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Iconic Thailand

15 days, Bangkok to Bangkok

Experience the timeless grandeur of Thailand’s cities, temples, and landscapes on a cross-country adventure. Explore the rich cultural heritage and culinary delights of Chiang Mai, then head south to discover tropical coastlines. Stroll the sun-drenched shores of Ko Samui, and venture to limestone cliffs and sacred caves in Krabi. In each destination, marvel at intricate palaces and monasteries, meet locals in village homes and traditional workshops, and delight in the flavours of authentic Thai cuisine.

15 days - Bangkok to Bangkok

From$24599HKD
Valid on Sep 4 2022
Trip Code: ATHNG

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Experience the timeless grandeur of Thailand’s cities, temples, and landscapes on a cross-country adventure. Explore the rich cultural heritage and culinary delights of Chiang Mai, then head south to discover tropical coastlines. Stroll the sun-drenched shores of Ko Samui, and venture to limestone cliffs and sacred caves in Krabi. In each destination, marvel at intricate palaces and monasteries, meet locals in village homes and traditional workshops, and delight in the flavours of authentic Thai cuisine.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

15 days - Bangkok to Bangkok

From$24599HKD
Valid on Sep 4 2022
Trip Code: ATHNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

100

There’s something heavenly about the Thai capital, especially at sundown when the towering skyscrapers glow in soothing greens and blues, and incense from spirit houses curls skyward.” —Roy Hamric, 48 Hours: Bangkok, National Geographic Traveler, March, 2007

Map of the route for Iconic Thailand

Places visited

Itinerary Notes

1. THAILAND ENTRY PACKAGE INFORMATION
When you book the Thailand Entry Package, regardless of upgrade status or room type, please be aware that you will need to arrive no later than 18:00 hours to be eligible to book this package.

Please note that if you have purchased the Thailand Entry Package on the evening of day 4 you will be transferred to get your second required PCR test and then be taken back to the hotel. On day 5 while awaiting results of the PCR test you will need to remain in your hotel room. Upon receiving a negative result you may resume your tour with G Adventures. In some cases the test may be available at the hotel you will be staying at, but that is not always guaranteed.

2. There are new Health & Safety Protocols for National Geographic Journeys tours. Please see here for full details and up-to-date requirements as they may change.

Itinerary

Day 1Bangkok

Arrive at any time; your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

After breakfast, travel to the city of Kanchanaburi, situated at the convergence of the Khwae Noi and Khwae Yai Rivers. Board a train for a winding journey into World War II history as you cross the bridge made famous by the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai. At the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, learn about the Burma Railway, constructed by imperial Japanese forces to connect Bangkok and Burma; then visit the nearby Kanchanaburi War Cemetery to see where the prisoners of war who worked on the railway were laid to rest.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

This morning, hike into the lush landscapes of Erawan National Park, located high in the mist-shrouded Tenasserim Hills. Take a dip in the turquoise pools of the Erawan Falls—so called because its top tier of cascades resemble the three-headed, mythological elephant known as Erawan. This afternoon, transfer to the historic city of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, a former capital of the medieval kingdom of Ayutthaya, also known as Siam. Sample traditional Thai dishes during dinner on a converted rice barge from the 1930s.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Set out to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, centered on the old city which served as the Siamese capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it was one of the largest and most cosmopolitan regions in the world. Stroll down well-planned city streets to view magnificent palaces and Buddhist monasteries that set the standard for Thai architecture for generations to come. Later, return to Bangkok and transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Visit a traditional village in the countryside and enjoy a khantok-style dinner, served on low pedestal trays.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Traditional Thai Home Dinner

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5Chiang Mai

Delve into the bustle of Chiang Mai’s morning markets with a local chef, and learn about colourful fruits and fragrant herbs as you select ingredients for a Thai cooking class. Enjoy your creation for lunch, then set out to visit a historic temple. Sit down with one of the resident monks to discuss daily life and the tenets of Buddhism. Later, clear your mind to the chanting of monks at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most spectacular gilded temples in Thailand.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Foodie Moment Cooking Class| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Meet with Monks

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6Chiang Mai

Spend a full day exploring Chiang Mai’s temples and forested hills on your own, or choose between a variety of optional activities. Traverse the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk, or opt to take a cycling tour through verdant rice paddies and the elegant historic district. In the evening, choose to visit Chiang Mai’s vibrant night market.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Chiang Mai/Bangkok

This morning, fly to Bangkok and board a traditional klong boat for a ride along the winding canals that have earned the city the nickname the “Venice of the East.” Glide past colourful temples, modern skyscrapers, and houses perched above the water. Visit Wat Pho, Bangkok’s largest and oldest temple complex, and often considered Thailand’s first public university—its many inscriptions were intended to instruct visitors. Marvel at the magnificent statue of the Reclining Buddha, glittering with gold leaf and mother-of-pearl.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Bangkok

