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Contiki Northern Thai Highlights

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This part of Thailand encompasses all of your wildest Asian dreams, from bustling beaches, perfect beaches, islands and highlands. Venturing into this part of the world sees you explore bustling cities, picturesque highlands, all in an epic 9 days. Stay overnight in a floating jungle raft, learn to cook like a pro, bask in the Grand Palace, take bike tours and eat your way around the Pai night markets.

 

Day 1 – Bangkok

The heat and hustle of Thailand’s capital will hit you the moment you land, with 9 glorious days of adventure stretched out ahead of us. After checking into our hotel you’re free to do some DIY exploring, treat your muscles to a soothing massage or just lie by the pool soaking up the first rays of that sweet Thai sunshine. Later we’ll rendezvous as a group so you can hear what’s in store for the trip, then the night is yours to take to the streets for some authentic pad Thai and nightlife on Khao San road.

Day 2 – Bangkok

With so much to see there’s no time to waste, so we’ll jump right into it this morning. After a quick breakfast, we set out on a locally guided visit to Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, before catching a local ferry to make our journey to visit the Grand Palace.  Finally we’ll finish up our morning with a tour of the Klongs (canals), watching locals go about their day living life along the river. This afternoon you’re free to head to a local rooftop bar to toast the beginning of your trip with your new Contiki fam. Have one for us!

Day 3 – Bangkok to Kanchanaburi 

Here it’s about living local. We’ll start with visiting iconic historic sites including the WWII Cemetery, for a glimpse at darker past times, and the famed Bridge on the River Kwai. Since we all know there’s nothing quite like local transport to make you feel really alive, this afternoon we’ll pop into a boat along the River Kwai where we’ll reach our home for the night: The Floating Jungle Raft Hotel. This place is every bit the dream Thailand location you’ve imagined, so you may have to pinch yourself as you’re greeted with rooms lit by candlelight, followed by a delicious local dinner at dusk. If you’re game, which of course you are, you can even jump into the river directly from your room. #Travelgoals, check!

Day 4 – Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai via Ayuttaya

We’ll make a stop in the UNESCO listed city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century. Here we’ll grab bikes & cycle past ornate temples, towering spires, and quaint villages. Tonight, we forgo a hotel to board our overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

Day 5 – Chiang Mai to Pai

Prepare to fall in love with this picturesque mountain town. The rest of the day is yours to explore this traveller’s paradise your way. Head out on foot or by bike, and adventure down Pai’s little streets that pack some punch.  Be sure to head out to experience Pai by night – an experience to rival that of its big sister Khao San Road in Bangkok.

Day 6 – Pai

With another full day in this charming town, be sure to have a strong shot of Thai espresso from one of the local cafes to get up and get going again. Just try to save some juice in the tank for an optional afternoon Muay Thai skills class with an expert, before we head out for our final night in Pai.
Day 7 – Pai to Chiang Mai

Tonight, there’s a chance for you to spend the evening zipping around on a Vespa as we explore the small streets and alleyways of Chiang Mai. We’ll see some iconic street art and monuments in between food stops at family restaurants and street vendors. Taste the amazing flavours of Tom Kha Gai and BBQ skewers before topping it all off with some live music in the market district. Just ask your Trip Manager for the best tips on where to head and what to do.

Day 8 – Discover Chiang Mai

Today is yours to make the most of the laid-back city of Chiang Mai. Maybe head out into the city’s heart on foot and explore the old town, or treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage. Later this evening, you have the chance to dabble in the art of authentic Thai cooking so you can wow everyone back home with a mean Pad Thai.

Day 9 – Depart Chiang Mai

This morning we say fond farewells before going our separate ways. Dry those tears, because no doubt we’ll make big plans to reunite somewhere special soon.

 

10 Meals
Overnight Accommodation
An experienced & professional Trip Manager
English speaking local guides
Sightseeing tours in all major cities
Local taxes and service charges
Modern coach with A/C & power outlets for charging

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on one person sharing a room and doesn’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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