About Trip

Welcome to Northern Thailand Adventure! Fancy an unforgettable 14 days? Well, you have come to the right place! Starting off in Bangkok and ending in the north, Chiang Mai, you are definitely in for an adventure with a jam-packed 14 days, exploring all the coolest places central and north Thailand have to offer! These 14 days will leave you with memories, photos, friendships and an addiction to mango sticky rice that will last a lifetime! You’ll become BFFs with the elephants in Chiang Mai, get your Indiana Jones on and cycle the ancient ruins in Ayutthaya, see the jungle like never before when trekking & zip-lining through, stay overnight with a hill tribe in Chiang Mai and try your best at cooking some Thai food. The ULTIMATE northern Thailand adventure (fun & good vibes allowed only!)

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We’ve perfected the balance between culture, adventure, beaches and parties. A high level of inclusions at a low cost. Think of a Ferrari for the price of a Ford. Highlights, hotspots & hidden gems are crafted into each itinerary with our own TruExclusives. We stay in a variety of different accommodations such as hotels, hostels, homestays, beach huts & even boats. Maximum adventure, minimum hassle.

What's Included

  • Activities
  • Airport Pickup
  • Travel Ninja
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • TruExclusives
  • Meals

Activities All Activities Included!
Erawan waterfalls
Zip lining
Elephant sanctuary
Taling Chan Floating Markets
River Kwai boat cruise
Bike ride around Ayutthaya ruins
Chiang Mai temples
Jungle trek and hill tribe homestay
Hot springs and waterfalls in Pai
Lod cave & Bamboo rafting
White Buddha temple
Thai cooking class
Erawan waterfalls Zip lining Elephant sanctuary Taling Chan Floating Markets River Kwai boat cruise Bike ride around Ayutthaya ruins Chiang Mai temples Jungle trek and hill tribe homestay Hot springs and waterfalls in Pai Lod cave & Bamboo rafting White Buddha temple Thai cooking class

Airport Pickup
If you are arriving less than 48 hours before the start of the tour and booked the pre-nights directly with TruTravels at the start hotel, you will get a free airport pickup.
If you are arriving the day of the tour you will also be eligible for an airport pick up.
If you are arriving less than 48 hours before the start of the tour and booked the pre-nights directly with TruTravels at the start hotel, you will get a free airport pickup. If you are arriving the day of the tour you will also be eligible for an airport pick up.

Travel Ninja
Ninja = Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates and one of them happens to know where they're going!
Ninja = Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates and one of them happens to know where they're going!

All Transport Included
Private Van
Overnight Train
All Transport Included Private Van Overnight Train

13 Nights Accommodation
Twin-share Rooms
13 Nights Accommodation Hotels Twin-share Rooms

TruExclusives TruExclusives
Jungle trek & Hill tribe homestay
One-off experience where you trek through the jungle to a traditional hill tribe and experience life with the locals. Spend the night at a homestay, enjoy homecooked food and even do bamboo rafting in the morning before heading onto the next adventure.
Jungle trek & Hill tribe homestay One-off experience where you trek through the jungle to a traditional hill tribe and experience life with the locals. Spend the night at a homestay, enjoy homecooked food and even do bamboo rafting in the morning before heading onto the next adventure.

7 X Breakfasts
5 X Lunches
2 X Dinner
7 X Breakfasts 5 X Lunches 2 X Dinner

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A group photo with the elephants in Chiang Mai Thailand

Northern Thailand Adventure
14 Days

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Creating flames from the wok in a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Thai Cooking Class
A group shot in Northern Thailand during the jungle trek
Jungle Trek & Homestay
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Visit Elephant Sanctuary
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A girl on a bamboo raft trip with an elephant in the background bathing in the river in Chiang Mai Thailand
Bamboo Raft River Cruise
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Erawan waterfalls
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Day 1

airport pick up

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A group enjoying their welcome dinner on Khao San Road in Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok baby, your adventure begins! So you’ve made it to this busy city, and you’ll have the first day to settle in and relax, meet your TruFam, and go explore the local area, whatever ya fancy. In the evening, it’s time for our welcome dinner at one of our favourite restaurants on the one & only Khao San Road!

