From AU$1,895.00

A Taste of Thailand

8 days Thailand Real Food Adventure

8-day trip

Starts from

AU$1,895.00

Book With Peace of Mind
Book With Peace of Mind

Fully refundable up to 28 days prior to arrival and pay no cancellation fees. Subject to our Standard Refund Policy.

COVID-19 Refund Policy
COVID-19 Refund Policy

100% refund guarantee applies if your booking needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Read our COVID-19 Cancellation Policy below.

Concierge Service
Concierge Service

Need help with your booking? See the FAQS, or talk to our team by clicking the support button on your right.

About this experience

Description

Embark on a tantalising culinary journey through Bangkok and Chiang Mai.


Indulge in the diverse flavours, fresh aromas and heavenly spices that make Thai food so addictive. Explore bustling markets spread out over land and water and taste exotic fruits and iconic dishes whipped up right in front of you. Learn the art of palm sugar making, experience the thrill of a train passing through the Maeklong Railway Market, dig into noodles alongside locals in Bangkok and enjoy some home-cooking with a family in a Chiang Mai village on this unforgettable 8 day tour. 


Famed for its delicious street food, vibrant flavours, unique culture and iconic attractions, Thailand is the ultimate destination for your next foodie adventure. 


Book with peace of mind

We recognise the need for flexible travel bookings right now. That’s why this experience offers a 100% refund guarantee if your booking needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19. More in The Fine Print below.


What's Included

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7 x nights accommodation: 5 x Hotel, 1 x overnight sleeper train, 1 x homestay

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Transport: Private vehicle, boat, overnight train, songthaew

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Meals: 6 x breakfasts, 5 x lunches, 4 x dinners

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Chinatown street food tour in Bangkok

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Tha Kha floating market and Mae Klong Railway market tours in Bangkok

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Temple Ruins entrance and guided tour in Ayutthaya

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Night Market visit in Bangkok

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Regional specialties cooking class and homemade dessert making lesson in Ayutthaya

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Chao Phraya Long Tail boat cruise in Ayutthaya

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Roti Sai Mai demonstration and tasting in Ayutthaya

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Khan Tok cooking class at your village homestay

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Wat Niwet Thamma Prawat visit in Ayutthaya

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Wat Chedi Luang entrance in Chiang Mai

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Doi Suthep Temple entrance and guided tour in Chiang Mai

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Palm sugar demonstration in Bangkok

Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand's capital, Bangkok – famous for its tuk-tuks, khlong boats, and street vendors serving up delicious Thai dishes. Your food adventure begins this evening with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm, but Bangkok has so much on offer that you might like to arrive a day or so early to explore: perhaps uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in a Thai massage. After the welcome meeting, hit Chinatown for an introduction to the city's famous street food scene and get to know your fellow travellers over a few drinks at a local bar.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Keen to spend some more time in Bangkok? We'll be happy to book additional accommodation (subject to availability) as well as any Urban Adventures tours that take your fancy. 

Stay: Hotel style accommodation

Meals included: Dinner

Included activities: Bangkok - Chinatown street food tour

Optional activities payable directly to the tour operator (Intrepid Travel): 

  • Bangkok - Bangkok Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB2365
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500

Day 2: Bangkok

After an early breakfast, head to the Maeklong Railway Market (approximately 1.5 hours) to arrive in time for today's first snack. Sample the local favourites khnom krok (rice pudding) or khnom gui chai (fried Chinese chives rice cake). Prepare for stalls to be quickly pulled to one side when the train quite literally passes through the centre of the market. Continue by minivan to swap tracks for water at the Tha Kha Floating Markets. Walk past canals filled with sellers hawking their colourful fruits and wares at this authentic local market, then board a paddleboat to explore the waterways further. The area is well known for coconut palm sugar production and you’ll stop in at a riverside operation to see how it is made. Afterwards, travel back to Bangkok, where you will have a free afternoon to shop, sightsee or simply relax at a cafe. Tonight, you'll take a private minivan to a traditional night market. This vibrant shopping hub is a great place to sample some local street food, so ask your leader for their insight and recommendations. You might also like to browse the vintage stalls for a unique souvenir or enjoy live music at one of the quirky bars.

Stay: Hotel style accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast

Included activities:

  • Bangkok - Tha Kha Floating Market tour
  • Bangkok - Palm Sugar Demonstration
  • Bangkok - Mae Klong Railway Market tour
  • Bangkok - Night Market visit

Day 3: Ayutthaya

After breakfast leave Bangkok and drive (1 hour) to a local village and community farm for an epic day of cooking Central Thai regional specialities and feasting with your hosts. Learn about the age-old agricultural traditions still being practised today and enjoy the freshest ingredients straight from the garden. You will help to prepare a home-cooked lunch of local delicacies, such as kaeng som (green papaya soup), spicy fish cakes and watercress salad with chicken, followed by multiple desserts using ingredients like coconut, rice milk and crispy noodles! Later this afternoon board a longtail boat and cruise the Chao Phraya River to visit a Buddhist temple located on a small, remote island. Head to Ayutthaya city for a free evening to explore and – of course – eat more!

