ITINERARY BY DAY
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 vegetation. Say hello to villagers, spend time at a local kindergarten (when school is in session) and encounter 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 kick boxing.
Day 2: Kanchanaburi
Arrive in Kanchanaburi and spend the day discovering the region’s fascinating yet troubling history. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, the Allied War Cemetery and the Hellfire Pass Memorial 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 understanding 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 traditional Thai long-tailed boat upstream to Saiyoke Yai Waterfall & National Park, and encounter serene 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 in Kanchanaburi. Embrace the tranquillity of your surroundings as you ride through a 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 by plane.
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 beautiful 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 ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards, a steam bath or a traditional massage. After a Thai lunch, transfer to Mae Kampong for an afternoon of nature trekking and a home stay experience. The trek through Mae Kampong takes you through the village, past a tea and coffee plantation and to a picturesque waterfall. Enjoy dinner and a peaceful setting 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 from above a zipline adventure through the trees. High in the canopy, glide through the jungle along thrilling ziplines, scenic sky bridges and adrenaline-inducing abseils. Learn about wildlife and vegetation along the course, and if you’re lucky, spot gibbons in the wild. Trek up the seven wondrous 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, the highest mountain peak in Thailand. The summit of Doi Inthanon reaches 2565 meters and, in any season, offers a nice reprieve from the hot temperatures of the lowlands. Explore the picturesque park, including treks along nature trails and past waterfalls, visit to a colourful hill tribe and take advantage of great photo opportunities. Enjoy a tasty lunch at a local restaurant and return to Chiang Mai City for a relaxing evening in the city.
Day 10: Koh Chang
Fly from Chiang Mai to Trat, on Thailand’s southeastern coast. After lunch, board a ferry to the island of Koh Chang, a tropical marine national park. Koh Chang is Thailand’s second-largest island, after Phuket. It contains stunning white sandy coves and beaches, untouched rainforests, scenic waterfalls and more. Koh Chang also boasts an abundance of wildlife and marine life to satisfy the interests of any animal lover. 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 area's 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 remarkable 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.