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Northern Thailand & Beaches

Fancy an adventure but also fancy being on the beach? Well, look no further because that is exactly what Northern Thailand and beaches is! Starting off in Bangkok and ending in the north, Chiang Mai, you are definitely in for an adventure with a jam-packed 21 days, exploring all the coolest places central and north Thailand have to offer! 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. Then it’s time to hit the floating bungalows at the unreal Khao Sok National Park and Koh Phangan, a beautiful but lively island, where we will be living our best life, beaches!

 

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Airport Pickup
(Up to two days before tour)

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

Transport
All Transport Included 2 x Overnight Trains Private Vans Ferry to Koh Phangan

Accommodation
20 Nights Accommodation Hotels Floating Bungalows Bottle Beach Bungalows

Activities
Erawan waterfalls Elephant sanctuary Khao Sok National Park Muay Thai Class

TruExclusives
Hill Tribe Homestay Bottle Beach Experience
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Bucket List
Care For Elephants
A picturesque group photo at Khao Sok national park by the floating bungalows
Khao Sok National Park
Creating flames from the wok in a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Thai Cooking Class
A girl about to go on the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
Zip-lining

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

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, 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! Get to know your fellow travellers over sharing a bucket or two (or any drink of choice, you do you) and get ready for an incredible 21 days together. Holiday mode ON (warning, you may never want to turn it off!)

Bangkok
Airport Pick Up
Groups enjoying a drink sat around a pool raising their arms to cheer with a busy market street in the background
3 people laughing in tuk tuk in Thailand using a gopro to take photo
A lively photo of a crowd enjoying the nightlife in Bangkok
A group enjoying the night life on Khao San road in Bangkok Thailand
Day 2

KANCHANABURI, KAYAKING ON THE RIVER KWAI

So you know the film Bridge Over River Kwai? Well, today we are going to see the bridge over River Kwai (surprise)! 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 on 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 because trust us, you won’t want to miss this photo op.

KANCHANABURI
FLOATING MARKET & BRIDGE OVER KWAI
1x (B) 2x (L) 1x (D)
A group by the stunning view of the river in Kanchanaburi Thailand
Group standing on the bridge over the river Kwai in Kanchanaburi Thailand
group of young people standing with beautiful scenery of lakes and mountains in the background in Thailand
A happy group photo at the idyllic bridge on river Kwai
Day 3

ERAWAN WATERFALLS

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 ya feel! 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! Buckets, anyone?

KANCHANABURI
ERAWAN FALLS
1x Lunch
A group selfie under the waterfall at Erawan falls in Thailand
People sitting in waterfall in Erawan Falls Thailand
Group sitting amongst a waterfall with hands in the air
A group photo at the waterfall in Erawan falls Thailand
Day 4

AYUTTHAYA, ANCIENT RUINS & HISTORY

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 amazing views, 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, go tell your friends!). 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 decent nights sleep ready to take on a new place in the morning! If an overnight train is on your travel bucket list, don’t forget to tick it off! Chiang Mai, we’re coming in strong.

Overnight TRAIN
TEMPLES & BIKE RIDE
1x Lunch
Girl standing in front of some flower offerings laid down next to a giant reclining buddha in ayutthaya, Thailand
Group with hands in prayer position in front of large reclining buddha statue in Thailand
Four girls sitting on bikes with basket on the front with temples faintly showing in the background and green trees behind them
A serene group photo beside the reclining buddha in Ayutthaya
A group photo in front of the ruins in Ayutthaya Thailand
Day 5

CHIANG MAI – TEMPLES & CULTURE

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. There is a hefty set of stairs (300 roughly), but it is totally worth it. 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
TEMPLES & CULTURAL DAY
1x Lunch
A group photo in front of Wat Phra That Chiang Mai
A group photo at the beginning of the 300 steps at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo at Wat Phra Singh Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo at the temple Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 6

JUNGLE TREK & HILL TRIBE

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 hill tribe 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 and then we’ll go bamboo rafting down the river, amazing scenes as well as photo opportunities (important stuff, duh).

HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY
JUNGLE TREK, WATERFALLS & BAMBOO RAFTS
1X LUNCH,1x Dinner
TRU Exclusives
HILL TRIBE HOMESTAY
A group hiking in Chiang Mai Thailand wearing hats made out of banana leaves
A group shot in Northern Thailand during the jungle trek
A girl on a bamboo raft trip with an elephant in the background bathing in the river in Chiang Mai Thailand
Bamboo raft trip in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 7

WATERFALLS & BAMBOO RAFTS

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 with a cheeky stop at a waterfall because ya know, we can’t get enough of those things. You might even see some elephants along the way if luck is on your side so keep yo’ fingers crossed! Trekked through the jungle? Took a bamboo raft down the river? COMPLETED IT MATE! Once we get back to Chiang Mai, rest up in time to continue our Northern adventure tomorrow!

