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Thailand Journey
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8 days

from $1,410 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Swim in turquoise pools below a seven-tiered waterfall in Erawan National Park, and spot monkeys on a jungle hike.
  • Meet a resident monk and receive a Buddhist blessing at one of Thailand’s most revered temples.
  • Visit Wat Pho to view a colossal gilded statue of the Reclining Buddha.
  • Visit a village home outside Chiang Mai and sit down to a traditional khantok dinner.
Itinerary

Delve into the wonders of northern Thailand on a trip packed with unforgettable experiences. Explore the elegant stone stupas and sprawling palaces of Ayutthaya Historical Park; then venture to Chiang Mai, where we’ll craft local dishes with ingredients gathered from a town market and visit a countryside village for a traditional meal. While discovering Buddhist temples and lush mountain landscapes, gain a new perspective on Thailand’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time; your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: Bangkok/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.

Day 3: Kanchanaburi/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 the Erawan. This afternoon, transfer to the historic city of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya—better known simply as 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.

Day 4: Phra 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.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Delve into the bustle of Chiang Mai’s morning markets with a local chef, and learn about colorful 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.

Day 6: Chiang 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.

Day 7: Chiang 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 colorful 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.

Day 8: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 15 Dec 2019 - 22 Dec 2019
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
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  • date 22 Dec 2019 - 29 Dec 2019
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  • date 05 Jan 2020 - 12 Jan 2020
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  • date 19 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020
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  • date 02 Feb 2020 - 09 Feb 2020
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  • single occupancy
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    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Feb 2020 - 14 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $1,444 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,053 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
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  • date 01 Mar 2020 - 08 Mar 2020
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    $1,659 AUD Per Person
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  • date 08 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $1,410 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,019 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Mar 2020 - 22 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $1,410 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,019 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $1,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,208 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 May 2020 - 17 May 2020
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    $1,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,208 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020
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    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Aug 2020 - 09 Aug 2020
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    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 30 Aug 2020 - 06 Sep 2020
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    $1,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,208 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Sep 2020 - 04 Oct 2020
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    $1,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,208 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 01 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020
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    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020
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    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
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    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Dec 2020 - 13 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2020 - 27 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Dec 2020 - 03 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Jan 2021 - 10 Jan 2021
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jan 2021 - 24 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 Jan 2021 - 07 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Feb 2021 - 21 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Feb 2021 - 07 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $1,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,308 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Mar 2021 - 21 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Mar 2021 - 04 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $1,659 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,268 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Apr 2021 - 18 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $1,599 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $2,208 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (7 nts).
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, train, boat, plane.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet with Monks, Chiang Mai
  • Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Sunset visit to Doi Suthep monastery
  • Explore Bangkok and take a klong boat ride
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,918

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

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