Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle
Experience the serenity of northern Thailand while exploring the notorious Golden Triangle
region. Beginning and ending in the charismatic city of Chiang Mai, the trip travels north to
the green hills of Doi Mae Salong to sample cups of steaming brew from village tea traders
before heading underground to explore the shadowy depths of the Chiang Dao Caves.
Then, make tracks to the Golden Triangle and stand on the confluence of the Mekong
and Ruak rivers. Uncover facts and fables about the region’s chequered history, discover
a fascinating collison of Thai, Laos and Burmese cultures, enjoy bold landscapes and tuck
into mouth-watering regional dishes. This short break covers many highlights of the less-frequented northern reaches of Thailand, making it a must-do for travellers who want to
dig beneath the surface of this enthralling country.
3 days, Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai
River Kwai & Ancient Kingdoms
Leave behind the fast-moving streets of the Thai capital and take time out to experience
Ayutthaya, a World Heritage-listed wonder near the border of Burma (Myanmar). Explore
this ancient Siam capital with a knowledgeable local guide, and bear witness to timeworn
temples, bell-shaped chedis and intricately carved relics of Thailand’s golden era. Travel
onwards to the shady town of Kanchanaburi and pay tribute to the brave POWs who
perished while building the infamous Hellfire Pass and Bridge on the River Kwai. Delve
further into World War II history on a visit to the War Museum and Allied Cemetery before
this historical sojourn completes the loop back in Bangkok. End the journey amid the buzz of
night markets, sidewalk restaurants and colourful, chaotic streets.
3 days, Bangkok to Bangkok
Pull on your walking boots, stretch those leg muscles and take to the hills on a classic Intrepid
trek through Thailand’s hilltribe country. Walk along winding jungle tracks and through green
fields, observing what life is really like for villagers in this remote area, and sleep in traditional
bamboo huts at night. Make friends with welcoming tribespeople as you hike through this
remote region where each tribe has its own distinct language, style of dress and religion and
learn the secrets to jungle survival from those who know best. There’s also the opportunity to
try bamboo rafting if the weather is right, which is a wild ride for the adventurous. Or perhaps
stay on a few extra days to explore ancient temples in Chiang Mai - there are over 300! If
you’re after a short city escape and the chance to experience the real Thailand away from the
tourist crowds, then this trip is just the ticket.
3 days, Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai
Canoeing & Caves in Krabi
Discover the remote reaches of Krabi, a lush region studded with limestone massifs rising out
of the emerald sea, and which has the most velvety beaches and warm waters imaginable.
Paddle out to nearby islands in search of secluded stretches of beach, coral reefs and ethereal
bays just perfect for swimming. See some of Thailand’s exotic wildlife while canoeing through
mangrove forests, eerie, ancient caves and magnificent hongs. Be dazzled by luminous
schools of fish while snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters that surround Chicken and Tab
islands, and perhaps work up an appetite by clambering up jungle hillsides for amazing
views over this tropical wonderland. And when incredible food and the friendliest people on
earth are thrown into the mix, this trip becomes five days of pure heaven.
5 days, Krabi to Krabi
Departs daily, subject to availability
Clock wise: Colourful snacks, Thailand - Iain Puzey; Hilltribe women, Thailand - Emily Flowers; Coral reef, Thailand - © Tourism Authority of Thailand; Ayutthaya Buddhas, Thailand - Luciano Mortula; Opposite clock wise:
Fisherman, Thailand - Jeremy Simons; Royal Palace, Thailand - © Tourism Authority of Thailand; Dried chillies, Thailand - Martin Van Kowerden; Cycling adventure, Thailand - Laurie Morrone