Thailand: Nature, Culture & The Beaches

We have carefully tailor-made this itinerary to give our guests a well-rounded experience of fascinating Thailand. We start our journey from Bangkok, the most happening hub in Southeast Asia then head north to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s symbol in cultural heritage and beyond to hill tribe villages to experience local culture... More

We have carefully tailor-made this itinerary to give our guests a well-rounded experience of fascinating Thailand. We start our journey from Bangkok, the most happening hub in Southeast Asia then head north to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s symbol in cultural heritage and beyond to hill tribe villages to experience local culture first hand and appreciate natural beauty all around. We then head all the way down south to Ko Lanta Island to relax on its calm beaches.



  • Marvel at beautiful Erawan waterfall
  • Experience the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Visit Elephant Nature park 
  • Trek in northern Thailand thru quaint rural hill tribe area
  • Meeting the local people in the various villages, each with their own unique language, customs and dress
  • Relax in sandy beaches of laid back and tranquil island of Ko Lanta

Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival in Bangkok a travel-to-nature Asia guide/representative will be at the airport to greet and take us to our hotel. Please look out for your name-card once you exit out of arrival area.

Rest of the day free for individual activities. Overnight stay  in Bangkok.

Accommodation: Rembrandt Hotel & Suites

Tour of Bangkok including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho; afternoon to Kanchanaburi and a Samlaw (Rickshaw) ride to the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’.

This morning we take a short walk to the Chao Praya river where we board a long tail boat for a tour of the local canals. Please be advised there may be a possibility of larger groups being accommodated in a bigger boat. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East because of its intricate canal network. We get a glimpse of daily life as we pass locals selling their wares by the river. We will visit what to this day remains the home of the Thai Royal family at the Royal Palace complex followed by Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand’s most venerated images. Another highlight is Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, housing a 46 m long, 15 m high gold-plated reclining Buddha.

After lunch we transfer to Kanchanaburi, an area made famous by the movie ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’. The film is fictional but uses the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–43 for its historical setting. The Japanese used Allied POW’s to build a railway from Thailand to Burma so they could supply their army without the dangers of sending supplies by sea. Thousands of POW’s died under appalling conditions during its construction, and the line became known as the ‘Death Railway’. Jumping in Samlaws (Rickshaws) we will visit the war museum, which is more a memorial to the thousands who were killed whilst constructing the ‘death railway’, and have a chance to pay our respects at the War Cemetery in town. After this we travel to the bridge itself, before returning to our resort on the banks of the river.

Accommodation:  Felix River Kwai Resort Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast

Visit Hellfire Pass and Erawan National Park, famous for its beautiful waterfalls.

Today we take a full day tour to the picturesque Erawan Waterfalls and to Hellfire Pass, so called because POW’s were forced to chisel through solid rock, working by firelight on a particularly difficult section of the line resulting in a heavy loss of life.

The afternoon is free to enjoy the falls area and there is a chance to enjoy some swimming or to walk to the top of the falls (approx 2 hours return trip).

Accommodation: Felix River Kwai Resort Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast

Journey to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Thailand; overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

After breakfast we head to Ayutthaya, the 2nd royal capital of the Kingdom of Siam (approx 4 hours). At its peak the Kingdom encompassed large parts of present day Laos, Cambodia and Burma. Diplomatic and international trade missions found their way to Ayutthaya from countries as far away as Europe. It was not long before Ayuthaya became one of the most important trading centres of the region. The population grew to over 1 million people by the 17th Century, more than any European capital at the same time. Following decades of wars and then a siege that lasted nearly 2 years, Ayutthaya was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese army. Temples were ransacked and statues of gold stolen and carried off to Burma. Following this devastating defeat the Siamese Kingdom relocated its capital to Bangkok.

After lunch we transfer to a hotel where we have day rooms to freshen up in before boarding our overnight sleeper train bound for Chiang Mai.

Accommodation: Overnight train
Meals: Breakfast

Visit Wat Doi Suthep (temple); evening free for shopping in Chiang Mai’s famous night market.

