Northern Hilltribes & Villages

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8 days,Bangkok to Bangkok
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Experience the bustle of Bangkok, explore the vibrancy of Chiang Mai, trek through northern hilltribes and meet the locals, float downstream on a bamboo raft.

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From the luxury of Bangkok's malls and gleaming highrises, head north to Thailand's hills. Eating and sleeping with the hilltribes will bring you face to face with these colourful cultures. We’ll leave plenty of time for fun in historic Chiang Mai with its night market and delicious cuisine. Our CEOs will help you get off the beaten path—but you'll stay flexible by being able to choose the activities you really want.

What's Included

  • Hilltribe trek
  • Indigenous village stay
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Street food crawl
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD100-120 for meals not included.)
  • Local bus, songthaew, train, walking, river raft.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, trekking staff.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12.
  • Simple hotels (3 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (2 nts).

Day 1Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok at any time.

Day 2Bangkok/Chiang Mai(1B)

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai (flight and extra night in Bangkok during monsoon season, depending on conditions). Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO while in Chiang Mai.

Day 3Chiang Mai

Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.

Day 4Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok(1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.

Day 5Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam(1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.

Day 6Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai(1B, 1L)

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

Day 7Chiang Mai/Bangkok(1B)

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok (flight and extra night in Chiang Mai during monsoon season, depending on conditions).

Day 8Bangkok

The trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station (or airport, depending on the season). Onward travel can be booked for 3pm or later.

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