SStart off in Bangkok and travel all through Thailand on this incredible experience that takes you through temples and over lakes. With plenty of opportunities to explore everything Thailand has to offer, you’ll return with endless memories of local customs and landscapes. Definitely a trip you’ll never forget.

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Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Arrive at Bangkok Airport, a local guide will assist you for transfer to check-in at the hotel. The day is free to relax. Alternatively, you can visit the Asiatique Night Bazaar. Asiatique the Riverfront is themed according to the city’s architecture of old Siam and features a very distinctive atmosphere during the night time. Divided into several sections, the Charoenkrung District counts over 1,000 boutiques, the Town square combines Eastern and Western culture with a variety of eateries, beer gardens and an outdoor activity square, the Factory District is set in a 100-year old refurbished saw-mill with over 500 fashion stores, and finally the waterfront highlights the unique setting, with international restaurants, wine bars and a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River. Stay overnight in Bangkok.

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Bangkok Cityscape – Image by Travel Mania

Day 2: Bangkok (B/L)

For early risers, enjoy a stroll in the Bangkok Central (Lumpini) Park to witness local activities such as morning exercise (Tai Chi, Yoga, Aerobic Dance, etc) in the green heart of the capital city with the backdrop of Metropolitan’s skyscrapers.

After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your guide and head out of your hotel for an original full day of sightseeing in the City of Angels using exclusively public means of transportation. Start at Wat Pho, the home of Thai massage and the reclining Buddha. Continue to visit the Grand Palace. The Royal Grand Palace is the nation’s landmark and the most revered royal monument and host of the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Appropriate dress is required.

In the afternoon, walk or Tuk Tuk across the royal fields of Sanam Luang to visit Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. The exhibition displays the Thai way of life from every period of Rattanakosin and Thai tradition and beliefs with interactive light and sound performance.

Board the khlong “bus-boat” and cross the city to the west. Disembark at Ratchathewi boat station for a short walk to the area of shopping complex for your own shopping design, or return to your hotel if you would prefer. Stay overnight in Bangkok.

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Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok – Image by Apiguide

Day 3: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi (B/L/D)

Early this morning, drive south from Bangkok to the garden province of Samut Songkhram in the Mae Klong River delta area. Visit a unique country market along the railway tracks where a variety of goods are sold and the train travels through, bringing people to the market. Afterwards, continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you can stroll around the colourful floating marketplace bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.

Then drive further to Kanchanaburi where you will find the famous bridge on the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners of war during World War II and train ride and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The restaurant is situated near the famous bridge on the River Kwai. Continue to board a long-tail boat to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Kanchanaburi.

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Thailand by Curious Travel

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Image by Christian Mueller

Day 4: Kanchanaburi (B/L/D)

Breakfast at your hotel, and depart for Erawan Waterfall, a beautiful 7-tiered waterfall, located in Erawan National Park. Walking up to see each of the picturesque falls, it is best to bring good walking shoes. Also, do remember to bring your swimming suit if you wish to swim in the fall’s natural pools. Erawan waterfall is a famed attraction for locals as well as tourists, hence expect it to be busy during weekends and Thai public holidays. On the way back, stop at a local temple for private blessing and special merit. Dinner and overnight in Kanchanaburi.

Erawan Waterfall, Thailand by Curious Travel

Erawan Waterfalls – Image by Tom Ruethai

Day 5: Kanchanaburi to Ayuthaya (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we leave the beautiful nature of Kanchanaburi behind and head to historic Ayutthaya. Visit some important ruined temples in the historical park. Stop lunch on the way.

Arrive Ayutthaya in the afternoon, meet Thanatharee at the pier in Ayutthaya to join the afternoon program, take a bike or walk to nearby communities to experience the life of local people. Afterwards, embark on Thanatharee, a unique teak wood boat, and dinner onboard. Accommodation in comfortable private air-conditioned twin cabins, each with 2-berths. Overnight on Thanatharee Barge Cruise.

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Temples in Ayutthaya Historical Park – Image by FocusStocker

Day 6: Ayuthaya to Sukhothai (B/L)

Rise early to join activities like preparing some traditional Thai Sweets – “Khanom” or offering food to the monks on their morning alms round. After breakfast, continue with the bike to explore another village. Later, depart Ayutthaya for Sukhothai. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.

Arrive in Sukhothai in the late afternoon where you can visit Sukhothai Historical Park, which was once a walled city surrounded by a moat. Explore the main historical site by tram. Overnight in Sukhothai.

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Wat Mahathat Temple in the Sukhothai Historical Park – Image by Cowardlion

Day 7: Sukhothai to Lampang to Chiang Mai (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel then depart up north to Lampang with a stop on the way at a village in Sri Satchanalai, Baan Na Ton Chan, and walk through the charming small village.

Experience the heartbeat of Thailand on this experiential tour that seeks to bring travellers and locals together while exposing a side of the country that is rarely seen by visitors. On the visit, you will pick fruit alongside locals, see what it is like to work in a rice paddy field and generally get an idea of how communities in this region are adopting sustainable living practices. Observe the innate craftsmanship of the country when you visit the home of a wooden toy manufacturer and a local silk weaver.

