Greet Thailand with a few beers, get to know Thailand during a hill tribe trek, and fall in love with Thailand over a romantic, preferably deep-fried meal (which will taste even better after the trek). You won’t want to leave, and that’s OK.
Day 1-2 - Bangkok - overnight train
You're officially on holidays. We think that deserves a toast. Our pick for cocktails is Bed Supper Club or Vertigo. Ask your guide for directions or grab your new mates and attempt to navigate the Skytrain.
Arrive in Bangkok and get to grips with this awesome city. There is a Welcome Meeting on our first day at approximately 6 pm.
- Perhaps visit some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha?
- Shop for bargains, eat in exotic restaurants and perhaps hit some bars or nightclubs
- Catch the overnight train to Chiang Mai
Day 3 - Chiang Mai
Temples, markets and food. That's Chiang Mai in a nutshell. You could take a cooking class if you want, or go temple-hopping, get a massage or watch the sunset from Doi Suthep. You could probably do all of the above, as long as you save time for the night bazaar (which happens at night).
Join your leader on a walk through the old city
Undertake one of many optional activities available
Hire a bicycle, climb to Doi Suthep temple, sign up for a Thai cooking class or loosen those muscles with some traditional Thai massage
Day 4-6 - Hilltribe Trek - Chiang Mai
Time for the trek. Hike among rice paddies and along shady tracks to isolated villages. Sleep in bush huts and mingle with remote hilltribe people. Their way of life will not fail to enlighten you, like a flashlight on your soul, or something more poetic.
Attend a briefing before setting off on our three day trek
Meet local people in various villages, each with their own unique language, customs and dress
Walk for approximately four hours or less each day so there's no great rush
Please take into account that the ground is muddy and slippery during the rainy season (around July - October)
The exact itinerary of the trek changes from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions.
Carry your personal belongings in a daypack and leave your main luggage at the hotel.
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 we may be able to wash in a nearby stream.
Warmer clothing and sleeping bags are recommended from November to January
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 - overnight train
Time to revisit the whole "Shopping, massaging and eating" schedule in Chiang Mai. You deserve it after your trek. The overnight sleeper train to Bangkok is an experience. We'll leave it at that.
- Spend a free day exploring the northern city of Chiang Mai, with over 120 temples in the centre alone
- Maybe off on an excursion to the top of Doi Suthep, with fantastic views over the city, or to Wat Chiang Man, a peaceful temple in the old city with inscriptions dating from 1581
- Perhaps get a traditional Thai massage or even partake in a cooking class
- Why not visit the Night Bazaar a great chance to practice those bargaining skills
- Take an overnight sleeper train to Bangkok
Day 8 - Bangkok
Arrive back in Bangkok and do all the things you didn't get to do at the beginning of the week. You'll regret it if you don't.
The trip finishes on arrival at Bangkok train station at about 7am
If you are leaving Thailand today, don't book a flight departing before midday as train delays can and do occur
What to Know
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