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.
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
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
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
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)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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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My Own Room Option: From $539
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