Stay: Hotel style accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Included activities:

  • Ayutthaya - Regional Specialties Cooking Class
  • Ayutthaya - Homemade Dessert Making Lesson
  • Ayutthaya - Chao Phraya Long Tail Boat Cruise
  • Ayutthaya - Wat Niwet Thamma Prawat Visit

Day 4: Ayutthaya/Overnight train

Today we explore Ayutthaya, the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai, and once one of the most powerful cities in Asia. Stop by a street food stall for a demonstration and tasting of roti sai mai, a dish synonymous with the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. It consists of a thin pancake wrapped around delicious, fine strands of thin-spun cotton candy. Lunch today is a steaming bowl of guay-tieo-ruea, or boat noodles. The Ayutthaya take on this classic combo of fragrant pork broth, roasted slices of meat, Thai-style pork balls, sliced morning glory stalks, fresh green onion and a choice of rice noodles is considered the original and best. While the food is no longer served out of sampans on the river, the narrow rowboats are used as decoration at roadside eateries to indicate what's on the menu. See the remains and reminders of Ayutthaya’s golden age with a guided tour of the picturesque ruins and temples spread across the town. The rows of headless Buddhas at Wat Phra Mahathat, sacked by the Burmese in the 18th century, are very atmospheric, and a Buddha head surrounded by Banyan tree roots is perhaps the most photographed site in all of Ayutthaya. Freshen up at a hotel and grab a bite to eat before boarding your overnight train to Chiang Mai (approximately 13 hours).

You will be accommodated in soft sleeper class on the overnight train to Chiang Mai. Multishare compartments have bunk beds with sheets and a pillow provided, as well as air conditioning. Your baggage travels in the carriage with you. There's a food and drink service available on board but you might like to purchase some snacks before the journey.

Stay: Overnight sleeper train

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Included activities:

  • Ayutthaya - Temple Ruins entrance & guided tour
  • Ayutthaya - Roti Sai Mai demonstration & tasting

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Today we explore Ayutthaya, the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai, and once one of the most powerful cities in Asia. Stop by a street food stall for a demonstration and tasting of roti sai mai, a dish synonymous with the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. It consists of a thin pancake wrapped around delicious, fine strands of thin-spun cotton candy. Lunch today is a steaming bowl of guay-tieo-ruea, or boat noodles. The Ayutthaya take on this classic combo of fragrant pork broth, roasted slices of meat, Thai-style pork balls, sliced morning glory stalks, fresh green onion and a choice of rice noodles is considered the original and best. While the food is no longer served out of sampans on the river, the narrow rowboats are used as decoration at roadside eateries to indicate what's on the menu. See the remains and reminders of Ayutthaya’s golden age with a guided tour of the picturesque ruins and temples spread across the town. The rows of headless Buddhas at Wat Phra Mahathat, sacked by the Burmese in the 18th century, are very atmospheric, and a Buddha head surrounded by Banyan tree roots is perhaps the most photographed site in all of Ayutthaya. Freshen up at a hotel and grab a bite to eat before boarding your overnight train to Chiang Mai (approximately 13 hours).

You will be accommodated in soft sleeper class on the overnight train to Chiang Mai. Multishare compartments have bunk beds with sheets and a pillow provided, as well as air conditioning. Your baggage travels in the carriage with you. There's a food and drink service available on board but you might like to purchase some snacks before the journey.

Stay: Hotel style accommodation

Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Included activities: Chiang Mai - Wat Chedi Luang entrance


Day 6: Village Homestay

Today you’ll travel to a small Thai village where you’ll meet Aoi, your gracious host for an incredible overnight homestay experience. On the way to Aoi’s village, stop for lunch at a restaurant specialising in the local delicacy of fermented rice noodles. Next, visit some local producers – including a mushroom farm where you'll pick up ingredients for a Northern Thai cooking class. Over the years, a khan tok dinner has become the traditional way to welcome guests in Northern Thailand, with the term ‘khan tok’ meaning both the meal and the raised tray on which it’s served. Eleven dishes are featured on this delicious plant-based khan tok menu, so cut, chop and sizzle the day away, then tuck into dishes like nam prik ong (chilli paste with tomatoes), deep-fried vegetables, hung leh with tofu (curry) and mushroom larb (spicy mushroom salad). Enjoy the fruits of your labour against a backdrop of local musicians singing and dancing.

Special Information

You can leave your main luggage at the Chiang Mai hotel and pack an overnight bag for the homestay. As we will be staying in a traditional rural community, please be mindful to pack and wear conservative clothes. The accommodation tonight is multi-share and basic, but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Beds are fold-out mattresses on the floor and bathrooms are shared.

