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Discover Thailand

A chance to immerse yourself in all things Thai, the countryside, commerce and cuisine of the country, the history and the wildlife. This tour touches on so many aspects of Thai life.

  • Thailand

  • 12 nights
  • Full Board except one lunch
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Culture

  • Feb

    Oct

    Nov

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 3

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the magnificent Grand Palace Complex in Bangkok.
  • Walk a short distance of the Death Railway and visit the 'Bridge on the River Kwai'.
  • Visit local markets, spices, flowers, fruit and veg, meat or fish! You name it, you can buy it!
  • Learn about Thai cooking at a hands on cookery lesson
  • Wander through tribal hill villages in Thailand rural north
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the Mekong where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.

Step into the ‘Land of Smiles’ and discover an enchanting kingdom where the past and present fuse in perfect harmony. Untamed mountains and jungles, home to local hill tribes and a rich array of wildlife, contrast with cities packed full of modern and traditional culture – this is Thailand. A particular attractive aspect of this holiday is the range of eclectic accommodation used. From city centre hotels to luxury glamping, a great range is on offer.

Your journey begins in the colourful capital city of Bangkok. Impressive modern skyscrapers sit happily alongside ancient shrines and temples; á la carte restaurants compete with local food carts and long lines of traffic flow alongside traditional long tailed boats sailing down the Chao Phraya River. You’ll see the main sights here including the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple as well as doing something a little different. You travel out to stay in two different hotels at Kanchanaburi to enjoy the jungle surround and particularly learn something of the building of the Death Railway, built by the Japanese using allied POWs during WWII.

You fly north to Chiang Rai and visit the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Cambodia and Thailand meet. We have a boat trip on the Mekong River. We will explore the countryside of Northern Thailand. You will walk in the hills and meet local tribes, stopping to understand their lives. 

Finally in Chiang Mai and immerse ourselves in the history and culture of the city and explore. We also travel out to visit Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep National Parks.  Doi Inthanon is named after the highest mountain in Thailand.

Please note the November 2024 departure follows a different itinerary. Please check the Holiday Information Sheet for that departure.



  • International flights from London to Thailand and return.
  • Airport transfers
  • Internal flights in Thailand
  • All transport described in the itinerary by road, rail, air or water.
  • Full board accommodation throughout except one lunch.
  • Dinners taken in hotels or local restaurants.
  • National Thai guide throughout and local guides as appropriate.
  • All entrances to sites mentioned.
  • The services of Discover Tour Leader throughout.
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

46560

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Travel

You depart the UK on our overnight flight to Bangkok.

Day 2

Bangkok

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On landing mid afternoon in Bangkok you transfer to your hotel.

Day 3

Bangkok

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast in the hotel we start the sightseeing at the magnificent Grand Palace. We can take in the beauty of this sprawling temple complex boasting some of the finest Thai-Buddhist architecture in the entire country. Afterwards, head across the road to Wat Pho, one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok home to more than 1,000 Buddha images. The temple is considered as the first public university in the Kingdom. After grabbing lunch at a local restaurant, in the afternoon you hop on a traditional longtail boat to meander through Bangkok's canals taking in the quieter areas on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. Finally return to the hotel for a well earned dinner and overnight.


Day 4

Bangkok

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

After breakfast at hotel, there is a walking tour of the city, strolling through Bangkok’s vibrant soi, or side streets, and exploring the local market. Uncover the charming secrets of local life at such wonders as the Bangkok’s Folks Museum, Library of Love and the Ginger Bread monk quarter.  You'll have some free time back at the hotel before walking out to a local restaurant for dinner.


Day 5

Kanchanaburi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Bangkok, stopping at a huge wholesale flower market on the way. Very few tourists visit but it is truly a sight to behold, viewing the enormous range of brightly coloured flowers on sale here. The trip continues to a local Buddhist temple for a short visit,. The temple is next door to an authentic open-air market by the Tha Chin River. There is the option to try out some local Thai desserts and snacks. From here, we take a boat ride down the river. Enjoy the breeze while passing local homes on the riverside.

