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Thailand - Central & North Thailand Backpacking Trip 10 days 🍻🏯🌿🐘 Nightlife, Culture, Nature & Fun (Bangkok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Pai)

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Pack your backpack and let's travel through Central & Northern Thailand together! 🇹🇭 In 10 days we will visit 5 completely different places that form a stark contrast to the overcrowded islands and tourist hustle and bustle of southern Thailand. Our route to Northern Thailand: Bangkok 🏙️ -> Phitsanulok 🚂 -> Old Sukhothai 🏯 -> Chiang Mai 🍜 -> Pai ⛰️ ________________________________________ ℹ️ OVERVIEW: Day 1-3: Our journey begins in the vibrant megacity of Bangkok. If it's your first time in Bangkok, I'll show you some of the typical (but worth seeing) highlights of the Thai capital. But we also like to visit the less touristy corners of my new hometown. 🍻🏙️ 🏯 Bangkok ALTERNATIVE: If you arrive in Bangkok a few days in advance and have already explored the city on your own, we can also visit Kanchanaburi as an alternative to Bangkok in consultation with the other tripmates. Kanchanaburi is located about 3 hours west of Bangkok on the idyllic River Kwai and is known for its beautiful nature, the "Death Railway" and the war movie "The Bridge over the River Kwai". 🌿 Day 3-5: From Bangkok, continue by train via Phitsanulok to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai. The former kingdom of Sukhothai is the origin of the country and is considered the cradle of Thai culture. 🛤️🏯 Day 5-7: After exploring the historic temple ruins, our journey continues to the capital of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai. Here we spend several days exploring the really charming and pleasant city and its surroundings. The local cuisine here is really excellent (also veggie & vegan friendly). 🍜 🍍 Day 7-10: Afterwards, the picturesque mountain village of Pai awaits us - three days of party & action and/or relaxation & nature. If you feel like it, you can rent a scooter here and explore the surrounding area on your own. 🛵 ⛰️ At the end of our round trip, we fly back to Bangkok from Chiang Mai. If you are traveling further through Thailand, I have a few more hot tips for you. ✈️🏙️ ________________________________________ What can you expect on this trip? ➕ A real backpacking feeling 🎒 ➕ A cool travel group, with a maximum of 6 people 🤗 ➕ Meet other backpackers from all over the world in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pai 🍺🌏 ➕ Perfect mix of party, culture and nature. 🥳🏛️🌿 ➕ Genuine Thai culture and hospitality 🙏 What is included in the tour price? ✅ All transfers (bus, train, cab, boat, minivan) ✅ Accommodation (9 nights in shared double room) ✅ Entrance fee Wat Arun - Bangkok ✅ Entrance fee Wat Saket - Bangkok ✅ Entrance fee Sukhothai Historical Park (UNESCO) - Sukhothai ✅ Bike rental - Sukhothai ✅ Entrance fee Wat Chedi Luang - Chiang Mai ✅ Donation Wat Phan Tao - Chiang Mai 1x lunch (authentic Khao Soi soup) - Chiang Mai ✅ 1-day scooter rental in Pai (1 scooter for 2 people, including fuel) ✅ Flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok (including 7kg carry on luggage) 1x foot or shoulder massage (30 minutes) - Chiang Mai ✅ 24/7 Customer Service and Support. ✅ Travel Insurance for Trip Mates coming from Austria and Germany. What is not included in the tour price? ❌ (International) Flights to/from Bangkok ❌ Meals, snacks & drinks (approx. 7€-15€ per day) ❌ If needed, single room upgrade (approx. 15-25€ per day) ❌ If needed, additional fee for check in luggage (flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok) ❌ Entrance fees for additional attractions (depends on what you want to do) ❌ Tours for additional attractions (depends on what you want to do) ❌ Everything else which is not listed or marked with ❌ ________________________________________ ℹ️ TRAVEL TIME: 🌦️ We will be traveling during Thailand's "rainy season", but that shouldn't put anyone off. It's often cloudy and not quite as hot, which is very pleasant (Central Europeans still need sunscreen!). When it rains, it usually only does so for 1-2 hours in the afternoon and again late in the evening or at night. ☂️ The rest of the day is usually dry 🌂 and still very warm at 25-32°. For me, the "rainy season" is the best time of year because there are far fewer tourists around and we can therefore travel much more flexibly and cheaply. The landscape is green, everything is in bloom 🌸 and the air is clean (especially in the cities). ________________________________________