In the early morning the train pulls into Chiang Mai, ‘The Rose of the North’, known for its temples, markets and the many colourful hilltribes that live in the area. The morning is free to relax.

A walking tour through the old quarter of the city after lunch is followed by a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep the most revered Buddhist shrine in the Chiang Mai region. Perched on the hill overlooking Chiang Mai, it provides us with a fantastic view of the area. Back in Chiang Mai people are working feverishly away to set up the famous ‘Chiang Mai Night Bazaar’ which is nothing short of a shoppers’ paradise. For those not into shopping there are plenty of atmospheric restaurants lined along the Ping River. Overnight stay in Chiang Mai.

Accommodation: Imperial Maeping Hotel
Meal: Breakfast

Free day; option to visit Elephant Nature Park or take part in a Thai cookery course.

Today is a free day for private exploration or relaxation in this historical city. Chiang Mai is a former religious and cultural centre, twice coming under the control of the Burmese, so there is a strong Burmese influence reflected in the architecture of the city which one can explore. One popular option is a half day at a highly commended Thai Cooking School, where adults and children alike can learn the intricacies of Thai cooking. Under the supervision of an English-speaking Thai chef you have the opportunity to create your own ‘gaeng keow wahn’ or green coconut curry. You don’t need to be a proficient cook to enjoy this activity but, be warned, you get to eat your creations at the end of the day!

You may instead wish to visit the Elephant Nature Park which is based just outside of the city. In the past elephants have been used in the logging industry but over a decade ago the Thai government banned logging leaving the elephants and their mahouts out of work. This is a centre set up for the long term care of these graceful animals and on a day visit to the centre you will be able to feed, and even bathe the elephants, as well as watching them roam in acres of lush parkland. We have chosen this option as we believe it to be the only responsible option available to see elephants in the area. Overnight stay in Chiang Mai.

Accommodation:  Imperial Maeping Hotel
Meal: Breakfast

Begin our two-day trek past Lahu, Lisu and Karen villages. We spend one night in a hilltribe village; return to Chiang Mai on evening of day eight.

This morning we start our two-day adventure into the Chiang Dao region, an 80 km drive north of Chiang Mai. This is an area that has spectacular scenery and is home to many of the minority groups that have migrated into Thailand from Burma, Tibet and Southern China. The highlight of our trek is meeting the local people in the various villages, each with their own unique language, customs and dress. Our exact itinerary will vary during the year as we take into account the weather and local conditions, but the terrain is more rural than jungle. Various hilltribes grow rice and other vegetables on the slopes we walk past. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as we expect to be walking about 3-4 hours each day at a leisurely pace taking in the scenery.

The ground may be muddy and slippery during the rainy season (around July to October), though the scenery is at its most lush and spectacular to compensate. At night, we sleep in villagers’ huts, where we will be sleeping communally on fold-out mattresses on the floors of the wooden/bamboo huts typical of the villages. There are shared squat toilets and basic washing facilities in most villages (i.e. a hose or water pipe). Warmer clothing and a 4 season sleeping bag are needed from November to February as the nights are usually quite cold during this period. You only need to carry a day pack while on trek, whatever you need for the evening will be transported to the village for you.

Accommodation:  Local Villagers’ Hut
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we trace back our trails to Chiang Mai. Overnight stay in Chiang Mai.

Accommodation:  Imperial Maeping Hotel
Meal: Breakfast

An early morning flight takes us back to Bangkok and connect flight to Krabi. Upon arrival we are transferred to the island of Ko Lanta Yai, approximately 3 hours by minivan and couple of short minute ferry rides.

Accommodation: Southern Lanta Resort
Meal: Breakfast

We will be spending two days in Ko Lanta Yai just relaxing on the beaches.

Accommodation:  Southern Lanta Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Transfer from Ko Lanta to Phuket by speed boat

Pick up from your hotel at Ko Lanta and meet the boat crew of Satun Pakbara Speed Boat Club at Sala Dan Pier in the north of Ko Lanta Yai and cruise by convenient speed boat to Phuket with a short stopover on Koh Phi Phi to pickup/drop-off other transferring guests. Get dropped off at Rassada Port in the south of Phuket Town from where you will be picked up and transfered to your hotel.

