Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express

  • Thailand

Explore magnificent temples and palaces, sleep in a floating rafthouse, learn about the somber history of Kanchanaburi.

If you’re short on time but want to see the sights north of Bangkok (and really, who doesn’t?), this is the express trip for you. Take seven days, pack them full of wonderment and reflection in northern Thailand– Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, and Chiang Mai, and plenty of temples, palaces and small villages to explore – and you’ve got a recipe for one of the most memorable weeks you’ll ever have. Toss in the ease of travel by trains and buses and there’s no way you’ll feel like you’re missing out on anything in this dynamic region.

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(€62.71 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
ATNR
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
1 - Easy
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 15, avg 12
Transport
Train, private van, walking
Accommodation
Hotels/guesthouses (4 nights), rafthouse (1 night), sleeper train (1 night).
Meals
5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Other
  • Wat Po visit
  • Klong riverboat tour
  • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
  • View more
    • Thai-Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery visit
    • Rafthouse stay
    • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
    • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

accommodation

Prime Hotel Central Station Bangkok (formerly Centra Central Station Hotel)

Day 2 Bangkok / Kanchanaburi

Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.

Klong Riverboat Tour

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.

Wat Po Visit

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.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Overnight Rafthouse Excursion

Enjoy a unique homestay experience aboard a floating rafthouse on the famous River Kwai. Relax, swim, and mingle with locals in the community.

accommodation

Petch Fa Raft house

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3 Kanchanaburi

Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history.

Private Vehicle

Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction)

Erawan Waterfalls Visit

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.

Bridge on the River Kwai Visit

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, and offers fabulous views of the river below.

Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit

Visit the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum, and JEATH (Japan, England, America, Thailand and Holland) War Museum to learn about the Death Railway's dark history. More than 6,000 prisoners are buried at the cemetery.

accommodation

Good Times Resort

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 4 Kanchanaburi / Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Temple Ruins Tour

Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya, which served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Located 86km (53 mi) north of Bangkok, the ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include stunning pagodas and Buddha images.

accommodation

Ayothaya Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Chan Kasem National Museum Visit

    Take a step back in time at this historically important museum that was once Chan Palace and home to many kings. Tour its pavilions and towers, and admire the extensive collection of antiques and artifacts, including ancient weapons, sculptures, Buddha images, and King Rama IV’s personal belongings.

  • Chao Sam Phraya Museum Visit

    Enjoy looking at objects excavated at Wat Racha Burana and Wat Maha That in the 1950s, including images of the Buddha. The second building displays artifacts from the 6th to the 19th centuries and is a great chance to learn about Thai history.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 5 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya / Chiang Mai

Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

free time

Enjoy free time exploring all Ayutthaya has to offer.

Basic overnight train (beds)

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 6 Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.

Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, 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.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Doi Suthep Temple Visit

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.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

accommodation

Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Cooking Class

    2-3 hours of cooking class delivered by the local expert, You will learn about the different Thai herbs

    Pick out the best ingredients at a local market and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

  • Muay Thai Fight

    Watch a round of Muay Thai -- it's a sport unique to Thailand that’s gaining popularity around the world. Muay Thai has many of the same principles as kickboxing. Learn more about this engrossing sport with a visit to a match -- don't worry, you're not expected to pick up your gloves and fight.

  • Night Market

    Pick up a a souvenir at this shopper's paradise. Wander through the market to find music, food, and local artists selling handmade crafts.

Day 7 Chiang Mai

Depart at any time.

With a little extra time in the area, hilltribe treks are easily accessible, as is the Golden Triangle.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
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