Northern Thailand Explorer

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Group Size: Max 26

Trip code: THNE

Duration: 11 days

Explore Northern Thailand on this fantastic 11-day group adventure! Experience the unique vibes of Bangkok, exploring the city by bicycle and partying on Khao San Road, and then venture north to Chiang Mai for some off-the-beaten track adventures. Meet elephants at an elephant park, enjoy a 2-day trek in the gorgeous Thai foothills and learn to whip up Thai delicacies at an included cooking class. Fall in love with the exotic north on this classic Thai trip!

Trip highlights

  • Explore the streets of Bangkok on a bicycle tour!
  • Learn how to whip up Thai dishes at a cookery class in Chiang Mai
  • Meet friendly elephants at a Thai elephant park
  • Venture into the Northern Foothills on a two-day trek
  • Discover Chiang Mai’s buzzing night market
Further trip information

Spend 11 days exploring Northern Thailand on this epic group trip! Enjoy city sites, rural wonders and gorgeous wildlife!

Please note: This trip is a section of our longer Thai Adventure itinerary. You may travel with people who are doing the longer trip. If you fancy an extended adventure, check out our Thai Adventure and spend 18 or 29 days in beautiful Thailand!

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok. Arrive into Bangkok International Airport. You will be met by one of our guides and transferred to your accommodation in the city. Tonight, kick off your adventure in style with a night out on legendary Khao San Road!

Day 2: Bike Tour & Chiang Mai Transfer. Get to know Bangkok on two wheels on a city bike tour. Discover temples, markets and waterways as you cycle through the city, and soak up the sounds and smells of these vibrant streets. Tonight, you’ll leave Bangkok behind and journey north to Chiang Mai by overnight coach or train.

Day 3: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Wake up as you roll into Chiang Mai and head over to your wonderful guesthouse for check-in. Tonight, you’ll learn the art of Thai cooking during an included cooking class. Whip up some tasty dishes and then sample what you’ve created!

Day 4: Elephant Experience. Depart Chiang Mai and travel to a gorgeous elephant park! During your time here, you’ll get involved with a number of elephant activities, including preparing food for the elephants, feeding them and taking them down to a nearby river for a bath! You’ll be sleeping in fantastic dorm hut accommodation, which is right next to where the elephants sleep! Listen out for their gentle snores as you settle into bed. Lunch and dinner included today.

Days 5 & 6: Hill Trek. Climb into the hills and pass through Karen Hill Tribe Villages, checking out wonderful viewpoints and cooling off in rivers and waterfalls. You’ll spend the night in a basic jungle lodge. On day 6, you’ll raft back towards the elephant village on a bamboo raft.

Please note: The bamboo rafting experience is dependent on favourable weather conditions.

Days 7: Return to Chiang Mai. Say goodbye to your elephant friends and journey back to Chiang Mai. Check into your accommodation and enjoy some independent exploration time.

Day 8: Temples and Night Markets. Today, you’ll visit the temple of Wat Doi Suthep. Climb the stunning staircase to the summit and enjoy sweeping panoramic views across Chiang Mai. Then discover Chiang Mai’s stunning night market.

Day 9: Return to Bangkok. Leave Chiang Mai and hop on a short flight down to Bangkok.

Day 10: Canal Tour and Night Out. Hop into a beautiful private long-tail boat and float through the city, passing sparkling temples and simple riverside communities. Visit Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the utterly gorgeous Grand Palace (small entry fee not included). Enjoy a final night of celebration with your group.

Day 11: Tour ends. Your tour ends this morning at 11am. Time to head home or on to more travelling adventures. A return airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Your guide will be on hand to help you make onward travel arrangements.

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