Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Thailand, Temples & Tribes

13 days  |  Starts/Ends: Bangkok  |  from USD $3,165  |   Guaranteed Departures  6 reviews

Experience the best of amazing Thailand! Sail in a longtail boat, explore lively night markets and take a scenic train ride over the River Kwai, before getting off the beaten track to meet the colourful ethnic minorities of Thailand's hill tribe villages and bed down for the night in a traditional rural homestay.

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Itinerary

Please Note: The 13 day itinerary below relates to travel from 15 February 2017 onwards. Prior to 15 February this tour is 14 days in length, the itinerary varies slightly and the inclusions are not the same. Contact us for a copy of the 14 day trip notes.

Day 1

Bangkok

Saturday. Welcome to Bangkok, the captivating capital of Thailand. Arrival transfer to our hotel where our Welcome Meeting takes place later in the evening. After the welcome meeting it's a short walk to the famous 'Condoms & Cabbages' restaurant where we'll enjoy dinner as a group, sampling some of tasty Thai dishes.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Dinner

Day 2

Buddha & Boats

Today we explore the pulsating city of Bangkok. We visit the vibrant 24 hour flower market before exploring the stunning Grand Palace and its golden stupas. Then we take an exhilarating tuk tuk ride to Wat Pho, home of the reclining Buddha, before boarding longtail boats for a cruise along the city’s canals, known in Thai as khlongs, passing stilted houses, old men fishing and pretty temples along the way. From where we disembark it’s a short walk to the lively Khao San Road where street cafes and bars abound.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Day 3

River Kwai

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. Departing Bangkok we drive to the small town of Kanchanaburi where we pay our respects at the Allied War Cemetery, the site where thousands of Allied POWs are buried. Next we visit the infamous ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ immortalised by the film of the same name. A scenic train ride takes us over the bridge to follow the tracks laid down by the POWs during the Second World War. Arriving at Nam Tok we drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ and visit an interesting museum detailing how the POWs used little more than their bare hands to dig through the mountain. After a full 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 Floating Hotel  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Erawan NP & 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. The park boasts a stunning tiered waterfall and there’s time to take a dip in one of the many refreshing pools. Ancient Ayuthaya is our next stop, the once former capital laden with golden temples and lavished decorated palaces that glittered from miles away. 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. After diner we board a sleeper train to Chiang Mai.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Chiang Mai & Hmong Hill tribe

Chiang Mai - Mae Rim. This morning we arrive into the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. First up we visit the beautiful Doi Suthep Temple which is perched on a mountain top overlooking Chiang Mai. We take time to relax and enjoy the view before driving into the countryside to the Hmong hill tribe lodge where we will stay this evening. The lodge, similar to a rural resort in style with a swimming pool is located in the land of the Hmong, a community that lives peacefully in the mountains raising animals and farming. Here, you can take walks into the surrounding countryside to visit the some of the nearby hill tribe villages. We'll enjoy a sumptuous BBQ this evening before being entertained by dancers from Mae Khi village.
Overnight: Mae Rim  |  Dinner

Day 6

Chiang Rai

Mae Rim - Chiang Rai. Departing Chiang Mai we travelling through stunning karst and jungle scenery along the Kok River in longtail boats. After a break for lunch we visit the Golden Triangle and learn of the Opium Trade that made this region so wealthy. We then visit a hill tribe community site where you have the chance to learn more about how five of the most prominent tribes in the area live, including their traditional costumes and homes. Our last stop of the day is the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which depicts scenes from movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman! After exploring the temple we return to Chiang Mai arriving late in the evening.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Chiang Mai Cooking class

Early this morning there's the opportunity to give Alms to the local monks with your guide. After breakfast we 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

Day 8

Chiang Mai free time

Sat at the foothills of northern Thailand and spattered with pretty temples, Chiang Mai is a dream to explore. Today is free for you to partake in optional activities from spa treatments to cooking classes and white water rafting to canopy ziplines.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Lisu Hill tribe

