When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1

Your flight must depart no earlier than: 03:00 p.m. on Day 16

Itinerary

Day 1Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok at any time.

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

After your meeting, head out for an optional dinner to get to know your CEO and fellow group members better.

Please arrive at our start point hotel before 18:00 for an important group meeting where you will meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please look for a sign on the hotel's notice board for the time and location of your group meeting.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 
Bangkok Centre Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai. 

 

Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

 
Basic overnight train (beds)
Bangkok – Chiang Mai12h

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

 
Carte Blanche
BangkokFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Bangkok, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Grand Palace, hopping on a cycle tour of the city, and visiting the National Museum. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 2

Grand Palace Visit
Bangkok

Visit the King’s official residence (made up of many buildings, halls, lawns, gardens, and courtyards) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings.

 
Klong Riverboat Tour
Bangkok

Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 3Chiang Mai

Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.

 

 
Street Food Crawl
 

Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

 
Carte Blanche
Chiang MaiFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Chiang Mai, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like ziplining, checking out the Mae Sa Waterfall, and learning about Thai cuisine with a cooking class. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 3

Cooking Class
Chiang Mai

Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes. 

 
Massage (Southeast Asia)
 

Lay back and soothe aching muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing, don't miss out.

 
Yoga Class
 

Stretch and hold poses in this gentle but effective form of exercise.

 
Doi Suthep Temple Visit
Doi Suthep

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

Accommodation

 
Chiang Mai Gate Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 4Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok

Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.

We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

 
Pickup truck
Chiang Mai – Ban Mae Malai1h

Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

After being picked up at the hotel, quickly stop at the local tourist police station to stamp the document required for trekking in the area before transferring to Mae Malai. 

 
Hilltribe Trek Day 1
Mae Taeng – Ban Mae Jok2h-3h

Hit the road in an open pickup truck for Mae Malai where there is time to visit a local market to purchase food and snacks. Start the trek through forests and rugged terrain to Baan Mae Jok, a Karen village. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam

Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.

You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.

 
Hilltribe Trek Day 2
Ban Mae Jok – Pa Khao Lam4h30m-6h

After breakfast, trek 3.5-4 hrs to reach the lunch stop. Take in the beautiful scenery along the way. Enjoy lunch before carrying on another hour or so to the Karen village of Ban Pa Khao Lam. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

 

 
Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village
Pa Khao Lam – Lahu Village1h30m-2h

Board the traditional bamboo raft for a leisurely ride down the Mae Tang River. Reach the Lahu hill tribe village near Ban Pong Ngan. Enjoy a visit with the locals here and learn about the life and unique culture of the Lahu tribe.

 
Lahu Village Visit
Lahu Village

Take a bamboo raft down the Mae Tan River for one hour journey to a Lahu village to witness a lifestyle that dates hundreds of years.

 
Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village
Lahu Village – Ban Sop Gai2h

Board a traditional bamboo raft and enjoy a ride through some small rapids on the Mae Tang River. 

 
Pickup truck
Ban Sop Gai – Chiang Mai1h30m-2h

Hop into the back and ride along to the next destination.

 
Free Time
Chiang MaiEvening

Check out more of Chiang Mai.

Accommodation

 
Chiang Mai Gate Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.

 

Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

 
Basic overnight train (beds)
Chiang Mai – Bangkok12h-13h

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

 
Carte Blanche
Chiang MaiFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Chiang Mai, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like ziplining, checking out the Mae Sa Waterfall, and learning about Thai cuisine with a cooking class. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 7

Massage (Southeast Asia)
 

Lay back and soothe aching muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing, don't miss out.

 
Chiang Mai City Tour
Chiang Mai

Enjoy a tour of spectacular Chiang Mai, a delightful city surrounded by rolling hills and filled with impressive architecture. Explore the great cafes, shops and accommodations of the old city; an important Buddhist centre since the 14th century, it is home to more than 300 temples. Many visitors come here to attend meditation retreats, massage classes or yoga lessons. 

 
Chiang Mai Cycling Tour
Chiang Mai

Meander through the old city of Chiang Mai on bike.

 
Doi Suthep Temple Visit
Doi Suthep

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

 
Cooking Class
Chiang Mai

Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 8Bangkok

Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.

 

As this longer tour is comprised of two shorter tours, there is the possibility that you will need to change hotels on this day. Check in with your CEO about this while on tour. The two hotels we generally use are within walking distance.

 
Carte Blanche
BangkokFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Bangkok, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Grand Palace, hopping on a cycle tour of the city, and visiting the National Museum. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 8

Massage (Southeast Asia)
 

Lay back and soothe aching muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing, don't miss out.

 
Grand Palace Visit
Bangkok

Visit the King’s official residence (made up of many buildings, halls, lawns, gardens, and courtyards) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings.

 
Jim Thompson's House Visit
Bangkok

Tour the Jim Thompson House, a Bangkok museum that was once the home of American businessman Jim Thompson, the “Legendary American of Thailand.” See his collection of Buddhist and secular art, amassed while building his silk company. 

 
National Museum Visit
Bangkok

See Thai artifacts on display from the Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods as well as other Southeast Asian collections.

 
Klong Riverboat Tour
Bangkok

Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close. 

 
Wat Po Guided Tour
Bangkok

Immerse yourself in Thai Buddhist culture and visit the famous giant 46m (151ft) reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf. Relax with a traditional Thai massage at the country’s leading school of massage at Wat Po.