For lunch we visit a riverside restaurant to be greeted with a welcome drink. Here our host will share insights into Thai herbs, spices and the “obsession” of Thai people have for dipping sauce. Together with the host in the open-air kitchen, we will create three Thai signature dipping sauces for meat lovers, seafood lovers and fruit/dessert lovers. Once the sauce is completed, we can sit down and enjoy the riverside setting over lunch. 

After lunch , the journey continues by boat to our floating hotel. We have dinner in the hotel tonight.


Day 6

Kanchanaburi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Breakfast is at the hotel. Later we depart to Saiyoke district and visit Hellfire Pass, a dramatic part of the railway that cut through the mountain. You'll walk through the gorge to get the best understanding of the events here. The Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum eloquently tells the stories of human suffering during the construction of the pass. Next we board a train to experience the Death Railway route on our journey to Kanchanaburi, site of the iconic Bridge over the River Kwai. You’ll continue on to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Around 7,00 POWs lost their lives during construction.

We then continue to our hotel for some free time, dinner and overnight.


Day 7

Chiang Mai

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We drive back to Bangkok Airport (approx. 3hrs) for the flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival we transfer to the riverside hotel. We have dinner in the hotel tonight.

Day 8

Chiang Mai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today there is have a walking tour of Chiang Mai. You'll start at the City Art and Cultural Centre. The museum exhibits history of Chiang Mai, way of living and culture of the local since the prehistoric period. There are 15 halls so our guide will point out the highlights. We continue to visit Wat Phrasingha, perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai. Next Wat Chedi Luang, with a history dating back over 600 years. The name Wat Chedi Luang translates to the Royal Pagoda or the Great Stupa Temple in English. Finally we return to the hotel.

Day 9

Chiang Mai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today, you head out of the city to the hills beyond. We start at the rural village of Ban Mae Klang Luang. The locals here are almost entirely from the Karen ethnic minority, and lead rural lifestyles that have remained largely unchanged for decades. The village grow coffee as cash crop here. We will get a chance to get involved in the production process from roasting, to winnowing and grinding - before sitting down for a tasting. Later we head off  on a gentle, two-hour trek along nature trails flanked by stretches of emerald paddy fields and verdant rice terraces. We will arrive at arrive at the Royal Project restaurant for lunch with fresh vegetable & fish and a well-earned rest. On the way back to Chiang Mai we stop at Mae Ya Waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Doi Inthanon National Park.

Day 10

Mae Rim

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast at the hotel we head north to Mae Rim and the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge. This hilltribe resort offers guests a unique opportunity to experience traditional Hmong culture amidst striking natural beauty. This afternoon we walk between local villages, led by our experienced guides, through exquisite jungle scenery rich with endemic plant and animal life. Lunch will be a picnic on the walk.

This evening we will enjoy dinner and a traditional Hmong dance display.


Day 11

Chiang Rai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we drive up north to Chiang Rai. Along the way, we will visit Wat Rong Kun, the ‘White Temple’. This contemporary Buddhist temple was designed by one of Thailand's most famous artists - Chalermchai Kositpipat. The temple is a piece of art itself, with its white colour representing the purity of the Buddha, and sparkling glass pieces symbolising the Buddha’s wisdom and teachings.

Continue drive to on hotel, stopping at Baan Kiew Karn Village to learn about culture and beliefs of the Hmong people.


Day 12

Chiang Rai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

You start today with a drive to Chiang Saen and the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet at the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers. Visit the scenic viewpoint at the Golden Triangle to look over these three countries before heading to the Hall of Opium. The museum provides a fascinating insight into the region's production of opium. Lunch is at a local restaurant before driving uphill to visit Doi Tung Royal Project, Hall of Inspiration and Mae Fah Luang Garden. Doi Tung Royal Project is a sustainable project founded by Princess Mother of King Rama IX aiming to support communities in the area.

Day 13

Travel

Meals

Breakfast

We have free time at the hotel until check out and transfer to Chaing Rai Airport for our connecting flights back to the UK arriving late in the day.

