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£4,820 Per person
18 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

This trip takes in some of Thailand's little-visited regions and authentic experiences including a stay at Lanjia Lodge, staffed by the local Hmong community, and time spent with a Lahu community near the Myanmar border. After time exploring the villages of the mountainous north, enjoy a few days in Chiang Mai. Here you will have a unique introduction to Thai cookery in a local home. Fly south to the islands of the Andaman Sea and enjoy time relaxing on Koh Yao, home to a number of fishing villages before returning to Bangkok to explore a more traditional side of the city.

Itinerary highlights

  • Visit Hmong and Lahu villages and learn about the culture and traditions of these communities.

  • Try your hand at Thai cooking with a local family.

  • Relax on the beaches of Koh Yao and explore unspoilt islands.

  • Immerse yourself in Bangkok's history and visit a little known neighbourhood on a street food walking tour.

Audley Travel specialist Mark

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Thailand. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Chiang Rai
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Rai
  • Fang
  • Chiang Mai
  • Phuket
  • Koh Yao
  • Phuket
  • Bangkok

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Chiang Rai.

Day 2 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

On arrival in Chiang Rai you will be met by your guide and they will accompany you on your private transfer to your boutique hotel.

Day 3 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

You have the day at leisure to explore Chiang Rai at your own pace or simply relax at your resort situated on the Kok River.

Day 4 Chiang Khong

Chiang Rai , Chiang Khong

From Chiang Rai head to the delightful community-based initiative of Lanjia Lodge to spend time with the Hmong and Lahu people, learning about their culture and traditions.

Day 5 Chiang Khong

Chiang Khong

Today's activities are flexible depending on how energetic you are feeling. There are some great walks in the area to visit different hill tribes and waterfalls. You can also get involved in tree planting or batik painting.

Day 6 Fang

Chiang Khong , Chiang Rai , Fang

Depart Lanjia Lodge today and travel to the town of Fang, close to the border with Myanmar. Stop to visit an art gallery and tea plantation en route. Spend the next two days staying in a charming Lahu home and visit the surrounding villages to learn more about the way of life and how this project is helping to sustain a Lahu community.

Day 7 Fang


Enjoy a day of activities with your Lahu hosts.

Day 8 Chiang Mai

Fang , Chiang Mai

Today you say goodbye to this picturesque and little-known part of Thailand and head to the city of Chiang Mai.

Day 9 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Today your guide will take you to explore the main sights of Chiang Mai including the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam and the trading community of Wat Gatekaram. Through narrow alleyways and winding pathways best accessed with two-wheel transport, you will pass markets, temples and a vast array of unique "street life". Lunch will be taken at a traditional noodle cafe.

Day 10 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

A local Thai family will collect you today for a fantastic experience into Northern Thai cooking. Visiting the family home you will learn how to cook authentic Northern Thai flavours and enjoy a home-cooked lunch with the family.

Day 11 Koh Yao

Chiang Mai , Phuket , Koh Yao

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your flight to Phuket. On arrival you will be transferred to the jetty for the boat journey to the unspoilt island of Koh Yao.

Day 12 Koh Yao

Koh Yao

At leisure to relax on Koh Yao.

Day 13 Koh Yao

Koh Yao

At leisure to relax on Koh Yao.

Day 14 Koh Yao

Koh Yao

Enjoy exploring the fishing villages on Koh Yao or take a boat to a neighbouring island.

Day 15 Koh Yao

Koh Yao

Today will be your last day to enjoy your lovely beach setting.

Day 16 Bangkok

Koh Yao , Phuket , Bangkok

Return to Phuket by boat in time for your flight to Bangkok. On arrival you will be transferred to your small boutique hotel converted from a former family home. Spend the afternoon exploring the city's temples and magnificent Grand Palace.

Day 17 Bangkok


Enjoy some time at leisure with an afternoon street food walking tour of Old Bangkok.

Day 18 International return flight

Bangkok , International return flight

You will be transferred to the airport today in plenty of time for your international departure flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Mark

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