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Highlights
  • Explore magnificent temples and palaces
  • Sleep in a floating rafthouse
  • Learn about the somber history of kanchanaburi

If you’re short on time but want to see the sights north of Bangkok (and really, who doesn’t?), this is the express trip for you. Take seven days, pack them full of wonderment and reflection in northern Thailand – Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, and Chiang Mai, and plenty of temples, palaces and small villages to explore – and you’ve got a recipe for one of the most memorable weeks you’ll ever have. Toss in the ease of travel by trains and buses and there’s no way you’ll feel like you’re missing out on anything in this dynamic region.

Trip Description
Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express
 
Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express

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Because the trip was well planned, organised but also had room for flexibility December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was knowledgable and certainly involved some very important cultural experiences

Operator G Adventures

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Our tour guide, Bowling, was exceptionally informative, i felt like he had a very good knowledge of all the sights that we visited. He made the trip both fun and interesting. I would definitely encourage others to take a tour with g adventures if all the guides had a similar style to him. September 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great guide, wish I'd done a longer tour

Operator G Adventures

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Because there is a great mix of great guides, comfort and convenience May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour was great. the short time suited me for this trip as i didn't have much time. I would expect this tour to be popular.

Operator G Adventures

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G Adventures provided really good value and a diverse range of services and experiences within my tour. Furthermore our guide was exceptional, whom without I would not have learned nearly as much about the regions and sites I was seeing. May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great small group experience of local culture, food, history and tonnes of fun with an awesome guide who went above and beyond to make the trip exceptional!

Operator G Adventures

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It was a really enjoyable experience. I felt safe, had fun,and was given the opportunity to try as many or as little new things. October 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
it was great.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Overnight Rafthouse Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Kanchanaburi (1B)

Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Transport: Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction) Private Vehicle

Day 4 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B)

Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum. Included Activities: Temple Ruins Tour Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 5 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)

Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 6 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 7 Chiang Mai (1B)

With a little extra time in the area, hilltribe treks are easily accessible, as is the Golden Triangle.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 699

Price Per Day:

$ 100 per person
 
Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets in China, Thailand and Vietnam.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Local Living: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Wat Pho visit
  • Klong riverboat tour
  • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
  • Thai-Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery visit
  • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
  • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportTrain, private van, walkingAs the popularity of train travel in Thailand continues to grow domestically, some of the routes used on this tour do not have sufficient space during local public holidays, including New Year’s, Songkran, etc. During these times of the year, alternative transport may be arranged for one or more of the train journeys on this tour.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers.
Start City
Bangkok
End City
Chiang Mai
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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