Days
19
Price from
$5,215NZD

Peel back the layers of Thailand to discover the different side of the north and south

Explore the contrasting north and south of Thailand. From ancient ruins to sandy beaches, Thailand always has something new to discover. From Bangkok’s bustling streets to Chiang Mai’s serene temples, the traditions of the H’mong people and the dark history of Kanchanaburi. Wander Ancient capitals in Sukhothai and make new elephant friends in Lampang. Heading south the country is like a kaleidoscope –whichever way you turn a new place is uncovered, new colours are revealed, and unexpected delights appear. Swap the urban jungle for the incredible prehistoric forests of Khao Sok and stay in the tress, before crossing the sublime Andaman Sea to cruise between isolated islands and feast on fresh fish. End on the extravagant island of Phuket, discovering the unique Old Town and farewelling this adventure with a sunset sail on a traditional wooden boat.


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Phuket, Thailand
Country
Thailand
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure, Beach
Code
PANTC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Marvel at the best of Chiang Mai's stunning temples; ancient treasures as well as living community centres

  • With a visit to the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, immerse yourself in the wonders of an ancient tribal culture without compromising on creature comforts

  • See Bangkok from a different, quieter angle, with a dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya River; the ultimate escape from the bustling streets

  • Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant

  • Hike through the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest in Khao Sok NP, then retire to unique luxury tents overlooking the jungle – complete with private bathroom, air con and a viewing platform

  • Spend some time with our friends in the Ban Talae Nok Village – from seeing how they are recovering from the devastating Tsunami to learning locals handicrafts and sharing lunch with a local family, this is a memorable and enlightening visit

  • Cruise between the beautiful islands of Koh Ra and Koh Khai – swim, snorkel, and feast on fresh fish with a beach BBQ

  • Encounter the other side of Phuket on a walking tour of Old Phuket town, uncovering the unique architecture of Sino-Portuguese, Sino-colonial and Chinese style buildings

  • Board a traditional Thai wooden sailing boat for an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling, followed by dinner under the stars

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a cycling tour around Sukhothai heritage Park, so a level of confidence on a bicycle will be required. That said, the roads are quiet with minimal traffic, and within the confines of the park it will be easy going.

  • Thailand is a big country and there are some long drives on this trip. Many of these journeys, however, offer beautiful scenery and interesting snapshots of rural and mountain life.

  • Khao Sok National Park is a rainforest, so it can and will rain at any time of the year. A waterproof jacket and some good walking boots are suggested, as the paths can get muddy and slippery after it has rained.

  • The walking tours in Bangkok and Old Phuket town are mainly on flat paths but the heat can be a challenge. Pack plenty of light clothes and drink plenty of water.

  • This trip involves two day tours on boats. Swimming is not required but some level of swimming ability will aid your enjoyment (i.e. with snorkelling).

  • Two nights are spent in a luxury tent based on twin share with private bathroom facilities. These are large permanent tents on wooden deckings that look out over the top of the rainforest. As they are perched high in the trees, please be aware that there will be a number of steps to climb to reach the platforms.

Itinerary

Welcome to Thailand. One of our transfer representatives will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. After settling into your room, your journey begins with an important meeting at 6 pm. Please check for the Peregrine noticeboard in the reception area of the Hotel. Please advise your flight details at the time of booking so we can arrange your airport transfer. With free time, acquaint yourself with this frenetic city of tuk tuks, street food and traditional khlong boats winding down the Chao Phraya River. Tonight you'll enjoy a welcome dinner at a great local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Rembrandt Hotel or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB150
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Enjoy a guided city walk of Bangkok, with an included visit to the Grand Palace – essential for any for first-time traveller here. You will also take a long-tail boat trip along the canals, a lovely way to witness daily Bangkok life. In the late afternoon, take a short flight (around 1 hour and 15 minutes) to Chiang Mai, Thailand's vibrant 'Rose of the North'. Awash with temples and quaint cafes, this city has a strong reputation for friendliness despite its size. Visit the vibrant night markets tonight to pick up a bargain or have a bite to eat of fresh cooked street food.

Please see important information in the "packing"' section of the trip notes regarding strict dress code for the Grand Palace visit.

