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All accommodation: Hotels and hostels (9 Nights), Hilltribe Huts (2 Nights), Sleeper Train (3 Nights)
Variety of delicious meals: 10 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 2 Dinners
All transport between destinations
Visit to Chiang Mai night market
Incredible Hilltribe trek
Bamboo rafting experience
Street food crawl with your CEO
Stunning snorkelling trip (Ko Tao)
Guidance from an amazing G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
15 Day Thailand Tour: Night Markets and Blue WatersThis part of Southeast Asia can't wait to meet you on this affordable tour for young travellers.
What to Expect
Are you aged between 18 and 30-something and looking to explore the best that Thailand has on offer?
Are you wanting to see and do as much as possible while sticking to a reasonable budget?
Are you looking to make friends that will last long after your holiday?
Now's the time to explore Thailand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers! Trek to the region's hilltribes to get a taste of local life, hit the soft sands of the south for snorkelling, swimming, or just plain snoozing, and wrap up your journey in Bangkok, where the colours, sounds, and flavours will redefine the meaning of amazing!
Where we visit
Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive at any time and welcome to Thailand's bustling capital - Bangkok! Tonight, it's your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Connect with new friends on your first night out along the famous Khao San Road. Explore this buzzing traveller hub with your CEO and check out the lively bars and dance parties that line the street. Grab a Thai beer or tea and get to know your fellow travellers. Don't forget to sample local delicacies...maybe even try a deep fried scorpion if you dare! Oh, and get ready for tomorrow's adventures!
Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
This tour is off to a colourful start with a day to freely explore Bangkok. Visit Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, National Museum, or Jim Thompson's House. Try a riverboat trip along the Chao Phraya River and through the canals (or klongs) for a different perspective of daily life in this busy city. Tonight, you'll take the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Transport: Today you'll travel via overnight train for approx. 12 hours between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Accommodation: Sleeper train
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Make sure you've got room for more than three meals today, because you're heading to the best street food spots in Chiang Mai! Your CEO will lead you on this steet food tour so bring your appetite (and wallet!). Besides eating, there's lots to do here — like a visit to Doi Suthep temple, taking it easy with a soak in the Sankampang Hot Springs, or checking out a Thai boxing match.
Day 4: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jo
It's time for a change of pace on Day 4. Today, drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where you'll set off on a trek through rugged forests to see how diverse this region of hilltribe communities really is. Every village you'll see has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. It's a few hours to the first village of hilltribe thatch bungalows, but every step is worth it as you get to know the lay of the land.
Transport: Today you'll travel via pickup truck for approx. 1 hour between Chiang Mai and Ban Mae Jo. After being picked up at the hotel, quickly stop at the local tourist police station to stamp the document required for trekking in the area before transferring to Mae Malai.
Please note: The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!
Day 5: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam
After breakfast, trek for approx. 4 hours to reach the lunch stop. Take in the beautiful scenery along the way and then enjoy your lunch before carrying on another hour or so to the Karen village of Ban Pa Khao Lam. Here, see how traditional blankets and scarves are made. Keep trekking for a few more hours (you've got this!) before stopping in the next village for the night.
Day 6: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft and get a closer look at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai, a foodie's paradise! Try the city's most famous dishes like khao soi (noodles in curry broth) and sai usa (northern Thai sausage) and get ready for your big night out. Tonight's the night to celebrate all the wild and humbling adventures you've just shared with new friends. Head into the Anusarn Night Market, grab a drink on us, and reminisce the night away!
Transport: Today you'll travel via bamboo raft for approx. 2 hours between Pa Khao Lam and Lahu Village, then another 2 hours between Lahu Village and Ban Sop Gai. You'll also take a 2 hour pickup truck ride between Ban Sop Gai and Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok
Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time, where you can go shopping in the market, get a Thai massage, or explore any of the many temples. Or, hey, you could always go back for another taste of khao soi curry. Tonight, catch up on sleep during an overnight train and wake up in Bangkok.
Transport: Today you'll travel via overnight train for approx 13 hours between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Accommodation: Sleeper train
Please note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.
Day 8: Bangkok
Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Grand Palace, hopping on a cycle tour of the city, and visiting the National Museum. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Please note: As this longer tour is comprised of two shorter tours, there is the possibility that you will need to change hotels on this day. Check in with your CEO about this while on tour. The two hotels generally used are within walking distance.
Day 9: Bangkok/Surat Thani
Today, you can check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, go for a street food crawl, relax with a Thai massage, or explore the klongs (canals) by boat before boarding the overnight train.
Transport: Today you'll travel via overnight train between Bangkok and Surat Thani.
Accommodation: Sleeper train
Day 10: Surat Thani/Khao Sok
See southern Thai hospitality in action with breakfast at G Adventures-supported Khao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Restaurant, where you can also meet other international visitors. Indulge in traditional Southern Thai cuisine prepared by members of Kao Thep Pitak village. Your meal will be made with ingredients picked from local organic farms and a fruit orchard on the property. Over 140 families benefit from the community-owned and managed eatery through the Kao Thep Pitak Community Ecotourism Enterprise. Later on, go to Lake Cheow Lan where you can take in the views while hiking or swimming in the national park. Spend tonight falling asleep to the sweet sounds of the jungle.
This area is known for its natural beauty so you know what that means...lots of chances for photos.
