Northern Thailand tailor made holiday

“This tailor made holiday explores an area of Northern Thailand a little away from the crowds via a pick ‘n’ mix of activities like hill trekking, bamboo rafting and Thai cooking classes.”


Bangkok | Chiang Rai | Mae Sai | Tachileik (Burma) | Golden Triangle | Kok River | Thaton | Chiang Dao | Pai | Mae Hong Son | Chiang Mai | Doi Suthep mountain & temple | Tribal Research Institute | museums, night markets, long-tail boat ride, hill trekking, bamboo rafting and cooking class

Description of Northern Thailand tailor made holiday

This tailor made holiday to Northern Thailand will give you a great insight into Thai culture, where you'll soon learn the true meaning of hospitality.

The Golden Triangle – the crux where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet – will be a highlight for many, thanks to the opportunity to jump the border to Myanmar, as well as a glimpse into the impact of the drugs trade at an opium museum. Beyond the Golden Triangle, you can choose to catch a traditional Thai long-tail boat down the Kok River, hide away in an eco lodge in the quiet jungle-decked valleys outside Mae Hong Son, learn about the hill tribes of Northern Thailand at the Tribal Research Institute, and follow a local leader around Bangkok’s best river temples and rooftop restaurants.

You’ll travel with a holiday company that specialises in luxury tailor made holidays to Northern Thailand, so expect to be matched up with local guides who’ll show you the best way to navigate the Chao Phraya River, how to spot birds and gibbons in dense jungle, and the etiquette when meeting isolated hill tribes. And thanks to top-notch environmental credentials, any elephant sanctuaries you visit keep a ‘look, don’t touch’ policy, swapping elephant rides for the opportunity to join feeding time.

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Departure information

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

Responsible tourism

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Your Thailand holiday starts with an exciting tour of Bangkok with a local guide. Wayfairer employs local guides as this provides economic benefits to local people, and it offers our client’s a truly local insight into the places they visit. On your city tour of Thailand’s chaotic capital you’ll travel like a local using various modes of transport including klong (canal) boat, the Chao Phraya River public ferry, public bus, and the elevated BTS or Skytrain – not only is this more environmentally sustainable than driving in a private car or minibus, it also offers a more interesting and authentic travel experience.

On this itinerary you’ll spend a day at Elephant Nature Park, one of the best centres for rescued and retired elephants in Thailand. This renowned elephant sanctuary provides a safe environment for these majestic creatures to live in, as well as contributing to their welfare and development. During your visit you’ll meet rescued elephants and learn their names and stories, and most importantly you’ll see elephants enjoying their freedom! Elephant Nature Park puts great emphasis on ethical practices and, unlike many other elephant parks in Thailand, visitors are not permitted to bathe or touch the animals, however there are still plenty of opportunities to interact with them, including feeding them! Your visit to the Elephant Nature Park helps to improve the lives and conditions of elephants.

The Impacts of this Trip

On this holiday you’ll explore the mountainous region of northern Thailand and you’ll have many opportunities to interact with the hilltribe people and gain an insight into their unique lifestyle and customs. This can be an enriching travel experience, however it is important to be culturally sensitive when visiting hilltribe communities in this region. We ask our clients to respect the cultural customs and mores when visiting the villages, for example you should dress modestly, you should be discrete and polite, and you should try not to be too obtrusive. You should show appreciation and respect for the hospitality of the people whose villages and homes you’re visiting, and you must remember that these are real people with getting on with their real lives, therefore you should take care not to invade their privacy or interrupt their daily schedule.

Photography is a sensitive issue among the hilltribe communities and your local guide can give you further information about the protocol. However, you should never photograph anyone without their consent. If you wish to take a photograph of someone it is best to ask your guide if they can request permission or you can use gestures to show that you wish to take their picture, but if they indicate that they do not want you to, please respect this.
When visiting these remote villages there will be opportunities to buy authentic handmade products, such as embroidered bags and silver jewellery, and if you choose to purchase anything you’ll be providing an additional source of income for the families here, as well as helping to preserve traditional hilltribe arts and crafts.


1 Reviews of Northern Thailand tailor made holiday

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2018 by

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

It was all fabulous but real highlights were our guide Nui, the cooking class in Chiang Mai and the wonderful temples everywhere

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

Skip Lopburi, not worth it and thus avoid the long drive to Shukothai. Spend more time in Chiang Mai, it is worth it and go all inclusive for the beach part!

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

Yes I did. We planned it so that we always stayed in locally run hotels (apart from BKK)

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

it was really wonderful

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