Accommodation
  • Bodhi Serene Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start the morning with a visit to a local market to pick up an offering to take to Wat Suan Dok Monastic temple. This temple not only has one of the oldest stupa built in 1371 but also has the most beautiful cemetery for family members of the King of Chiang Mai. At the same location you will find Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University - a specific University for Buddhist Monks. Here you have a very unique opportunity to chat with some monks and learn the basics of Buddhism and you can ask them more about their schooling and lifestyle. This is a great opportunity for the monks to also practise their English and becomes a learning opportunity for everyone involved. if your lucky you may also hear some Buddhist monks chanting. Next stop, embark on a scenic, winding drive up a mountain (around 45 minutes) to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The sweeping views of the city make this a most memorable experience. Follow this with some leisure time in Chiang Mai. Your leader can help you to arrange optional activities - you might like to hire a bike and ride to a nearby temple, or indulge in a Thai massage or spa treatment, or simply relax by the pool. Dinner this evening is an authentic Khantohk feast, replete with tribal dancing in the traditions of Akha, Yao, Lahu, H'mong, Lisu and Karen.
Accommodation
  • Bodhi Serene Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Chiang Mai - Khantohk dinner and cultural show
  • Chiang Mai - Buddist offering and Monk chat
  • Chiang Mai - Wat Suan Dok
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Thai massage - THB200
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You will have the opportunity to take part in a local cooking class today where you will uncover the secrets of aromatic Thai cuisine. You will learn everything from the most important ingredients (and what to use in their place if you can’t access them at home), to preparing dishes from a comprehensive book of recipes (that you will be able to take with you). Sitting down to feast on the fruits of your labour at lunch is the perfect way to finish the class. In the evening you might want to continue today’s food theme with a wander through the enormous, colourful Night Bazaar, or relax at a fine restaurant along the riverfront. Make sure to sample some delicious traditional northern Thai food – the signature dish is kao soy, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or beef.
Accommodation
  • Bodhi Serene Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Thai cooking class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take advantage of a free morning in Chiang Mai before taking a 1-2 hour drive through rolling green countryside to the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, your quarters for the night. The Hmong are an ethnic minority in Thailand who originated in the south of China. Today they comprise the second largest hilltribe group in Thailand. After a barbeque dinner in the lodge's open-air dining area, the day concludes with a cultural performance by the Hmong people. You'll gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the tribe, with a wedding ceremony enactment, shamanic ritual and makong (cotton ball) throwing.
Accommodation
  • Hmong Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Depart the hilltribe village this morning and head on to Lampang (approximately 1.5 hours), which is considered by many to be one of Thailand's last remaining paradises. Here you will visit the Friends of Asian Elephant Hospital, a short drive from Lampang. This is the first elephant hospital in the world to be established to care for sick and abused elephants, with the aim of preserving the animals' natural habitat and lifestyle. You will learn more about this important initiative and perhaps become acquainted with some of its resident patients. Next is to farewell your new friends before driving to the ancient capital of Sukhothai (3.5 hours) to spend to the night.
Accommodation
  • Sukhothai Heritage Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Sukhothai, established in the 13th century, was one of the first ancient capitals of Siam. Famed for its World Heritage listed historical park, which captures the Golden Age of Thai civilisation, the capital's name literally means 'Dawn of Happiness'. Today we visit the historical park, which spans the ruins of the town. You will rent a bicycle and take part in a cycle tour. As you ride around, you'll learn more about the history of this former metropolis and its fascinating structures. Enjoy a home-cooked picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds of Sukhothai Park. The rest of the afternoon is free, you might want to simply read a book by the pool back at your resort.
Accommodation
  • Sukhothai Heritage Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Continue south today to the provincial town of Kanchanaburi (approximately 7 hours). While the township may appear modern, it holds a dark past. Many Allied prisoners of war and conscripted Asian labourers were engaged here to help build a rail route to Myanmar (Burma), including the passage infamously known as Hellfire Pass. There will be an opportunity tomorrow to visit some of these historical sites, which can be found in the surrounding countryside. The reward for your travels today is a lush tropical setting – with a chalet right beside the famous River Kwai. Today's travel day will have plenty of stops along the way to stretch your legs and there will be plenty of time for lunch at a local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • River Kwai Resotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