Airport Pick Up
Day 2

kanchanaburi & river kwai

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A group photo by the river Kwai in Kanchanaburi Thailand
A group photo on the bridge over river Kwai in Kanchanaburi
Admiring the sunset over the river Kwai from a long tail boat in Kanchanaburi Thailand

So you know the film Bridge Over River Kwai? Well, today that’s where we're going, River Kwai! Before we head off to the river, we hop off to do some shopping and not at just any regular market, but a FLOATING one! Sick right? Once we’ve done our browsing the market by long-tail boat, it’s off to Kanchanaburi now! When we have arrived, we get another boat and cruise down the River Kwai enjoying the sight of the bridge (an insta worthy moment fo’ sho’). It’s sunset o’clock and what a better place to watch the sunset than the bridge over River Kwai! Get those poses ready for all the 10/10 shots you’re going to get.

Floating Markets, River Kwai Boat Cruise & Sunset on Bridge over River Kwai
1x Breakfast
Day 3

erawan waterfalls

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The serene Erawan falls in Thailand
A group selfie under the waterfall at Erawan falls in Thailand
A group photo at the waterfall in Erawan falls Thailand

Imagine, a 7 tier, crystal clear blue waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, sounds unreal right! Erawan falls, just an hour away from Kanchanaburi, is basically what you imagine paradise to look like. Something you would expect to see on the television and not in real life, but it IS real life! We know TLC said don’t go chasing waterfalls but ya know, I think we can be excused this once because just look at how beautiful it is? Make sure you have your swimmers as you’ll want to take a dip, and check this out, there are 7 tiers for you to take a dip in. Don’t say we don’t spoil ya! We’ll have some lunch at the waterfalls, gotta stay hydrated and energised from all that walking & swimming! Then we head back to Kanchanaburi, where you can either chill by the pool or explore the town before we meet for dinner and drinks!

Erawan Waterfalls
1x Lunch
Day 4

ancient ruins & history

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A group shot at the reclining buddha in Ayutthaya Thailand
Group photo at the temples in Ayutthaya in Northern Thailand
A group photo during the bike ride around the temples in Ayutthaya Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo on the bikes at Ayutthaya Historical Park in Thailand

Today you have the morning free before we hit the road again! So choose to spend this morning how you please, whether that’s by the pool or exploring the town. Next, we are off to Ayutthaya, an ancient capital city, that is dripping with culture and history! We’ll hop on some bikes and cycle around the world heritage site, giving us a 10/10 view, we’ll also learn about the fascinating history of Ayutthaya and of course, the kingdom of Siam which is what Thailand used to be called (fun fact for ya!). Time to grab a bit to eat and then it’s all aboard the night train to Chiang Mai! The train is comfortable, you get your own bed with pillows and covers, comfort is key! So it shouldn’t be too hard to get a descents night sleep ready to take on a new place in the morning! Chiang Mai, we’re coming for you.

Overnight Train
Bike ride around Ancient Temples, Overnight Train
Day 5

temples & culture

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A group photo at the temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo at Wat Phra Singh Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo at Wat Phra Sing in Chiang Mai Thailand

We check into our guesthouse which is ideally situated between the old & new areas of Chiang Mai (winning), you’ll have some time to relax by the pool or do some exploring and check out the oldest temple in Chiang Mai which is literally right opposite our accommodation (winning x2!). Now it’s time to visit the most famous and possibly the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Pra Maha Doi Sutthep. The views are incredible, situated high up on the mountain, you’ll get a panoramic view of the city. Trust, you’ll feel on top of the world, literally. Once you’ve taken your snaps of the insane views and got some for the gram (it’s gotta be done), you have the afternoon free to do whatever you would like, before we meet later on in time for dinner!


Chiang Mai
Temple Visits
Day 6

village home stay, trek & waterfall

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Group photo during the jungle trek in Northern Thailand
A group photo in front of a waterfall during the jungle trek in Northern Thailand
A group photo during the jungle trek before the hill tribe stay in Thailand Chiang Mai
A group shot in Northern Thailand during the jungle trek

Did someone say TruExclusive? Hell yeah, we did! You won’t find this experience anywhere else. We are off to do one of the most popular activities in Northern Thailand, a trek through the jungle. The trek doesn’t require a high level of fitness, but it is a bit of a challenge SO beers will be very well deserved afterwards! We’ll spend one night in a village homestay so that you can experience what life is like for the many traditional hill tribes of Northern Thailand, which you’ll see their lives have not changed a huge amount for generations. Expect to see all kinds of nature and wildlife when on the trek, maybe even a waterfall or two, amazing scenes!

