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15 days

from $3,212 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
  • Marvel at Wat Chedi Luang temple in the heart of Chiang Mai, and discuss daily life with a resident monk.
  • Explore the temples and palaces of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former royal capital; and cruise Bangkok’s delightfully chaotic canals.
  • Kayak and snorkel the crystalline waters of Ko Mat Sum and Ko Tan islands.
  • Cross the Krabi River aboard a longtail boat before hopping in a tricycle tuk-tuk to discover traditional industries on Ko Klang island.
Itinerary

Experience the timeless grandeur of Thailand’s cities, temples, and landscapes on a cross-country adventure. Explore the rich cultural heritage and culinary delights of Chiang Mai, then head south to explore tropical coastlines. Stroll the sun-drenched shores of Ko Samui, and explore limestone cliffs and sacred caves in Krabi. In each destination, marvel at intricate palaces and monasteries, meet locals in village homes and traditional workshops, and delight in the flavors of authentic Thai cuisine.

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

Enjoy the day in bustling Bangkok. Option to visit temples, museums, a spa, or go shopping.

Day 9: Bangkok/Ko Samui

This morning, transfer to the airport in Bangkok and catch a flight to the tropical island of Ko Samui, bordered by the sapphire waters off Thailand’s southeast coast. Settle into our hotel and enjoy a free afternoon to relax by the pool, stroll along a white-sand beach, or explore the local village.

Day 10: Ko Samui

After breakfast, board a traditional longtail boat and travel off the tourist trail to the pristine islands of Ko Mat Sum and Ko Taen. Savor a local lunch on the beach, and then choose to explore by kayak or snorkel. Glide past green-shrouded cliffs and tranquil lagoons, or don a mask and fins to delve into vibrant underwater worlds.

Day 11: Ko Samui/Khao Sok

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive to Kao Thep Pitak, a community-owned farm supported by G Adventures. Enjoy a lunch of local specialties and go for a walk in the surrounding fruit orchards. Continue to Khao Sok National Park, where you will settle into a sustainable, community-focused eco-lodge located just outside the park boundary. This evening, venture into the park on a nighttime walk with a community guide, then gather for a campfire dinner surrounded by the music of the jungle.

Day 12: Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park is southern Thailand’s largest area of virgin rainforest, a breathtaking wilderness of karst peaks, turquoise lakes, and tropical rainforest stretched along the southwest coast. Explore the park on your own today, choosing between a variety of optional jungle activities. Head out for a hike in search of monkeys and tropical birds inhabiting the dense canopy. Soak in steaming hot springs, glide down the sparkling Sok River aboard a canoe, or set out on a cycling tour of the park’s winding trails.

Day 13: Khao Sok/Krabi

This morning, drive south to Krabi, situated on Thailand’s tropical southwest coast. Cross the Krabi River by private longtail boat, gliding past mangrove forests and limestone peaks. Venture into the Khao Khanap Nam cave to view prehistoric paintings and fascinating rock formations. Later, head to Ko Klang island and board motorized tricycle tuk-tuks to explore local communities and traditional industries, including a rubber plantation, rice fields, and a batik workshop. Chat with villagers and learn about timeless agricultural and artisanal techniques passed down over generations.

Day 14: Krabi

Enjoy a full day of free time to relax at the hotel or explore Krabi. Opt to catch a tuk-tuk to Ao Nang beach, overlooked by towering, vine-draped limestone cliffs. Choose to navigate the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea by kayak, or snorkel among colorful tropical fish. Discover the idyllic beaches of the Ko Phi Phi islands by speed boat on an optional day trip.

Day 15: Krabi/Bangkok

This morning, return to Bangkok where your trip concludes.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 27 Oct 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
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  • date 10 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019
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  • date 24 Nov 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
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    $3,659 AUD Per Person
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  • date 01 Dec 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $3,212 AUD Per Person
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    $4,861 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020
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  • date 05 Jan 2020 - 19 Jan 2020
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  • date 19 Jan 2020 - 02 Feb 2020
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Feb 2020 - 16 Feb 2020
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Feb 2020 - 01 Mar 2020
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
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  • date 15 Mar 2020 - 29 Mar 2020
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,878 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020
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    $3,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,758 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 May 2020 - 24 May 2020
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    $3,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,758 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Jun 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
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    $4,878 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Aug 2020 - 16 Aug 2020
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,878 AUD Per Person

  • date 30 Aug 2020 - 13 Sep 2020
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    $3,549 AUD Per Person
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    $4,758 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Sep 2020 - 11 Oct 2020
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    $3,549 AUD Per Person
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    $4,758 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 08 Nov 2020
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,878 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,878 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Nov 2020 - 06 Dec 2020
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,878 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2020 - 03 Jan 2021
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Jan 2021 - 17 Jan 2021
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jan 2021 - 31 Jan 2021
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 Jan 2021 - 14 Feb 2021
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Feb 2021 - 28 Feb 2021
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
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    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Feb 2021 - 14 Mar 2021
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    $3,779 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,988 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Mar 2021 - 28 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,669 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,878 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Mar 2021 - 11 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,669 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,878 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 (12 nts), lodge (2 nts).
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, tricycle, boat, train, plane.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet with Monks, Chiang Mai
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Farm and Culinary Experience, Ban Ta Khun
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Rainforest Eco-Walk & Dinner, Khao Sok
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Krabi Village Excursion, Krabi
  • Your G for Good Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal, Ban Ta Khun
  • Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Thai-Burma war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Bangkok boat tour of the klongs (canals) and Wat Phra Kaew temple
  • Ko Mat Sum and Ko Taen Excursion
  • 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 $3,938

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.