There’s a reason this trip was the tour that started it all, and still remains one of the most popular. Discover Northern Thailand, a lush adventure destination that takes you to the heart of what it means to be Intrepid. Experience the chaotic metropolis of bustling Bangkok, trek among the hillside villages near Chiang Rai, drift down the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi and see the historic temples of the Siam Kingdom. With welcoming hospitality, local experiences, mouth-watering cooking classes and plenty of free time to travel at your own pace, come along and see why Beautiful Northern Thailand was, and still is, a benchmark for all other Intrepid adventures.The hilltribe village house stays are a wonderful opportunity to witness every day rural life. Facilities are simple and multi-share but comfortable, with mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets all provided. Some travellers are nervous about the village house experience before they arrive, but we find most end up naming this as a highlight of their time in Thailand and a rewarding, authentic experience. On occasion your accommodation may not have hot water, but you will probably be keen to cool down from the heat with a refreshing cold shower!As we cover so much of the country in just over two weeks, be prepared for some long travel days. This trip includes two nights on overnight trains between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided.Temperatures and humidity can be high in Thailand, especially when walking in the countryside where, at times, there may be little shade. Be prepared by taking plenty of drink breaks and wearing appropriate skin protection. Some travellers find an umbrella handy to keep the sun off (this will also come in handy should it rain!).
Age range15 - 99
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Day 1: Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Day 3: River Kwai - Erawan NP - Kanchanaburi
Day 4: Rafthouse
Day 5: Ayutthaya - Overnight train
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Day 8: Doi Mae Salong
Day 9: Chiang Rai
Day 10: Hilltribe Villages Trek
Day 11: Hilltribe Villages Trek
Day 12: Hilltribe Villages trek - Chiang Rai
Day 13: Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Overnight Train
Day 14: Bangkok
Day 15: Bangkok
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