Delve Deep: Northern Thailand 2024-25

Delve Deep: Northern Thailand 2024-25

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Delve Deep: Northern Thailand 2024-25

10 Days Starting in Bangkok and ending in Chiang Mai

Visiting: Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak, River Kwai, Kanchanaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Hmong Hilltribe Lodge Chiang Mai Hotel I ม้ง ลอจ์ด รีสอร์ท เเม่ริม เชียงใหม่, Pai

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TNTBC4

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, Wildlife Tours

From:
$1619
$1307 (USD) Operator discount: -$243 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$69 -19%
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Tour Overview

TRIP VIBE = iconic sights and in-depth adventures with a local Trip Leader. Northern Thailand: home of serene temples, unreal scenery, epic histories, food that slaps. And So. Much. More. Want to embrace the new? Jump headfirst into the unknown? Immerse yourself in the extraordinary? This is THE place to do it. We’ll go beyond those all-star attractions and delve deep into the local culture. Grab your camera and pull on those elephant-print pants ‘cos it’s time to get started.

Highlights

  • Visit Mae Klong Railway Market

  • Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

  • Longtail boat to floating raft accommodation

  • Overnight stay in floating raft accommodation

  • Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

  • Train ride on Death Railway

  • Visit Wat Mahathat

  • Visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

  • Bike tour of Sukhothai temples

  • Visit Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Bangkok (Thailand)
Location: Bangkok
Accommodation: Overnight in Bangkok
Meals Included: Dinner

Let’s kickstart this adventure in Thailand’s temple-stuffed, neon-lit, food-loving capital. Say sawasdee (sah-wah-dee) to your new travel fam before tucking into your first group dinner. Thought the pad thai from your local takeout was good? Wait ‘til you try the real, authentic thing. Afterwards, the evening is yours for the taking. Need recs? Tick off your souvenir shopping early at a night market. Have a few bevs at a swanky rooftop bar. Or watch a live Muay Thai boxing match. It’s your trip, your way.

Day 2 : Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – River Kwai
Location: Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak, River Kwai
Accommodation: Overnight stay in floating raft accommodation
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Pack an overnight bag (we’ll store the rest of your luggage until we reach Kanchanaburi) and wave goodbye to the city’s locals. Today, we’re making tracks for the legendary River Kwai. First though, a duo of awesome markets. Arrive at Mae Klong Railway Market just in time to see the locals pack up their stalls and make way for the train (yep, an actual train) to pass through. Next up: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This colourful maze of canals (khlongs in the local lingo) is the place to pick up everything from fragrant spices to awesome artwork. Your water journey isn’t quiiite finished yet. Hop on a traditional longtail boat and hightail it (see what we did there?) to tonight’s accommodation: a floating hotel. Sweet dreams...

Day 3 : River Kwai – Kanchanaburi
Location: Kanchanaburi
Accommodation: Overnight in Kanchanburi
Meals Included: Breakfast

After waking up to dreamy waterside views and the sound of chirping cicadas, it’s time to get your history hat on. No lie, today’s gonna be tough. We’ll start by soaking up one of the region’s most famous sights: the Bridge Over the River Kwai. The railway bridge – part of the so-called Death Railway that ran from Thailand to Burma – was built by thousands of POWs during WWII, including many Australians. We’ll learn more about the railway’s construction and the grim working conditions the POWs endured at the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. Then, it’s time to take a train ride along what’s left of the Death Railway’s tracks. The evening is up to you. Relax and reflect on the day while watching a spectacular sunset over the river. Then, ask your Trip Leader for some local food recs – they know all the best spots.

Day 4 : Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Phitsanulok
Location: Kanchanaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok
Accommodation: Overnight in Phitsanulok
Meals Included: Breakfast

Take one last look at the River Kwai before we head east to Ayutthaya. Never heard of it before? That’s because it’s one of Thailand’s hidden gems – and it is truly special. Once the capital of ancient Siam (the old name for Thailand), Ayutthaya now has UNESCO World Heritage status. The Indiana Jones in you will love touring around its magical temples. We'll head to the site of the old Royal Palace to view two INCRED structures: Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Then, it’s time to make tracks to Phitsanulok just in time for dinner.