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th Nov 2024 - 9th Dec 2024 (12 Nights)

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Travel

You depart the UK on the overnight flight to Bangkok.

Day 2

Bangkok

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On landing mid afternoon in Bangkok you transfer to your hotel. There will be a chance to relax before dinner in the hotel.

Day 3

Bangkok sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast at hotel set out to explore Bangkok. 

Begin your exploration of the complex with a visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), regarded as Thailand’s most sacred icon the Emerald Buddha is 66cm in height and sits in a state of meditation. Continuing you will explore the 240-year-old Grand Palace, an opulent and historic landmark and Wat Pho, a timeless sanctuary that has stood since the late 17th century, predating Bangkok's rise as Thailand's capital. 

After lunch at local restaurant walk to Pak Klong Talad Market to enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours, bustling vendors, and the delicate art of flower arranging. Roll up your sleeves and join a local flower-making workshop, crafting your fragrant souvenir to carry the vibrant spirit of Bangkok with you.

Ride on a shuttle ferry cross the river to at Thonburi and begin a captivating walking tour in the district, known for its colonial Portuguese history. 

Later walk to enjoy dinner at local restaurant.



Day 4

Bangkok markets & culture

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    10m

Today you will take a walking tour of the city, strolling through Bangkok’s vibrant soi, or side streets, and exploring the local market. China Town Bangkok, also known as Yaowarat is a lively neighbourhood filled with an array of sights, sounds, and smells that offer visitors a glimpse into Thai Chinese culture. Lunch will be provided at local restaurant. Then take a Tuk Tuk ride to Bangkok Art & Culture centre. After a quick look around walk into the Krua Nua community area as there are plenty of street art along the way before returning to the hotel.

This evening enjoy dinner at a local riverside restaurant.



Day 5

Bangkok cooking & Kanchanaburi

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast in the hotel drive to Nakhon Pathom province and Don Wai Market. This market is a well-known riverside market celebrated for its authentic charm and diverse offerings. The market boasts a vibrant atmosphere, showcasing a variety of local foods, fresh produce, and handicrafts. Here partake in a Thai cooking class at a local riverside restaurant. Led by experienced local chefs, these classes offer hands-on learning experiences, allowing you to master the art of preparing traditional Thai dishes. Delve into the significance of each ingredient, the delicate balance of flavours, and the cultural context behind every dish. Cooking classes in Thailand are far more than educational; they offer a lively way to immerse yourself in Thai culture and culinary traditions. Enjoy your own cooked dish.

After lunch drive out to Kanchanaburi, check in and enjoy dinner at hotel.


Day 6

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, explore the iconic Kwai Yai Bridge, globally recognized as the 'Bridge over the River Kwai,' with a reflective walk over the bridge, taking in the river scenery and historical resonance. After that, experience a poignant train ride over the "Death Railway Trail", connecting with the tragic history of the route until Namtok Station. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. 

Take a contemplative walk to the Hellfire Pass, where history echoes through the serene landscape. Pause at the memorial site, adorned with flags representing the nationalities of those who lost their lives. Return to the museum, respecting the gravity of the experience.

Next, venture to Erawan National Park, renowned for its seven-tiered waterfalls nestled in lush surroundings. Embark on an enjoyable walk to witness the beauty of the first and second waterfalls. Bring swimwear and a towel if you fancy a dip.

Enjoy dinner at hotel tonight.



Day 7

Chiang Rai

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport (250km / 3h45 drive) to catch the flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival at Chiang Rai Airport we transfer to the hotel. Check in and free time at leisure.

