A 12 day luxury tour of Thailand from south to north. Experience all the top sights as well as less-explored areas to discover pristine nature and local culture with a stay at a beautiful eco-lodge.

trip highlights

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  • Visit Samut Songkhram market, famous for being set along a railway line – witness the fascinating bustle of activity by stallholders, moving their wares speedily out of the way as a train passes through!
  • Venture deep into the northern highlands and spend the night at one with nature at the Lisu eco-lodge, where you’ll enjoy a local dinner and a Lisu folklore experience.
  • Spend the day with Asian elephants at Chiang Mai’s Thai Elephant Care Centre, a home for elderly pachyderms, where you’ll meet, feed and bathe the gorgeous residents.

itinerary details

Day 1 -2: Bangkok

arrival at Bangkok. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Bangkok is an exotic assault on the senses, a whirlwind of chaos, refinement and rewarding sights where you can hop from tranquil golden temples to forests of gleaming skyscrapers before experiencing authentic Asia on bustling streets. Today’s sightseeing includes Wat Pho, the dazzling Grand Palace and a stroll through Chinatown. Later, take to the Chao Phraya River on a longboat to get an alternative view of the city as you travel to the Pak Khlong Talaat Flower Market.

Day 3 -4: River Kwai & Kanchanaburi

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the bizarre Samut Songkhram market before heading out of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Stop at the famous bridge over the River Kwai before visiting the Allied Cemetery and War Museum.

Drive to Hellfire Pass and visit the fascinating museum before a short walk through the pass. Hop on board an old locomotive to travel along a section of the notorious Death Railway passing through the Kwai Gorge. Return to Bangkok in the afternoon. This evening enjoy a dinner accompanied by Thai classical dancing.

Day 5: Ayutthaya

A sacred city and former royal capital, Ayutthaya today is a crumbled kingdom that
has retained its bygone splendour. Explore this impressive archaeological site, touring the principal sights including Bang Pa-In, the former royal summer residence. Return to Bangkok and fly to Chiang Rai, a city in Thailand’s northern highlands.

Day 6: Golden triangle

Transfer to the area known as the Golden Triangle – the point where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet and notorious for the cultivation of opium that used to take place here. Take a boat ride on the Mekong over the border into Laos and visit Don Sao Island where you can take
a leisurely stroll through the local market. Return to Chiang Rai. Explore the night market this evening.

Day 7: Quaint Mae Son

Travel to Mae Salong Mountain, an area well known for its tea plantations – you can sample some of the local brew whilst you are here. Enjoy a ‘Yunnanese’ lunch before meeting the Yao Tribe, taking a walk through an Akha village.

Day 8: Stunning white temple

Explore the striking Buddhist White Temple before departing Chiang Rai. Heading in the direction of Chiang Mai, you’ll travel along a beautiful mountain road with breathtaking views. Entering Chiang Mai province, spend tonight at Lisu Lodge, an eco-lodge operated by Lisu hill tribe villagers. Rooms are built in the traditional Lisu style and overlook lush fields and hills. Dinner is followed by a Lisu folklore performance.

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Depart Lisu Lodge for Chiang Mai. On the way stop to visit the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam. Later, take a walking tour of charming Chiang Mai, visiting Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh.

Day 10: Elephant care center

Spend the day at the Thai Elephant Care Centre where you can meet, feed and bathe the resident pachyderms. Enjoy a relaxed rafting trip in Mae Daeng before returning to Chiang Mai.

Day 11: Chaign Mai cooking class

Discover the secrets of traditional Thai cooking with a morning cookery class. Ascend to Wat Doi Suthep, a temple perched on top of Doi Suthep Mountain. This evening, sit down to a Thai Kantoke dinner, and be entertained by a selection of cultural performances.

Day 12: Departure

Departure, transfer to the airport.