Stay: Homestay style accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Included activities: Homestay - Khan Tok Cooking Class


Day 7: Chiang Mai

Wake up and enjoy a sumptuous Northern Thai breakfast of gai tod (fried chicken), fried rice, sweet sticky rice and egg custard. Bid farewell to your homestay hosts and take a scenic, winding drive (1.5 hours) to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes: Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The hypnotic chanting of Buddhist monks and the sweeping views of the city make for a memorable experience. Head back into town for a delicious local lunch recommended by your leader. This afternoon you might like to check out the bustling Warorot Market (Kad Luang). One of Chiang Mai’s largest markets and a thriving social hub, this is the perfect place to get a glimpse into daily life, as well as experience some of the ingredients and snacks unique to the regional cuisine. Taste your way through the stalls and be sure to try sai ua (Chiang Mai sausage) or bamboo worms.

Stay: Hotel style accommodation

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Included activities: Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple entrance and guided tour

Optional activities – payable directly to the tour operator (Intrepid Travel): Chiang Mai - Warorot Market visit - Free


Day 8: Chiang Mai

There are no activities planned for today, and your delicious Real Food Adventure comes to an end this morning. You are free to leave at any time, but this doesn’t mean your own adventure has to end! If you would like to spend more time in Chiang Mai, we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Meals included: Breakfast

Important Information

Starts/Finishes
Starts/Finishes
Thailand
Bookable until
Bookable until
31 Aug 2022

The Fine Print

Sales dates: 10 May–31 August 2022

Starts: Bangkok, Thailand 

Finishes: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Duration: 8 days

When you'll go:

This deal is valid for travel from 10 May 2022 until 12 November 2022

Travel dates: 

  • 17–24 September 2022
  • 8–15 October 2022
  • 22–29 October 2022
  • 12–19 November 2022

Cancellation policy:

  • Subject to our Standard Refund Policy.
  • You can book this experience with confidence: cancel your bookings up to 28 days prior to arrival and pay no cancellation fees. If you need to cancel this booking within 28 days of the experience, a 100% cancellation fee applies. Our COVID-19 cancellation policy is highlighted below.
  • Once travel has commenced, no refunds will be made for any unused services and clients will be responsible for their travel arrangements from that point onward.

If you have to cancel your trip due to COVID-19:

  • 100% of funds can be used as a credit for future travel. The credit is valid to be used on travel to any destination with vendor, Intrepid Travel.
  • Customers must provide proof that they have had to cancel due to a COVID-19 factor – such as illness, border closures – that was beyond their control.
  • Our customer service team is here to help you with any COVID-19 related queries or cancellations. For detailed information on this experience’s COVID cancellation policy please contact us (hello@discoverbeyond.com).

Please note:

  • The rates provided are for 1 adult in a shared room. Solo travellers will be paired with another traveller of the same gender.
  • A single supplement (subject to availability) is available with an additional fee, payable directly to the tour operator (Intrepid Travel).
  • The single supplement excludes Day 4 (Overnight Train) and Day 6 (Village Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. 
  • Vouchers for this offer are limited and the voucher is not valid with any other offer. 
  • Bookings are subject to availability and we suggest you book early.
  • The maximum number of vouchers per booking is 10.
  • There is a minimum of 1 passenger and a maximum of 12 passengers per trip.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 15 years of age.
  • Customers are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.

Cancellation Policy

  • Subject to our Standard Refund Policy.
  • You can book this experience with confidence: cancel your bookings up to 28 days prior to arrival and pay no cancellation fees. If you need to cancel this booking within 28 days of the experience, a 100% cancellation fee applies. Our COVID-19 cancellation policy is highlighted below.
  • Once travel has commenced, no refunds will be made for any unused services and clients will be responsible for their travel arrangements from that point onward.

COVID-19 Policy

  • 100% of funds can be used as a credit for future travel. The credit is valid to be used on travel to any destination with vendor, Intrepid Travel.
  • Customers must provide proof that they have had to cancel due to a COVID-19 factor – such as illness, border closures – that was beyond their control.
  • Our customer service team is here to help you with any COVID-19 related queries or cancellations. For detailed information on this experience’s COVID cancellation policy please contact us (hello@10travlr.com.au).

How to Redeem

Once you make your booking simply email hello@discoverbeyond.com with your unique voucher code, which will be emailed to you straight after purchasing this experience.

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Book With Peace of Mind
Book With Peace of Mind

Fully refundable up to 28 days prior to arrival and pay no cancellation fees. Subject to our Standard Refund Policy.

COVID-19 Refund Policy
COVID-19 Refund Policy

100% refund guarantee applies if your booking needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Read our COVID-19 Cancellation Policy below.

Concierge Service
Concierge Service

Need help with your booking? See the FAQS, or talk to our team by clicking the support button on your right.