 
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
 

You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

Accommodation

 
Bangkok Centre Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9Bangkok/Surat Thani

Get to know Thailand's capital. Check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, or explore the klongs on a boat tour before an overnight train. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour.

 

 
Basic overnight train (beds)
Bangkok – Surat Thani12h-13h

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

 
Street Food Crawl
 

Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

 
Carte Blanche
BangkokFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Bangkok, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Grand Palace, hopping on a cycle tour of the city, and visiting the National Museum. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 9

Wat Po Visit
Bangkok

This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. 

 
Klong Riverboat Tour
Bangkok

Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close. 

 
Grand Palace Visit
Bangkok

Visit the King’s official residence (made up of many buildings, halls, lawns, gardens, and courtyards) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings.

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 10Surat Thani/Khao Sok

Get out and explore the natural beauty of the area. Opt to go hiking or swimming in Khao Sok National Park.

Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath.

The entrance fee to the national park is not included.

 
Local bus
Surat Thani – Khao Sok3h30mMorning

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Free Time
Khao SokAfternoon

Get out and explore the natural beauty of the area.

Optional Activities - Day 10

Khao Sok National Park Visit
Khao Sok

Explore the valleys, lakes, caves, and mountains of this national park, all nestled within the lush rainforest. Spot wildlife like monkeys, elephants and hornbills on a jungle trek or paddle through Lake Cheow Larn to marvel at limestone cliffs and see the floating bungalows. 

 
Hiking
Khao Sok

Discover one of the oldest rainforests in the world on foot. Join a tour or hire a private guide and choose from a variety of treks throughout the national park. Keep an eye out for the area's diverse flora and fauna. 

 
Swimming
Khao Sok

Take a dip in Cheow Larn Lake and the Kao Sok River.

Accommodation

 
Khao Sok Rainforest Resort (or similar)
Resort

Day 11Khao Sok/Ko Samui

Travel across southern Thailand to Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.

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

Take a public bus and ferry from Surat Thani and arrive at Koh Samui in the afternoon. The island is known for its magnificent beaches and party nightlife. Tour the island and its main sights or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

 
Local bus
Khao Sok – Surat Thani3h30m

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Local bus
Surat Thani – Don Sak1h

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

 
Ferry
Don Sak – Ko Samui2h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Note: During seasonal monsoon rains from Nov-Jan, we sometimes have to alter our itinerary as ferries between the islands do not operate during heavy rain and strong waves.

Accommodation

 
The Avenue Samui Chaweng (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 12Ko Samui

Water activities abound on this island. Opt to go on an island hopping tour through a national marine park, go swimming, or take a Thai cooking class.

 

 
Free Time
Ko SamuiFull Day

Explore this island paradise and the surrounding sea.

Optional Activities - Day 12

Ang Thong Marine Park Island Hopping Tour
Ko Samui

Take in the gorgeous panorama of this marine park on an island hopping tour. Made up of 42 islands, Ang Thong National Park is known for its incredible biodiversity. Swim in the park's clear waters, photograph the lush islands rising out of the sea, and opt to snorkel if the tide is right.

 
Kayak Trip
Ko Mae Ko

Get in a kayak and start paddling!

 
Green Lagoon Jungle Trek
Ko Samui

Enjoy an easy but, nevertheless, spectacular climb through the dense tropical forest and narrow ravines taking you up to the Talai Nai or "Green Lagoon", which offers stunning views. The water is a gorgeous shade of blue-green -- this is indeed a tropical paradise. 

 
Jeep Tour
Ko Samui

Hop in a jeep and enjoy the ride as you explore this lush island. 

 
Cooking Class
Ko Samui

Refine your culinary skills with a cooking class. Discover the secrets of the delicious local Thai cuisine.

Accommodation

 
The Avenue Samui Chaweng (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 13Ko Samui/Koh Tao

Enjoy some time on the beach with more water activities and plenty of time to chill out. 

During the past 10 years, the reputation of Koh Tao's natural beauty, especially its marine life and coral reefs, has spread the world over and the number of paradise seekers and divers increased rapidly. It's become one of the major dive sites in Thailand, attracting beginners and professionals alike. The island today, though still remaining a unique paradise, caters to all tastes and budgets. 

 
Ferry
Ko Samui – Ko Tao2h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Free Time
Ko TaoAfternoon

Explore the coral reefs and other marine life of this unique paradise.

Accommodation

 
Seashell Resort (or similar)
Beach Resort

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 14Koh Tao

Enjoy an included full-day snorkelling trip. 

 

 
Koh Tao Snorkelling
Ko TaoFull Day

Get your fins on! There's an embarrassment of choices—but the better-known spots are: Hin Wong Bay, Mango Bay, Nang Yuan Island, South Mae Haad and Janson Bay.

Accommodation

 
Seashell Resort (or similar)
Beach Resort

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

Day 15Koh Tao/Bangkok

Free time in the morning. Overnight train to Bangkok.

Return to the mainland in the afternoon to board an overnight train back to Bangkok.

 
Free Time
Ko TaoMorning

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, go shopping, or stroll the beach before returning to Bangkok.

 
Ferry
Ko Tao – Surat Thani1h30m

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Basic overnight train (beds)
Surat Thani – Bangkok9h-10h

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 16Bangkok

Trip ends upon arrival at the Bangkok train station.

Arrive in the early morning at the train station and bid farewell to everyone. 

 
Departure Day (Activities)
 

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

 

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