Thailand on a Shoestring

15 Day Small Group Tour from Bangkok to Ko Tao with G Adventures

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures 15 Day Thailand on a Shoestring. Perfect for those looking to experience northern Thailand’s cultural treasures and the natural beauty of its southern islands. This 15-day trip will help you get off the beaten path with a trek to the region’s hilltribes but remains...read more

     
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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Bangkok
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Ko Tao
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
18
Max Group Size
18
18 - 30's
Trip Style
18 - 30's
Rail Journey
Trip Style
Rail Journey
Moderate
Trip Pace
Moderate
Countries Explored:
Thailand
Trip Operated By:
G Adventures
G Adventures
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Bangkok
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok. After your meeting, head out for an optional dinner to get to know your CEO and fellow group members better. Stay: Bangkok Centre Hotel
2 Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai. (B)
3 Chiang Mai
Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class. Stay: Chiang Mai Gate Hotel
4 Chiang Mai - Ban Mae Jok
We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek. Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies. (B/L/D)
5 Ban Mae Jok - Pa Khao Lam
You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft. (B/L/D)
6 Pa Khao Lam - Chiang Mai
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore. Stay: Chiang Mai Gate Hotel (B/L)
7 Chiang Mai - Bangkok
Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok. (B)
8 Bangkok
Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done. Stay: Bangkok Centre Hotel
9 Bangkok - Surat Thani
Get to know Thailand's capital. Check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, or explore the klongs on a boat tour before an overnight train. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour. (B)
10 Surat Thani - Khao Sok
Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath. As entry to Khao Sok NP is included for the day, you can opt for a trek in the park after checking in this afternoon. The park entrance is a short walk from the hotel, as is the main stretch of restaurants and bars in town. Stay: Khao Sok Rainforest Resort (B/L)
11 Khao Sok - Ko Pha Ngan
Travel to Ko Pha-Ngan, known for its epic parties. Explore the island and its beaches by day and dive into the nightlife when the sun goes down. Stay: Goodtime Beach Backpackers - Multi share (B)
12 Ko Pha Ngan
Enjoy a free day to explore the island's waterfalls, swim in lagoons, hike, or relax on the beach. Stay: Goodtime Beach Backpackers - Multi share
13 Ko Pha Ngan - Ko Tao
During the past 10 years, the reputation of Ko Tao's natural beauty, especially its marine life and coral reefs, has spread the world over and the number of paradise seekers and divers increased rapidly. It's become one of the major dive sites in Thailand, attracting beginners and professionals alike. The island today, though still remaining a unique paradise, caters to all tastes and budgets. Stay: Goodtime Koh Tao (L)
14 Ko Tao
Enjoy free time in Ko Tao today, relaxing on the beach or hanging out at one of the many beach bars. Stay: Goodtime Koh Tao (B)
15 Ko Tao
Depart at any time. If booking a flight out of Ko Samui airport, the earliest departure time should be 11:00 am Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book. (B)

G Adventures Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Experience the bustling streets of Bangkok.
  • Explore colourful Chiang Mai.
  • Trek to remote hilltribe villages.
  • Float down a river on a bamboo raft.
  • Enjoy the island beaches of Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao.
  • Take a longtail boat tour of Cheow Lan Lake.
  • Check out the marine life with a snorkelling trip.
Trip Inclusions
  • Your G for Good Moment: Kao Thep Pitak Community-Owned Farm & Meal, Ban Ta Khun
  • Your Discover Moment: Bangkok
  • Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
  • Visit to Chiang Mai night market
  • Hilltribe trek
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Street food crawl
  • Snorkelling trip (Ko Tao)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodation
  • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (9 nights), basic hilltribe huts (2 nights, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nights)
  • 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 private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.
Your Tour Guides
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, trekking staff
Meals Included
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners included throughout this tour
Transport
  • Local bus, train, walking, boat
Read Trip Notes
  • Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your accommodation, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions. View Trip Notes

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