Note: This trek does not require a high level of fitness but is a bit of a challenge, so you’ll definitely have earned the next few beers we crack open when we get back to Chiang Mai!

Village Home Stay & Trek
Jungle Trekking, Waterfall Visit & Hill Tribe Experience
1 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 1, x Dinner
Village Home Stay Experience
Day 7

elephant sanctuary and bamboo rafting

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A group photo on the bamboo raft along the river in Northern Thailand
A lady on a bamboo raft in Northern Thailand with an elephant bathing in the backgroun
A group photo on a bamboo raft going along the river in Northern Thailand
A group on a bamboo raft along the river in Northern Thailand

Rise and shine! Enjoy your morning in the jungle before it’s time we head back to Chiang Mai, but of course, we have a trick up our sleeve, and we are using a much better mode of transport, bamboo rafts! Sick right? We’ll float down the river where you'll even get the chance to see some Elephants - what could be better? This is a once in a lifetime experience, a memory you’ll cherish forever, no doubt! Once we get back to Chiang Mai, we'll rest up in time to continue our Northern adventure tomorrow!

Bamboo Raft, Elephant Sanctuary, Waterfalls
1 x Breakfast, 1x Lunch
Day 8

zipline through the jungle

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A group photo on the truck before going to the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A girl about to go on the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo before going ziplining in Chaing Mai Thailand

The adventure capital of Thailand (some may say), Chiang Mai! Today is one of our favourite activities, that is very popular with tourists, and that’s ziplining through the jungle! This is going to get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping, you’ll practically be flying through the jungle while looking down at it all (if you dare)! Throw in a few rope bridges and abseils, and that’s experiencing the jungle in a way you never could by foot! You can thank us later, once you’ve made all your friends and fam jealous, obvs. This is truly an unforgettable experience!

Chiang Mai
Zip Lining & Canopy Experience
1x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch
Day 9

chilled morning and drive to pai

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Night markt in Bangkok - people walking by the shops

After an excting few days this morning you'll have the chance to chill, read a book, grab a cocktail, do whatever floats your boat! In the afternoon, grab your bags because we will hop on a bus to the hippie town of Pai! Just 3 hours outside of Chiang Mai, a very popular backpacker destination, and we can see why! Filled with cool retro bars, market stalls, excellent food and wonderful people from all walks of life. Ahh, the life of Pai (sorry we had to!)


Chilled morning, Bus to Pai
1x Breakfast
Day 10

caves, canyons & hot springs

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Swimming in the temple hot springs at the caves in Pai Thailand

Day trippin’ time! Today we’ll head out to see some of Pai’s highlights, and it’s surrounding areas! Starting at the biggest cave in Thailand, Lod cave, we’ll hike through the main chambers and then take a bamboo raft along the river which runs through the cave (depending on season and accessibility). It’s like something out of a movie, incredible stuff! It’s now time to give your muscles a break, as we head to the hot springs which are situated in the jungle and are heated by geothermal activity. Take a dip in the crystal clear water, treat yourself to a clay mask and just have the ultimate relaxation session in the warm temperatures. We’ll finish this incredible day at Pai Canyon which means even more amazing views of the surrounding mountains and jungle, and even better, we’ll be there at sunset! So take yo’ pics and take in the insane view before heading back to Pai town. In the evening we’ll head to a nice restaurant and a few chilled bars where we can mingle with other backpackers too. After all, we deserve it after the day of sightseeing we’ve had!

Lod Caves, Hot Springs, Pai Canyon
1x Lunch
Day 11

pai chill day

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A group photo drinking cocktails at the pool in Pai Northern Thailand

Chill day lets goooo! After a bit of a lie-in, the day is to be spent as you please, cool down and relax by the pool or if you're feeling a little hungover, get some zzzz's in. Spend your day loungings, swimming, playing a few games or reading a good book! The choice is yours. Once we’ve had our relaxation fill, we'll head for dinner and drinks and see where the night takes us.

