Delve into the wonders of northern Thailand on an eight-day trip packed with unforgettable cultural experiences. Explore the serene Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and dine on a converted rice barge. Travel to a traditional village outside of Chiang Mai and visit a local family's guesthouse. In this place of golden Buddhist temples, rejuvenate your travel spirit — and stretch your understanding of the world.

Trip highlights

Meet with Monks, Visit the 14th-century Wat Chedi Luang Buddhist temple in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city. Sit down with young monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism, and leave feeling spiritually refreshed.

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.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Additional Notes:
You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 14:00pm.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Upon arrival at the airport, head to the arrival hall and door number 3 near the information counter. Look for a driver holding a G Adventures sign with your name, who'll take you to your hotel so you can check in and start exploring.
Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours)

Day 2 Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B)

Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the "Bridge on the River Kwai." Take a train journey over the bridge and marvel in a piece of World War II history. Visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery.

Included Activities:
Bridge on the River Kwai Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)

Day 3 Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge.

Included Activities:
Erawan Waterfalls Visit
Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit
Dinner Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)

Khantok in the Northern dialect means wooden tray, used for carrying dishes, round in shape and made of teak wood. The host will invite guests to sit on the floor around the khantok. After dinner, enjoy tea time with the opportunity to talk with local people to learn their way of living.

Included Activities:
Ayutthaya Historical Park Guided Tour
Traditional Thai Guesthouse & Home Dinner

Transport:
Hello again, Bangkok! Travel back to the city and to the airport by private van.
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Plane (1.50 hour(s))

Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

Monk Chats are a great cultural exchange, but is also important in helping the young Monks improve their English.

Included Activities:
Cooking Class
Meet with Monks
Doi Suthep Temple Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B)

Enjoy the day to explore or participate in some optional activities.

Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)

Fly back to Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through the city's canals and a visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Included Activities:
Klong Riverboat Tour
Wat Po Visit

Transport:
Take a quick flight back to Bangkok.
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle

Day 8 Bangkok (1B)

Depart at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please note that check out time is 12:00pm.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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