Chiang Mai - Lisu Village. This morning we set off for the Lisu Lodge, a small eco-lodge that is integrated into the heart of the local community by playing its part in a project to conserve the natural heritage of the hill tribes in Chiang Mai. The lodge is run by the Lisu hill tribe villagers, as are all the tours and activities available here, while the food is locally sourced and fetched from the organic rice fields and vegetable gardens. Enjoy free time to explore the area and to learn more about the lives of the locals. In the evening there is the chance to partake in a Basi ceremony, intended to bring good luck which involved the tying of blessed string around your wrist.
Overnight: Lisu Hill Tribe Lodge   |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10

Mae Kampong Village

Lisu Village - Mae Kampong. This morning we move on to the charming village of Mae Kampong where we meet our homestay families. This village has embraced the opportunities that surround it, generating enough electricity from the nearby rushing stream to supply the village and sell the rest back to the grid. They grow strawberries and flowers on hills that were once covered in poppies, a somewhat different crop and have developed a small homestay scheme to help supplement the income of the village. This afternoon a local village guide will take us on a walking tour whilst in the evening our gracious hosts will prepare dinner before the traditional dance ceremony.
Overnight: Mae Kampong Homestay  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Tribal villages

Mae Kampong - Huai Khum. Our foray into Thailand’s northern hills continues as we make our way to Huai Khum. Nestled on the banks of the River Mae Kok and surrounded by tribal villages, each with their own culture and traditions, Huai Khum Resort is the ideal base for trekking. The resort is best described as rustic, but what is lacks in luxury it more than compensates in location and charm.

We take a leisurely trek this afternoon through some of the small villages before spending a relaxing evening in the resort. On our walk we may encounter Akha, Lahu or Lisu tribes people working in the fields, collecting firewood or making traditional handicrafts.
Overnight: Huai Khum Resort  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

Fly to Bangkok

Huai Khum - Bangkok. Soak up the tranquility of the lodge and local villages this morning with some free time before catching an afternoon flight back to the busy capital city of Bangkok. Enjoy your final evening in Thailand at leisure doing some last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Bangkok - your way

Thursday. Our tour concludes after breakfast. Hotel check out and included departure transfer to the airport. You can extend your stay in this amazing city by booking post tour accommodation. If doing so your departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your arrangements.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

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 provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

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This tour is 14 days in length, ending on a Friday and has a revised itinerary. When booking flights, please add 1 day to the end date noted below. Refer to the end of the trip notes for details of the 14 day itinerary.
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2016
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $56
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Private Tour Supplement
USD $2980
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

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.

Royal Benja Hotel, Bangkok

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Royal Benja Hotel provides homely accommodation in the heart of Bangkok city with a large outdoor pool to enjoy after a long, hot day sightseeing. Benjamas Restaurant serves a wide selection of local and international cuisine whilst drinks and live music are offered at the Buddy Pub.

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.

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.

Lisu Lodge, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Lisu Hill Tribe Lodge is a wonderful haven of tranquility, set within the beautiful countryside surrounding Chiang Mai. This eco lodge is named after the nearby Lisu hill tribe village and run by the villagers as part of a community-based project conserving the heritage of the hill tribes. The traditional Lisu style woven cottages at the lodge contain simple en suite guest rooms and offer wonderful views of the surrounding hills and valley. Delicious Thai cuisine is lovingly prepared using organic vegetables and rice from the lodge's garden. The lodge offers the opportunity to learn about Lisu hill tribe culture with a tour of the village and an evening performance by the villagers. Guests can also enjoy a host of optional activities such as trekking, rafting and bike tours.