Day 5 : Phitsanulok – Sukhothai – Chiang Mai
Location: Sukhothai, Chiang Mai
Accommodation: Overnight in Chiang Mai
Meals Included: Breakfast

Tums filled with another tropical fruit-laden breakfast, today we’ve got the super-stunning Sukhothai in our sights. Another ancient capital of Siam (there’s a few), Sukhothai certainly lucked out in the beauty department. Jump on a bike and glide your way past some of its most breathtaking ruined temples on a guided tour. Once your camera roll is full and your calves are aching, we’ll hop back on the bus and make tracks for Chiang Mai – Northern Thailand’s biggest city. Tonight: gather the fam and find a local haunt for some seriously fiery green curry, or panang if you actually *don’t* want to spice up your life.

Day 6 : Chiang Mai
Location: Chiang Mai
Accommodation: Overnight in Chiang Mai
Meals Included: Breakfast

Chiang Mai. Eye-popping architecture. Awesome night markets. And a fascinating fusion of cultures and traditions. This city’s got it going on. After getting your bearings, there’s a heap of optional activities up for grabs. Delve deep into the local culture during an almsgiving ceremony with the resident monks at a tranquil temple. Or explore the city on two wheels during a guided Vespa tour, including a pitstop at Wat Phra That Doi Kham. It’s that big golden Buddha perched on the hill southwest of the city – you can’t miss it. Hungry? There’s an optional cooking class this afternoon if you fancy upgrading your chef skills. Or practice your foot jabs and switch kicks in a Muay Thai boxing class.

Day 7 : Chiang Mai – Hmong Hill Tribe Stay
Location: Chiang Mai, Hmong Hilltribe Lodge Chiang Mai Hotel I ม้ง ลอจ์ด รีสอร์ท เเม่ริม เชียงใหม่
Accommodation: Overnight stay in a hill tribe lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After another included brekkie, we’ll wave goodbye to Chiang Mai (for now). Press your nose to the coach window and soak up all the stunning views racing past as we make our way to our first stop of the day – the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park. This place is exactly what it says on the tin: a park where they make paper out of elephant poo. And it’s not as stinky as it sounds, promise. Once you’ve had a masterclass in making paper out of poo (aka the ultimate souvenir for your friends back home), we’ll head for the Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge. This BEAUTiful location is tonight’s stopover. Soak up the lush views of the Chiang Mai Valley before a traditional dinner complete with Hmong dancing. This is what you came for.

Day 8 : Hmong Hill Tribe – Pai
Location: Pai
Accommodation: Overnight in Pai
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine! Today we’ll be heading further into the hills to try the region’s local bevvy: tea! Learn how to pluck tea leaves and roast them during a guided tour of a local tea garden. Then, slurp on some award-winning concoctions in the tranquil tea house. Next up: Pai. This town might be tiny but it’s surrounded by holy sh*t-worthy scenery. We’re talking tangled rainforests, tumbling waterfalls and Thailand’s answer to the Grand Canyon. Tonight, get your bearings with a stroll down Pai’s Walking Street. Shopping street by day, lively food market after dark – it's the ideal spot to dig into some delish street food. Our pick? Khao soi: a regional coconutty noodle soup.

Day 9 : Pai – Chiang Mai
Location: Chiang Mai
Accommodation: Overnight in Chiang Mai
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Remember how Pai’s home to Thailand’s version of the Grand Canyon? Well, today you’ll be seeing it for yourself. Fuel up at breakfast before we head for the spectacular Pai Canyon Lookout. Hope you’re not scared of heights. Then, we’ll swap sweeping views for subterranean wonders with a visit to Tham Lot Cave. What’s that? Something just brushed past your ear? Probably just a bat – the cave’s home to hundreds of them. Emerge back into the daylight and hop back on the coach for one last journey. Before we return to Chiang Mai for our final evening together though, we’ll tuck into steaming bowls of noodles with yet another eye-popping view. Memories = made.

