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Chiang Mai Rail Escape

4 day Rail Escape - from £319

Travel to the northern city of Chiang Mai and discover vibrant markets, a refreshingly cool climate and some truly stunning scenery. Within easy reach are lush jungles to explore, remote hill tribes to visit and more than 300 temples to admire.


  • Scenery through Thailand
  • Time to explore Chiang Mai
  • Elephant Camp visit
  • Hill tribe visit
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Bangkok

Travel from your Bangkok accommodation to Hua Lamphong train station and board the morning train to Chiang Mai. Second class travel enjoys the comforts of air conditioning and recliner seats so sit back and relax on the nine hour journey. Enjoy the scenery as you travel north through Thailand’s heartlands and also take the opportunity to converse with the locals. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Snacks may be purchased onboard train
Hotel: Dusit Princess Hotel, Chiang Mai

Day 2 - Chiang Mai

Today is free to explore Chiang Mai at your own pace. Thailand’s second city is famous for its friendly people, cooler climate and stunning mountain scenery. Use your time to explore some one of the three-hundred temples, among them some of the most beautiful and revered in the Buddhist world. Or alternatively ask about adding a tour to explore the region with lots of activities on offer including elephant sanctuaries and river rafting. Don’t miss the night Bazaar with its vast array of stalls, great for that souvenir hunting.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Dusit Princess Hotel, Chiang Mai

Day 3 - Chiang Mai

After breakfast you will be picked up from you hotel and drive approximately 1.5 hours outside of Chiang Mai through rural landscapes, agricultural areas and forest hills. You will meet a local guide and walk for 10 – 15 minutes through the Jungle to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. After changing into traditional Karen clothing, enjoy an introductory lesson about elephant anatomy, history, and behaviour. Meet and interact with the elephants in their natural home as you learn about their behaviour and history.

Enjoy a lunch of traditional Thai food and fresh fruit. Learn how to make herbal medicine balls, that are fed to the Elephants. One of highlights for today, will be walking the elephants to the river, bathing and brushing them. Join with the elephant for a therapeutic mud spa, swim in the river and take photos with the lovely elephants. It’s time to say goodbyes to the elephant and Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. We walk through the jungle and transfer return to your hotel

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel: Dusit Princess Hotel, Chiang Mai

Day 4 - Farewell

After breakfast enjoy a morning at leisure, before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

4 day Rail Escape - from £319

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Talk to an Asia Expert for departure dates and availability. Recommended to bring appropriate clothing for the day trip to the Elephant Sanctuary.

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Your Rail Escape

Discover the best of Thailand and its diverse scenery with our well planned rail escapes. Using rail to get between the main places, they include activities and accommodation that can be built in to a longer Asian holiday.

Your Rail Escape includes:

  • One way 2nd class rail travel to Chiang Mai
  • Three nights at the Dusit Princess with breakfast
  • Free day to explore
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Transfers Included

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For advice or to start planning your holiday

talk to an Asia Expert on 0333 234 3112