Pool Chill Day
Day 12

chiang mai cooking class

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The group finished with their cooking class in Chiang Mai ready to taste the dishes
Chopping up ingredients during the cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand

This morning it’s time to head back to Chiang Mai! We hope you’re ready to become the new Thai Masterchef as we are off to a cooking school to learn about some of Thailands traditional dishes and then have a go at making them ourselves! Most of Thailands delicious food comes from the North, so there’s no better way than to learn from the masters themselves right? First, we’ll head to the market where our guides and teachers will show us how to select the freshest & tastiest ingredients, they have that insider knowledge ya feel? Now it’s time for us to turn those ingredients we picked into some tasty meals! Don’t fret, you’ll be shown how to cook the recipes step by step! Now for the best bit, tasting what you’ve cooked, so make sure you’re paying attention when cooking! A fantastic experience, and you’ll get to go home with new recipes and new skills! Winner winner chicken dinner (Quorn if your veggie)!

Chiang Mai
Cooking Class
1 X Dinner
Day 13

chiang mai canyon

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A group photo at the grand canyon in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group about to take the zip line at Grand Canyon in Chiang Mai Thailand
Going on the zip line at Grand Canyon in Chiang Mai Thailand

So we all know the Grand Canyon but do you know of Chiang Mai’s very own Grand Canyon? Well, if not, don’t worry as you’ll get to know! This is an old excavation site, where they would dig out sand for building etc. However, now it is a man-made lagoon which has turned into an adult playground, we LOVE to see it! There are countless of slides, floating chairs to lay in, tubes and then for the brave-hearted have a go at cliff jumping, deep water soloing or climbing on their climbing wall. Take yo’ pick! There’s a restaurant there on-site, so we can grab our lunch, refresh and energise ourselves! In the evening, we head out into Chiang Mai our final dinner and drinks *cue sad song*.

Paddle Boarding & Water Adventure Park
1 x Breakfast
Day 14

chilled checkout

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Boat trip along the river Kwai in Kanchanaburi Thailand

Today is the day your Northern Adventure comes to an end (We know, we are sad too)! You’ll be leaving with some unforgettable memories and of course, your TruFam aka friends for life! If you are continuing your adventure, then our TruNinjas will be more than happy to help with any onward travel! If you have a little longer to spend travelling and exploring then check out our Laos explorer or if you’d like to carry on in Thailand, then why not head south on our Thailand Experience? It’s been real, TruFam!

1 x Breakfast



We start our Northern Thailand Adventure in Bangkok!! This hotel is located right next to the famous Khao San Road, so it's right in the centre of all the fun. This hotel is also the perfect place to relax after your long journey or to nurse a hangover with a dip in the pool. If you like to get stuck in and explore, tourist sights like The Grand Palace are sooo close.


*Please note all accomodation is subject to change- but it will always be great and of an equal standard! If you would like to confirm the accomodation for your trip please contact the sales team on info@trutravels.com*


Our next stop is Kanchanaburi. This hotel is in a peaceful location, with a great pool right by the River Kwai. The ideal spot for escaping the city vibes of Bangkok. With a great bar and restaurant area overlooking the water, you won't want to leave!

chiang mai

Further up north we go! Next stop, Chiang Mai. Another great accommodation with a lovely pool! It's also the perfect location being in the middle of the old town, there's lots of shops, cafes and resturants to explore - what could be better!


The last stop on our amazing 2-week tour is Pai, our favourite Thai hippie town and our chosen resort is in the centre of the fun. It's a short walk from the lively Walking Street and very close to Pai's historical Temple and all of the other attractions Pai has to offer. It's also run by an amazing local family who always make the experience in Pai super special. When you're not exploring Pai, you can sunbathe on the sun terrace, take a dip in the pool or there's the option of a soothing massage!