ABOUT YOUR TRIPLEADER: I have been exploring the world for 10 years now and have lost my heart to Thailand. In 2024, I moved to Bangkok with my girlfriend from Germany and organize various backpacking trips through Southeast Asia from here. ________________________________________ HOW DO I TRAVEL? I am a fan of the simple life, live a vegetarian lifestyle and prefer a cheap and sustainable backpacking travel style. That means: - Backpack 🎒 instead of suitcase 🧳🚫 - Simple, clean rooms in local guesthouses 🏡 or hostels 🏠 - Good and cheap street food 🍲 - Beer 🍺 and cocktails 🍹 preferably at happy hour instead of fancy drinks at the rooftop bar 🍸 - Travel like the locals, slower but 100% authentic 🚂 - Sightseeing on your own 🛵 instead of organized tourist groups 🚐 ________________________________________ MY EXPECTATIONS: My ideal tripmates share a passion for simple and authentic travel. It's best if you're prepared to leave your comfort zone and get involved in something unknown. But that doesn't mean you can't treat yourself to an extensive massage or a great mango or avocado shake after a night of drinking. 😋 I try to keep the tour as flexible, spontaneous and affordable as possible so that everyone has the opportunity to join the trip through northern Thailand. ❗IMPORTANT: We are doing a BACKPACKING trip. 😉 Suitcases are rather impractical on the trip 🧳🚫. If you're a fan of suitcases, the way I'm planning this trip and traveling to Thailand might not be the right trip for you. ________________________________________

ℹ️ ACCOMMODATION: On our trip, we will be staying in simple but clean and well-kept hostels 🏠 or family-run homestays 🏡, with which I have already had good experiences. Two people always stay in a double room (separate beds, of course), sometimes with their own bathroom, sometimes with shared bathrooms. In the hot areas (Bangkok and central Thailand), each room usually has air conditioning. In the mountains, a fan is usually sufficient. In Phitsanulok we will possibly (after consultation with all participants) stay in a really simple but very lovely and really cool hostel. It is the only accommodation where we will all stay together in a 6-bed dorm (with separate bunks). There is always the option of upgrading to a private room. The costs must be paid on site (max. 25€ extra per night).

What's included?
All accomodations (shared rooms)
All transfers
Domestic flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok
Train & Bus tickets
Bike rental Sukhothai
Entrance Fees Sukhothai Historical Park
Entrance Fees in Bangkok & Chiang Mai
Scooter Rental in Pai (1 for 2 people)
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Hi! I’m Timo 👋 I’ve traveled all around Southeast Asia. Let me show you the most beautiful places and my secret spots. 🫶🌏🌴

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Trip Itinerary

Khaosan Road

Day 1-3
Our trip begins in classic style near the legendary Khao San Road, the perfect starting point for backpackers in Bangkok. Here you can immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife and get in the mood for the days ahead. The next day, we explore the magnificent temples of Wat Arun and Wat Samet. These historic sites are not only a must-see for every visitor, but also offer breathtaking photo opportunities. Don't forget to wear appropriate clothing (shoulders and knees covered) to show respect. In the afternoon, we immerse ourselves in the hustle and bustle of China Town. We stroll through the streets, try all kinds of crazy street food creations and are fascinated by the countless small stores. In the evening, a visit to one of the many night markets awaits, where you can experience a huge selection of street food. What you should definitely have with you: Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water and an umbrella.


Day 3-4
The next morning, we take the Thai train from Bangkok north to Phitsanulok. A train ride in Thailand is more of an experience than a fast and comfortable transportation option. But it is 100% authentic and has its own charm! Phitsanulok may not be as well known as other Thai cities, but that's exactly what makes it so charming. Here, after the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, we can enjoy the slow pace of life in the provincial town and visit Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, which is known for its impressive Buddha statue. I promise you that apart from us, hardly any other tourists will turn up here. The night market by the river is also a must - here you won't find as many cheap plastic souvenirs as in Bangkok, but real traditional handicrafts and delicious and cheap local food.