Day 8

Chiang Rai & The Golden Triangle

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning drive to visit the White Temple, known as Wat Rong Khun, stands out as an iconic and visually striking Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai. Noted for its intricate white architecture with mirrored elements, the temple presents a surreal and almost otherworldly appearance. Continue to Ban Dam Museum, also known as the Black House, stands as a captivating art exhibit and museum. Crafted by the late Thai national artist Thawan Duchanee.  Drive to Doi Tung Royal Villa, the residence associated with the late Princess Mother, Somdej Phra Srinagarindra. This villa, preserved to reflect her lifestyle and personal preferences. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Golden Triangle. This area, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, holds historical significance. Take a boat tour on the Mekong River, providing an opportunity to witness unique scenery. Later return to the hotel in Chiang Rai for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9

Exploring hill village crafts and traditions

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Chiang Dao (180km / 3h30 drive). 

Arrive at the village, enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Nestled in the mountains of Chiang Mai region, Mae Kampong is a delightful traditional village celebrated for its tranquil atmosphere, lush surroundings, and immersive cultural experiences. Offering a window into rural Thai life and traditions, as you explore the village's narrow streets and wooden houses, you'll have the chance to experience the warm hospitality of the locals. Mae Kampong is also renowned for its traditional handicrafts, with a focus on hand-woven textiles and intricate bamboo products. Guests often get the chance to observe local artisans at work and may even participate in workshops to learn these traditional crafts. Transfer the hotel to enjoy dinner.


Day 10

Hill walking and hill tribes

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Breakfast at the lodge and drive to Mae Win area, located in the southern part of Chiang Mai province. It's known for its beautiful scenery, including lush forests, mountains, and waterfalls. 

Arrive and begin to walk 2 hours to a waterfall where you can relax in the beautiful surroundings and of course, cool off in the waters of the waterfall if you so wish! During the trek, you will visit a local hilltribe village. Picnic lunch will be provided and, in the afternoon, continue to walk in the jungle for 2 hours at the Mae Wang area to a local village to meet the transport. Then transfer to hotel in Chiang Mai for dinner at hotel.



Day 11

Doi Inthanon National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Meet your guide at the hotel and embark on a journey to Doi Inthanon National Park. The park is a captivating natural sanctuary. It takes its name from Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in the country (2,565m). The park is celebrated for its enchanting natural landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and rich cultural significance. You'll have the opportunity to visit Wachirathan Waterfall, explore the charming Mae Klang Luang village, and discover pagodas and shrines dedicated to the Thai king and queen. As the day concludes, return to Chiang Mai town, where you can enjoy free time at your leisure. This evening enjoy a delicious Thai Lanna Kantoke dinner. This unique dining experience represents the traditional Northern Thai culture, seamlessly blending flavourful cuisine with captivating cultural entertainment.

Day 12

Doi Suthep National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today, journey to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, a renowned natural sanctuary named after Doi Suthep, one of the region's most revered mountains, and Doi Pui. You will enjoy trekking at this national park before enjoy lunch.

Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Nestled atop Doi Suthep, overlooking Chiang Mai, Wat Doi Suthep stands as a revered Buddhist temple and one of the most significant and picturesque in northern Thailand. Returning to the city visit Chiang Mai City Art & Cultural Centre. Then visit Wat Phra Singh, standing as a prominent and revered Buddhist temple. Acknowledged as one of the city's most significant temples, it carries profound religious and historical importance. Return to hotel before enjoying dinner at a local riverside restaurant.


Day 13

Travel

Meals

Breakfast

We have free time at the hotel until check out and transfer to Chaing Mai Airport for our connecting flights back to the UK arriving late in the day.

Departure dates for your selected tour

12th Feb 2025 - 24th Feb 2025 (12 Nights)

22nd Oct 2025 - 3rd Nov 2025 (12 Nights)

26th Nov 2025 - 8th Dec 2025 (12 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Theatre Residence or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Located within Bangkok Old Town, the Theatre Residence is situated a 10-minute walk from Siriraj Hospital and Wang Lang Pier. It has an outdoor pool surrounded by greenery and a dining room serving snacks, beverage and a la carte specialties. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and free toiletries.