Stop on the way at Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, one of the most spectacular temples in Thailand dating back to 1486. You will have the opportunity to take a horse cart ride through the town. Also visit Wat Pong Sanook, a temple awarded by UNESCO for Culture Heritage Conservation providing an inspirational model of community-led conservation in saving a unique Lanna temple. Continue driving to the northern capital, Chiang Mai and stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

Farmer Tending to Rice Field

Farmer Tending to Rice Field – Image by FenlioQ

Day 8: Chiang Mai to Lisu Lodge (B/L/D) 

Depart your hotel and arrive at the foot Hill of Doi Suthep Mountain, in time to buy offerings and join the locals during the daily alms giving ceremony. This is a serene Buddhist procession where dozens of monks walk barefoot through the street collecting food and everyday items. Continue up the mountain to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga stair case to reach its golden pagodas. Proceed to Wat Umong, built in the 14th century, a heavily forested temple covered by moss and small plants offering a unique yet charming sense of natural decay. After a walk through its mysterious tunnels, you reach the Viharn of the temple to experience your own private blessing ceremony. After this, you have the option to return to the hotel for a late breakfast or take away breakfast. Alternatively, enjoy this lovely day with a delicious bowl of Khao Soy. This famous Northern Thai dish is a combination of coconut cream, crispy noodles and plenty of spice that is sure to delight.

Depart for Lisu Lodge. A traditional welcome drink will be served followed by a briefing where we will propose a choice of activities and you can decide how you want to spend the afternoon. Our Lisu guide will take you for a walk through the village. You will start from the Ton Lung temple to view the herbal garden and visit some local families with a stop for a cup of tea and a spot of traditional medicine at the shaman’s house. Return to Lisu Lodge for a tasty Thai lunch. Afterwards, you have a choice of activities from a guided bike tour around the Lisu Lodge area to enjoying a steam bath or massage. Thai dinner with a traditional Lisu dance show. Overnight in Lisu Lodge

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Monks Performing Daily Alms Ceremony – Image by CatwalkPhotos

Day 9: Lisu Lodge to Hmong Hilltribe Lodge (B/L/D)

Depart from Lisu Lodge to Mae Rim District, stop on the way for a visit to an orchid nursery, where more than 50 types of beautiful orchids bloom all year round. Here, you will also be able to see numerous colourful and rare butterflies.

Lunch and change the transportation before driving through hilly roads via somehill-tribee villages, where you will find a comfortable lodge which is surrounded by beautiful lush jungle and rice terraces.

In the evening, enjoy with barbecue dinner and cultural presentations before staying overnight at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge.

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Orchid Farm – Image by Suratwadee Karkkainen

Day 10: Hmong Hilltribe Lodge to Chiang Mai (B)

Breakfast and depart for Chiang Mai. Check-in at the hotel in Chiang Mai upon arrival. This day can either be used to relax and explore at your own pace or, if you would like, you can experience Flight of the Gibbon. On his excusion, spend the afternoon observing jungle life from a unique perspective, once reserved for a selected group of scientists and primates: an exhilarating experience to fly through the rainforest canopy, using zip lines and sky bridges. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Family Enjoys Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Curious Travel

Family Enjoys Flight of the Gibbon – Image by Cocos Bounty

Day 11: Chiang Mai to Phuket to Khao Sok (B/D)

Depart to Chiang Mai airport for a direct flight to Phuket.

Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, you will be picked up and drive to Khao Sok’s National Park entrance and headquarters. After a short briefing, we start hiking the main dirt track in Khao Sok. This track winds through an enormous bamboo forest, old growth trees and strangler figs. With a bit of luck, you may see dusky langurs, long-tail macaques, hornbills, small lizards and more.

Hike at a leisurely pace with a short break from time to time. From time to time you will get off the main track and go down across hiking trails towards the Sok River, if there’s enough water you may even go for a refreshing dip. At the ranger station at Bang Hua Red, stop for a cold drink. After this relaxing break, we follow the main dirt track back to the park headquarters. Overnight at Anurak Community Lodge

Bamboo Forest in Khao Sok, Thailand by Curious Travel

Bamboo Forest in Khao Sok – Image by Daniel Machacek

Day 12: Khao Sok (B/L/D)

Start with breakfast at the lodge then enjoy a full day Chiew Lan Lake tour which will give you not only the opportunity to marvel at the magnificent ‘fairy-tale’ like scenery but to spot wildlife in its natural habitat as well. At the lake, your local guide will take you on a jungle hike, leading up to a cave or a viewpoint (depending on the weather conditions). You will have the opportunity to swim in the lake before lunch at the floating raft houses that will capture your imagination with their rustic charm. Overnight at Anurak Community Lodge.

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Boat on Chiew Lan Lake, Khao Sok, Thailand by Curious Travel

Boat on Chiew Lan Lake – Image by Sam Spicer

Day 13: Khao Sok (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will be picked up afterwhich you have time to relax and take in the majestic scenery while gently floating down the Sok River. The journey starts a few kilometres upstream taking you past the towering cliffs of Khao Sok. Halfway down the trip you will have a stop for swimming and a coffee break. You will then return to your canoe and continue paddling downstream. On the way, your expert guide can point out brightly coloured birds, as well as monkeys, monitor lizards or even a snake or two resting high up in the tree canopies. Our guides come from the local villages and although their English language skills may be limited, they more than makeup for that with their infectious enthusiasm for the unique natural environment and their desire to share their knowledge with visitors.

The Elephant Bathing and Feeding Experience will give you a great opportunity to get close to those beautiful and gentle giants. Spend 1 magical hour feeding and bathing an elephant. By offering this low impact experience that does not harm the elephants in anyway, we support them and contribute to their ethical upkeep.

Dinner & Overnight at Anurak Community Lodge.

Elephant Bathing in Thailand by Curious Travel

Elephant Bathing – Image by Prajit48

Day 14: Khao Sok to Phuket Departure (B)

Day of leisure before transfer to Phuket airport.

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Image by Nutkamol Komolvanich

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