Journey from Ancient Ruins to Swaying Palms

16-Day Culture, Beach & Elephants Multi-Centre Itinerary - Chiang Mai & Khanom - Thailand

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Duration16 days / 15 nights (flexible)

ItineraryBangkok - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai - Golden Triangle - Thai Homestay - Khanom - Bangkok

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This itinerary is perfect for those looking for something just a little bit different to the well-worn tourist path. You’ll start in Bangkok before wandering through the ancient imperial city of Sukhothai. In Chiang Mai you’ll visit the majestic residents of the Elephant Nature Park , then journey East through exotic scenery to the temples and tribes of the Golden Triangle with a short hop over the border to Myanmar. After seeing the best of Northern Thailand, you’ll continue your Thailand trip by travelling south to spend a few days at a unique traditional Thai homestay. You’ll finish your adventure amidst the pink dolphins of Khanom.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport as listed
  • Excursions as mentioned

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Bright Lights of Bangkok

You’ll arrive in the bustling capital of Bangkok and stay on the riverside of Chao-Phraya, with a rooftop pool, and just a short walk to the famous Khao San Road. The following morning we’ll arrange a thrilling full day excursion that will give you a taste of life in Bangkok. You’ll discover local communities, learn about the history and finish the afternoon with a refreshing drink at a roof-top bar.

Thailand Bangkok skyline night

Ancient Cities: Your Own Way

On arrival you’ll be transferred from Phitsanulok train station to your comfortable hotel close to the historic centre with the wonders of the ancient temples and ruins of Sukothai’s UNESCO Historic Park not far away. Your time is free to spend at your leisure and a quick tuk-tuk ride will get you to the temples where you can explore these well-preserved ruins.

Ancient Cities: Your Own Way

Elephant Encounters in Chiang Mai

When you arrive in Chiang Mai, you’ll make your own way to your hotel in the centre of the city. With a laid-back, spiritual atmosphere, Chiang Mai is a walkable city scattered sacred temples and shrines. If you have time, it’s worth stopping at the night market, packed with souvenirs and aromatic street food stalls.

Thailand Chiang Mai elephant feeding


Next you will learn all about these gentle giants at the Elephant Nature Park. You’ll be collected from your hotel in Chiang Mai and transferred to the park an hour away. You will learn all about the issues faced by elephants in Asia and the personal stories of those rescued by the park. You will have the chance to observe these majestic animals and aid in their rehabilitation before returning to Chiang Mai in the early evening for another night in the city.

Myanmar, Monks and the Mekong

The next few days you will spend together with your private guide and driver in the far north of Thailand. Your tour starts in the bustling city of Chiang Mai, from here you will travel past green hills and sleepy towns to the Golden Triangle where the red Mekong forms a natural border between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The next day you will gain an insight into the life of Myanmar by going across the border and spending a few hours in the Burmese border town of Tachilek. In the afternoon you will travel to Chiang Rai and stay in a comfortable hotel for the final night of this trip of Northern Thailand. Enjoy the green mountainous landscape and let yourself get carried away by the atmosphere of the northern cities.

Woman at the Golden Triangle

At Home with the Thai

Sometimes when travelling in Thailand, it can be hard to discover authentic experiences or take a detour off the well-worn tourist route. However, we’ve found an authentic homestay in the Thai countryside. You’ll stay with a local Dutch-Thai family who run their Thailand homestay in a sustainable, eco-friendly way and offer you a unique opportunity to experience real life in rural Thailand. You’ll take a trip to a local village and learn all about the traditional Thai way of life before jumping on a bicycle and cycling through the untouched countryside. Here the landscapes are more rugged, the stars seem to shine brighter, and the people are ready to welcome you.

lady with local kids in thailand

Relaxing on Dolphin Beach

Next you’ll stay in Khanom, a pretty town on the mainland of southern Thailand. Much less touristy than the nearby islands you can relax without the crowds. You will stay in a comfortable resort with a pool overlooking the sea, they also offer a shuttle service into town so you can check out the local markets and beaches too. There’s nothing planned for the first day so you can kick back and relax with a good book.

thai beach khanom

Today it’s time to try and spot some pink dolphins. You’ll be collected from your hotel this morning and taken to the pier to catch a longtail boat out into the bay to spot these friendly animals, make sure to keep your camera ready as they often jump alongside the boat. The boat will glide past jagged cliffs and dense mangroves over the smooth water; of course we cannot guarantee you will see dolphins but as they are friendly animals it is highly likely. After the excursion the rest of the afternoon is free to spend as you wish.

Swimming dolphin in thailand

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“Thailand is my ‘go to’ destination if I’m craving a holiday packed with culture, beaches and ease. My customers like the variety Thailand has to offer - especially families who love making special memories with their children; old and young.”

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