Accommodation:  BS Airport Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Note: BS Airport Hotel 3-star hotel is our Preferred property.
It is located next to Phuket International Airport and 300 meters from Nai Yang Beach.

Transfer to airport for your homeward-bound flight.

Meal: Breakfast


  • Airport (pick up/drop off) transfers by private A/C vehicle
  • Twin room sharing accommodation at all hotel/lodge/resort as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip and other meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flights and train ride
  • All  Excursions and entry fees & permits to all the national parks & monuments
  • English speaking professional tour guide
  • Applicable government taxes

Not Included

  • International flight tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Tips for trip leader/guide, driver, hotel staff and porters
  • Items of personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, showers and other unforeseen expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the above ‘Included’
  • Extra expenses/payment for 'OPTIONAL’ activities/programs if opted in

Price: US$ 2,050 per person (Twin Sharing | Based on Minimum 4  Travelers)
Single Supplement: US$ 545

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Rembrandt Hotel & Suites, Bangkok

In a variety of sizes and configurations catering to the diverse needs of guests traveling alone, as couples or in family groups, all of the guest accommodation at Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok feature a contemporary yet elegant design that reflects this centrally located Sukhumvit hotel’s international standard while honoring the traditional grace and style for which Bangkok is renowned.

Felix River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi

Felix River Kwai resort is the legendary riverside garden retreat of Kanchanaburi, designed and constructed in 1991. Its retro contemporary classic Thai influence architectural pavilions, built mainly with local hard redwoods, mountainous rocks and terra-cotta tiles sealed to create a comfortable homey ambience that nestled in it owned private pristine 53 acres lush tropical garden.

The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Chiang Mai

The Imperial Mae Ping hotel is ideally located in central Chiang Mai, close to the nightlife street, Night Bazaar and the River Ping. Ideal for business and leisure travelers, the hotel offers 371 well-appointed rooms, each complete with modern amenities and city view. Enjoy a dip in landscaped swimming pools, working out in the gym, or relax by the pool.

Southern Lanta Resort, Koh Lanta

Southern Lanta Resort is located right on the middle of Klong Dao Beach, the striking stretch of golden sandy beach and shallow clear water, an ideal place for tourists to relax. With hundred meters of private beach front and the vibrant natural surroundings, it has over hundred bungalows and apartments located on the spacious ground. 

BS Airport at Phuket

Situated in Sa Khu, the hotel is 1.4 km from Sirinat National Park and 3.9 km from Blue Canyon Country Club. Nai Thon Beach and Splash Jungle Water Park are also within 10 km. BS Airport at Phuket features a restaurant, 24-hour room service, and dry cleaning. Free WiFi in public areas and a free airport shuttle are also provided.

Trip Facts

  • Price (USD) From 2,050
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Group Size 4-12 Pax
  • Arrive Bangkok
  • Depart Phuket
  • Trip Level
    easy to moderate
  • Activity Hiking | Beaches | Cultural Experience
  • Meals 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Accommodation 3-4* Hotels, Resort, Onboard a train

Giving back to the communities is our responsibility!

With every trip, you also support the SWAN and thus projects for Sustainable Community development and Biodiversity protection.

Our primary NGO partner is Social Welfare Association of Nepal (SWAN), with whom we have carried out multiple CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects. Besides carrying out regular CSR activities in the areas of education and women empowerment, we have supported relief and rehabilitation initiatives in the aftermath of several natural disasters like earthquake, immediate response to COVID-19 pandemic across Nepal. 

Giving something back to the world is a special and responsible affair of travel-to-nature Asia right from its inception. When you travel with travel-to-nature Asia and SWAN-Nepal, you become an integral force for change in addressing the most pressing social and wildlife conservation issues. Your tourism funds help transform the future of under-privileged and marginalized communities and transform the future of at-risk natural places you travel. Portion of our profit flows to local communities who live with and steward nature, creating jobs and improving livelihoods.

By joining one of our holidays you are playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.

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