10/10 Northern Thailand Tour (14 days)
TruTravels are a great company to deal with. Communication beforehand was great. We booked this trip as part of our honeymoon and it was the best decision we could have made. Some unbelievable and amazing experiences for us. Special mention to our incredible tour guides Bee and Nancy. They are amazing human beings and are the best tour guides we have ever had. The world needs more people like them !!
Robert Donaldson - Apr 2024
14 days Island Hopper Thailand
I did the 14 days Island Hopper Tour in Thailand. The tour was absolutely amazing! We had a good balance between activties and freetime. Our guide Biggy was the best tour guide we could wish for!! He took care of everyone and enabled a fluent trip with all the planning he did in the background. Furthermore he always spreads good vibes and is a funny guy.
Jasmin Krug - Apr 2024
14 day north Thailand adventure-
As my first time travelling alone I was nervous but I had the best best time and didn’t want to leave. I had the best tour guides Ming & Bee ! They were simply the best. From the first moment you met us all you made us feel so so welcome and already like we were friends and had known each other for years. They were so patient with the group and just making every day so fun. I have honestly had the best time ever and I'll never forget the trip or the memories made. You had so much knowledge and we were able to experience Thai traditions. The trip overall was so much better than I could have expected, from the hotels to the activities to the people on it! I would 100% recommend and would love to do it all again.
Nicole waddington - Apr 2024
Northern Thailand - Best trip ever!
We have just finished the Northern Thailand part of total Asia and it was incredible! The itinerary was perfectly planned and executed and our tour guide, Biggy, was the best! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!
Sean van den Ordel - Mar 2024
14 Day Northern Thailand TruTravels
Tommy has been the loveliest tour guide I could have asked for, he is constantly checking up and making sure that everyone is happy. He is such a laugh and made the trip super special. He looked after us when we were injured and we never felt pressured to do anything. Tommy is so funny and cracks everyone up and makes everyone feel included. thank you for making the first 14 days of my trip so special tommy 🩷
Niamh Black - Mar 2024
Biggy we love you
My experience exploring northern Thailand with Biggy as our tour guide was nothing short of phenomenal. Over the course of 14 days, Biggy's expertise, warmth, and genuine passion for his country's culture and history shone through, making every moment memorable. Biggy's attention to detail ensured that every aspect of our journey was seamless and enjoyable. Whether it was arranging transportation, recommending the best local eateries, or accommodating special requests, he went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and satisfaction. Thanks to Biggy, my 14-day adventure in northern Thailand was an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, learning, and lifelong memories. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone looking to explore this incredible region. Thank you, Biggy, for an unforgettable journey!
Emily Fisher - Feb 2024
Arthur - Best Tour guide for the trip of a lifetime!
Arthur was an unbelievable tour guide during our 14 day northern Thailand adventure. A combination of fantastic activities with a tour guide that had a great personality made this the best trip. Helping to bond all the group made the trip even better and has meant we’ve left wirh not only memories for a lifetime but friends all over the world!
Harry Glacken - Jan 2024
amazing for first time and solo travellers!
Honestly could not have asked for a better tour guide! from the moment the tour started, Arthur went above and beyond to make sure everyone had an amazing experience, and made such an effort to get to know everyone personally, and include everybody. He brought such a good vibe to the group, and was always there to help us out and answer questions about the places we were visiting. This was my first time solo travelling, and I felt immediately put at ease and so included. Our intern travelling with us, Jan, was also so lovely and kind, always checking in on us and making sure we were doing okay. For anyone who has them on their trip, they’re in for an amazing time! The tour itself was jam packed and never felt boring or like we weren’t doing much. There was such a range of activities, with something for everyone, which also introduced me to new things I would never have thought of trying before! thank you so much Arthur, Jan, and TruTravels for honestly the trip of a lifetime:)
megan - Jan 2024
A fantastic tour of Northern Thailand…
A fantastic tour of Northern Thailand with our great tour guide Arthur. Nothing was too much and he was so helpful and provided all the relevant information we needed at each location. He made it very clear each day what we were doing and what we needed to take. He also took us to the great party spots! Thanks for a fab trip making lifelong friends and memories.
Eleanor - Jan 2024


Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Bangkok and finishes in Chiang Mai.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Suvarnabhumi (BKK) which is the main international airport or alternatively we can also collect you from Don Muang (DMK).

What is the closest airport to the end destination?

The closest airport is Chiang Mai international airport (CNX).

How do I get back to the start destination and is this included in the price? If not, how much is it?

You can get an overnight train for around £15-20. Please be aware this can be quite a long journey so you may wish to fly back to Bangkok. You could expect to pay around £60-80 for a flight so it is more expensive but much more time efficient.


What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

The accommodation for this trip is all twin share private rooms. For our TruExclusive - village home stay this will be a shared dorm room.

How much is a pre night’s accommodation?

If you would like to arrange a pre-night please email info@trutravels.com

What is the currency?

The currency in Thailand is Thai Baht (THB)

Is my money protected?

Yep! You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe.

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