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Northern Thailand Explorer

Northern Thailand Explorer


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Itinerary

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Thailand

Tour Itinerary

Partake in morning alms-giving, Wander through rice fields, Enjoy local night market eats

Often overlooked for the country's southern islands, northern Thailand offers incredible opportunities to witness local culture and tradition. You'll get time to explore the capital of Bangkok before heading up to scenic cities along the Mekong, wandering through rice fields and discovering temple-rich regions. This engaging itinerary satiates explorers that are eager to go off the beaten path, with time to visit historic sites and local towns at your own pace.

Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown (or similar)

Day 2: Bangkok/Nong Khai
Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Pho. This evening board an overnight train to Nong Khai.
Activity: 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.
Activity: 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.
Transport: Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Nong Khai/Chiang Khan
Arrive early in Nong Khai and enjoy a scenic drive along the Mekong, spotting Laos on the other side of the bank. Arrive in the charming town of Chiang Khan mid-morning.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Opt to take a boat ride on the Mekong for views of Laos
, or hire a bike and meander through the nearby small towns and countryside. 

Accommodation: Wongsaisiri Srichiangkhan Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Chiang Khan
Experience morning alms-giving by offering rice to local monks. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, wandering around this small town on the Mekong.
Activity: Rise before the sun and head to the local market to get rice. Monks rely on food donations to eat and cannot eat after midday so they wake early and walk through town receiving donations and providing blessings. As the monks walk by place rice in their bowl until you are out of gifts.
Free Time: Opt to take a boat ride on the Mekong for views of Laos
, or hire a bike and meander through the nearby small towns and countryside. 

Accommodation: Wongsaisiri Srichiangkhan Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5: Chiang Khan/Phitsanulok
Travel to Phitsanoluk. Enjoy an orientation walk of one of Thailands oldest most historic cities, followed by an afternoon at leisure. For dinner, devour flying morning glory - a local specialty that also provides the entertainment of vegetables soaring through the air.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Spend the afternoon exploring but be sure to be back for a unique dining experience
Accommodation: Holatel Hotel Phitsanulok (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 6: Phitsanulok/Lampang
Drive to Sukhothai Historic Park and wander through ruins of this ancient Kingdom. Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Wander through this ancient royal capital, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a half-day tour. Get a close-up look at the remains of numerous temples, a royal palace, and Buddha figures dating back to the mid-13th century.
Activity: Experience life in a traditional village with a homestay. Take in idyllic views of mountains and rice fields. Get to know your hosts and enjoy participating in activities including weaving, carving, and farming. Savour fresh local meals with the group and opt to lend a hand in the preparation.
Accommodation: Baan Samkha Lampang Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 7: Lampang/Chiang Mai
Travel to Chiang Mai. Climb the many stairs to Doi Suthep, the beautiful temple that overlooks Chiang Mai from its location atop a mountain. Fulfil dreams of Thai streetfood this evening at the incredible night market.
Activity: Pick up a a souvenir at this shopper's paradise. Wander through the market to find music, food, and local artists selling handmade crafts.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: 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 - Superior Room (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Chiang Mai
Enjoy free time in Chiang Mai. Opt to go on a segway tour or cycle through the countryside. It's a feat to fit it all in.
Free Time: Use free time here to make the most of your time in Chiang Mai.
Accommodation: Chiang Mai Gate - Superior Room (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Chiang Mai
Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sai waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner.
Free Time: Opt to explore Doi Inthanon and Doi Pui Suthep National Parks.
Activity: Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.
Accommodation: Chiang Mai Gate - Superior Room (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10: Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya
Free time in Chiang Mai before boarding an overnight train to Ayutthaya.
Transport: Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.
Free Time: Get out and explore.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 11: Ayutthaya to Kanchanaburi
Arrive in Ayutthaya and enjoy a short tour of historical sites followed by a drive to Kanchanaburi. Explore the Death Railway Museum and Allied War Cemetery, and stretch your legs during a short stop at The Bridge on the River Kwai. Catch a boat transfer to a riverside resort in the jungle.
Activity: Take in a piece of World War II history on this visit. We're sure you've seen or at least heard of the famous movie "Bridge on the River Kwai." Well, now you can tour the real thing. It's massive, majestic, and imposing, offering fabulous views of the river below.
Activity: Visit the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum to learn about the Death Railway's dark history, and the Allied War Cemetery where more than 6,000 prisoners are buried.
Activity: Explore the ruins of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ayuthaya served as Thailand's capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: River Kwai Resotel (or similar)

Day 12: Kanchanaburi
Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to go caving or trekking.
Free Time: A full day to explore this scenic riverside town.
Accommodation: River Kwai Resotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Kanchanaburi/Bangkok
Enjoy swimming under the magnificent Erawan Falls. Later transfer to Bangkok for your last night out on the town.
Activity: Visit one of the world's most beautiful waterfalls. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft). Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and opt to hike in the jungle to spot monkeys.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Bangkok
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
11 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport
Train, private vehicle, boat.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Village Homestay, Lampang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai. Wat Pho visit. Klong riverboat tour. Sukhothai Historic Park visit. Doi Suthep temple visit. Night Market visit. Khantoke Cooking Class. Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery visit. Bridge on the River Kwai visit. Erawan Waterfalls visit. Morning alms-giving. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Hotel (10 nts), sleeper train (2 nts), homestay (1 nt).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews


Ratings based off 450 reviews about G Adventures Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

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The G-Adventures travel guides were excellent

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The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

Great trip at a reasonable price.

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

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