14 Day Northern Thailand Adventure

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Chiang Mai elephant sanctuary
Chiang Mai elephant sanctuary
waterfalls Northern Thailand
waterfalls Northern Thailand
Thailand temple
Thailand temple

About

An amazing 14 day experience starting in Bangkok and ending in the beautiful Northern city of Chiang Mai. On this trip we will show you some of the coolest stuff central and Northern Thailand has to offer. As always you’ll travel in a group and will not have to worry about a thing. We take care of all the details so you can kick back, take in the incredible sights and enjoy the varied & awesome activities we have lined up for you.

Highlights
  • Jungle trek & hill tribe village stay
  • Bike ride around Ayutthaya temples
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Hot springs & waterfalls in Pai
  • Thai cooking course

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 44 reviews
  • Value 9.5
  • Fun 9.7
  • Staff 9.8
  • Safety 9.5
  • Organization 9.6
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Ishanna
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Twas Fun

This tours itinerary is incredible. I enjoyed that each day was full of things to do but we still had a decent amount of downtime to get some rest or enjoy more of the places that we were in. There were some things that I was certain that I wouldn't be able to do (like zip lining) but it turned out to be one of the best days I had on the trip. Even though I went with a friend I did end up meeting a few amazing people that I actually would like to keep in contact with. The temples and just scenery of Thailand is amazing and beautiful. There were many times that I would just take in where we were and forget to even take a picture.
With that being said, there were some downsides but of course not every trip can be 100% perfect. There is a jungle trek that can be challenging even for the best of us. This trek is to get us to a hill village where we stayed overnight. Honestly, for those days I felt like I just climbed up the mountain, slept, and then went down the mountain. There wasn't really any interaction with the villagers other than some of them saying hello and seeing the bracelets that they made. Fair warning, this tour will make plans with some third party restaurants so be careful about what you're eating. With the exception of 4 people, the entire group got sick. It was not fun worrying about whether to tell the driver to stop or stick my head out of the window because I had to throw up. Also, you can enjoy Thailand through the scenery and some of the temples that we go to but it can get a little "touristy". I mean that in the way that they places we go are so catered to tourism that I would forget that we are even in Thailand, so just be weary of that.
Overall, it was a great and memorable trip that I am glad I went on and can say that I've accomplished.

Jennifer
8/10
No, I don't recommend this program

If you're a minority, this trip isn't really for you.

First off, let me say that this trip and its activities are pretty amazing! The itinerary is solid, packed full with awesome activities and excursions. My favorite days were definitely the visit to the elephant sanctuary as well as the ziplining (which was way more extensive and exhilarating than I expected!). The timing of most of the events were great, plenty of time to relax and explore without too much downtime. The guides did a decent job, aside from once not informing us of an itinerary change or having any strong first aid experience/advice (which a few of us on tour did need, especially when it comes to the trek to the hill tribe, which is certainly challenging and, while definitely not impossible, does come with the risks of injury.)

Those things being said, if you're a person of color, like myself, I wouldn't say this tour is really for you. Luckily I brought a friend who is also a person of color but otherwise, this tour, outside of its great excursions and breathtaking views, is really an exercise in tolerating a lot of white tourism: a lot of people wearing dreads, sporting pointless tribal jewelry or tattoos, or worse, tattoos from your religion that they don't even follow. As a Buddhist as well, it does get a bit frustrating watching people treat your religion more like a commodity and a fleeting trend rather than with the respect it deserves. Especially during the Pai chill day, where we visited a pool bar, was probably the worse offender. If you can find something else to do that day, I highly recommend it.

Even outside of being a minority, I was also hoping to experience more of the rich cultural history and Buddhist traditions that Thailand has to offer and I was left feeling a little empty, especially during the night spent with the hill tribe. We didn't really get to meet any of the people there or see and hear anything about their way of life; which really defeated the point. Many of the places we went to didn't come with a lot of historical information to go with it.

So if you wanted to come on this tour to learn a wealth of history and to have respect for and be around people who have a respect for an ancient culture and religion, this isn't the tour for you. And, while I did luck out with a few choice group members, it mostly likely won't include people who are looking for anything more than nights out clubbing and some choice Instagram pictures.

What would you improve about this program?
I would definitely like to see tour guides who are more informed about the history and culture of the sites we visited and less focused on the nightlife. They also need to be more attentive to the group as a whole, as our guides definitely gave more attention to certain members. There also needs to be more first aid assistance and more training given to the guides.
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Philippe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing and fun tour !

I had so much fun with the legendary Mickey and Andy in the trip. It was my 3rd TruTravel trip and this 14 day Thailand was even better than the others. The tour provide so much value for the tour. Go on the tour, you will not be disapointed !

