Iconic Thailand

Bangkok to Bangkok

15 days from 2,349pp

Hit the highlights of Thailand on a 15-day adventure that strikes a balance between cultural landmarks and stunning beaches, activity and relaxation. Up north, ponder the River Kwai and eat your way through Chiang Mai. Then head to the southern shores for some downtime at Koh Samui and Krabi. Along the way, bask in the radiance of golden temples, enjoy long-tail boat rides, and learn to cook authentic Thai food.
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15 days Bangkok to Bangkok

From 2,349 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 14:00pm.

Private Vehicle:
Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok45m-1h30m

Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 3 near the information counter. Look for a driver holding a G Adventures sign with your name, who’ll take you to your hotel so you can check in and start exploring.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

 

Accommodation:
FuramaXclusive Sathorn (or similar)
Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the “Bridge on the River Kwai.” Take a train journey over the bridge and take in a piece of World War II history.

Private Vehicle:
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi2h-3h129km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Bridge on the River Kwai Visit:
Kanchanaburi1h45m-2h

Take in a piece of World War II history on this visit. You’ve seen or at least heard of the famous movie, “Bridge on the River Kwai” — tour the real thing and take a train ride over the bridge. It’s massive, majestic, and imposing, and offers fabulous views of the river below.

 

Accommodation:
Royal River Kwai Resort (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall then visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge.

Erawan Waterfalls Visit:
Nam Tok Erawan2h-3h

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft). Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and opt to hike in the jungle to spot monkeys.

Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit:
Kanchanaburi1h30m-2h

Visit the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum, and JEATH (Japan, England, America, Thailand and Holland) War Museum to learn about the Death Railway’s dark history. More than 6,000 prisoners are buried at the cemetery.

Private Vehicle:
Kanchanaburi – Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Dinner Cruise
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya2h

Cruise down the river aboard a converted 1930s rice barge. Have a delicious Thai meal while taking in the incredible views of the city.

 

Accommodation:
Kameo Classic Ayutthaya Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, which served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Later, return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai.

Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour:
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya3h-3h30m

Explore the ruins of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ayuthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour.

Private Vehicle:
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya – Bangkok1h-1h30m

Hello again, Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van.

Plane:
Bangkok – Chiang Mai1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

 

Accommodation:
Joy’s House Chiang Mai (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Following a visit to the local markets with a chef we will enjoy a Thai cooking class at a private culinary school, then have the dish for lunch. Later we’ll visit the historic Wat Chedi Luang and sit down with one of the young Monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism. Listen to monks chanting at Doi Suthep Temple, one of the most stunning golden Temples in Thailand.

Monk Chats are a great cultural exchange, but is also important in helping the young Monks improve their English.

Hands-On: Cooking Class:
Morning

Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang:

Visit the 14th-century Wat Chedi Luang Buddhist temple in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city. Sit down with young monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism, and leave feeling spiritually refreshed. Monk Chats are informal discussions at a round table with a prepschool age Monk, usually accompanied by their teacher.

Doi Suthep Temple Visit:
Doi Suthep3h

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

Private Vehicle:
Chiang Mai1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Chiang Mai Cycling Tour:
Chiang Mai

Meander through the old city of Chiang Mai on bike.

 

Accommodation:
Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Enjoy the day to explore or participate in some optional activities. Later we travel to the countryside, visiting a local village and enjoying an authentic khantok dinner in a family’s home.

Travel to the countryside near Chiang Mai and enjoy dinner northern khantok style, a must-do when you reach northern Thailand. Khantok in the Northern dialect means wooden tray, used for carrying dishes, round in shape and made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. Main dishes usually include sticky rice, hang-le curry (Burmese-styled curry), and some chill-pasted crispy pork. Later, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living.

Free Time:
Chiang Mai Morning

Chiang Mai is a mecca for shopping and handicraft production, so take advantage of this opportunity to do some shopping if you wish.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Home Dinner:
Evening

Visit a village outside Chiang Mai and sit down to an authentic Khantoke dinner in the home of a local family. Dishes typically include sticky rice, hang-le curry, and crispy pork with chilli paste. Over tea, learn about life in rural Thailand and visit the family garden and learn about herbs and spices popular in local cooking.

 

Accommodation:
Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Flight to bustling Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through Bangkok’s canals and visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Plane:
Chiang Mai – Bangkok1h30m

Take a quick flight back to Bangkok.

Klong Riverboat Tour:
Bangkok

Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close.

Wat Po Visit:
Bangkok

This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

Private Vehicle:
Bangkok

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation:
FuramaXclusive Sathorn (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8: Bangkok

Enjoy the day in bustling Bangkok. Option to visit temples, museums, a spa, or go shopping.

Carte Blanche
Bangkok Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Bangkok, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Grand Palace, hopping on a cycle tour of the city, and visiting the National Museum. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Accommodation:

FuramaXclusive Sathorn (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9: Bangkok/Ko Samui

Catch a flight to the tropical island of Koh Samui, settle in at the resort hotel and relax at the pool bar. Opt to visit the Beach or town.