River Kwai Jungle Rafts Floating Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Set peacefully by Kwai Noi River, River Kwai Jungle Rafts offers ecologically friendly floating accommodation surrounded by tropical greenery. To enhance the peacefulness and uniqueness of the hotel, rooms that float on a wooden raft use oil lamps and candles instead of electricity. Featuring walls weaved from local bamboo and decorated with wooden furnishings, each traditional-Mon-house style room comes with a mosquito net and en suite bathroom including free toiletries. Rooms also have an outdoor deck with a sun lounger and hammock. Free bottled waters are provided. Guests can enjoy jumping in the river right from their rooms. Thai and local Mon dishes as well as refreshing drinks are served at Jungle Restaurant.

Hintok River Camp or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

This unique, nature retreat overlooks the historic River Kwai and Hintok Mountain. Nestled in a Hellfire Pass clearing, Hintok River Camp offers accommodation in luxurious canvas tents with free WiFi. It boasts a natural spring-water pool and daily campfires. The tents are spacious and furnished with luxurious wooden furniture. All rooms have en suite bathrooms including a hot shower, a hair dryer and free toiletries. They also feature outdoor showers with hot water, in-room air-conditioning and private verandas. Complimentary bottled waters are provided. The restaurant and bar is set amongst tropical trees. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a varied menu, while barbecue is arranged every evening. Guests can relax with Thai massage services or unwind at the lounging area overlooking the river.

Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel is situated along the Mae Ping River in downtown Chiang Mai. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided. Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, CD and DVD player and minibar. Guests can also indulge in a relaxing massage. A tour desk and laundry services are available. The on-site restaurant and bar offers a traditional Thai and Western menu, along with wine and cocktails. Tea and pastries are served at The Tara Restaurant.

Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

Nestled among the mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim, Hmong Hilltribe Lodge offers rooms, spread throughout 10 main houses. Rooms share a communal living area, complete with open fireplace. The simply furnished rooms at Lodge Hmong Hilltribe are decorated with wooden furniture and traditional Hmong quilts. Each is equipped with a private bathroom, private balcony and work desk. Guests can enjoy a barbeque and dinner buffet under the stars at the open-air restaurant. After dinner, there are traditional Hmong dances and performances. Hilltribe Lodge features a unique outdoor swimming pool, set amongst the rice fields. For relaxation, there are also spa and massage treatments available.

Lanjia Lodge or similar

We plan to use the following accommodation or similar.

The Lanjia, or 'peaceful' in the Hmong language, is an eco-friendly community-based lodge nestled high on a hill in Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand. Offering dramatic vistas of the Mekong Valley and Laos, it is in complete harmony with the lush green environment as well as the Hmong and Lahu villages in which it is located. Your hosts at the Lanjia Lodge are the proud Hmong and Lahu villagers who take care of all visitors and all activities at the lodge during your stay. All visitors are taken on personal tours of the villages where they can freely intermingle and even meet the local shamans Guests are accommodated in comfortable king-size or twin bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms, electric fans are offered as rooms are not air-conditioned.

Centara Life Hotel or similar

The Centara Life Hotel Bangkok Phra Nakhon is a modern well located 4-star hotel. It features an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, a terrace and restaurant. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi. Every room is fitted with air conditioning, and safety deposit box. The hotel restaurant offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast.

Mida Resort or similar

The Mida Resort Kanchanaburi is surrounded by natural landscapes. It offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TVs, an outdoor pool and a spa. The modern rooms are elegantly furnished with a fridge. En suite bathrooms feature separate shower stalls and bathtubs, complete with amenities. The resort provides a wide selection of outdoor activities, including campfires and riverside nature walks. Massage and beauty treatments are available at the hotel’s spa. The Terrace Restaurant serves delicious European dishes and offers panoramic views of the Kwai Yai River.

Hintok River Camp or similar

This unique, natural retreat overlooks the historic River Kwai and Hintok Mountain. Nestled in a Hellfire Pass clearing, Hintok River Camp offers accommodation in luxurious canvas tents with free WiFi. It boasts a natural spring-water pool. The tents are spacious and furnished with luxurious wooden furniture. All rooms have en suite bathrooms including a hot shower, a hair dryer and free toiletries. They also feature outdoor showers with hot water, in-room air-conditioning and private verandas. Complimentary bottled waters are provided. The restaurant and bar are set amongst tropical trees. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a varied menu, while barbecue is arranged every evening. Guests can relax with Thai massage services or unwind at the lounging area overlooking the river.

