Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Time for Thailand - 9 days

Discover the Kingdom of Thailand from the captivating capital Bangkok and the ancient ruins of Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand, and the hill tribes of Chiang Rai. With a colourful mix of night markets, beautiful national parks, historic WWII sites, exotic temples and boat trips in between.

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Trip Highlights

Bangkok - Grand Palace, tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, Flower Market, long tail boat ride along the klongs and Khao San Road
Erawan National Park - wildlife, evergreen forests, beautiful waterfalls & swimming
Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple, Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribes village, trishaw ride around the old city, night market and cooking class. Plus free time for optional activities from spa treatments to canopy ziplines.
Wat Rhon Khung - the unique ‘White Temple’
Hmong Hill Tribe - Overnight stay in their community
Kanchanaburi - Allied War Cemetary, Bridge on the River Kwai and ‘Hellfire Pass’
Ayuthaya - Former capital of Thailand, ancient ruins including iconic Wat Mahatat
Cruising on the Kok River in a longtail boat
Chiang Rai - Hill Tribe villages

Included

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
Economy class flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok
Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide
Train ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire Pass
 Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
6 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night floating hotel in the jungle, 1 night overnight sleeper train from Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai
Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 9
Guided sightseeing - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Ayuthaya, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai trishaw ride and cooking class
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$55-65, paid in USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$45-55, paid in USD

Itinerary

Day 1

Bangkok

Saturday. Welcome to Bangkok, the ever-alluring capital of Thailand. Once you have checked into your hotel the rest of the day is free until 6pm when you meet your guide for a welcome meeting. Then it's just a short walk through the bustling streets of Bangkok to the famous 'Cabbages and Condoms' restaurant where you get to sample some of the best Thai dishes that you will encounter during your tour.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Dinner

Day 2

Bangkok City Tour

This morning we set off to explore this sprawling metropolis. The first stop is at the 24 hour flower market where you get to view stunning orchids and roses on sale to the local restaurants and florists. Then we visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. From the Grand Palace we take an exhilarating ride on a tuk tuk to Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha.

After a break for lunch we board a longtail boat and set off on an exploration of the labrynth of klongs (canals) that criss cross the city. On our journey we’ll glide by stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children play about on the waters edge. Our boat drops us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. The evening is free for you to explore the many bars, restaurants, market stalls and tailors that line this vibrant road.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Day 3

River Kwai & Hellfire Pass

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. It’s an early start today as we drive 2.5hrs west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here we pay our respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery we continue to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalised by the film of the same name. You have a chance to take pictures before you board a train for a 2 hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier.

Disembarking at Nam Tok we have a short drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history.

After our day’s sightseeing a leisurely longtail boat ride leads us to our fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.
Overnight: Kanchanaburi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Erawan Waterfalls & Ayuthaya

Kanchanaburi - Erawan NP - Ayuthaya - Chiang Mai. This morning we travel on to the beautiful Erawan National Park to explore the rivers, waterfalls and trails on foot. Following a walk in the jungle we head to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Ayuthaya was sacked by the Burmese, leading them to abandon the site and relocate the capital to Bangkok. All that remains are the stone and brick temples from the era. Today we explore Ayuthaya’s famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of Thailand’s most religiously significant places. This evening we head to the station to board our sleeper train to Chiang Mai (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins).
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Chiang Mai & Hmong Hill tribe

Chiang Mai - Mae Rim. Early this morning our train arrives into Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. First up we visit the imposing Doi Suthep Temple that stands like a sentinel over the city. We take time to relax and enjoy the view before driving to the Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribes village. Four separate Thai hill tribes live at Baan Tong Luang - the Lahu, Hmong, White Karen and the Long necked Karen and we'll have the opportunity to learn all about their lifestyle and customs, see their traditional dress and purchase handicrafts that they make.

We travel on to the Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge where we will stay this evening. Here, you can take a walk into the surrounding countryside to visit the some of the nearby hill tribe villages and gain a wonderful insight into the lives of some of the smaller minority groups in the Kingdom. In the evening we enjoy a sumptuous BBQ before being entertained by dancers from the local community.
Overnight: Mae Rim  |  Dinner

Day 6

Day trip to Chiang Rai

Mae Rim - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai. Following an early breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at Hmong Lodge and set off north towards Chiang Rai, travelling through stunning karst and jungle scenery. We take a break to stretch our legs and explore a local Hmong market before continuing to our journey to the famous White Temple of Wat Rong Khun which depicts scenes from movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman! After exploring the temple, there's time for lunch before we board our longtail boats for a scenic hour long ride on the Kok River to Chiang Rai.