CHIANG MAI
WATERFALLS & BAMBOO RAFTS
A girl on a bamboo raft trip with an elephant in the background bathing in the river in Chiang Mai Thailand
Bamboo raft trip in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 8

ZIP LINE THROUGH THE JUNGLE

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! Hey, keep a lookout for monkeys too, you might spot a few in the treetops!

 

CHIANG MAI
ZIPLINING
1x lunch, 1x dinner
A group photo on the truck before going to the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group taking part in the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A couple having a moment on the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo before going ziplining in Chaing Mai Thailand
Day 9

ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

Today we are off to make some new pals, some pretty amazing and majestic ones at that. We are off to the elephant sanctuary, where all of the elephants are free to roam as they would like, they are not forced to do anything unnatural for the sake of entertaining tourists. When we arrive in the morning, we will have a quick briefing as well as learn about some of the elephants there. Now that we have learnt the important stuff, it’s time to feed the elephants some sugarcane and bananas, which you’ll see that they LOVE and will most definitely think of you as their BFF after. They can be cheeky with their trunks and sneak some bananas so count this your warning! Once you’ve gotten to know your new friends, it’s time for a swim in the river which will soon mean bath time, if ya get our drift (! This is a once in a lifetime experience, a memory you’ll cherish forever, no doubt! Unfortunately, the time has come to part ways with our new mates and 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! So many cool little bars, market stalls, excellent food and wonderful people from all walks of life, who are there for the same reason as us.. Ahh, the life of Pai (sorry we had to!

PAI
ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
1x Breakfast
Meeting the elephants with buckets of bananas ready to feed them in Chiang Mai Thailand
Feeding the elephants bananas in Chiang Mai Thailand
Walking with the elephants at the sanctuary in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group photo with the elephants in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group at the elephant sanctuary mashing bananas to feed the elephants with in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 10

LIFE OF PAI – CAVES, CANYONS & HOT SPRINGS

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 then head to the waterfall nearby with an amazing view! Who needs a waterpark when we have one better, a waterfall with a natural slide! We’ll finish this amazing 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!

PAI
HOT SPRINGS
1x Lunch, 1x Dinner
A group photo in the caves in Pai Northern Thailand
A group photo at Erawan falls in Thailand
Day 11

NICE AS PAI: CHILLING

Chill day, lets goooo! After a bit of a lie-in, we head to Fluid Swimming Pool Bar, where many backpackers like us head to, when either wanting to cool down and relax by the pool or are feeling a little hungover and fancy a chill day, but the vibes are immaculate! 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 to the Chinese village for some tea tasting. How tea-riffic (ok we promise that’s the last one!).

PAI
POOL CHILL & Tea tasting
girls in bikinis sat by large pool in Thailand
3 girls chilling by a pool in Thailand having drinks
A couple in the pool in Pai
Day 12

BACK TO CHIANG MAI & COOKING COURSE

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 delicious 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! An amazing 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
A group photo on the bridge at the cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Creating flames from the wok in a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
A group experimenting with flames in the wok at a cooking class in Chiang Mai Thailand
Day 13

CHIANG MAI CANYON

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, paddleboards, 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! It’s now time for our last evening in Chiang Mai, cheers!

CHIANG MAI
WATER PLAYGROUND
Group sitting on rock outside the Grand Canyon waterpark in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Going through the water course at grand canyon Chiang Mai Thailand
A scenic group picture on a boulder at Grand Canyon
Day 14

TRAVEL TO BANGKOK

After checking out of our hotel in Chiang Mai, you’ll have some free time to explore Chiang Mai, hit up the markets one last time or spend time relaxing by the pool. It’s now time to head onto the overnight train, cos we’re going back to Bangkok baby!

overnight train
A group photo from the windows on the overnight train to Khao Sok National Park Thailand
Group hanging out from bunk beds on an overnight train in Thailand with one girl sitting on the floor.
Day 15

EXPLORE BANGKOK

We are back in Bangkok, and it’s time to explore the capital further! We’ll hop into a tuk-tuk and head to Bangkok’s most prestigious temples, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, which is home to the infamous gold reclining Buddha. We will then ditch the tuks tuks for long-tail boats, as we admire the views of the city from the Chao Praya River, a different way of seeing Bangkok. Take a look into the water and try to see if you can spot the fish, they aren’t normally shy! You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore at your own pace, you can grab a bit from the street vendors, do a bit of shopping at the market and try your best at bartering (our TruNinjas can give you some tips don’t fret). In the evening, we will meet for dinner and then head out for drinks on Khao San Road which full of backpackers, some may say it’s backpacker heaven. We’ll let you decide that for yourself. Either way, it’s a good time, you can’t go to Bangkok and not go to Khao San Road.

