Thailand Explorer

Connect with the tastes of Thailand


Sawatdee! Welcome to Thailand. This nine day adventure takes you into the heart of this dynamic country, from the bustling streets of Bangkok all the way to the H’mong Hilltribe Lodge, nestled in a picturesque valley. Along the way, discover ancient temples, tranquil mountain landscapes, savory local delicacies, and memories to last a lifetime.

from

$2,499

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Get a Quote or call 1-844-205-6226
Trip code: 9THAILAND

Details

  • Countries Visited: Thailand
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights), H’mong Lodge (1 night)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $800
  • Transportation: Private Bus, Bicycle
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure transfers included
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

HOTELS:

  • 2 Nights: U Sukhumvit, Bangkok
  • 2 Nights: U Inchantree, Kanchanaburi
  • 1 Night: Legendha Sukhothai Resort, Sukhothai
  • 1 Night: H’mong Hilltribe Lodge, H’mong
  • 2 Nights: Chala Number 6, Chiang Mai

Hotels are subject to change

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Sawatdee! Welcome to Thailand. Your included transfer brings you to our hotel, where we meet our Local Leader. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your group at a local restaurant. (d)

Day 2: Bangkok

Begin the day with a Chao Phraya River cruise to explore the famous canals — which seem a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital. Pay a visit to the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which highlight the grand architectural traditions of Thailand. (b)

Day 3: Bangkok > Kanchanaburi

Travel north to Kanchanaburi. There will be plenty of stops along the way to stretch your legs, including a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Located at the junction of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai rivers, Kanchanaburi is home to the infamous “Bridge on the River Kwai.” Tonight, explore the Kanchanaburi Night Market with your Local Leader to taste all the local varieties of Thai food. (b, d)

Day 4: Kanchanaburi

This morning we learn of Kanchanaburi’s history with a moving visit to the Hellfire Pass Memorial, built to honor the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts who died while constructing the Thai-Burma Death Railway. Boarding at Nam Tok station, take a ride along the Khwae Noi River and travel over the original wooden viaduct. This afternoon, you may choose to explore Erawan Waterfalls. (b)

Optional Tour: Erawan Waterfalls - $100 per person

Visit and explore the Erawan Waterfalls, a series of seven waterfalls located 90-minutes outside Kanchanaburi.

Day 5: Kanchanaburi > Sukhothai

Today we head to Sukhothai. Upon arrival, visit the Sukhothai Historical Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are the most classic of Thai styles. The park contains the remains of 21 historic sites, with awe-inspiring Buddha images and ponds filled with stunning lotus flowers. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner at the end of the day. (b, d)

Day 6: Sukhothai > Lampang > H’Mong Village

Our private coach takes us north to the H’mong Hills. En route, stop in Lampang — considered by some as the last paradise in Thailand. Here, we visit Friends of the Asian Elephant, the first hospital in the world established to care for sick and abused elephants. We arrive this afternoon at H’mong Lodge – a tranquil experience in a picturesque valley surrounded by stunning natural landscapes. Pack a warm sweater as the weather will be mild and cool year-round due to the lofty mountain locale. We spend the evening with the locals, enjoying a barbecue dinner and cultural performance by the H’mong people. (b, d)

Day 7: H’Mong Village > Chiang Mai

We travel today to the most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai. The “Rose of the North” boasts famous temples, dazzling beauty and welcoming locals. This afternoon, a cooking class teaches us the intricacies of Thai cooking before we get to savor our creations. (b, d)

Day 8: Chiang Mai

Explore Chiang Mai with a cycling tour through the old city: mingle with monks, explore the flea market, sample northern Thai cuisine and visit ancient temples. Afterward, head off to explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep. Tonight, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and the Chiang Mai Night Market caps off an amazing adventure. (b, l, d)

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Our exciting Thailand adventure ends today. Perhaps you will extend your adventure with a Koh Samui island extension. (b)

Extend the Adventure

KOH SAMUI ISLAND EXTENSION

3 days, 2 nights

$599 per person, double occupancy

$799, single occupancy

Day 1: Chiang Mai > Koh Samui

After your Thailand Explorer adventure, fly to Koh Samui. Once a Thai fishing community, this island still features charm, culture, and nightlife. Relax upon arrival in your beachside hotel.

Interflight from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui is not included in package rate, but is available for purchase. Ask your Adventure Specialist for assistance.
Your arrival transfer to your hotel is included
Our hotel in Koh Samui: Casa de Mar (Superior Rooms)

Day 2: Koh Samui

Enjoy an entire day unscripted to write your own adventure. Perhaps visit one of the many Buddhist temples, or relax at a beach-side restaurant. The day is yours! (b)

Our hotel in Koh Samui: Casa de Mar (Superior Rooms)

Day 3: Koh Samui

Your island adventure ends today with an included transfer to the airport. (b)

Private Group Options

Adventure is better together. With private groups as small as 6, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an exclusive departure, just for your crew! Rest assured you'll get the best of small group travel in a big way, plus the security and peace of mind of traveling with a brand backed by AAA.

Things to know before traveling to Thailand

Currency

The official currency of Thailand is the baht (THB). The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency is via ATMs which are available in most towns and cities. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels and more upmarket shops and shopping centers.

Health & Safety

VACCINATIONS:
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

MOSQUITO BORN ILLNESSES:
DENGUE FEVER:
Dengue fever occurs in Thailand, and is particularly common during the rainy season (November-March in Koh Samui and the south-east of the Thai peninsula and May-October in the rest of Thailand, including Phuket), peaking in July and August. There is no vaccination or specific treatment available for dengue fever.

MALARIA:
Malaria can be contracted throughout the year in rural areas, particularly near the borders with Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Speak to your doctor about preventative medication if you are concerned about malaria.

OTHER:
Other mosquito borne illnesses, such as Japanese encephalitis also occur in some areas.

Always take preventative measures to protect yourself against mosquitoes such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn.

ZIKA VIRUS:
There have been reports of transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in this region and we advise all travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, and taking a very cautious approach, we recommend all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to consult with their doctors before booking their trip.

AIR POLLUTION AND SMOKE HAZE
Bangkok and other Thai cities experience high levels of air pollution, which may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. These can be particularly high between the months of December and February. Smoke haze, which usually occurs across parts of north and north-east Thailand during March to April, can also aggravate these conditions.

Cuisine

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

One of the most popular take away foods in the world, you'll have a chance to try authentic Thai food, local and fresh, throughout this trip. For vegans and vegetarians, you'll need to look out for ingredients like shrimp paste (often in curry sauces), fish sauce, dried shrimp and cooked egg added to stir fries and soups.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

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Thailand Explorer

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Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


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