In Chiang Rai we visit Lahu village which is surrounded by lush green countryside and inhabited by the Lahu people, who make their living from farming the land. We’ll take a walk through this enchanting little village, which has stilt houses and livestock roaming the streets. Then we continue our boat journey to Ruammit village which is home to the Karen tribe and has retained its traditional culture. After a brief stop here we drive to Chiang Mai, where the rest of the evening is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Chiang Mai Cooking class

This morning you can join your tour guide in giving out Alms to the local monks before returning to your hotel for breakfast. We then take a traditional trishaw for a ride around the old city of Chiang Mai, visiting some of the key temples within the city walls. Then we head to a local cooking school to try our hand at preparing tasty local cuisine in a traditional Thai setting. This informative cooking class teaches us how to prepare three of Thailand’s most popular dishes that we’ll later get to enjoy for lunch.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore at leisure. In the evening we visit the Chiang Mai night market, a haven of souvenirs and works by local artisans.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Chiang Mai free time

Chiang Mai - Bangkok. Today is free for you to enjoy some of the many optional activities in the city, from zip lining through the jungle canopy to riding a bike through the countryside. There is a street of cottage industries which is great to pick up those last minute silk, silver or jewellery souvenirs. In the late afternoon we transfer to the airport in time to catch our flight to Bangkok. After checking into our hotel the rest of the night is free for you to enjoy this bustling city.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Bangkok

Sunday. Today marks the end of your Thai adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight. Your most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok. If choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements.
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Yi Peng Festival Tour - 29 Oct 2017

On 29 October 2017 join us for the spirited and always lively Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai. At the festival we'll watch the release of thousands of beautifully coloured, candle lit Lanna-style lanterns into the sky and along the local river. For more info, check out our at our Yi Peng Lantern Festival tour itinerary.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Furama Silom, Bangkok

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

An elegant flagship hotel, the Furama Silom tastefully combines classic Thai style with contemporary design. Guest rooms are well designed with sleek glass panels giving a luxurious feel. Complimentary high speed internet is available. The dining options are simple yet sophisticated. Head to the Rama restaurant for delicious Thai and international cuisine or spend an evening at the Silom Sky Bar - a gorgeous roof top pool with stunning views of the city to marvel at. Centrally located in the of Silom just 5 minutes from the Sky Train.

River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Kanchanaburi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historical River Kwai Noi surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style. Each is appointed with en-suite private bathroom, balcony and a hammock. To work in harmony with the natural surroundings, the property does not use electricity and kerosene lamps are provided to light the rooms and evoke a romantic atmosphere.

Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, Mae Rim

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set within the spectacular mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim, the Hmong Lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to experience traditional Hmong culture amidst striking natural beauty. Conveniently located just an hours drive from Chiang Mai, The Hmong Lodge offers travellers the perfect balance of style and comfort and offers them the chance to meet and learn about nearby tribal communities. The comfortable guest rooms are beautifully crafted from wood and have a splash of colour added with the Hmong quilts. The lodge features an outdoor pool, spa and open-air restaurant. Days can be spent with local tribes and exploring the stunning surrounding landscapes while evenings at the lodge can be filled with a barbecue and al fresco dining followed by traditional Hmong performances including dancing.

Amora Hotel Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Close to the Tapae Gate, Amora Hotel Chiang Mai is a modern property with great amenities. Guest rooms are designed in the modern Northern Thai (Lanna) style and come with air conditioning, TV, mini bar and room service. The hotel also boasts a refreshing outdoor pool and fitness centre as well as Chili's restaurant - serving up a delicious array of transitional Thai and international cuisine. The Lobby Lounge Bar and Pool Bar are great places to enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day.

Raming Lodge, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the bustling night bazaar, the elegant Raming Lodge is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city. The spacious rooms are decorated with clear eastern influences and encompass beautiful wooden furniture, complimenting the rich fabrics that add a splash of colour to the room. Massages and other treatments are available at the spa and the pool is a great place to relax during your leisure time. A full breakfast is served in the morning and further food can be found in the hotel's gourmet burger restaurant.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on 27 recent reviews

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The tour was fantastic and Mhor was the best tour guide I have ever had. He was so helpful throughout the tour and was so knowledgeable and passionate about everything that we went to see. He made the tour fun and enjoyable and really brought our group together. We even got to sample some of the herbs and fruits growing locally because of his knowledge of the local area. I am so glad that I booked the trip and even more pleased that Mhor was my guide, I wish I could do it all again.

• Submitted 07 Nov 2017
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Mhor , our tour guide , was absolutely phenomenal. He was so knowledgeable about the country , its history and its culture which he shared with us in ways that we could never have experienced on our own, relating his own life experiences to what we were doing and seeing. He catered to our every need and kept us informed about our itinerary daily.

The only reason I don't rate the tour 5 star was because we would have liked to spend a bit more time at , for instance , the floating hotel and the Mon Lodge and maybe cut down on some of the time spent at the ruins and temples and the bridge over river Kwai. Also one small recommendation: please let future tour guests that no washcloths were available in the overnight accommodations. We missed that !

• Submitted 02 Nov 2017
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The trip to Thailand with Mhor as our guide was absolutely amazing. Being home now and looking back I now know that we would have had a total different experience of Thailand if it was not for our wonderful guide. Mhor went out of his way to answer our questions, and tell us everything from history and the culture to plants growing in certain areas and the info surrounding all the sights we went to see.

• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
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The tour was fantastic! It was great to travel on a small group and go into the countryside, out of the big city. Staying on the floating rafts, in a hill tribe lodge and on an overnight train to northern Thailand gave us many unique experiences and our guide Mohr was always by our side with lots of information and willing to assist. We would highly recommend On the go Tours.