Phowadol Resort & Spa or similar

Phowadol Resort offers fully furnished rooms and cottages in a peaceful setting of Chiang Rai's green countryside. It is 15 minute drive from Chiang Rai Airport and 10 minutes from Chiang Rai town. All rooms are equipped with LCD TVs with satellite channels, individually controlled air conditioning, and private balconies or terraces. Guests can relax with a variety of massage and hydrotherapy treatments outdoors or take a dip in the swimming pool. Baipho Restaurant serves a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet, which include local Northern Thai food.

Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge or similar

Nestled among the mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim, Hmong Hilltribe Lodge offers rooms, spread throughout 10 main houses. Rooms share a communal living area, complete with open fireplace. The simply furnished rooms at Lodge Hmong Hilltribe are decorated with wooden furniture and traditional Hmong quilts. Each is equipped with a private bathroom, private balcony and work desk. Guests can enjoy a barbeque and dinner buffet under the stars at the open-air restaurant. After dinner, there are traditional Hmong dances and performances. Hilltribe Lodge features a unique outdoor swimming pool, set amongst the rice fields. For relaxation, there are also spa and massage treatments available.

Bella Nara Hotel or similar

The ideally located 5-star Bella Nara Hotel offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a fitness centre and a restaurant. Guests can use the sauna, or enjoy city views. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with wardrobe, kettle, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV and private bathroom with a bidet. Breakfast is available daily, and includes buffet, continental and American options. The hotel has a guest sauna.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Thailand

Thai Baht (THB) can be obtained from hotels or banks in the larger cities. Stirling is widely exchangeable but US Dollars are more readily accepted. There are banks in major cities with ATM machines but these cannot be relied upon.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

We are accompanied throughout by a Thai national guide. The guide will be delighted to share their love and knowledge of Thailand at ever turn. Please feel free to ask anything about the country. On occasions we will also have a local guide to provide specialist knowledge. It is likely local guides will have a poor grasp of English. The National Guide will translate as necessary.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Heathrow to Bangkok.

This holiday has two internal flights, which are included in the holiday cost and will be arranged by us. 

The baggage allowance on domestic flights is 20kg. You can also take a carry on piece of luggage weighing no more than 7kgs. 

Travel in Thailand will be by road, rail, boat and air.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information for Thailand

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 45 days without a visa - this is known as a visa exemption. If you need to stay longer, it’s possible to extend your stay once, from the expiry date of the original visa, for up to 30 days.

Meals

Breakfast, 10 lunches and dinners are included in the holiday price.  We will take breakfasts at the hotel. Dinners will vary between the hotel and local restaurants.  The meals are a mixture of local Thai and international cuisine. Local restaurants will allow us the opportunity to sample traditional and local food. Lunches (as shown in the itinerary, no lunch on Day 7) are included in the holiday price and will be taken at our accommodation, at local restaurants or boxed lunches. 

Foodie highlights of the holiday will include visits to local markets, particularly Tha Chin River open market. Here we will be introduced to the variety of produce available and invited to taste as appropriate. Later we will help prepare Thai dipping sauces under the watchful eye of a Thai chef. 

We will also spend time in a coffee producing village learning the compete process of coffee from bush to cup. Obviously it will be important to sample the produce to get a complete understanding.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Thailand

No compulsory vaccinations are required. Hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations are recommended and you may wish to consider protection against cholera,  diphtheria, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and typhoid. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

There are low and high risk areas of Malaria in Thailand. Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Thailand; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Thailand

  • Capital

    Bangkok

  • Currency

    Thai Baht

  • Language

    Thai

  • Time Difference

    UTC +07:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • February

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 23mm

  • March

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 41mm

  • April

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • May

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 184mm

  • June

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 177mm

  • July

    28°C

    Avg. Rain: 196mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 219mm

  • September

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 253mm

  • October

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 191mm

  • November

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 125mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

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