An ideal combination of adventure and the exploration of the fantastic regions of northern Thailand! A trip to discover the charms, mysteries and splendours of mountains regions and to meet the hill tribes. Adventure, discovery and thrills!
Your adventure begins in Chiang Mai “The Rose of the North”, where you explore the old town by pick-up taxi and rikshaw. Then you glide through the jungle, attached to a steel cable attached to the treetops. Following a 2-day trek crossing dense jungle, climbing mountains, crossing rivers and enjoy waterfalls where you will be able to swim.
You will be staying at a hill tribe village and be able to approach their culture, their rites and traditions. By car, elephant, rafting in rubber boats and by bamboo raft, you discover the wonders of the tropical nature of the North.
Your expedition continues by crossing the Op Luang Gorge en route to Mae Sariang. In Mae Hong Son, you discover the Burmese Shan temples and then the Karen Paduang hill tribe and their “giraffe women”, an unforgettable experience! You will also see Pai, that as Mae Hong Son, is a charming town nestled in a splendid small summit valley.
An extraordinary journey through a beautiful area!
Upon your arrival in Bangkok you take your connecting flight to Chiang Mai “The Rose of the North”. At the airport of Chiang Mai, you will meet your local guide and he will escort you to your hotel. After an opportunity to refresh yourself and made a change of clothes adapted to the tropical climate, you will enjoy your lunch in a local restaurant nearby.
Afterwards, it is with a red pick-up truck, the local taxi, that you will go to the Warorot market to discover the biggest and most ancient market of Chiang Mai. There you can enjoy a walk along the many shops, selling all kinds of products, such as gastronomic specialities of the North, fruits, vegetables, flowers and clothing: a very colourful visit.
Then you cross the city by rickshaw (bicycle taxi). This trip allows you to better appreciate Chiang Mai, its countless temples, the ruins of the wall surrounding the old town … but also to be more in contact with the life of its inhabitants.
Your trip will take you to the temple of Wat Phra Singh, a beautiful Lanna style temple, dating from 1345 and housing the revered Phra Buddha statue Phutthasihing. Then a short ride to Wat Chedi Luang, a temple famous for its stupa, the largest in Chiang Mai (about 80 m high in its construction and 54 m wide), which was partially destroyed during an earthquake in 1545. You return to your hotel by local tuk-tuk.
Today you discover the Thai jungle in an original way: with tree climbing and ziplining, a ropes course between platforms built in the tops of old trees: the Yang. These majestic giant trees are revered by Thais who feel they house the sacred spirits of the forest.
Your adventure begins with a walk in the heart of the virgin forest, through giant palms, hanging vines and twisted trunks of huge trees. It continues with breath-taking activities: a zip line course with exciting runs and lifts and tunnel passages. And all this in an exceptional setting in the rainforest. An activity with a high level of adrenaline, a day to enjoy a well preserved wilderness. In short, a unique experience to get your share of beautiful nature and memories! In the evening, your trekking guide will meet you at your hotel to meet with you and discuss your program for the next 2 days.
Today you start your 2 day trekking. You head to the north and the mountains near Chiang Dao. First, you’ll stop at a local market. Your guide will do some shopping for the days to come. He will take you and explain the various ingredients he will use for dinner. You then go to Huay Sri where you take a country road for Keng Keud. You will have lunch in the village before starting the hike. You will pass a small elephant camp before reaching a small waterfall. You then continue walking uphill through the forest. At some places, your efforts will be rewarded with fantastic and spectacular views. Your trekking ends today while walking through corn fields and rice fields until you reach the village of the red Lahu, Kub Kab. Here you can relax, explore the village and learn some Thai cooking by helping your guide to make dinner. He will explain the herbs and ingredients he uses. After dinner, your guide will take you to one of the houses where you will meet some of the villagers. You will sleep in a house in the village.
When the sounds of nature and the activities of the locals have wakened you, your guide will prepare breakfast. After breakfast you start hiking along a trail with beautiful views of the forest until you reach the Chinese village of Huay Sathan where you can relax a little. You will keep on walking until the first level of the Huay Sathan cascade, then you walk along the river Kub Kab to reach the second level of the waterfall where you can swim and lunch. Afterwards it is only a short hike to reach the Mae Taeng river where boats will be waiting. You start with a fun rafting in dinghies in turbulent water. After this adventure, you continue with a more relaxed trip on a bamboo raft. A ride on elephants will conclude this fabulous experience. On the way back you make a stop to visit one of the famous orchid nurseries in Chiang Mai.
