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  • Step back into history at the 'bridge on the river kwai'
  • Enjoy an authentic khantoke dinner in a local village
  • Watch the sunset at the temple of doi suthep
  • Kayak along the stunning coastline of koh mae ko
  • Discover 'the beach' at beautiful maya bay

The perfect mix of culture and beach, activities and relaxation, this 15-day adventure hits all the highlights. In the north, ponder the River Kwai, attend a cooking class for the secret to great curry, and marvel at the ruins of Ayutthaya. Then hit the beach and unwind—Koh Samui and Krabi await with tropical weather, beach barbecues and thrilling nightlife. Through a combination of flights, boats and overnight trains, you can see a lot and still come away feeling rejuvenated.

Trip Description
North & South Thailand Highlights
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
North & South Thailand Highlights



Very organized, good experiences, good guide, comfortable accommodations, good transportation. May 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Totally met my expectations for a satisfactory vacation.

Operator G Adventures



PC was a true ace. He was not only a great tour guide, but was also culturally and personally invested in everyone's experience. He had a great sence of humor and knew when to talk as well as to listen. What can say.. The man knows his stuff and is damm good at what he does. He was always there to help and somehow seemed to know what would be perfect at that given moment. We all shared a truly great experience and it's one that I'm not going to forget. January 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was amazing... I wish I had more time and there were more stops along the way. I guess there's only so much you can squeeze into two weeks but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I plan on coming back and hope that there's a tour for me.
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Operator G Adventures



G Adventures - Thailand on a Shoestring January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
From my personal experience, if it’s your first time travelling solo (male or female), I would highly recommend a G-Adventures tour. They give you the chance to experience the country at a deeper level, particularly if your time there is limited.

Already having transport and accommodation organised, accompanied with a flexible itinerary, enables you to completely lose yourself in what the country has to offer.

Read my full review on my blog :)
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Operator G Adventures



To whom it may concern: I am a travel agent and work for one of if not the largest travel agencies inside the U.S. I must say that I have traveled extensively and this was actually my second G adventures tour and our tour guide was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide Pui (Kulika Limkaew) paid every bit of her attention to detail and did everything possible to ensure that our trip was not only successful but most memorable as well. I would travel again and again to this destination just to be in her care and have access to her knowledge. Words cannot express how she far exceeded my expectations! August 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The tour and our CEO was freaking awesome! She was more than professional and did everything possible to insure our satisfaction and comfort. She went above and beyond to accommodate every single passenger and traveler. I am a Sr. Travel Consultant with Affordable Tours and having traveled extensively for the past 15 years I can honestly say that she is the best trav
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Operator G Adventures



This was my first big journey. And for someone with not a great travel experience a g adventures tour is the perfect way to get used to travel. Hotels, transport and optional activities were always organized by our ceo and so you could just relax and you didn't always have to be worried about which hotel to stay in next and how to get there and what sightseeing could be done in the next place. This sounds like you didn't have the possibility to decide what to do in each place. In contrary, you were always able to say i want to have a day off or i want to go see that, and i don't want to do this. So you weren't limited in free choice at all. As long as the people in your group are nice people, i'd say nothing can go wrong with choosing to travel in a g adventures group. August 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
You got a good look around the rain forest around chiang mai and got an insight how basic people live in this area. The bamboo river rafting was something unlike anything i'd ever experien

Operator G Adventures


Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 12 noon. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: 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. Private Vehicle

Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B)

Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. Take a train journey over the bridge. Included Activities: Bridge on the River Kwai Visit Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B, 1D)

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 rice barge. Included Activities: Erawan Waterfalls Visit Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit Dinner Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ayutthaya Historical Park. 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. Return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Included Activities: Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour Transport: Hello again Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van. Private Vehicle Plane

Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

Our hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Mai city, within 5 a minute walk of the famous night bazaar. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Temple Visit Cooking Class Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)

Today, explore Chiang Mai with some free time. Savour authentic khantoke cuisine this evening. Included Activities: Traditional Thai Home Dinner

Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)

Board a longtail boat ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet canals. Return to a more traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok’s modern skyscrapers, passing many beautiful landmarks on the riverside. Pay a visit to Wat Po temple. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Visit Transport: Take a quick flight back to Bangkok. Plane Private Vehicle

Day 8 Bangkok (1B)

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

Day 9 Bangkok/Ko Samui (1B)

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

Day 10 Ko Samui (1B, 1L)

We transfer by boat to Ang Thong Marine National Park and enjoy morning kayaking along the stunning coastline of Koh Mae Ko. After landing on the beach you can try an easy but magnficient climb through the dense tropical forest and narrow ravines taking you up to the Talai Nai, or 'Green Lagoon', with a spectacular island viewpoint. Return to the boat and cruise through the stunning scenery of the park while a delicious buffet lunch is served. Continue on to Tai Plao Island in the north of the Park and explore ancient limestone caves and rock formations along the coast by kayak. After, you can choose to return to the boat and sunbathe or snorkel before returning to Koh Samui. Included Activities: Ang Thong Marine National Park Boat Tour Kayak Trip Green Lagoon Jungle Trek

Day 11 Ko Samui (1B)

Option to snorkel, enjoy a Thai massage, visit a spa, or take a jeep tour.

Day 12 Ko Samui/Krabi (1B, 1D)

Stay close to the beach and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenic views that have made southern Thailand so famous. In the evening. grab a cocktail and watch the sunset over the Andaman Sea. Your CEO will fill you in on all the other interesting options - such as sea kayaking - that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax. Transport: Plane

Day 13 Krabi (1B, 1L)

Enjoy a boat trip to Maya Bay and the surrounding islands, taking in some of the most stunning tropical vistas in Thailand. Visit Monkey Island, Koh Phi Phi, go snorkelling, and see the Viking Cave. Included Activities: Maya Bay Boat Trip

Day 14 Krabi (1B)

Opt to visit spas and relax, rent kayaks, or snorkel.

Day 15 Krabi/Bangkok (1B)

Today we return to bustling Bangkok; the tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon. Additional Notes: Flight times can vary and are always based on availability. Please do not book any flights from Bangkok until after 3pm to ensure you have enough time to catch your flight. Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Plane

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,999

Price Per Day:

$ 200 per person
Departure Tax is Included in all International and Domestic tickets.
Trip Includes
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Home Dinner
  • Chiang Mai Hands-On: Cooking Class
  • Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Thai/Burma War Museum and cemetery
  • Train journey on the 'Death Railway'
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Entrance and guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • VIsit a rural village with authentic khantoke dinner in a local family's home
  • Thai cooking class with market visit
  • Tour of Bankok including boat tour of the Klong canals and Wat Phra Kaew temple
  • Boat tour to Angthong Marine National Park including kayaking to Mae Koh and jungle trek to the green lagoon
  • Boat trip to Maya Bay and surrounding islands
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate bus/minivan, tuk tuk, boat, train, plane, walking.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: Max 16, avg 12
Max 16, Avg 12.

Solo Notes

We believe single 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 single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Comfort hotels (14 nts).
Start City
End City
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.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

COMBO TRIP Please note that this trip is part of a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the CEO, staff and/or particular vehicles operating your tour may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts in some places may be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, 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 CEOs 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. The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
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 CEOs have 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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