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Northern Thailand Sampler
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Find a part of yourself you didn't know existed on this 12-day tour that begins in the hills around beloved Chiang Mai. Trek through the hills, making genuine connections with the region's hilltribes before heading on to Chiang Rai and further south. Explore golden temples and remote villages of Northern Thailand before ending up in bustling Bangkok. This is so much more than a trip; it's a spiritually transformative experience.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATTZ/153326
  • Starts: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Chiang Mai
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Chiang Mai

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Chiang Mai/Ban Pha Mon

Drive from Chiang Mai to the trailhead. Trek through farmland and bamboo and teak forests. Learn about bush food and medicinal plants. Enjoy lunch en route before continuing through rice fields and valleys to reach the first village of a Lahu tribe. Assist with food prep and cooking, learn about weaving and embroidery or check out a local Lahu massage.
Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your CEO and local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

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Day 3: Ban Pha Mon/Ban Muang Pam

Trek between villages, over farmlands and grasslands, and ascend to the ridge line. Learn about bush medicine and seasonal fruits as you make your way to the lunch stop. Go for a swim and help the local guides prepare lunch. Continue on to the Karen village and spend the night. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.
Trek for about six hours and between villages, over farmlands and grasslands and acend to the ridgeline. Learn about bush medicine, seasonal fruits and plants and seeds. Slip on your wet shoes and descend to the Huew Hin Poon Creek for lunch.

Here, go for a swim and help the local guides make a friction fire and prepare lunch. Continue another hour and a half to the jungle Buddhist temple outside the second village. Spend the night in the Karen village learn about wood carving, weaving and cooking. Opt to learn about medicine from a shaman or play football with the locals.

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Day 4: Ban Muang Pam/Chiang Mai

After breakfast, leave the village and continue on, stopping at other villages along the way. Arrive at Tham Lod, a 1666m deep cave. Enter by bamboo raft and move to different chambers - a truly unique experience. After lunch, drive back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

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Day 5: Chiang Mai

Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sa waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner.

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Day 6: Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai

Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.

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Day 7: Chiang Rai

Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.

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Day 8: Chiang Rai/Lampang

Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal.

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Day 9: Lampang/Sukhothai

Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon.

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Day 10: Sukhothai

Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time.

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Day 11: Sukhothai/Bangkok

Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping.

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Day 12: Bangkok

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Local Living: Village Homestay, Lampang
    • Trek to remote hilltribe villages (3 days)
    • Lod Cave visit and bamboo rafting
    • Mae Sa visit (Chiang Rai)
    • Opium Museum visit
    • Bicycle tour (half-day, Sukhothai)
    • All transport to/from included activities and between all destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts), basic huts (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (1 nt)
    • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Open pickup truck, private vehicle, trekking, raft, bicycle, longtail boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist trekking guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai
  • Trek through remote Northern Thailand
  • Learn about local crafts and bush medicine
  • Experience the 13th-century ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park from the seat of a bike
  • Get inspired with a local cooking class.