Lying off of Thailand’s east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a seaside retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood, and warm, clear waters.

Our hotel is located at the vibrant and exciting “Chaweng” district, walking distance to restaurants, entertainment spots and shopping. Catch a tuk tuk to the various beaches close tour our hotel.

Plane:
Suvarnabhumi Airport – Koh Samui Airport1h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Free Time:
Ko Samui Afternoon

Kick back and relax on the beach, or opt to explore the town.

 

Accommodation:
Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10: Ko Samui

Embark on a private traditional longtail boat and travel off the tourist trail to the pristine islands of Koh Madsum and Koh Tan. Savour a local lunch on the beach and opt to enjoy included kayaking and snorkelling.

Transfer by traditional longtail boat to Koh Madsum and enjoy morning kayaking along the stunning coastline. Return to the beach for a delicious buffet lunch. Afterwards, stretch out on a deck chair or, for the more active, head out on a sea kayak, go snorkelling, or explore this magnificent island.

Later, continue to Koh Tan for more island activities.

Koh Madsum and Koh Tan Excursion
Ko Mat Sum

Enjoy an excursion by private longtail boat to the secluded beaches of Koh Madsum and Koh Tan. Relax in paradise, enjoying the white sand beaches, turquoise waters and feast on a traditional Thai lunch. Get as active as you please with included sea kayaking and snorkelling off shore.

 

Accommodation:
Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11: Ko Samui/Khao Sok

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive to Anurak Community lodge, located just outside Khao Sok National Park. Surrounded by lush rainforest, the lodge focuses on environmental sustainability and working with the local community. This evening, we take a rainforest walk with a community guide and enjoy a campfire dinner under the canopy.

Khao Sok is a stunning location with one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world, surrounded by limestone karst cliffs.

Ferry:
Ko Samui – Don Sak1h30m-2h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Private Vehicle:
Don Sak – Khao Sok1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner:

Explore the incredibly lush rainforest of Klong Phanom National Park alongside one of the locals who call this region home. This expert tracker is a conservationist and ecotourism guide who is now dedicating his life to the protection of the rainforest. He’ll also discuss traditional jungle medicines and their role in the lives of the area’s people. Afterward, sit down with our host at a campfire dinner of rainforest specialties.

 

Accommodation
Anurak Community Lodge (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12: Khao Sok

Today is free to relax at the lodge or enjoy a walk along the trails. Opt to enjoy various jungle activities.

Free Time:
Khao Sok Full Day

Today is free for optional activities including jungle hikes, canoeing, or hot springs.

 

Accommodation:
Anurak Community Lodge (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13: Khao Sok/Krabi

This morning drive to Krabi. On arrival, cross the river by private longtail boat past mangroves forests, visiting the Khao Khanab Nam caves to view the prehistoric paintings and limestone formations. Later, on Koh Klang, jump in tricycle tuk-tuks to explore local communities and rural industries, including a rubber plantation to see tree tapping, rice fields and a batik workshop. Learn about the culture and daily life of rural southern Thailand villagers.

Stay close to the beach and enjoy some of the beautiful scenic views that have made southern Thailand so famous. In the evening, grab a cocktail and relax at the pool. Your CEO will fill you in on all the other interesting options that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax.

Our resort is located a short distance by tuk tuk to Aonang Beach and Noppharat Thara Beach. Enjoy the resort’s excellent facilities including restaurant and bars, three large outdoor swimming pools, and rejuvenating spa (additional cost).

Private Vehicle:
Khao Sok – Krabi2h-3h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Krabi Village Excursion:

With our local guide, cross the Krabi River by typical long-tail boat, and jump in tuk tuks to explore local villages and farming communities. Interact with people going about their daily lives farming rice and vegetables and other rural industries. Learn about the culture and beliefs of the mostly Muslim population.

 

Kayaking:
Krabi

Explore the stunning landscape of Krabi by kayak, a great way to see the caves and wildlife in the area.

 

Accommodation:
Deevana Plaza Krabi Aonang (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14: Krabi

Enjoy the day to relax in paradise. Opt to catch a tuk tuk to Aonang Beach, visit spas, rent kayaks, or snorkel.

Free Time
Krabi Full Day

Relax at a spa, rent a kayak and stay active, or get to know the local marine life while snorkelling.

 

Accommodation:
Deevana Plaza Krabi Aonang (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15: Krabi/Bangkok

Return to bustling Bangkok. The tour ends at the airport.

Today we return to bustling Bangkok. The tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon.

Plane:
Krabi – Bangkok1h30m

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Departure Day:

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner, Khao Sok
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Krabi Village Excursion, Krabi
  • Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Thai-Burma war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Bangkok boat tour of the klongs (canals) and Wat Phra Kaew temple
  • Koh Madsum and Koh Tan Excursion
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (12 nts), lodge (2 nts).

Meals

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD190-250 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, tricycle, boat, train, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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