Highlights of Thailand
It's difficult to fit all the varied experiences of northern Thailand into just one week, but we found a way. Through a combination of flights, boats and the omnipresent tuk tuk, travellers need not sacrifice cultural activities and inspiring sites on this comfort-focused trip. Experience golden monasteries, cooking classes and thriving night markets as well as the sobering 'Death Railway', where legions of POWs met a cruel fate in World War II. Prepare to return home a different person.
Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, train, boat, plane, walking.
Comfort hotels (7 nts).
Step back into history at the 'Bridge on the River Kwai', impress your friends with your Thai cooking skills, receive a blessing from a monk at the temple of Doi Suthep, visit a local village for an authentic khantoke dinner, explore Ayutthaya's ancient ruins
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 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. Thai cooking class and market visit. Sunset visit to Doi Suthep Monastery. Kantoke home dinner and village visit. Explore Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po temple and Klong Canal boat ride. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Bangkok
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B)
Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. Take a train journey over the bridge.
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.
Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, then return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai.
Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)
Visit the market with a local chef to learn about traditional ingredients. Participate in a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creations for lunch. Visit the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple and listen to monks chanting at sunset. Opt to visit the bustling Chiang Mai night market.
Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)
Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. Savour authentic khantoke cuisine this evening.
Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)
Flight to bustling Bangkok for a klong riverboat tour and visit to Wat Po.
Day 8 Bangkok (1B)
Depart at any time.