Thailand Journey

National Geographic Journeys, Bangkok to Bangkok

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Delve into the wonders of northern Thailand on an eight-day trip packed with unforgettable cultural experiences. Explore the serene Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and dine on a converted rice barge. Travel to a traditional village outside of Chiang Mai and visit a local family's guesthouse. In this place of golden Buddhist temples, rejuvenate your travel spirit — and stretch your understanding of the world.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet with Monks, Chiang Mai Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Sunset visit to Doi Suthep monastery
  • Explore Bangkok and take a klong boat ride
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Take a train over the "bridge on the river kwai"
  • Visit the unesco world heritage site ayutthaya historical park
  • Take an authentic thai cooking class with a local chef
  • Discuss buddhism with the monks at a temple


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 14:00pm. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 10. 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 and marvel in a piece of World War II history. Visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. Included Activities: Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)
Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B, 1D) Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Dinner Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B, 1D) Khantok in the Northern dialect means wooden tray, used for carrying dishes, round in shape and made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. After dinner, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living. Included Activities: Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour Traditional Thai Home Dinner 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) Monk Chats are a great cultural exchange, but is also important in helping the young Monks improve their English. Included Activities: Cooking Class Meet with Monks Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B) Enjoy the day to explore or participate in some optional activities. Traverse the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure.
Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B) Fly back to Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through the city's canals and a visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha. 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) Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Please note that check out time is 12:00pm. Included Activities: Departure Day