Bangkok, Pai & Chiang Mai
There are no beach bars on this trip. And no there won’t be any ludicrously large moon-based parties or bright plastic buckets full of booze. Why? Because this trip takes you to the true heart of Thailand. It takes you on a real adventure. You can explore the temple-laden-landscapes, trek in the hills, learn some unforgettable history and get a glimpse into the ancient tribal culture that shaped this beautiful country. So take your time, learn a little, and as the Thai say: ‘jai yen yen' (cool your heart).
- Your Fantastic Tour Leader
- Local Thai Guide
- 6 nights accomodation (5 nights 2 - 3* star hotels, 1 night on an overnight train)
- All transport (train & private-bus)
- 5 breakfasts
- Orientation walks
Chill out, explore on your own or take part in one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.
- Chop and sizzle at a Thai cooking class
- Dance all night at local student night clubs
- Trek in the stunning hills of Northern Thailand
- Check out the Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Bangkok
A city of hedonistic temptations and transport-driven infuriation. Meet your Tour Leader at 6pm for a welcome meeting. After getting to know your fellow travel buddies your Tour Leader will take you out to a great local restaurant where you can try some of the best Thai food in town, followed by some drinks at some local bars and even one of our favourite bars with a great view of the city.
Day 2: Bangkok to Pai (overnight train)
Today you get to venture out and explore Thailand's capital city. Join in our optional day trip to see some of town's must see sights. Cruise up the river, check out some of the great Wats, visit China Town and head to the Grand Palace. After a day of exploring you'll definitely want to come back! Meet your guide at the hotel reception this afternoon for a transfer to the train station to catch our super comfy overnight train. (B)
F: Explore all the must see sights of Bangkok by tuk tuk
Day 3: Pai
Chilled Vibes. That's what Pai's all about. The town has an incredibly lively market and loads of hip bars and cafes. It's surrounded by lush jungle, waterfalls and hotsprings as well as hill tribe villages to boot. Tonight your Guide will take you to the night markets, a great restaurant and a bar for some great live music.
H: A night out in Pai
Day 4: Pai
Today is your day to explore Pai and its lush surroundings. Choose from treks into the hill tribes or rafting day trips (season depending). After a fun packed adventurous day, head to the hot springs to relax before meeting your Guide for dinner. (B)
F: Splash about and go river rafting (wet season only)
F: Venture into the tribal realm on a Hill Tribe trek
Day 5: Pai to Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai. There’s hundreds of temples, thriving universities, great nightclubs and everything else in between. It’s one of those amazing towns that feels both lived in and ancient. You arrive in time for lunch so take your time and choose from a bunch of cultural activities. If you've always wanted to learn how to cook some of those great Thai dishes you've been eating, join our optional cooking class this afternoon. If you want to learn more about the local sport Muay Thai, join us this evening at the Muay Thai stadium before we head out and experience the great nightlife on offer. (B)
H: Chiang Mai Orientation Walk with Local Guide
F: Slice, dice and spice in a Thai Cooking class
F: Check out a Muay Thai show
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Get up early! There's so much to see and do in and around this great city! Head out of town and join in one of our optional excursions, or spend the day in the city checking out the temples, markets and taking in the city vibe. After a fun-packed day join your Tour Leader for dinner and an optional Cabaret show. If you want to party on, this is the city to do it in! (B)
F: Bath, feed & hangout with elephants at the Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai
F: Check out a Ladyboy cabaret show
Day 7: Chiang Mai
The trip ends after breakfast. (B)(B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner)
It was so much fun and we loved the freedom of the way the tour works. Will definitely be booking another one asap!