Discover the true Thailand. Visit the ancient tribes, explore Buddhist landscapes and venture to the heart of the country.
Get ready to experience all the sides of true Thailand! Feel the pumping atmosphere in the buzzing city hub of Bangkok, explore timeless temple-laden Buddhist landscapes, wander through bustling night markets, and get a chance to see the adorable elephants of Chiang Mai. Throw yourself headfirst into the culture of this incredible country!
We spend 7 days exploring Thailand. We visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Northern Overnight Train, Pai.
What Is Included...
Your Busabout crew
5 nights’ accommodation
1 night overnight train
All transport (train & private bus)
Pai Canyon and Memorial Bridge stop
Ladyboy Cabaret Show
Trip starts at 6:00pm at Bangkok, Bangkok
Trip ends at 10:00am at Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
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7 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Bangkok
Your adventure begins in the cultural and economic hub of Thailand, Bangkok! Meet with your fantastic guide and new Busabout family, and get the lowdown on all of the exciting adventures ahead. We meet up in the reception area this evening before heading out to explore the infamous backpacker area of Khaosan Road. Join us as we head out into the night for the experience of a lifetime in the party capital of the world!
Day 2: Bangkok to Pai (overnight train)
The day is yours to get out there and explore to your heart’s content. Check out the home of Thai royalty at the incredible Grand Palace complex, marvel at the intricate design of Wat Pho temple, enjoy a cruise along the Chao Phraya river and see the Temple of Dawn, or visit the largest weekend market in the world, Chatuchak. Later on this evening we’ll meet up for our transfer to Bangkok’s main train station. It’s time to board our overnight train to the northern province of Chiang Mai! Settle in and relax, and let the rhythmic clack of the train tracks lull you to sleep. (B)
Day 3: Pai
Hop off the train and have a stretch before we grab a bite to eat for breakfast. Then we begin our meander north with a scenic stop at the spectacular Pai Canyon along the way to check out the panoramic views. We’ll arrive in the chilled town of Pai, and head out on an orientation walk before checking into the hotel. Spend the afternoon however you please - explore the surrounding area, relax in a geothermal pool at the hotel, or wander along the River Pai (see if you can catch a glimpse of the local elephants!). Tonight we meet in reception and head into town together to visit the markets, and try out the Thai cuisine. Then we’ll visit a local bar for some relaxing drinks and close out the night!
Day 4: Pai
Today we hope you’ll join us for an exciting optional excursion, as we trek through the jungle! See the sights and sounds of the wilderness and meet remote villagers as we make our way through the local flora, and onward to explore the breathtaking Lod Caves on a bamboo raft. If you’d rather take it easy today, relax by the pool, shop for some Thai treasures, try some delicious street food, and get lost in the rich natural beauty of Pai’s surrounding wilderness. This is our last evening in Pai so check off those last minute sights, and enjoy a drink in one of the numerous hippie-style bars. (B)
Day 5: Pai to Chiang Mai
This morning it’s time to head back to Chiang Mai. Our first stop is at an ancient temple, the oldest in the area, with a local guide to highlight all the intricacies. Today we have two epic optional excursions available; a cooking class to grasp the complexities of Thai cuisine, and a bone crunching Muay Thai show to get the adrenaline pumping. After all the blood pumping action, relax with an ice-cold beverage in one of Chiang Mai’s awesome bars. (B)
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Have a wander around the Old Town today, and hit the shops for some retail therapy. Head out to the gilded hillside temple of Wat Doi Suthep, or for cat lovers a visit to a cat cafe for a drink with some furry friends is an absolute must. You’ve also got the option to go on an incredible excursion to a Ethical Elephant Park to meet these gentle giants, or perhaps a zip line tour through the jungle’s canopy with gibbons is more your style? Tonight we’ll head out into the night markets to explore and grab some dinner, before enjoying a truly thai cultural experience with a twist at an included ladyboy cabaret show! (B)
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again. (B)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Thailand Adventure
Tour starts from:
Bangkok, Bangkok at 6:00pm
Tour ends in:
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in 5 nights 2/3-star hotels, 1 night on an overnight train.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Explore all the must see sights of Bangkok
- Party on the backpacker mecca of Khaosan Road
- Visit the largest weekend markets in the world
- Count the 762 curves on the road to Pai and take in the spectacular scenery
- Chill out in the hot springs and enjoy an included massage, Pai
- Village & hilltribe trek in the hills of Pai
- Check out cabaret & Muay Thai shows, Chiang Mai
- Wander around the night markets of Chiang Mai
- Bath, feed & hangout with elephants in Chiang Mai
- Visit the hills side temple of Wat Doi Suthep for great views over the area
- Check out the walled town of Chiang Mai, get pampered with a Thai massage, shop at the night markets or grab a coffee in its multitude of cafes
- Multiple times - Street food for days in Thailand
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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