins of Ayutthaya. Then hit the beach and unwind—Koh Samui and Krabi await with tropical weather, beach barbecues and thrilling nightlife. Through a combination of flights, boats and overnight trains, you can see a lot and still come away feeling rejuvenated.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai Hands-on: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Thai/Burma War Museum and cemetery
  • Train journey on the 'Death Railway'
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Entrance and guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • VIsit a rural village with authentic khantoke dinner in a local family's home
  • Thai cooking class with market visit
  • Tour of Bankok including boat tour of the Klong canals and Wat Phra Kaew temple
  • Boat tour to Angthong Marine National Park including kayaking to Mae Koh and jungle trek to the green lagoon
  • Boat trip to Maya Bay and surrounding islands
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Step back into history at the 'bridge on the river kwai'
  • Enjoy an authentic khantoke dinner in a local village
  • Watch the sunset at the temple of doi suthep
  • Kayak along the stunning coastline of koh mae ko
  • Discover 'the beach' at beautiful maya bay

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 12 noon. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 3 near the information counter. Look for a driver holding a G Adventures sign with your name, who'll take you to your hotel so you can check in and start exploring. Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours)
Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B) Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. Take a train journey over the bridge. Included Activities: Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)
Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B, 1D) Morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall then visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a rice barge. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Dinner Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B) Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayuthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Included Activities: Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour Transport: Hello again Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van. Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L) Our hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Mai city, within 5 a minute walk of the famous night bazaar. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Temple Visit Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D) Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. Savour authentic khantoke cuisine this evening. Included Activities: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner
Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B) Board a longtail boat ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet canals. Return to a more traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok’s modern skyscrapers, passing many beautiful landmarks on the riverside. Pay a visit to Wat Po temple. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Transport: Take a quick flight back to Bangkok. Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 8 Bangkok (1B) Enjoy the day in bustling Bangkok. Option to visit temples, museums, a spa, or go shopping.
Day 9 Bangkok/Ko Samui (1B) Lying off of Thailand’s east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a beach retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Ko Samui (1B, 1L) We transfer by boat to Ang Thong Marine National Park and enjoy morning kayaking along the stunning coastline of Koh Mae Ko. After landing on the beach you can try an easy but magnficient climb through the dense tropical forest and narrow ravines taking you up to the Talai Nai, or 'Green Lagoon', with a spectacular island viewpoint. Return to the boat and cruise through the stunning scenery of the park while a delicious buffet lunch is served. Continue on to Tai Plao Island in the north of the Park and explore ancient limestone caves and rock formations along the coast by kayak. After, you can choose to return to the boat and sunbathe or snorkel before returning to Koh Samui. Included Activities: Ang Thong Marine National Park Boat Tour Kayak Trip Green Lagoon Jungle Trek
Day 11 Ko Samui (1B) Option to snorkel, enjoy a Thai massage, visit a spa, or take a jeep tour.
Day 12 Ko Samui/Krabi (1B, 1D) Stay close to the beach and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenic views that have made southern Thailand so famous. In the evening. grab a cocktail and watch the sunset over the Andaman Sea. Your CEO will fill you in on all the other interesting options - such as sea kayaking - that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 13 Krabi (1B, 1L) Enjoy a boat trip to Maya Bay and the surrounding islands, taking in some of the most stunning tropical vistas in Thailand. Visit Monkey Island, Koh Phi Phi, go snorkelling, and see the Viking Cave. Included Activities: Maya Bay Boat Trip
Day 14 Krabi (1B) Opt to visit spas and relax, rent kayaks, or snorkel.
Day 15 Krabi/Bangkok (1B) Today we return to bustling Bangkok; the tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon. Additional Notes: Flight times can vary and are always based on availability. Please do not book any flights from Bangkok until after 3pm to ensure you have enough time to catch your flight. Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
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