Hit the highlights of Thailand on a 15-day adventure that strikes a balance between cultural landmarks and stunning beaches, activity and relaxation. Up north, ponder the River Kwai and eat your way through Chiang Mai. Then head to the southern shores for some downtime at Koh Samui and Krabi. Along the way, bask in the radiance of golden temples, enjoy long-tail boat rides, and learn to cook authentic Thai food.
Hotels (12 nts), lodge (2 nts).
Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, tricycle, boat, train, plane, walking.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner, Chiang Mai National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner, Khao Sok National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Krabi Village Excursion, Krabi Hands-on: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Carte Blanche: Bangkok. Arrival transfer. Entrance to Thai-Burma war museum and train ride. Visit to Erawan National Park. Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park. Dinner on a converted rice barge. Bangkok boat tour of the klongs (canals) and Wat Phra Kaew temple. Koh Madsum and Koh Tan Excursion. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Enjoy an authentic khantoke dinner in a local village, visit Wat Chedi Luang and chat with a monk, take a Thai cooking class and enjoy your creation for lunch, travel like a local with long-tail boats and tuk tuks, step back into history at "The Bridge on the River Kwai"