Thailand Journey

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 8 Days | Round-trip Bangkok
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

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 the home of a local family. In this place of golden Buddhist temples, rejuvenate your travel spirit—and stretch your understanding of the world.

Trip Highlights

    • Listen to monks chant and then receive a blessing at one of Thailand’s most revered temples.
    • Swim in turquoise pools below a seven-tiered waterfall in Erawan National Park and go on a jungle hike to spot monkeys.
    • Visit a village home outside Chiang Mai and sit down to a traditional Khantoke dinner.
    • Visit Wat Pho, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 — Kanchanaburi

Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the infamous bridge that inspired the 1950s novel The Bridge Over the River Kwai, which was later made into a film. Take a train journey over the bridge, which serves as a poignant reminder of the thousands of World War II POWs who died during its construction and of the so-called “Death Railway” from Thailand to Burma. (1B)

Day 3 — Kanchanaburi/Ayutthaya

Explore Erawan National Park and visit one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, with seven tiers of cascades. Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and go for a jungle hike to spot monkeys. Next, visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre war museum and cemetery to learn more about Kanchanaburi’s role in a dark chapter of World War II history. This afternoon, travel to the exquisite city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge. (1B, 1D)

Day 4 — Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Explore the former royal capital of Ayutthaya. Marvel at the ruins of spectacular temples, stupas, and statues of the Buddha. Later, return to Bangkok and catch a flight to Chiang Mai. (1B)

Days 5 & 6 — Chiang Mai

Take a Thai cooking class at a private culinary school, including a visit to a local market with the chef. Then sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you’ve helped prepare. Visit the historic Wat Chedi Luang temple and meet one of its young monks to discuss Buddhism and daily life. Later, listen to monks chant at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most stunning golden temples in Thailand. The next day, take advantage of free time to explore on your own before traveling to a local village to have an authentic Khantoke dinner in a family home. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 — Bangkok

Fly to Bangkok, and set off on a long-tail boat ride through the city’s canals. Glide along the waterways to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and view the densely populated waterfront settlements up close. Then visit Wat Pho, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha. (1B)

Day 8 — Bangkok

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Dates

2017
  • Dec 17 - 24, 2017
  • Dec 24 - 31, 2017
  • Dec 31, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018
2018
  • Jan 14 - 21, 2018 (sold out)
  • Jan 28 - Feb 04, 2018
  • Feb 11 - 18, 2018 (sold out)
  • Feb 25 - Mar 04, 2018
  • Mar 11 - 18, 2018
  • Mar 18 - 25, 2018
  • Apr 01 - 08, 2018
  • Apr 15 - 22, 2018
  • May 13 - 20, 2018
  • Jun 10 - 17, 2018
  • Jul 01 - 08, 2018
  • Jul 15 - 22, 2018
  • Aug 12 - 19, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 16, 2018
  • Sep 30 - Oct 07, 2018
  • Oct 14 - 21, 2018
  • Oct 28 - Nov 04, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 11, 2018
  • Nov 18 - 25, 2018
  • Nov 25 - Dec 02, 2018
  • Dec 02 - 09, 2018
  • Dec 09 - 16, 2018
  • Dec 23 - 30, 2018
2019
  • Jan 06 - 13, 2019
  • Jan 20 - 27, 2019
  • Feb 03 - 10, 2019
  • Feb 17 - 24, 2019
  • Mar 03 - 10, 2019
  • Mar 10 - 17, 2019
  • Mar 17 - 24, 2019
  • Apr 14 - 21, 2019
  • May 12 - 19, 2019
  • Jun 09 - 16, 2019
  • Jun 23 - 30, 2019
  • Jul 07 - 14, 2019
  • Jul 21 - 28, 2019
  • Aug 04 - 11, 2019
  • Sep 01 - 08, 2019
  • Sep 29 - Oct 06, 2019
  • Oct 13 - 20, 2019
  • Oct 20 - 27, 2019
  • Oct 27 - Nov 03, 2019
  • Nov 10 - 17, 2019
  • Nov 24 - Dec 01, 2019
  • Dec 01 - 08, 2019
  • Dec 08 - 15, 2019
  • Dec 15 - 22, 2019
  • Dec 22 - 29, 2019

Trip Cost

Price From

$1,449

Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $729

What's Included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (7 nights)

Meals Included
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $100–130 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private bus/minivan, tuk-tuk, train, boat, plane

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.