BANGKOK
TEMPLES, RIVER CRUISE
A group photo outside of Wat Pho in Bangkok Thailand on a sunny day
group standing in front of temple in Bangkok
People riding down the river in a colourful longtail boat in Thailand
A group at the temple of Wat Arun in Bangkok Thailand
A girl being blessed by a monk at the temples in Bangkok Thailand
Day 16

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Alexa, play Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. Yes, you are taking the midnight train but not just to anywhere! Goodbye Bangkok and hello Khao Sok national park. So we arrive into Surat Thani, but we are off to the floating bungalows and serene lakes which are situated in the national park. Get those sleeping masks on as it’s time to catch some Zzzz’s.

 

OVERNIGHT TRAIN
A group waiting for the sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani
Overnight train photo from the windows at Khao Sok national park Thailand
Day 17

KHAO SOK FLOATING BUNGALOWS

Okay, so we know everyone says this, but we actually mean it because this place is PARADISE (Coldplay were right). It’s like something out of a movie, but it’s all real! Imagine clear turquoise lakes, unreal surrounding landscapes and then the best bit, floating bungalows! This is where we will be spending the night, so you can go back home and say you have actually stayed on a floating bungalow. How sick, a real once in a lifetime experience! When in Khao Sok National park, you can take part in some kayaking and explore the lakes more, lounge in a doughnut but make sure you lather up suncream because it can get hot hot hot and no burnt TruFam allowed, sorry we don’t make the rules (even though we kinda do!) or you can just lounge in the sunshine with a beer in hand! Not sure about you but that all sounds perfect to us! You’ll soon see why this place has always been one of our favourites, absolutely unreal.

KHAO SOK
KAYAKS, TUBING, FLOATING BUNGALOWS
Group photos on the doughnuts in front of beautiful mountains in Khao Sok Thailand
Four girls soaking up the sun at Khao Sok National park Thailand
Three girls sitting on the log in the lake at Khao Sok National park Thailand
Three people in doughnuts facing the incredible views of Khao Sok in Thailand
Group Photo with the amazing landscape of Khao Sok Thailand
Day 18

BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE

Get ready for a TruExclusive, an experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Rise and shine, we are up bright and early to enjoy breakfast by the lake before we head to the island of Koh Phangan. When we arrive at the island, it’s straight to Bottle beach which is secluded and pristine, it’s like nowhere you have seen before. Another one of our favourites! Bottle beach is only acceptable by boat or by a four-wheel-drive that drops you off at a point nearby and then it’s a short walk from there. It is insanely beautiful, and we basically have the whole beach to ourselves. We will be staying in the beach bungalows which have an amazing view of the crystal clear sea. While you are here, you can laze around on the beach, have a game of volleyball (winning team can buy the first round) or head out for a bit of snorkelling to see what sea life you can find. There are lots of activities to choose from, you won’t be disappointed. In the evening, we’ll have some dinner and cocktails with a campfire on the beach, and even a private fire show. We flame to please ya know (sorry not sorry for the pun)!

BOTTLE BEACH, KOH PHANGAN
fire show, beach volleyball
TRU Exclusives
bottle beach exclusive
A group photo with crystal clear waters at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
Five girls at bottle beach in Koh Phangan with two of them on the swing
Four girls sitting on a swing at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
A couple at enjoying time at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
A group photo on a speed boat at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand
Fireshow on bottle beach in Thailand and people having drinks at tables in the background
Day 19

MUAY THAI LESSON

Ahh, wake up to the sound of the waves and an unreal view, chilled vibes only. You’ll have some free time before we leave Bottle Beach in the afternoon, so you can choose how you would like to spend this time. Whether it be some kayaking, topping up your tan and lounging on the beach or trekking to the viewpoint to see the incredible view. We recommend seeing that view if you can! It is now time to try your hand at Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai boxing! Do you think you have the moves to be the next Muay Thai champion? We can’t guarantee that you will be the next Muay Thai champion but hey, don’t quit your daydream! You’ll leave with new moves that you can show off to your pals and fam at least. Workout completed, we head to our accommodation for the last few nights (which is awesome, by the way).

KOH PHANGAN
Muay Thai LESSON
The top of the view point at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand over looking incredible views
A group using a selfie stick at the top of the view point at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand overlooking the lush greenery and blue sea
group learning how to do muay thai in Thailand with knee up to elbow
A group practicing their Muay Thai moves in Koh Phangan Thailand
A group taking a muay Thai lesson in Koh Phangan
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FAQS

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Bangkok and finishes in Koh Phangan

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 Koh Samui which is a 45 minute ferry ride away from Koh Phangan. The ferries run regularly.

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

No it is not included but we can assist you with booking it all. You will need to get a joint ticket which consists of a ferry from Koh Phangan to the mainland and then a bus to Bangkok. The cost is around £25-30. Please be aware this can be quite a long journey of around 12 hours’ door to door. Alternatively, you can fly from Koh Samui however this option is more expensive and would cost in the region of £100 but saves time.

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

The accommodation for this trip is a mixture of twin share private dorm rooms.

How much is a pre night’s accommodation?

A pre night’s accommodation is 35GBP, 42EUR, 47USD, 61CAD, 67AUD. 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)

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