On a day trip around Kanchanaburi, you will visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Here you will learn more about the Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts that died while building the most dangerous and challenging sections of the Thai-Burma 'death' railway. To complete this experience, take a ride along the historic tracks of the railway. Beginning at the main terminal at Nam Tok, the journey takes you along scenic riverside tracks before crossing the original wooden viaduct, built by prisoners of war over the River Kwai. Tonight we return back to our resort by the river.
Accommodation
  • River Kwai Resotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kanchanaburi - The Kanchanaburi War Cemetary (POW Cemetary)
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Kanchanaburi - Historical Train Journey
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Return to Bangkok today via private minivan (approximately 3 hours). There is no better way to end your journey than with a relaxing cruise along the grand Chao Phraya River. From this vantage you'll see yet another side of Bangkok, as the jewels of the city light up when evening falls. You will cruise on a traditional antique teakwood rice barge, be served a Thai set dinner, followed by live Thai music and traditional dance performance.
Accommodation
  • Rembrandt Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Dinner cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today is free for you to explore more of the endless options that make up Bangkok. As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers. Head out to get to know each other better with dinner at a local Thai restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Rembrandt Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You will begin the day with a walking tour of the district of Thonburi, which covers the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Start from the Flower Market and take the ferry across the river to Wat Kalayanamitr pier. People come to this temple, whose name means ‘true friend’, to receive a blessing of good luck before a journey. Walk from the short distance from the river towards one of the canals and towards a Muslim community. Here you will visit the Bangluang Mosque, which was built in the reign of King Rama I (1785 AD) and is the only Thai-style mosque in the world. The mosque was built as the centre for Muslims in an area that was predominantly Chinese. Navigate through small alleyways for a few more minutes until you reach Santa Cruz Church. This is where a small Portuguese catholic community settled over 200 years ago. Wander through the Kuthi Jeen community and maybe fuel up with a taste of original Portuguese cake. Continue along the riverside, passing a Chinese shrine, then visit the amulet market of Thonburi. Here you can find small Buddha images that are used to ward off evil. The next stop is Princess Mother Memorial Park, formerly the childhood home of the Princess Mother. Continue to a hidden mosque, then finish at the Tha Din Dang Market, where you may want to try the local signature dish of Stewed goose and Pork Sateh. The afternoon is free to do as you wish, perhaps visiting the Grand Palace, What Pho, or Jim Thompson house. You’ll have a BTS day pass so you can use the sky train to help you get around.
Accommodation
  • Rembrandt Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - BTS one day pass
  • Bangkok - Thonburi walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple - THB200
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB150
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After a leisurely morning, take a flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes). From the airport, travel to Khao Sok Boutique camp, with a stop for lunch along the way. You will arrive around 3 pm, with the rest of the day free to relax in this incredible setting. Your accommodation for the next two nights is in one of the most beautiful parts of Southern Thailand, surrounded by forest, wildlife and mountains. You will sleep in a boutique tent, a luxury style of camping where the tents have a private bathroom, air conditioning and twin beds. The raised platforms of the tents give a wooden deck to perch on and look out over the rainforest below. There’s also a great restaurant and mountain view coffee shop. This is unlike any camping you may have ever experienced.
Accommodation
  • Khao Sok Boutique Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Established as Thailand’s 22nd national park in 1980, Khao Sok is home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, along with deep valleys, numerous caves, and a significant wild animal population. This paradise includes elephants, exotic Hornbills, water-loving Langur Monkeys and even the occasional tiger deep inside the park. The flora is also incredible, with the rare Rafflesia Kerri, one of the world’s largest flowers, only found here. Today you will take a trek through the park along the dirt trails and riverbed tracks that snake through the forest of the quiet park. Look out for wildlife along the way and perhaps take a cooling dip in one of the numerous waterfalls that dot the park. Take the short drive back to the boutique camp and spend the rest of the day relishing in your surroundings.

