Bangkok to Chiang Mai holiday in Thailand

“An exciting introduction to Thailand, with a homestay, river cruise, trekking and the chance to meet villagers, as well as bagging those beautiful sights.”


Bangkok guided city tour | Kanchanaburi | Allied War Cemetery | Hellfire Pass | Bridge over the River Kwai | Ayutthaya | two hour river cruise | homestay | Sukhothai | Chiang Mai | trekking around Chiang Dao | market visits

Description of Bangkok to Chiang Mai holiday in Thailand

This exciting eight day holiday delivers the highlights of Thailand as you travel from the capital Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the north. Along the way you’ll enjoy a homestay in a traditional Thai teak house, trek in the northern mountains and meet local villagers and enjoy a cruise on a rice barge.

The holiday begins in Bangkok where a local guide with a deep knowledge of the city will show you its beautiful and famous sites, travelling like a local on canal boats, buses, public ferry and the Skytrain. From here, head to Kanchanaburi and spend time discovering the Allied War Cemetery, the Hellfire Pass and the notorious Bridge over the River Kwai. Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam, is next and here you’ll take a river cruise with a wonderful lunch, to see the city and its many temples. You then stay with a local family for the night, for a chance to really get to know Thai people and enjoy their warm hospitality. You travel on to Sukhothai, to discover the temples and archeological relics here by bike. Finally, visit beautiful Chiang Mai, where there’s an excellent night market, before travelling north to go trekking through remote hill tribe villages.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bangkok to Chiang Mai holiday in Thailand


The carbon emissions created in Thailand by this holiday are all offset in Southeast Asia through our partnership with a local environmental charity. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.


We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Southeast Asia and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

1 Reviews of Bangkok to Chiang Mai holiday in Thailand

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Trekking at the lodge in the hills of Northern Thailand (Chiang Rai province). The scenery was stunning, the Lodge vey comfortable, the trekking fun, food delicious and staff very friendly and informative. I'd recommend it for anyone looking for some adventure in Northern Thailand.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Unfortunately we couldn't make the group date tours so our trip was tailor made, but based in the group tour itinaries. My main tip is to be prepared for travel in September - pack a rain jacket and lots of mozzie repellant! It's also very humid so perhaps not the best time of year to trek. (Although we still really enjoyed it).

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. For instance the trip benefitting local people through, for instance, a homestay and staying at Lanjia Lodge where contributions from the stay are used on community projects that will improve the local hill tribe people’s living conditions. The activities at the lodge are also designed to be eco friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant. It visited a great mixture of places - bustling Bangkok, chilled Chiang Mai, scenic Chiang Rai province and the historic river Kwai and ancient cities of Sukhothail and Ayutthaya. There was also a variety of accommodation from jungle rafts/tent/lodge to boutique city centre hotels. Finally, the included activities were great - from visiting temples and ancient cities to jungle trekking.

I just wish we'd had time to be able to see even more of Thailand (and
neighbouring countries)!

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