Thailand off the beaten track 12 days

Get off the beaten path in Thailande and discover an authentic Thailand

See the very best of Thailand’s stunning natural beauty and rich history in an adventure-packed 12-day tour that takes you off the beaten path. Start in Bangkok exploring the lush jungle and vibrant city life, spend time in nature along the River Kwai Noi and take in the gorgeous waterfalls, unique scenery and rich history. Discover Chiang Mai and trek through the northern national parks before heading south to relax on the pristine beaches at Koh Chang

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Day 1: Bangkok

Day 2: Kanchanaburi

Day 3: Saiyoke Yai Waterfall

Day 4: River Kwai

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Day 6: Lisu Lodge

Day 7: Mae Kampong

Day 8: Flight of the Gibbons

Day 9: Doi Inthanon National Park

Day 10: Koh Chang

Day 11: Koh Chang

Day 12: Bangkok

THAILAND OFF THE BEATEN TRACK 12 DAYS

 

Day 1: Bangkok
Explore Bangkok off the beaten path. Depart on a half-day biking tour through Bangkok’s jungle, traversing narrow streets and quiet paths, and cycling on elevated pathways through lush vegeta-tion. Say hello to villagers, spend time at a local kindergarten (when school is in session) and en-counter what life is like as a true Bangkokian. Cross the Chao Phraya River on a typical Thai long-tail boat, and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. At night, return to Bangkok’s characteristic hustle and bustle and pay a visit to an open-air Muay Thai school to learn about the classic art of Thai boxing.

Day 2: Kanchanaburi
Arrive in Kanchanaburi and spend the day discovering the region’s fascinating yet troubling histo-ry. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, the Allied War Cemetery and the Hellfire Pass Memo-rial Museum, exploring the history and paying respect to the railway workers and allied POWs who died building the railway and during the Second World War. Travel to the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs. Ride a mountain bike or trek along the Hellfire Pass trails and in the nearby farming regions to gain a deeper un-derstanding of the area’s rich past. In the afternoon, check into your lodging at Hintok River Camp and relax in the natural pools.

Day 3: Saiyoke Yai Waterfall
Awake in the beautiful setting along the riverbanks at the Hintok River Camp. Travel via a tradi-tional Thai long-tailed boat upstream to Saiyoke Yai Waterfall & National Park, and encounter se-rene turquoise waters and lush natural scenery. Indulge in a delicious lunch at Hintok River Camp before travelling to Lawa Cave in the afternoon. Spend the next few hours exploring the cave’s fascinating stalactite and elaborate rock formations. In the evening, partake in a fun Thai cooking class and enjoy the fruits of your labour over a relaxing and scrumptious dinner.

Day 4: River Kwai
Get off to an early and enlightening start with a morning bicycling adventure and a visit with monks at a nearby temple. After a tasty breakfast, board unique eco-floating River Kwai Jungle Rafts to float along the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi. Embrace the tranquillity of your surroundings as you ride through the tropical village and around Mon Tribal Village. Take a historic ride on the Death Railway Train, including passing over the wooden viaduct built by POWs during the Second World War. In the afternoon, journey back to Bangkok before heading onto the next destination, Chiang Mai (by overnight train or flight).

Day 5: Chiang Mai
Arrive to Chiang Mai in the morning and relax at your leisure. Embark on a 25km bicycle tour of the city, traversing quiet roads and small lanes past beautiful temples and colourful markets. Visit a traditional silversmith and the adjacent Silver Temple, and explore some of Chiang Mai’s most beautiful and iconic Buddhist landmarks, including Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh, and the Phra Buddha Sihing. The adventure continues through beautiful local markets, to see beautiful flowers, drink refreshments and sample exotic local snacks.

Day 6: Lisu Lodge
Drive from Chiang Mai to Ban Chang in an open-air local trucks, taking in the vibrant surroundings along the way. In Ban Chang, gear up and head into the rural terrain for a gentle hike in the beauti-ful nature. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the tribal village of Huay Pong, and depending on the season, spend the afternoon in either a white water raft or aboard a leisurely bamboo float. Spend the evening at Lisu Lodge, your base camp for a blend of adventure, relaxation and insight. Explore the Lisu customs and culture, sip tea with the villagers and enjoy a delicious meal and a colourful folk dance performance.

Day 7: Mae Kampong
Spend the morning at Lisu Lodge as you please, whether with a guided cycling tour around the village, an oxcart ride through farmland and orchard, a steam bath or a traditional massage. After a Thai lunch, transfer to Mae Kampong for an afternoon of nature trekking and your home stay. The trek through Mae Kampong takes you through the village and past a tea and coffee planta-tion and a picturesque waterfall. Enjoy dinner and a peaceful evening at your Mae Kampong home stay, learning firsthand about life in this extraordinary Thai village.

Day 8: Flight of the Gibbons
Enjoy breakfast at your home stay before heading off on one of the most adventurous days of the trip. Experience the beauty of Thailand’s rainforest on an entirely new level with a zip-line ad-venture above the trees. High in the treetops, glide through the jungle canopy along thrilling wire zip-lines, scenic sky bridges and adrenaline-inducing abseils. Learn about wildlife and vegetation along the course, and if you’re lucky, spot the real gibbons in the wild. Trek up the seven won-drous tiers of Mae Kampong Falls and savour a filling Thai lunch. Spend the night in Chiang Mai after the wild and exciting day.

