Thailand (North & Central)
Thailand (North & Central): See & Experience it ALL in 10 Days, 1st Class Custom Tours
Can This Be Customized?Yes
Fully Guided?All tours are almost
Are Solo Travelers Welcomed?Yes & There are No Single Supplements for the Tours!
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Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► Visits to More Night Markets & Nightlife Areas Than Any Other Tour Online!!
► Private Tour Guides & Drivers Every Day, Not Least in Chiang Mai & Bangkok
► Traditional Cooking Class
► 2 Floating Markets Explored by Boat
► Ox Cart-Riding While Passing Rice Fields & Farmers
► Zip-Lining in the Tropics
► Guided Bike Tour Around Sukhothai Archaeological Park
► Ancient Sites at Ayutthaya Archaeological Park
► Hiking Through National Parks While Seeing Waterfalls & Animals
► Elephant Viewing & Tiger Viewing
► Rich Culture
► And Much, Much More…
International Airfare *For VIP members only (ask us for details)
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
Male or Female Tour Guides
Tours in English
All Ground & Water Transportation
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Lunches x 2
Dinner x 1
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: A Vibrant Night Bazaar
Our tour starts in Chiang Mai, specifically at 5:00pm. Our tour guide takes us to the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. There we are provided with a guided tour. This market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. It consists of countless stalls packed along the sidewalks and spilling out into the street.
Day 2: Zip-Lining & Northern Thailand's Most Famous Market
Today starts with a visit to the Warorot Market (a.k.a. Kad Luang). There we are provided with a guided tour. Warorot is regarded as the largest and most well-known market in the north region of Thailand. Next to Warorot Market is the Ton Lamyai Market, best known for its colorful flowery. After visiting these markets, we go on a daytrip to an adventure park. There we go zip-lining. We then return to our hotel in Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Waterfalls, Birds & Food Vendors Taking Over the Streets
We are going on another daytrip today. We are taken to Doi Inthanon National Park. There we are provided with a full-day guided tour. Doi Inthanon ranks second among Thailand’s national parks in number of bird species. What’s more, within the park’s borders are several waterfalls. Lunch is included on today’s tour. We should be back in Chiang Mai in the early-evening, specifically at the Chiang Mai Gate Night Food Market. There we are provided with a guided tour. We then return to our hotel.
Day 4: Bamboo-Rafting, Elephants, Tigers & a City Tour
We are going on another daytrip today. Firstly, we are taken to a camp. There we watch an elephant performance. Next, we ride on an ox cart. In the same area, we then go bamboo-rafting. Afterwards, we can eat. Lunch is included on today’s tour at the elephant camp.
After our meal, we are taken to Namtok Bua Thong-Nam Phu Chet Si National Park. There we climb up gluey-like rocks resting beneath a small waterfall, hence the nickname ‘Sticky Waterfall’. A calcium-rich spring leaves mineral deposits on the rocks, preventing slippery things like algae from growing. Next, we are taken to Tiger Kingdom. Next, we are taken to a temple called Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
In the early-evening, we are taken back to Chiang Mai, specifically to Tha Pae Gate. It is there we start a tour around town. Specifically, we visit Three Kings Monument, then a temple called Wat Chedi Luang and finally Wua Lai Walking Street (only if on a Saturday) or Sunday Walking Street (unsurprisingly, only if on a Sunday).
Day 5: Biking Through an Archaeological Park
With our tour guide from Chiang Mai, we are relocating to Sukhothai, home to one of Thailand’s greatest archaeological parks. There we are provided with a guided tour, best explored on a bicycle. Inside this park, there are 193 ruins, the remains of the royal palace and 26 temples. The park is maintained by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand with the help of UNESCO, which has declared it a World Heritage Site. Each year, the park welcomes thousands of visitors who marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings and ruined temples.
Day 6: Bangkok's Grand Palace & Grander Markets & Lebua Hotel’s World Renowned Sky Bar
We relocate from Sukhothai to Bangkok via a quick and direct flight. The capital of Thailand is popular specifically for its nightlife scene, food market scene and the Grand Palace area. Today in Bangkok we are first provided with a guided tour of the Grand Palace. Next, we are taken to a large, open-air mall called Asiatique The Riverfront. There we have some time to shop around. Afterwards, we head to the Chinatown Market (a.k.a. Yaowarat). There we are provided with a guided tour.
In the later-evening, we are taken to Patpong. It features a busy night market as well as is home to one of the city’s biggest red-light districts. There we are provided with a guided tour. Next, we are taken to Lebua hotel’s Sky Bar, which is located on the nearby Silom Road. This is one of the highest rooftop bars in the world. Also worth mentioning, Sky Bar had a starring role in an internationally acclaimed movie called Hangover 2. The night ends on Khao San Road. This is arguably Bangkok’s best spot for nightlife. Parallel to Khao San Road is Soi Rambuttri, another vibrant street we check out in the nighttime before heading back to our hotel.
