TOUR 3 (M); Experience North Thailand in comfort: Small Group Tour
14 Days. From AUD $2,910

EXPERIENCE REAL NORTH THAILAND WITHOUT  COMPROMISING ON COMFORT*.

* A one night very basic stay in a hill tribe village being the  exception.

 

This experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour is all about seeing  real north Thailand without forgoing  comfortable  accommodation. Staying in mostly three and four star hotels means returning to the pool after experiencing the  best of what real north Thailand has to offer. These really are the amazing parts that few tourists ever get to see. You will also get the chance to shop in two of the best shopping mecca’s in all S. E. Asia of  Bangkok & Chiang Mai. A two day, one night trek will give you an insight into hill tribe village life also.

(4 star hotels X 4 nights; 3 star hotels X 6 nights; 1 to 2 star hotel X 1 night; very basic hill tribe village X 1 night).

This tour will  amaze you with the wonderful markets, scenery, cultures and many other unexpected highlights.

ADDED BONUS: While our tour concludes in Chiang Mai we have still included a domestic flight back to Bangkok to connect with your homeward  or next destination travels.

 

 

 

the entrance to Wat Po temple in Bangkok, Thailand
woman from the hmong hill tribe carrying vegetables to the market
women of the long neck karen (paduang) hill tribe in north Thailand

From AUD $2,910

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - LOPBURI - PHITSANULOK - CHIANG MAI - PAI - HILL TRIBE VILLAGES

Accommodation

  • Four star hotels, (5 nights).
  • Three star hotels, (6 nights)
  • One to two star hotel, (1 night )
  • Very basic hill tribe village (1 night).

Transport
Bus, Train, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips
 

  • Hill Tribe Trek, (two days, one night).
  • Cooking Course in Pai.
  • Domestic flight Chiang Mai to Bangkok.

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
18 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our  north Thailand small group tour officially starts when you check into your Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.

A few of the  dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.

Day 2:

BANGKOK -  A free day to recover from any jet lag by the pool or get out and experience what this truly amazing city has to offer with your tour coordinator available to point you in the right direction whether it be sight seeing and/or shopping or a real Thai meal experience that can only be had in Thailand. One of the most visited cities in the world and it wont take long for you to find out why. B.

Day 3:

Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in; LOPBURI - A morning commuter train will see our small group north Thailand tour in the once important historical, but now monkey ruled town of Lopburi. Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand dating back to before the 11th century which accounts for some of the Khmer style architecture of the old temples. Apart from the monkey entertainment and historical ruins you will also be able to experience your first real Thailand food market for dinner with the locals as numerous street vendors set up in the late afternoon for a myriad of tasty local dishes. Fried muscles in batter being just one particular local fav. B

Day 4:

Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in; PHITSANULOK - Further north today and another morning train will see our small group tour arrive in Phitsanulok (P-Lok to the locals), mid afternoon. B.

Day 5:

PHITSANULOK - With lots to see and do in P-Lok you will be on the go today. One of the most revered temples in the kingdom of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, ( Wat Yai), a folk museum, Buddha casting foundry or a short bus ride out of town to Wat Chulamani which dates back to the 14th century.  But again it will be the local restaurants and markets that will amaze and delight you with a particularly good afternoon market setting up for a smorgasbord of local choices for dinner. Another of those great Thai markets that very few tourists get to see. B

Day 6:

Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in; Chiang Mai - Today we will travel by bus to the rose of the north, Chiang Mai. Back into tourist territory today and there is good reason for that with Chiang Mai having something for everybody. Want a local dinning experience, a visit to a  hill top or city temple or just be in shoppers heaven for the day? Chiang Mai has the lot and more. B. 

Day 7:

CHIANG MAI - A   free day to explore the Northern Thai capital. Just a few of the easy to visit sights by foot, Tuk Tuk or Sawngthaew, (share taxi) include Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Jet Yot and Wat Phan Tao among dozens of others.

If you don't temple out there is still the mountain top temple of Phra That Doi Suthep, approx fifteen kilometres away in a national park.

For shoppers it doesn't get much better than Chiang Mai. After a day at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre, Central Festival, Worowat Market, and/or dozens of other speciality shops all over the place you can barter hard at the famous Night Bazaar. Arts and crafts, textiles, silver and clothing are but a few of the great bargains to be had in Chiang Mai. B.

Day 8:

Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in; PAI - Today by mini bus takes our small group tour to a very special town in Thailand. Situated in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, Pai has an aura all of its own.
Pai is possibly the chill out capital of Thailand, especially in low season. A vibrant night life of music, restaurants and bars is just the beginning. B.

Day 9:

PAI - A free day in Pai to  explore this unique mountain surrounded town.  Some more unique dinning experiences await. Chill out by the pool in between and/or partake in the night life in this truly amazing destination. B.

Day 10:

 Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in a ; HILL TRIBE VILLAGE.

 Disregard the word comfort tonight but it will indeed be a true north Thailand experience. Pack just a day pack, (your main bag will be safely stored in Pai), for the two day trek to Lahu, Lisu and Karen hill tribe villages, where you will experience a totally different culture and way of life. You will sleep in very basic huts with your local hosts and be prepared for some surprises. They usually have no gas or electricity and live a very simple subsistence life, but you will never meet more hospitable people. B. L. D.

Day 11:

Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in; PAI - Your cultural trek will finish back in Pai after a fascinating two days. Comfort returns. B.

Day 12:

Day 12:

AI - A day to relax in this magical town of Pai with perhaps a  Thai massage to ease out any hard earned aches and pains. A half-day cooking course is also part of today's itinerary. At night we will devour what you have created. Other things to consider are a visit to the nearby KMT village of Ban Santichon which has Yunnanese influence. A visit to the hot springs where a mud wrap or other treatments are on offer at Thapai Spa.

Day 13:

Tonight our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour will stay in; CHIANG MAI - Departing Pai by mini bus will see our small group tour back in Chiang Mai for another chance to shop eat and/or catch some of the sights you may have missed last time. Another truly fabulous destination.  A farewell dinner will be had in the evening. B. D.

Day 14:

Our experience north Thailand in comfort small group tour is officially over when you check out of  our Chiang Mai accommodation. A domestic flight back to Bangkok is also included to connect with your next destination. B. 

You can now head home with some amazing real north Thailand experiences while doing so in comfort.

Tour Departure Dates

2018
26 Jul, 09 Aug, 23 Aug, 13 Sep, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 08 Nov, 22 Nov, 06 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, land only;
AUD $2,910
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,950