Trip Highlights

Chiang Rai - Day trip to visit Hilltribe Community site and the Golden Triangle
Kanchanaburi - Allied War Cemetary, Bridge on the River Kwai and ‘Hellfire Pass’
Ayuthaya - Former capital of Thailand, ancient ruins including iconic Wat Mahatat
Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple, 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’
Lisu Lodge - Small eco-lodge part of a community project to conserve the heritage of the hill tribes
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
Hmong Hill Tribe - Overnight stay in their community
Cruising on the Kok River in a longtail boat
Mae Kampong - Homestay with a local family
Seeing the hill tribe villages of northern Thailand’s including Mae Kampong, Lisu, the Hmong community and the Akha, Lahu and Lisu tribes of Huai Khum

Included

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Economy class flight Chiang Rai - 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
Excursions to the hill tribe villages around Lisu Village, Huai Khum and Mae Kampong
9 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night homestay and 1 night in a floating jungle hotel, 1 night overnight sleeper train from Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai
Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 13
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$60-70, 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$50-60, paid in USD

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 recent reviews

Bright, cheerful and knowledgable

• Submitted 03 Dec 2014
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Great comunication with the group very easy to talk to and understand, always happy to help and give advice when taking photo's. Lee was always happy and joined in with the fun a pleasure to be with.

• Submitted 30 Nov 2014
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I really liked our second guide Ning who joined us in Chaing Rai. She made extra effort to show us more on our tour. I did not like the itinerary in the second week because Onthgo Tours had us driving back and forth over the same roads, retracing our route and driving too much. Why didn't you organise the tour so we had more time staying at the hotels instead of driving in the vans back and forth on the same roads? I liked almost all the hotels we used. Our guide Lee Sataporn had us go to the temple ruins in the evening instead of the next morning as scheduled. It would have been better if she would have given us the extra time at the hoitel the next morning, since she changed our itinerary. I did not like the massage place she took us to in Chaing Mai - it seemed dodgy and unprofessional. Was it actually a front for prostitution? I went to a different one the next day that was very professional, well-lit and seemed cleaner. I wished we had had Ning as our tour guide for both weeks, she was excellent, and was interested in ensuring we enjoyed our tour.

• Submitted 29 Nov 2014
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Tour was fabulous...loved all the places we visited. Would have loved to have stayed longer at the floating motel as it was very special. Sun was exceptional, her manner, knowledge and sense of humour were outstanding. Nothing was too hard for her. The drivers were all courteous and I felt safe throughout the whole tour.

Was glad we added on a few days at Krabi before returning home to relax before going home.

• Submitted 24 Nov 2014
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Wow, just back from this amazing tour. Our guide Sun was everything you could wish for informative, knowledgeable, and helpful. We always knew exactly where we were, what we were looking at and doing, what we needed to wear, bring and do at every stage, so we never missed a thing. Her thoughtful touches like buying local snacks for us to try really made the holiday. When I said that I would like to see the elephants paint a picture she re arranged the schedule to incorporate the show and helped me buy the picture itself, what service. Every day exceeded the previous day the Grand palace, the river raft floating hotel, the elephant conservation centre and the festival of light being my highlights. Amazing. I chose this holiday as a present to my husband for his 50th birthday and what a unforgettable birthday present it was thank you.

• Submitted 19 Nov 2014
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This tour was a great adventure for me. I enjoyed the variety of activities, scenery and hotel accommodation. The guide Anna was a top tour guide and took care of me and made me feel safe in a foreign country. She is an asset your company. I enjoyed this tour a lot and will look at travelling with on the go again. Thank you.

Janelle Holcombe • Submitted 21 Oct 2014

HI Great tour well presented and organised. Seen so much in such time ,one the best holidays we have been on .Our guide Sulee was brilliant with great knowledge of the culture and history, was always there when needed and got involved with the group, also very helpful with advice on taking photographs. Would certainly go with On The Go again and look forward so another great deall

• Submitted 17 Oct 2014
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Dear Penny

I just want to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Thailand. We were very impressed with On The Go Tours, their organizational skills, the tour guides and drivers, and the excellent hotels.

Overall, there was plenty of variety and free time. We have been on tours with several other tour companies over the last twenty years of travelling, but this was the best. We will certainly consider going on another On the Go Tour and would not hesitate recommending them to friends and family.

Shona and Colin Wallace • Submitted 29 May 2014

Tour Details
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Bangkok
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Dinner: 7

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