Day 7: 2 Floating Markets Explored by Boat, a Train Market & Much More
We are going on a daytrip today. Firstly, we are taken to Damnoen Saduak specifically to see its floating market. There we are provided with a guided boat tour followed by a walking tour. Next, we are taken to the Maeklong Railway Market. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shopfronts are moved back from the rails. They are put back in place once the train has passed. After that, we are taken to the nearby Amphawa Floating Market. There we are provided with a guided boat tour.
In the early afternoon, we are taken to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. There we are provided with a guided tour. We hope you will be hungry, as there are a lot of food vendors at this market. Walking distance from the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the Jatujak Green (a.k.a. JJ Green) Market. There we are provided with another guided tour.
Note that today’s excursion may need to be switched with another day because these markets are open usually on the weekends only.
Day 8: Cooking Class, Ox Cart-Riding, Rice Fields, Wildlife & Nightlife
We are going on another daytrip today. Firstly, we are taken to Khao Yai National Park. There we are provided with a guided tour. This park is the 3rd largest in Thailand. Inside the park are waterfalls, Asian black bears, Indian elephants, Indian sambar deer, wild pigs and much more. In the mid-afternoon, we are taken to an area called Nakhon Nayok. There we see farmers and rice fields, ride on an ox cart and finally take a cooking class. Dinner is included on today’s tour.
Following dinner, we are taken back to Bangkok, specifically to Ratchadaphisek Road. The whole road is lined with nightclubs and is centered around Royal City Avenue (a.k.a. RCA). This is one of Bangkok’s largest entertainment and clubbing areas. There we are provided with a guided tour. After that, we return to our hotel.
Day 9: An Ancient City & Roads Filled with Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs & Bars
We are going on another daytrip today. Firstly, we are taken to Ayutthaya Historical/Archaeological Park. There we are provided with a guided tour. The city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1351. It was captured by the Burmese in 1569. Though not pillaged, Ayutthaya lost many valuable and artistic objects. Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand until its destruction by the Burmese Army in 1767. In 1969, the Fine Arts Department began renovations of the ruins. These renovations became more of a priority after Ayutthaya was declared a historical park in 1976. A part of the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
We leave Ayutthaya late afternoon and are taken back to Bangkok, specifically to a thoroughfare called Sukhumvit Road. In this area, we are provided with a guided tour. Sukhumvit Road features clubs, bars and famous red-light districts. Due to traffic, we are dropped off near to Nana Plaza. After checking it out, we take the Bangkok Mass Transit System (a.k.a. BTS Skytrain) to reach another famous red-light district called Soi Cowboy. The BTS Skytrain is then used to visit Thong Lor (a.k.a. Soi Sukhumvit 55). We are picked up in Thong Lor and are then driven to Ekkamai (a.k.a. Soi Sukhumvit 63). Ekkamai is a road filled with restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars. We then head back to our hotel.
Day 10: Our Tour Ends This Morning
Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport in Bangkok.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Financing Offered for This Tour?
A 4-installment payment plan is available, often with 0 percent interest to those with at least decent credit. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Northern & Central Thailand in 10 Days” tour is available for $2,204 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. If you would like lodging included for all nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,834 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. Note that whereas there is no fee associated with paying by check, there is a 3.5 percent surcharge for payments made by credit card. We accept both forms of payment. Moving forward, to better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour? Solo travelers are welcomed, in case you were wondering.
2. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
3. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
4. Where would you be flying from (and back to)?
5. On what date would you like to leave home?
6. Would you like to extend the duration of this tour so you have some free days just to relax? If you have 1 extra day, then we recommend Chiang Mai. If you have 2, then we recommend 1 in Chiang Mai and 1 in Bangkok.
7. Do you have a preference between male and female tour guides?
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Although airfare is not included in the price, we will find you the exact flights you need. Just ask.
Are Domestic Flights Needed for This Tour?
Below are the domestic flights needed for this tour:
Day 1: Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Day 6: Sukhothai or Phitsanulok to Bangkok
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-4: Chiang Mai, Preferred Accommodation: Lanna Thaphae Hotel
Night 5: Sukhothai Historical Park area, Preferred Accommodation: Foresto Sukhothai
Nights 6-9: Bangkok (lodge near Khao San Road orSoi Rambuttri), Preferred Accommodation: Prince Palace Hotel
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Zip-lining in a rainforest called Flight of the Gibbon and the daytrip to Doi Inthanon National Park are shared with other travelers. The rest of the tour is exclusive to you and whomever else you may book on behalf of.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is There Anything Out of the Ordinary I Should Bring on This Trip?
Bring a strap for your sunglasses, to wrap around your head while zip-lining. Also, bring a lockable waterproof bag (to bring onto the boat), a waterproof case for your identification card and credit cards (when swimming) and water shoes. Lastly, you may need to bring adapters for your electronic devices.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
Why Our Tours Beat Competition
- We routinely pick up the phone and otherwise respond to messages quickly and thoroughly.
- We do not cancel because of group size turnout, unlike with most competitors.
- Virtually no company offers multiday tours as comprehensive as ours. This is a verifiable fact.
- We do not charge solo travelers single supplements for the tours.
- For most of our tours, you can start on any date.
- We have hundreds of 5-star reviews online.
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