What was your funniest moment?
Everything Mickey the tour leader did, we laughed so much with him !
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Felix
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

So Good!!!

Awesome Tour, great activitis mixed with enough time to chill. I had so many good experiences and the tourguides have been soo friendly.
I would count them as new friends and it is sad to leave them because we had so much fun together. From the arrival at the airport till the end of the tour they were so helpful if there have been questions or problems. I felt very safe with them and recommend them to everyone!
After the two weeks it feels like traveling with a family! The activities have been well balanced between culture, action and chilltime. In the action parts sometimes I had to come out of my comfort zone but I’m fine because that was the goal for that journey! My highlights have been the night at the hill tribe, the elephant sanctuary, the ziplining and the canyon water park, which was a great end for the tour! I would do this trip a nother time!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
How lovely the tourguides interact with every single person of the group.
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Daisy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Northern Thailand tour

Overall a very organised tour, from pick up at the airport Andy was waiting for me to last day. Couldn’t fault anything , Mickey and Andy were brilliant , very good tour guides. Every activity was great fun and organised well.
I really enjoyed the elephant day and the water park at Grand Canyon the best.
I was very impressed with everything being organised for us , taxi, transport even where to go for dinner!! And we were also allowed to opt out of activities if we wanted to without a fuss.

The trekking was hard as was very mountainous but was worth it , the hill tribe stay brought us al closer together as a group.

Mickey was brilliant , made the tour so fun. He told us where best to go for laundry, massages etc. Which was so helpful.

Andy was great too, especially when Mickey left.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I’ve never travelled before on my own , especially as I’m away from home for 4 months.

So I was pretty nervous about meeting everyone , but after few Days u settle in and make friends which friend ships blossoms over the 2 weeks
Henry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wonderful tour!

A really awesome experience with heaps of diverse activities and great tour guides, the incredible Mickey and Andy! Got really lucky with a group of brilliant people who were mostly in their early twenties, but a bunch of older people i could relate to.
Just make sure you know that this is an adventure tour! So there is some quite vigorous hiking involved - some of the group werent prepared for the physical exertion. But there is plenty of relaxation on offer, but most of the accomodation arent classy - and the beds can be very hard. So sleeping pills a must.
The night train is very uncomfortable, but if you get into the adventure of everything, then its really great. The drive to Pai has like 700 curves and it will make you sick so make sure to pack nausea medications.
overall, it was fantastic value for money! and ive made some great friends.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure to buy sleeping pills and nausea pills. The night train, the village sleepout and the drive to Pai is dicey.
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Yasmin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Northern Thailand Adventure

Mickey and intern Andy were great tour guides around northern Thailand. Mickey was a very positive tour guide who kept the group motivated and happy. The tour itself is good value for money as it is all organised for you and has lots of included activities! The accommodation has been pretty basic but wasn't expecting much more than this. A particular highlight was the elephant Sanctuary, which was a once in a life time experience! I felt safe throughout the trip and everything was well organised by Mickey. There was a lot of walking involved, especially with the temples so you have to have a reasonably good fitness level for the trip! I unfortunately didn't gel brilliantly with the people on my trip and I do think there is quite a mix of characters in the trip so you want to be a very confident person to fit in. Obviously this was no fault of Trutravels though!

What would you improve about this program?
Some of the accommodation was very basic. The beds in Chiang Mai Hotel are rock solid and very difficult to sleep on and in Pai, multiple people has issues with bugs in their room. The hill tribe stay wasn't ideal but acceptable as that's what we were going to experience. Unfortunately I did not gel very well with my group so that was a bit disheartening for me but wasn't any fault of Trutravels
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Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

14 day north thailand

Mickey and Andy have made the whole experience amazing. Mickey is so fun and funny and I couldn’t of asked for a better tour guide who made me feel so welcome and safe during my tour. He always made sure everyone was happy and if we was happy then he was happy.Both Mickey and Andy helped with any questions I had to ask and always made sure everyone was having fun. Andy has been amazing aswell. Again any questions or concerns we had he always made sure we was okay. We had Art for 5 days aswell who’s a really nice person and made sure we was all okay and made our short stop in pai fun.
Overall I’ve really enjoyed the experience and how everything has been planned. If you have any of the tour guides I’ve had you will have the most amazing time and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Meeting everyone as I travelled solo. After a few days it wasn’t as bad.
Madi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

14 Day Northern Thailand Tour

The 14 Day Northern Thailand tour was an incredible time. My husband and I made some wonderful memories and were sad that it had to end. Our tour guides Art and Pompom were wonderful and very knowledgeable about all the areas we visited and constantly had a smile on their faces. They really made the group feel like a family. Our favorite days were the zipline, elephant sanctuary, and the jungle trek and the waterfalls were magical. I highly recommend this tour to both couples and single travellers. My husband and I never felt forced to do anything we didn't want to. We got to spend our nights doing what we wanted to do. The tour guides also helped us plan some extra activities outside of the groups. You'll have a spectacular time and hopefully you'll be ad lucky as us and end up with both Art and Pompom as your guides.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If we had to do this all over again we would plan to stay longer.
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Isobel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Northern Thailand trip