After your breakfast you continue your exploration of the North of Thailand and use a scenic route to Mae Sariang, a small city in the heart of the mountains, situated very close to the border with Myanmar. A nature trail, which winds and climbs to there. Along the way, you will walk in the Ob Luang gorge carved by the river Mae Chaem, within the national park of the same name. You stay 1 night in Mae Sariang.
From Mae Sariang the road winds up to Mae Hong Son through narrow valleys and through low-lying passes and runs along a mountain range. You will make a stop at the Pha Bong viewpoint before arriving in Mae Hong Son, a city surrounded by heavily forested mountains. In the center of town, you will visit the Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang temples, the oldest of Mae Hong Son, situated at a lake. Wat Jong Kham was built there nearly 200 years ago by the Thai Yai (Shan), who represent about half of the population of the province of Mae Hong Son. Wat Jong Klang houses centuries-old glass paintings depicting scenes from the Jakata, describing the previous lives of the Buddha, and a small museum with wooden dolls of Mandalay, aged 150 years, representing some of the most horrific aspects of the wheel of life. Women are denied access in some parts of Wat Jong Klang which is not unusual in Burma’s Shan Buddhist temples. You will stay 2 nights in Mae Hong Son.
This morning, you first climb to Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, which offers a spectacular view of the valley in which Mae Hong Son is located. The temple itself is notable for its two large white chedis and its typical Shan architecture. Afterwards, you make an unforgettable boat trip on the Pai River to visit the village of Padaung long neck women. Women in this ethnic minority, native of northeastern Myanmar, are doomed from childhood to wear a stack of copper necklaces around their neck. After this memorable encounter you return to Mae Hong Son for your lunch.
In the afternoon you discover the waterfall of Pha Sua. In the rainy season, the water flows along its cliff like a carpet, which gave its name to the waterfall. In the dry season, you can see beautiful stones. You will then head to the village of Napapak, inhabited by Shan and Hmong ethnic groups. No colored clothes, no gaudy hairstyles but a village where you can observe the daily life of its inhabitants. You then return to your hotel.
Today you travel a beautiful road in the foothills of the mountains and visit Tham Pla, the “Fish cave”, a pool at the foot of a limestone rock, in the natural park of Tham Pla – Pha Suea. There you can feed huge blind blue carps.
Before you arrive at Pai you use a small winding road through the forest to access the Tham Lod caves. They are interesting in more ways than one. Not only for their rooms that are the largest in Thailand, but also for being crossed by a river. Thus this visit is partially done with bamboo rafts which are pushed and pulled by men of the local tribes.
The visit of the rooms is accompanied by a local guide with a kerosene lamp. This gives a special atmosphere to the fantastic tour of this cave with beautiful concretions. You stay 1 night in Pai, a charming and picturesque town, located at the foot of the mountains in a valley with many rice fields.
Early this morning you descend to the plateau of Chiang Mai. Along the way you will enjoy the beautiful landscape, traditional villages and small hill tribe markets. At the approach of Chiang Mai, you will visit different centres of local crafts that are the hallmark of the region. A good opportunity to enjoy the artistic talents of artisans from Chiang Mai and to do some souvenir shopping!
You are transferred to the airport of Chiang Mai for your flight to Bangkok. There, you will be supported to reach your beach destination in case you take an extension or you can take your connecting flight back home.
Private English speaking guide (during the whole stay) (Note: other languages available)
Accommodation in selected hotels, in air-conditioned room with bath/shower
Overnight with breakfast in all mentioned hotels
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned minivan, with private driver
Meals as indicated in itinerary: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), and Dinner (D)
All excursions as described in itinerary
Admission fees to the mentioned sites
Insurance covering our responsibilities
One bottle of water per person and per day
International and domestic airline tickets and airport taxes
Other meals and services than mentioned in the itinerary
Expenditures of a personal nature
Gratitude/Tips to local guides, drivers and porters
Insurance (personal and travel)
Early check-in or late check-out
All other services not mentioned in our itinerary
Mae Hong Son
Imperial Mae Hong Son
Phu Pai Art Resort
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