Transport: Today you'll travel via private vehicle between Surat Thani and Khao Sok for approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Accommodation: Rainforest resort
Day 11: Khao Sok/ Koh Pha Ngan
Head across southern Thailand to find yourself in Ko Phangan. Take the free afternoon to relax on the beach or by the pool — which will be easy since tonight, you'll be staying beachside or poolside in cozy bungalows!
This area is known for its epic nightlife, whether or not there's a Full Moon Party. Make sure you don't miss the sunset. It'll be unforgettable.
Transport: Today you'll travel via private vehicle between Khao Sok and Don Sak for approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes. You will also travel via ferry between Don Sak and Koh Pha Ngan for approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Day 12: Koh Pha Ngan
There's no rush to leave Ko Phangan. Use your second day here to catch up on anything you missed yesterday, like exploring the island's waterfalls, swimming in lagoons, going for a hike, or, hey, taking another day to relax beachside!
Day 13: Da Nang/Hoi An
Today, take the ferry to Ko Tao, a laid-back island known for snorkelling where you can Hin Wong Bay, Mango Bay, Nang Yuan Island, South Mae Haad and Janson Bay. This afternoon, put on your flippers to see a whole other world underwater. Going beneath the surface not your thing? Go the other way and climb up to the scenic view at Kho Nang Yuan View Point!
Transport: Today you'll travel via ferry for approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes between Koh Pha Ngan and Ko Tao..
Day 14: Ko Tao
Make the most of your last full day in Ko Tao paradise! Spend the day soaking up the sun beachside and be sure to get your fresh seafood fix. For your big night out, venture into the bustling nightlife and grab a drink on our tab to cheers to life-changing adventures with newfound friends! If you want to keep the party going, why not participate in the massive Ko Tao Pub Crawl!
Day 15: Ko Tao
Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as the tour ends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way. If booking a flight out of Ko Samui airport, make sure not to book one earlier than 11am.
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, this tour is made for young, budget-minded travellers aged between 18 and 39.
Allow $135 - $175 USD for meals. Eating is a big part of traveling. On this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.
A variety of styles of hotels/guesthouses are used on this tour. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home, as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guesthouses in stunning locations – rooms are small and basic, may be multi-share, and there may be shared toilet facilities and showers.
Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room.
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
When arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced 'su wan na poom') in Bangkok proceed to the Arrivals Hall where you can change money into Thai Baht. (You may be approached by nicely dressed, official looking touts offering an expensive limousine service to your hotel; ignore these offers.)
You have two transport options; public bus, the Airport Train & MRT or public taxi. All transportation is located on the ‘ground’ floor.
The Airport Bus operates 4 bus routes to downtown for a cost of 150 Baht for the entire route. Bus AE4 goes to Hua Lamphong train station. Our hotels are located in the Hua Lamphong area.
The airport is located 30km’s away from downtown Bangkok. Approach the taxi counters, advise them where you are going and they will write this information down for you along with the taxis registration details. Taxis should always use the meter and you are required to pay a 50 Baht airport surcharge on top of the metered fee plus any tollway fees (approx 70 Baht depending on the route taken). Total journey will cost between 350 THB – 500 THB, depending on traffic and toll fees. The expressway is substantially faster, so tell the taxi driver to use the expressway, you can say either ""kuen ton-way"" (from 'tollway') or ""kuen taang duan"" in Thai (but most understand Tollway/express way in English).
If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you (go to gate number 4). Look for a driver holding a G Adventures sign with your name. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. Be sure to check weather conditions online before you depart. We recommend you bring sun protection cream from home to ensure it meets your needs.
During the trek, you will only need to carry a daypack with your essentials. Your luggage will be stored at the hotel in Chiang Mai and your valuables in a group safety deposit box.
Your CEO will provide instructions on what you need to bring in your daypack on the trek. Usually, this includes a couple of changes of clothes, wet shoes (for river crossings), personal toiletries, flashlight/headlamp, tissues, any personal medications, and electronics you wish to bring along. A small drybag for electronics and a reusable water bottle may also be useful. During the trek, guides will have first aid kits.
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test
• Rubber gloves
• Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
• Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
• Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
• External battery pack
• Motion sickness tablets
• Snorkel gear (optional) (Only if own equipment is preferred.)
Sleep Sheet and Pillow:
• Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet
• Travel pillow
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
Note: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.
Most nationalities do not need a visa for Thailand for stays of 30 days or less but if you do they are available on arrival at Bangkok Airport. If staying in Thailand for more than 30 days, you will be required to obtain a tourist visa in advance. Only 15 day tourist visas are issued when entering Thailand overland.
When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.
- Your flight must arrive by or before: Arrive at any time.
- Your flight must depart no earlier than: 11am on Day 15
On all tours all travellers must have received a full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose given at least 14 days before the start of the tour.
This tour is only available to travelers aged 18-39
Please be advised that a 2-week period of traditional slash and burn farming occurs in this region between March and April (start date varies). During this time your trek may follow an alternate route to avoid uncomfortably smoky areas.
For a tour departing between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, travellers will be permitted to cancel their confirmed tour services, pre- or post tour accommodation services, extra services, or transfer services at any time prior to 14 days from the date of tour departure at no charge if they also rebook another tour service and/or reschedule travel to a later date, which later date must be within two years of the initial departure date.
The traveller must rebook their deferred travel at the same time as their cancellation in order for the policy to be applicable.
For tours booked to depart between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, the traveller will be responsible to pay the difference if the rebooked tour is priced higher than the original tour and will receive a travel credit for the difference that will be kept on file with The Supplier for two years from the date of rebooking if the rebooked tour is priced lower than the original tour.
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