I really enjoyed the two weeks as we got to experience really fun activities and everything is organised for you so it’s competely stress free. I especially like how sociable the tours are because we got to meet really fun people who were such a major part of the whole trip. Both our tour guides were really nice and knowledgable about the area. My favourite part of the trip was definitely the elephant sanctuary and Chiang Mai canyon. I would 100% recommend not just the tour but also Trutravels as a company as they are trustworthy and only take you to the best places - something I was grateful for , especially in the case of the elephant sanctuary as the animals were really well cared for and in no way were being exploited. Overall, the tour is a really easy and fun way to explore the country and is great for people ,like myself , who have not visited Thailand before.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be good if the tour included an extra night in Bangkok as we didn’t get to explore the city as part of a day trip and this would have been great as the start hotel in Bangkok is in a great location.
Lija
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Feb 2019

One of the best trips I have ever taken, nicely balanced with activities and chilling. I would even prefer more walking. 😉 great itinerary overall, liked everything except for maybe Chiang Mai great canyon. The highlights were elephant sanctuary, jungle trekking and Kanchanaburi river experience. Great cooking class in Chiang Mai as well! Art and Pompom did their best to make us feel happy and involved. This is my first backpacker tour and I very much loved it! These trips are perfect for solo travelers and give much better picture of the country than standard tours/excursions in tourist buses. Northern Thailand tour was definitely an adventure, would recommend to everybody adventurous, interested in exploring and experiencing. Not so much on history and culture, but also not so much on clubs and parties.

Sven
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very good 😍😁

The 14 days I really liked.My favorite was the hiking into the jungle and going to the small village. Never forget this 😁. Art and Arthur are super nice and interested in making everyone happy and always take care of us .You feel that you love your job. I would always book a trip again 👍. Being together with the group was just great I have met many new friends. I extended the trip by 8 days because the group is great and the organization is pretty good. Together we will explore the south of Thailand. There is something for everyone.

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Owain
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

14 Days of Truly Incredible Fun!

A Tru Northern Thailand experience - truly incredible. All pre travel nerves are quickly settled once you step out of the airport and are escorted to the hotel in Bangkok and meet up with the tour guides with the biggest smiles on their faces and the rest of your special Tru Travel family of travellers and you feel immediately welcome. Once the tour starts it is truly unbelievable the amount of incredible places you see in such a short amount of time. If you think the itinery looks good then prepare to be amazed! From the tremendous Temples, fantastic floating markets, wonderful waterfalls, the welcome in the jungle from the hill tribe and feeding and bathing elegant elephants. It’s hard to put into words how much joy this tour produces. The tour guides Art and Arthur are two completely different characters but work so well together. Informative, funny and they always make you to feel 100% safe and want you to have the best time. In your free time away from the activities they will accomodate the lifestyle you want to lead whilst on the tour. Overall this tour has led to meeting the most incredible people, seeing sights I never thought I’d see and has been truly life changing. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

What would you improve about this program?
A fairly good level of fitness is required as the hill tribe trek and the waterfall walk could be physically difficult for some people.
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Anne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Northern Thailand

This tour was the best way to start the new year. Our tourguides Art and Arthur made from the beginning on sure, that all of us are safe and having a great time. Especially the "family time" around dinner was well organized by them. We learned a lot about the Thai culture and went to many beautiful places. Especially the elephant home in Chiang Mai was one of my highlights. We had a fantastic time feeding and washing the elephants and even taking a bath with them. Also, without TruTravels I would have never spent a night at a hilltribe. It surely was a unique experience but worth the hike through Thailand's jungle. Also, adrenaline started to kick in when we were zip lining and went to a waterpark. We also had a great time at a Thai cooking class where we got to prepare five different but typical Thai dishes. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves to explore Thailand's culture and is up for many fun activities!

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Daphne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

14 days Thailand Northern Adventure

I just completed the Northern Thailand Adventure tour and I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone who wants to see the beauty of Northern Thailand! Every activity of the tour was well planned out by our great tourguides: Arthur and Art. They where very friendly along the trip and always trying to make everyone happy! I've seen a lot of cool places and did a lot of fun activities that I would not have done if I went by myself. For example the hill tribe through the jungle and staying with a local family, the elephant sanctuary, a traditional Thai cooking class, beautifull temples, the city of Bangkok, several waterfalls and beautifull nature, the nighttrain........ So so much! Everything was totally worth it and I enjoyed every minute!