14 Days



Planning your trip to Thailand and wanting to discover the beauty of Northern Thailand?

Well this 14 day Northern Thailand Tour with our friends over at TruTravels takes in all the highlights that this slice of Thailand has to offer!

Kicking off in Bangkok you’ll have a nigh of fun on Khao San Road before leaving the hustle and bustle of the capital behind and heading North – exploring stops like Kanchanuburi and Ayutthaya en route to the backpacker hotspots of Chiang Mai and Pai.

Throughout your trip you’ll be joined by heaps of new travel buddies as well as both a western and local tour guide who will help you make the most of Northern Thailand.

Along the way you’ll explore ancient temples and food filled night markets as well as checking out amazing local waterfalls, creating a feast in a Thai cooking class and of course get up close to some majestic elephants at the elephant sanctuary – a definite trip highlight!

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Mad Monkey Adventures is operated by award winning travel blogger Chris from Backpacker Banter & Mad Monkey Hostels. Together with the awesome team at Mad Monkey, one of Asia’s leading youth travel companies with hostels in Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines & Indonesia we are here to you put together your dream trip and make the most of some of the best travel destinations on the planet.

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Day 1


Arrive any time today; we’ll be there to get you from the airport; then bring you to our hotel, just a stone’s throw away from the lively Khao San Road. Once settled in, you’ll have free time to explore, before meeting your new travel buddies. In the evening we’ll take you to one of our favourite restaurants, followed by a few buckets on notorious Khao San road.


Day 2


We’ll leave Bangkok in the morning and head north to Kanchanaburi, but not before stopping off at one of our favourite spots, the Taling Chan floating market. Once we arrive into Kanchanaburi, we’ll take a boat cruise along the River Kwai, checking out all the best spots Kanchanaburi has to offer. We’ll visit museums and temples, pass under the famous bridge, and enjoy the sunset from the bridge itself.


Day 3


We hope you packed your swimming costume! Today we’re hitting the Erawan waterfalls, just an hour drive outside of Kanchanaburi. It’s a seven-tier waterfall with pools and natural slides, and each level is just as impressive as the other. It’s a great spot for some photos! We’ll then head back into town for dinner and drinks.


Day 4


Enjoy a lie in or opt to explore the town this morning, before we make our way to the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, We’ll spend the day riding bikes around the city and exploring the ancient ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll learn about the culture and history of the city before grabbing lunch, and then jumping aboard the overnight train to Chiang Mai.


Day 5


After arriving in Chiang Mai, we’ll check into our new hotel. Choose to chill by the pool or explore the cities many famous temples. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way up to Chiang Mai’s most famous temple – Wat Pra Maha Doi Sutthep (or Doi Sutthep for short).

It’s a stunningly beautiful golden temples situated high up on the mountainside, with incredible views of the city below and surrounding landscape.


Day 6 & 7


Today we’re trekking into the jungle to meet some hill tribes, learn about about their culture, and we’ll even stay the night there.

Get a real taste of what it’s like to live in a traditional hill tribe; their customs and traditions haven’t changed for generations. We’ll head back to Chiang Mai the following day on a bamboo raft (weather permitting); stopping off for a dip by a waterfall.

Note: This trek doesn’t require a high level of fitness, but can be challenge in some places; you’ll have definitely earned that cold beer once you complete it though!


Day 8


Today it’s time to get the adrenaline pumping as we take to the jungle, zip lining from treetop to treetop, 60m above the ground at speed. Throw in some rope bridges and abseiling for good measure and you’ve got an awesome day out! In the evening why not visit Chiang Mai’s famous food and gift markets.


Day 9


It’s the day most people have been looking forward to since day one! Today we’ll head to an elephant sanctuary, where the elephants there have been rescued from tourist parks and the logging industry.
Here we learn about the gentle giants, before feeding them and taking them down to the river for a bathe and swim. In the afternoon, we head out to Pai. A mountain town, famous for it’s chilled out backpacker vibes.

Day 10


The surrounding countryside of Pai is full of delights and hidden gems. Our first stop is Thailand’s biggest cave – the Lod cave. We’ll wander through the caves main chambers and float through the river on bamboo rafts (weather permitting).

Afterwards, we’ll head over to the local hot springs for a natural clay facial, visit a big buddha statue, and cool off in a waterfall before finishing the day with a beautiful sunset at the Pai Canyon. In the evening, we’ll head out for dinner and drinks, embracing Pai’s unique nightlife.


Day 11


Enjoy a free morning to spend your time as you like. Relax by the pool, and in the afternoon we will take a short trip to the Chineses village. We will enjoy lunch by the riverside and explore Pai’s laid back town center which boasts great shopping and awesome street food.


Day 12


After a relaxing couple of days in the mountains of Pai, it’s back to Chiang Mai. Today we’ll head to a local cooking school where we’ll learn all about Thai cuisine, and become a master at cooking up our favourite dishes.

Some of the most delicious food in the country comes from the North, so with your new found skills, you can take the taste of Thailand home with you. Dinner is served as we enjoy our creations as a group with a beautiful scenery.


Day 13


Today is spent at the Chiang Mai Canyon, a unused excavation site that’s been turned into a floating adult playground. Complete with inflatables, zip lines, cliff jumps, climbing walls, and much more.

Great music, good vibes and fun times make for an awesome day out. In the evening we’ll head back to the city to celebrate our time in the north with dinner and drinks on our final night in Chiang Mai.


Day 14


Today is check out day. Your group leader will help you plan any further activities or transport you need to continue your adventure.

Tour Dates


2019 Total Thailand Dates

Jan – 4, 5, 9, 10, 13, 19, 22, 25, 30

Feb – 4, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 24, 28

Mar – 5, 8, 10, 14, 17, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30

Apr – 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22, 26, 28

May – 1, 4, 9, 12, 15, 18, 23, 26, 28, 31

Jun – 2, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26

Jul – 1, 4, , 7, 10, 13, 16, 21, 23, 25, 26, 30

Aug – 1, 5, 8, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 24, 25, 28

Sep – 1, 4, 7, 10, 17, 20, 22, 27, 30

Oct – 5, 6, 9, 13, 17, 20, 22, 23, 27

Nov – 1, 4, 7, 11, 15, 18, 21, 22, 26, 29

Dec – 2, 8




  • Airport Pickup (Up to 2 days before tour)
  • 13 Nights accommodation
  • 1 x Breakfast
  • 6 x Lunch
  • 2 x Dinner
  • Khao San Road Nightlife
  • Taling Chan Floating Markets
  • River Kwai boat cruise
  • Erawan waterfalls
  • Bike ride around Ayutthaya ruins
  • Chiang Mai temples
  • Jungle trek and hill tribe homestay
  • Zip lining
  • Elephant sanctuary
  • Hot springs and waterfalls in Pai
  • Lod cave & Bamboo rafting
  • White Buddha temple
  • Thai cooking class


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