Note - Hiking boots or shoes with a good grip and a rain jacket are recommended today. Rain is quite common in the National Park so the dirt tracks can get slippery after a down pour.
Accommodation
  • Khao Sok Boutique Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Khao Sok NP - Khao Sok National Park trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Khao Sok this morning and travel to Ban Talae Nok Village. A bilingual guide will give you a quick briefing and cultural orientation, then you will be welcomed into the village and get an insight into the daily lives and history of the village on a walking tour. See first-hand an area of the village that was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami and learn from survivors how they have recovered. For lunch, enjoy authentic Southern Thai food with a local family. Then you will learn a new skill at the local handicraft workshop. The women’s group, established after the tsunami, makes beautifully hand-crafted soap, using only the finest natural ingredients. Watch an informative demonstration and then make soap for yourself with the expert guidance of the soap ladies. Or you could try your skill at making a local specialty desert – grilled coconut wrapped in a leaf – and then enjoy the delicious snack hot of the fire. After an enlightening day travel through verdant forests and hills to the sublime Andaman Sea and the laid-back beach town of Khao Lak. Spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach at your resort.
Accommodation
  • Apsara Beach Front Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ban Talay Nok - Commuinity visit including lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Famous for the likes of Memories Beach, Bang Niang Beach and the aptly-named White Sand Beach, Khao Lak is one Thailand’s quieter beach destinations and a great place to unwind and explore. Today you will take a full day boat tour that will travel to Koh Ra and Koh Khai. Climb aboard at Kuraburi pier and cruise out to Koh Khai (‘Paradise Island’), passing vast mangrove forest and crab and fish farms. Strap on a snorkel and swim between the colourful reef and fishes. Relax on the beach of Koh Khai, then sail across to Koh Ra. See the locals squid fishing, then choose some fresh produce straight from the fisherman and enjoy a seafood BBQ on the beach. After digesting, continue snorkelling in the waters surrounding Koh Ra. Return to Khao Lak and make the most of this wonderful beachside location.
Accommodation
  • Apsara Beach Front Resort or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Khao Lak - Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Ra & Koh Khai
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
If the boat trip is cancelled due to bad weather we will replace this activity with a hike through the National Park.
Take a private minivan from Khao Lak to the tourist haven of Phuket, Thailand’s largest and most visited island (approximately 2 hours). The island is one of the brashest, more extrovert of the Thai islands. When you arrive you’ll take a walking tour of the streets of Old Phuket (approximately 1-1.5 hours). The old town has a distinctive architectural style in Thailand, thanks to the mix of different nationalities living there and the once strong links with Penang. Rich tin mining barons brought in architects and builders from the island to fashion their opulent houses. Walk though the beautiful restored architecture of Sino-Portuguese, Sino-colonial and Chinese style buildings of Baan Chinpracha, Thalang Road, Soi Rommanee, Yaowarat, Deebuk, and Krabi Roads and get an insight into the area’s history. Perhaps pick up some sweet snacks along the way, then enjoy a local Phuket-style lunch. Finish at the Khao Rang View Point with coffee and a spectacular view of Phuket Town. The rest of the afternoon is free. Phuket offers something for everyone so there’s a lot to do – or a little if you’d prefer to remain at the resort right on the beachfront of Kamala beach.
Accommodation
  • Novotel Phuket Kamala or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phuket - Phuket Old Town walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The island is ringed with beaches, each with their own distinct personalities, so perhaps use a free morning to explore the beautiful sands and curving coast. This afternoon, transfer to a nearby pier and board a traditional Thai wooden sailing boat. Cruise out into the ocean and enjoy an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling in the warm waters. Look out for the colourful fish that flit below. Back on board you can enjoy lying back on the comfortable pillows and watching the sun sink beneath the waves with an ultra relaxing drink. As the sky lights up with incredible evening colours, sit down to a delicious dinner prepared on board, and feast as the stars come out. You’ll return back to the resort around 9pm after the perfect final day to this Thai journey.
Accommodation
  • Novotel Phuket Kamala or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phuket - La Moet Dinner Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Bicycle, Plane, Train, Private mini van, boat

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Resort (4 nights), Permanent Boutique tents (2 nights), Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Chiang Mai - Khantohk dinner and cultural show
  • Chiang Mai - Buddist offering and Monk chat
  • Chiang Mai - Wat Suan Dok
  • Chiang Mai - Thai cooking class
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
  • Kanchanaburi - The Kanchanaburi War Cemetary (POW Cemetary)
  • Kanchanaburi - Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
  • Kanchanaburi - Historical Train Journey
  • Bangkok - Dinner cruise
  • Bangkok - BTS one day pass
  • Bangkok - Thonburi walking tour
  • Khao Sok NP - Khao Sok National Park trek
  • Ban Talay Nok - Commuinity visit including lunch
  • Khao Lak - Snorkeling Day Trip to Koh Ra & Koh Khai
  • Phuket - Phuket Old Town walking tour
  • Phuket - La Moet Dinner Cruise

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available for every night on this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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