Sukhothai Historical Park

Day 4-5
The next morning we take the local bus from Phitsanulok to Old Sukhothai, the heart of Thai history, for about 2 hours. A visit to the Historical Park in Sukhothai, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must. Here you can marvel at the truly impressive ruins of ancient temples and monuments that bear witness to the glorious past of the Sukhothai kingdom. We hire a bike to make it easier to reach the various temple ruins. The area is really huge and the tranquil atmosphere makes this place perfect for unique photos and a relaxing break by the water under the trees.

Chiang Mai Gate Market

Day 5-7
The bus ride from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai takes about 6 hours. The next day, we explore the old town of Chiang Mai on foot and visit one or two of the city's most famous temples. Those who have had enough of temples can discover street art and 2nd hand boutiques all over the city. For lunch, we eat the culinary highlight of the city: khao soi, a spicy noodle soup that is only available in northern Thailand. The final stop was the Saturday Walking Street Market: a relaxed but exciting mix of street food, art dealers and service providers that I have only ever seen in this combination in Chiang Mai. Here we treat ourselves to a soothing foot massage and round off the day at the street food night market. There are many activities in and around Chiang Mai that can be reached by tour or scooter (❌ not included in the price). Some of them are: - Elephant camp (bathing and feeding, no riding!) - Waterfalls - Botanical garden in the mountains with treetop path - Various view points - Thai cooking course in Chiang Mai - Rafting, quad biking etc. You can decide whether you want to extend your stay in Chiang Mai or spend more time in Pai.

Pai Walking Street

Day 7-10
The next morning we travel from Chiang Mai to Pai. The journey by minivan is a real adventure - the winding roads are not for the faint-hearted! The atmosphere here is super relaxed and the landscape is simply beautiful. You'll meet great people in the evening on the small party mile and can decide what activities you want to do the next day. (No more temples 😉) We will rent a scooter the next day (1 scooter per 2 people) and explore the surroundings of Pai on our own. The following Pai highlights are already included in the tour price: - White Buddha (huge Buddha statue on a hill, great view) - Pai Canyon (natural phenomenon that is difficult to describe) - Yun Lai Viewpoint (beautiful view of the valley from a Chinese temple) - Kho Ku So Bamboo Bridge (very beautiful bamboo bridge through rice terraces to a small temple) - Relaxed scooter ride through a very scenic and relaxed environment If we stay 3 nights in Pai, you have the opportunity to visit other highlights around Pai (❌ not included in the tour price): - Pham bok waterfalls - Susa waterfall - Lod cave - Hot springs - Nam bor pee sink hole - Doi jik jong National Park

Don Mueang International Airport

Day 10
On the last day, we return from Pai to Chiang Mai in the morning. From here we take a plane to Bangkok (DMK airport) in the afternoon. Please note that your flight ticket only includes 7 kg of hand luggage (weight is usually not checked so closely, I always travel with hand luggage only). If you also need checked baggage, there is an additional 10-30€ depending on the time of booking (not included ❌). Our trip to Northern Thailand ends when we arrive in Bangkok. You can continue your trip from here (as a group or alone), for example to the south of Thailand or fly back home. I am also happy to support you with tips and advice on other travel destinations :)
Trip Summary
Hostel & Bed & Breakfast
10 days trip
Khaosan Road, Phitsanulok & 4 more
Train, Car, Plane
Questions and Answers

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Hey Mike, don't worry. :) At the moment there are 17 people interested, but so far only Alen has finally booked and saved a spot. I would ideally like to travel with 4 tripmates, maximum 5. Please let... Read More

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Hi Alen, so I'm definitely in Thailand and I'm up for the trip, of course it would be good if 1-2 more tripmates join me, otherwise my cost calculation doesn't quite work out, but if necessary we can ... Read More

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Hi Derbaz, thanks for your questions. - The Flight (DUS - BKK - DUS) is not included and should be organized by yourself. - We will stay in different guesthouses and hostels, for example in Bangkok:... Read More

What's excluded?
International Flights (to/from Bangkok)
Personal expenses (Meals/Drinks/Party)
Optional tours and entrance fees
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