Essential Thailand

Bond with your local guide in Thailand
Overnight homestay in Chiang Mai
  • Hilltribe trek. Local homestay. Night markets. Thai massage. Temple hopping. Noodles. Overnight trains. Short trip = short intro.


    Day 1-2 - Bangkok

    Head straight to the MBK food court. Start with a beef noodle soup from the stall next to the coupon counter and work your way round.

    • The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
    • Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore – why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets
    • Perhaps wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road; pay a visit to Wat Pho
    • Optional opportunity to explore the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
    • Travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River on an optional cruise

    Day 3 - Chiang Mai

    Doi Suthep, Wat Prahthat, Wat Chedi Lung, Wat Prah Sing. There are temples. See them.

    • Set off on a leader-led walk through the old city
    • Perhaps undertake the many optional activities available, including hiring a bicycle, climbing to Doi Suthep temple, enjoying a Thai cooking class or loosening those muscles with some traditional Thai massage

    Day 4-6 - Hill Tribe Trek

    Work off that last bowl of Thai green curry as you head up to meet local hill tribes.

    • Meet local people in the various villages, each with their own unique language, customs and dress
    • Walk for approximately 4 hours or less each day - there's no great rush. (Please take into account that the ground is muddy and slippery during the rainy season (around July - October), though the scenery is at its most lush and spectacular to compensate. The exact itinerary of the trek changes from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. All meals while on the trek are provided, but you need to carry and purchase your own water along the way (please allow US$8 for the entire trek). Accommodation is multishare, sleeping on fold-out mattresses on the floors of the wooden/bamboo huts typical of the villages. There are shared squat toilets and basic washing facilities in most villages (ie. hose or water pipe) or you may be able to wash in a nearby stream. Warmer clothing and sleeping bags are recommended from November to January as the nights are usually quite cool during this period. Most trekking gear (sleeping bags, mats, small packs, etc) can be rented in Chiang Mai.)
    • Return to Chiang Mai on the afternoon of Day 6.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Chiang Mai

    Hit the Night Bazaar for silver jewellery, lacquer ware, wood carvings and hill tribe crafts.

    • Enjoy free time for last-minute shopping and sightseeing in Chiang Mai
    • Perhaps check out Wat Chiung Man, a peaceful temple in the old city with inscriptions dating from 1581, featuring beautiful examples of traditional northern Thai architecture, with massive teak columns supporting the inner sanctuary

    Day 8 - Bangkok

    Home again, home again. Jiggity jig.

    The trip finishes on arrival at Bangkok train station at about 7am

  • What's Included

    • An experienced local tour guide, and there will be the services of local site guides at some sites. All transportation and accommodation, and some meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, entrance fees, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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4 - 12
Songthaew, Taxi, Tuk-tuk
2 nights Sleeper train, 3 nights Hotel, 2 nights Hilltribe huts / Longhouse

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