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Fancy some outdoor activity in a tropical paradise? Now's your chance as we launch into remote highlands from one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities. Traverse steamy rainforests on foot to visit colourful hilltribes, cruise down the River Kwai on kayaks and explore the lesser-known side of Chiang Mai from a bicycle. The diversity of exciting outdoor options makes Thailand a haven for adventurers.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Bangkok

Jump on a bike and ride through the quiet backstreets of this steamy metropolis to gain a unique insight into Bangkok life. Cycling is a fun and unusual way to see the city. There’s free time to tour the Grand Palace, enjoy a Thai massage or to visit a fortune teller at Wat Pho. A ride in a tuk-tuk is a quintessentially Thai experience, so be sure to flag one down to get around town. Board an overnight train for a journey north.

Days 3-5 Hilltribe Trek

Get back to nature in the thick, green forests of northern Thailand for three days of trekking through hilltribe villages. Wander beneath enormous trees, ramble between emerald rice paddies and dive under rushing waterfalls. Have a go at adventure bamboo rafting at an Akha village or maybe hit the markets to see local handicrafts. Stay in traditional Karen villages to discover intriguing hilltribe traditions and make friends with the locals.

Days 6-9 Chiang Mai

Pedal along paths less travelled through Chiang Mai's seldom-visited surrounding neighbourhoods, passing beautiful houses en route to the lush, green countryside. At the end of a days cycling, take the opportunity to soak in a traditional mud bath. Chiang Mai offers a range of mountain-bike options and for those who still cant get enough adventure, theres rock climbing in the Mae On district. Alternatively, learn the secrets to Thai cuisine at a cooking school, or head to the famous Night Bazaar for a green curry or to haggle over handicrafts.

Days 10-12 Kanchanaburi/River Kwai

Stop to pay tribute to lives lost on the Death Railway or jump into a saamlaw to explore tranquil Kanchanaburi. After getting a history lesson at the Hellfire Pass Memorial, it’s off to the River Kwai to kayak through its many farming villages before spending a unique night under the stars aboard a jungle raft. Perhaps soothe those weary muscles with a final Thai massage, then celebrate the end of the adventure over a group dinner.

Day 13 Bangkok

The journey comes full circle among the busy streets of Bangkok. Why not stay on after this trip ends to see all Thailand’s capital has to offer? A stroll down bustling Khao San Road is a must. Perhaps haggle for a bargain at the markets, tuck into a last fiery curry or check out the lively bar scene this city is famous for.

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