Day 10 : Chiang Mai
Location: Chiang Mai
Meals Included: Breakfast

You’ve toured the temples, soaked up all the views, made paper out of elephant poo. All that’s left to do now is swap deets with your travel fam and say your goodbyes. Not ready for the fun to be over? We got you. Hop back down to Bangkok to join our Southern Thailand tour for a week of island-hopping and jungle adventures. Sounds pretty sweet, right?

What's Included

  • Transport

    Local boat and private vehicle

  • Guide

    Trip leader and driver

  • Accommodation

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Basically: it’s not necessary. Your Trip Leader and Driver don’t expect tips, and they won’t ask for any either. Meaning? More dollar to spend on optional activities (and a souvenir for your nan).

  • Insurance

    Before your trip departs, it’s compulsory for all passengers to take out comprehensive travel insurance covering cancellation, medical expenses (including repatriation), loss or damage to baggage and personal belongings, money and personal liability.

  • Passports and visas

    Please make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the last day of your trip. Some countries will refuse entry if you do not have at least six months validity remaining on your passport after your departure date. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter certain countries. It is your responsibility to obtain visas prior to your trip’s departure. To determine which visas you’ll need, you can consult either your own government’s website or the government websites of the countries in which you will be travelling. PLEASE NOTE: some visas can take up to six weeks to acquire, so don’t leave it until the last minute. Also, bear in mind that the validity of a visa often runs from its date of issue rather than the date of entry into the country. Please check with the appropriate embassy/embassies prior to departure, as requirements do change periodically.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Curious? Open-minded? Same. Topdeckers are a mixed bunch, but that’s what makes us special. They come from all over the globe and are aged between 18 and 39. Like you, they’re looking to feel real. To experience more. To embrace the unknown. To grow and connect – without judgement.

  • Is there an age limit on Topdeck trips?

    Yes. Our trips are specifically designed for those aged 18-39 years of age.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.topdeck.travel/resources/booking-flexibility

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We operate Single Share across across all touring styles and will match you with someone of the same gender

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    E-Documentation will be sent

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, we work dilligenltly with our partners to acheive this

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can on European Tours

Reviews of this Operator

Sarah, Traveller  

Road Trip USA

01-Oct-2020

"The tour leader and bus driver were exceptional at all times. The optional activities were great and catered to a lot of different people. The tour as a whole was great and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would definitely book with Topdeck again."

Tobin, Traveller  

Japan Highlights

29-Nov-2019

“Incredible experience! I had done a tour with another company in Europe so thought I knew what to expect but was blown away with my Topdeck tour. Better accommodation, such a great group of people and our trip leader was incredible. Saw so much stuff I would have missed without him. Highly recommended!”

Emily, Traveller  

Jordan & Israel

08-Aug-2019

“I felt so safe everywhere we went and would go back in a heartbeat if I could! Can't wait to make my way back to Egypt! I would recommend this to everyone, any doubt you have about Egypt or any of the Middle Eastern countries will be washed away as soon as you step off that plane!”

Axel Taylor (Google Reviewer)  

So Topdeck, you have better...

07-Apr-2024

So Topdeck, you have better not of cancelled my trip that I paid over $6000, and now I can’t even login into my own account because of some 403 Error and need permission to gain access to my account. Get it sorted out because I am not flying all the way over to Lisbon Portugal to find my reservation at the hotel has been cancelled. This is absolutely unacceptable and disgraceful. You even got my flights wrong when I went to Tokyo back in 2017 and I ended up at the wrong airport. Topdeck get your act together and sort it out. And let me back into my own account.

Jayden Urch (Google Reviewer)  

Will cancel your trip 1...

16-Sep-2023

Will cancel your trip 1 week beforehand

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    Topdeck allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform topdeck, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Topdeck requires a minimum deposit of 60 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of topdeck charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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