• Submitted 26 Oct 2017
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Once again, my husband and had an amazing time with 'On the Go' in Thailand. It was our third tour, and 4th country visited with an 'on the Go' tour. The mix of quality accommodation and off the tourist trail experiences is one of the things we love. The floating jungle hotel was a great experience, and feeding Quan Lee the elephant the next morning was a particular highlight, as I have strong concerns about animal tourism in Thailand and had no intention to visit any elephant camps etc. She was clearly well cared for and happy, so it was a great experience. As we arrived very early in the morning, we were expecting at least a 6hr wait to get into our room, and we were exhausted. To our surprise, our guide Mhor arrived around 7 in the morning and by the time we spoke to him, he had already organised our room to be ready by 8 am, which was amazing! We go to have a shower and a few hours sleep before heading out to explore Bangkok. This was just the first step in the wonderful service we received from Mhor. He looked after the whole group so well, and lived up to our high expectations of previous On the Go guides. He even helped me with my motion sickness on the windy mountain roads by giving up his seat at the front of the bus for me :) He was never impatient or rushed, and no question was a problem. He taught me quite a few thai words while we travelled, and always looked so pleased when I used the thai for hello, thank you etc. I would recommend him as a guide, and on the go as a tour company to anyone (as I frequently do!) without any hesitation.

I loved that the welcoming meal was Thai - that has been an only complaint on previous tours, when the first meal was was western food.

• Submitted 09 Oct 2017
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Good tour with an excellent guide, who really helped us understand Thai culture. Mhor was very knowledgeable, well organised and always willing to help.

• Submitted 11 Jun 2017
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Had an awesome time thanks to the guides and nice group of people on this tour. The itinerary was interesting and varied enough to be exciting every day.

• Submitted 22 Mar 2017
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Let me begin with....My first Thailand experience was one that i came away with sense of fulfilment and memories to last a life time. These two things you cannot put a price on.

Annie our guide is an exceptionally kind person and in every sense a leader. She would call “On the go, lets go “ and kept us on our travelling toes the whole way through. Highlights of the tour to name a few were … The River Kwai long tail boat trip to the breathtaking River Kwai Floating Hotel, here we had no electricity and the opportunity to feed stacks of fresh fruit to Wandi the elephant from the Mon village. Hell Fire Pass was a moving and emotional experience.

Free time in Chiang Mai. On this day we all went our separate ways, some of our tour family went to the Silk and Umbrella factories, my partner went to the Eagle Track Zip line experience. Me being the foodie that I am took myself off to a Thai Cooking Class which Annie helped arrange at late notice. I have since made endless Thai dishes back here in Sydney. Calypso Caberet ( an optional on the 2nd night ) is well worth going to, this is at the beautiful “Asiatique”, a colourful and energetic show that starts with a Traditional Thai set menu. There is also the opportunity to get some cheeky photos at the end with the stunning lady boys. I loved that the accommodation varies from the floating hotel, Classic Cameo in Ayuttaya, the charming guest house in Chiang Rai and i cannot forget the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Rai - what a ride! Annie knows her country inside out, and educated us along the way in Monks, Kings, temples, food, shopping and where we might find a “Happy room” also known as a toilet! I would love to see Annie to be considered for the tour leader awards, we would love to see her here in Sydney. Annie is a huge animal lover, perhaps she could get acquainted with her very 1st real life Kangaroo! What an outstanding woman and p passionate tour guide. Kop khun kha Annie.

• Submitted 09 Feb 2017
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It was a wonderful journey, we were really "On The Go " with an excellent tour guide, who have organized and kept the group together. The river hotel was beautiful it was a real experience along with the overnight boat trip. Loved it all. The hotels were well positioned, close to transport, markets, shopping.The beds were clean and aircons. were working. There was some minor things, that did not work at some place, and only one hotel did not have a water boiler. Small price to pay for an affordable holiday. Great trip, well organised.

• Submitted 05 Jan 2017
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Thailand was beautiful! The food, sights, temples and way of life was awesome and humble. Anin was very informative, catered to all of our requests, made sure we tried unique foods that were specific to the region, and gave great suggestions in what to do when we had options to explore on our own. I cannot wait to utilize onthegotours service for our future touring needs.

If Anin sees this, please let her know:

1. Don't worry, be happy!

2. Thank you for your incredibly awesome stories and life experiences that you shared with us.

3. Don't...EVER... Give up!

4. You deserve to be the tour guide of the year!

5. Sending our love from the US!

• Submitted 18 Jul 2016
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Bangkok
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 4
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1st March 2017

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The tour was fantastic and Mhor was the best tour guide I have ever had. He was so helpful throughout the tour and was so knowledgeable and passionate about everything that we went to see. He made the tour fun and enjoyable and really brought our group together. We even got to sample some of the herbs and fruits growing locally because of his knowledge of the local area. I am so glad that I booked the trip and even more pleased that Mhor was my guide, I wish I could do it all again.

Katie Thorpe