Day 9: Doi Inthanon National Park
Return to beautiful Thai nature with a day trip to Doi Inthanon National Park and the highest moun-tain peak in Thailand. The summit of Doi Inthanon reaches 2565 meters, and in any season offers a nice reprieve from the hot temperatures in the lowlands. Explore the picturesque park, including treks along nature trails and past waterfalls, visits to a hill tribe and countless photo opportuni-ties. Enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant and return to Chiang May City for the evening.

Day 10: Koh Chang
Fly from Chiang Mai to Trat, on Thailand’s south-eastern coast. After lunch, board a ferry to the island of Koh Chang, a tropical marine national park. Koh Chang is Thailand’s second-largest beach island, after Phuket, and contains stunning white sandy coves and beaches, untouched rainforests, scenic waterfalls and more. Beyond that, Koh Chang boasts an abundance of wildlife and marine life, occupying the vibrant coral reefs and the high mountain peaks. Enjoy free time at your leisure while taking in the breathtaking sights, flavourful cuisine and great nightlife that this island has to offer.

Day 11: Koh Chang
Spend a leisurely day soaking in Koh Chang’s abundant natural beauty. You may choose to travel via taxi to Kai Bae Hut for a speedboat adventure to the beautiful islands of Ko Wai, Ko Yak Lek, Ko Yak Yai, Ko Rung and Ko Thonglang. Encounter the magnificent coral reefs and breathtaking underwater scenes, filled with a variety of colourful fish that swim through the turquoise waters. Enjoy fun activities such as snorkelling and sunbathing on the beach, and kick back and relax with fresh fruits, a tasty lunch and refreshing Thai beverages.

Day 12: Bangkok
Transfer from Koh Chang to Trat Airport for the return flight to Bangkok, thus concluding the re-markable journey. For a few more days in the sun, you have the option of extending your trip with Buffalo Tours’ extension package at Koh Kood.

PRICE

This is a private and flexible tour according to your preferences, including arrival and departure time as well as your budget.

You can find out different packages through our website. The price excludes international flights but includes all services (accommodation, transport, sightseeing, guides, restaurants, domestic flights…) from your arrival to your departure.

Travel Vietnam offers vary according to different elements as follows:

  • Travelling period : the price of services in the high season (March, April, July, August, October, November, December), is normally higher than the off season (May, June, September) and the services are very limited in high season especially guides, flights tickets, hotels….
  • The number of travelers: the more you are numerous, the cheaper price is.
  • Selected hotels: the category of hotels, the locations, and the services is included in this hotel.
  • Activities during the trip: two programs with the same duration and at the same time can have two different prices, depending on the activities in the program.
  • The date of booking: a late booking may cause the higher price because of the weak availability of services.

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Found this trip organiser on forums/websites and thank to some very good reviews, my friend and I were looking to discover the Vietnamese's soul meanwhile going in such wonderful places: 100% success! 
From the beginning, the agency's team was helpful & replied us very quickly. They organised us a very convenient 5-days-trip from Saigon (HCMC) to Phnom Penh by the Mekong Delta, their proper accommodation in Mekong Garden. We've been in such traditional places far away from all others tourists, at any moment we were forced to buy something. Our guide was nice, so experienced and a good both English & French speaker. He introduced us ethnical peoples, they were so friendly, generous, welcoming with us. Amazing :)
Well organised agency which knows how to satisfy their clients, recommend it. Thank you VOT & see you hopefully in few years!

Visited January 2015
Gaffer B
Gaffer B
Rating 4

We had an wonderful time from the off beaten track in the North to the bustling cities in the South. A two weeks trip couldn't take us to every corner in Vietnam but to some extent we discovered a beautiful country and saw smiling welcoming and generous people. Thanks to Mr. Manh for great service

Visited October 2013
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if you want to travel without making you worry, this agency is to recommend. Everything is well organized and you can be confident in every way.

no forced shopping, happiness. The driver was very careful and he introduced me to this country as much in kind as far as food, I have very fond memories, to remake

Visited September 2013
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We pre-booked a short trip around Northern Vietnam with Vietnam Original tours. They responded very quickly to email and were very helpful. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed the activities they arranged for us. Our boat trip around Cat Ba island in particular stood out as being excellent and we also really enjoyed Van Long National Park.

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I was referred by a friend to Mr. Ha Nguyen at Vietnam Original Travel - Hanoi Branch and I’m so very very pleased that I was. From the beginning of our correspondence, he went to great lengths to help me prepare my itinerary and gave me many tips to make sure I was travel smart in the busy streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Never was he pushy and many a time, when conversing over Skype chat did he contact me outside of his working hours. He even went so far as to meet me on a Sunday to take me around Hanoi. I cannot guarantee by any means that travel agents from VOT will do this for you as we had connections via friends, but what I do know is that they will go up and beyond to make sure you have a lovely holiday. Thank you Ha!

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