Enjoy a free day in bustling Bangkok. Opt to visit the dazzling Grand Palace, formerly the official residence of the Thai royal family, and gaze upon the sacred statue of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. Browse the stunning collections of Thai art and artifacts at the Bangkok National Museum, including weaponry, ceramics, textiles, and musical instruments; or hop on a bike to explore the quieter side of the city, pedalling past hidden temples and lush parks.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Bangkok/Ko Samui

This morning, transfer to the airport in Bangkok and catch a flight to the tropical island of Ko Samui, bordered by the sapphire waters off Thailand’s southeast coast. Settle into your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon to relax by the pool, stroll along a white-sand beach, or explore the local village.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Ko Samui

After breakfast, board a traditional longtail boat and travel off the tourist trail to the pristine islands of Ko Mat Sum and Ko Taen. Savour a local lunch on the beach, then choose to explore by kayak or snorkel. Glide past green-shrouded cliffs and tranquil lagoons, or don a mask and fins to delve into vibrant underwater worlds.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 11Ko Samui/Khao Sok

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive to Kao Thep Pitak, a community-owned farm supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a lunch of local specialties and take a stroll through the surrounding fruit orchards. Continue to Khao Sok National Park, where you will settle into a sustainable, community-focused eco-lodge located just outside the park boundary. This evening, venture into the rainforest park on a nighttime walk with a community guide, then gather for a campfire dinner surrounded by the music of the jungle.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Kao Thep Pitak Farm and Culinary Experience| Your G for Good Moment Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park is southern Thailand’s largest area of virgin rainforest, encompassing a breathtaking wilderness of karst peaks, turquoise lakes, and tropical rainforest that stretch along the southwest coast. Explore the park on your own today, choosing between a variety of optional jungle activities. Head out for a hike in search of monkeys and tropical birds inhabiting the dense canopy. Soak in steaming hot springs, glide down the sparkling Sok River aboard a canoe, or set out on a cycling tour of the park’s winding trails.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Khao Sok/Krabi

This morning, drive south to Krabi, situated on Thailand’s tropical southwest coast. Cross the Krabi River by private longtail boat, gliding past mangrove forests and limestone peaks. Venture into the Khao Khanap Nam cave to view prehistoric paintings and fascinating rock formations. Later, head to Ko Klang island and board motorized tricycle tuk-tuks to explore local communities and traditional industries, including a rubber plantation, rice fields, and a batik workshop. Chat with villagers and learn about timeless agricultural and artisanal techniques passed down over generations.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Krabi Village Excursion

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Krabi

Enjoy a full day of free time to relax at the hotel or explore Krabi. Opt to catch a tuk-tuk to Ao Nang beach, overlooked by towering, vine-draped limestone cliffs. Choose to navigate the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea by kayak, or snorkel among colourful tropical fish. Discover the idyllic beaches of the Ko Phi Phi islands by speedboat on an optional day trip.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Krabi/Bangkok

This morning, return to Bangkok, where your trip concludes.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet with Monks, Chiang Mai
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Farm and Culinary Experience, Ban Ta Khun
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner, Khao Sok
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Krabi Village Excursion, Krabi
  • Your G for Good Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal, Ban Ta Khun
  • Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Thai-Burma war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Bangkok boat tour of the klongs (canals) and Wat Pho temple complex
  • Ko Mat Sum and Ko Taen Excursion
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (12 nts), lodge (2 nts).

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Allow USD185-240 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, tricycle, boat, train, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure - From $1169.00

Learn how to drive a classic Thai mode of transport—the tuk-tuk—then set off for a full-day Northern Thailand adventure like no other. With your very own guide, explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai, drive past rice fields and temples as you weave through the countryside, and experience Thai hospitality at its finest over lunch and chatting with the local people. Drinking water throughout the day, as well as pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Chiang Mai, is included. Please note: if you wish to drive the tuk-tuk, you must have a valid drivers license (manual drivers license for certain countries) and successfully learn tuk-tuk manual gear/stick shift during the training session, otherwise you will be chauffeured.

Phi Phi Island Tour By Speed Boat - From $459.00

Traverse the Phi Phi Archipelago to discover idyllic beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. Stop to snorkel at Loh Samah Bay and see the wildlife at Monkey Beach. From the boat, view the iconic Maya Bay, made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Beach. Stop at the glittering lagoon, Pileh Bay. Secluded by limestone cliffs rising majestically from the water, this hidden paradise is the perfect spot for swimming and exploring. Once you've built up an appetite, head to the lively Phi Phi Don for a buffet lunch, catching a glimpse of Viking Cave en route. End the day in the picturesque setting of Bamboo Island, where you can opt to snorkel or relax on the white sands. Please note that this tour does not include the National Park fee which is required by law to be paid directly to the park ranger.

My Own Room - From $5859.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Iconic Thailand

| 15 days - Bangkok to Bangkok - from $24599 HKD