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A Glimpse of Local Lifestyle in Northern Thailand

7/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 Chiang MaiMae Hong SonChiang Rai
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Take a seven-day holiday in Northern Thailand and explore the rich natural beauty as well as the vibrant culture of this amazing region. From the colorful hill tribe villages to the sacred golden temples, from the highest peak in the borders to the deep historic caves, this trip will offer you a chance to take in the best sights and experience the authentic lifestyle of the local Thais which is very different from what you see in Thai cities. Let’s come and soak in the serenity of Northern Thai towns.

Highlights

  Get on boat trips along the Pai River and the Mae Kong River

  Pay a visit to some hill tribe villages: Long Neck Karen, Akha, and Yao

  Visit the ancient temples of Mae Hong Son: Phrathat Doi Kong Mu Temple, Jong Kahm and Jong Klang Temples

  Explore the beautiful Fish Cave and the well-known Lod Cave

  Have a fun day at an Elephant Camp and Orchid Farm

  Spend time exploring Wat Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai

  Take a train ride from Chiang Mai to Lamphun then cycle around the beautiful countryside

  Visit some of the most famous local workshops in Sankampang District

  Have a chance to see the Golden Triangle and Doi Tung Temple

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son Fly from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Visit some sights in Mae Hong... L
Day 2 Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai Drive from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Visit Fish Cave, Lahu Tribe... B, L
Day 3 Chiang Mai Visit elephant camp, Orchid Farm & Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep B, L
Day 4 Chiang Mai Biking to the countryside of Chiang mai, Take train to Lamphun B, L
Day 5 Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, Visit local workshops B
Day 6 Chiang Rai Visit Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle, Akha and Yao hill tribe villages,... B, L
Day 7 Chiang Rai Visit Doi Tung Temple, Transfer to the airport for your next flight B
  • Transfer:
  • Activities:

    Fly from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Visit some sights in Mae Hong Son

When you arrive in Chiang Mai airport (in the morning), catch the connecting flight from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son.
On arrival at Mae Hong Son airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
After a short rest, we will start the sightseeing tour with a visit to the Long Neck Karen Village by taking a boat along the Pai River.
We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
After which we continue visiting The Phrathat Doi Kong Mu Temple in Mae Hong Son, located on the top of Kong Mu Mountain. From here we go on to visit Jong Kahm and Jong Klang Temples, then we drive back to the hotel where you are free at leisure for the rest of the evening.
Overnight in Mae Hong Son.

Visit long neck hill tribe village in Chiang Rai

A visit to Karen long neck hill tribe village in Chiang Rai is one of the most exotic and unforgettable experiences when you’re in northern Thailand. There you will have a chance to meet Karen women who wear brass rings around their necks as part of their tradition for beautiful and unique ethnic, see how they work with a backstrap loom and practice their impressive weaving skills. It will be best to explore around the village, with respect, to get a slice of Karen culture and their way of life. You can also support these locals by purchasing some souvenirs and traditional Karen textiles.

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  • Meals:

    Lunch

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  • Activities:

    Drive from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Visit Fish Cave, Lahu Tribe Village, Lod Cave

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
Today we will travel to Chiang Mai, but first, we begin our day’s journey with a visit to the well-known and very beautiful Fish Cave. Then we continue on continue with a visit to the Lahu Tribe Village. Lahu is the second largest ethnic population in Mae Hong Son. Many years ago, the Lahu were very famous for their hunting, while the Lisu were known for their colorful, attractive dresses and clothing.
After this, we pay a visit to the Lod Cave to see one of the most important archaeological sites in the area which has a stream known as “Laang” that flows through from one end of the cave to the other.
Then we drive to the hotel in Chiang Mai for check-in, after which you are free at leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Amazing Tham Lod Cave

Tham Lod Cave is one of the most impressive and easily accessible caves in Thailand. It's is a cave system in Mae Hong Son province that stretches nearly a mile long. Tham Lod Cave is a natural limestone cave system, its main feature is the freshwater stream which runs through the middle of the cave for about 200-300 meters. Inside it’s walls are covered with massive formations and columns over 20 meters high. The most interesting thing when visiting this cave is that tourists will ride a bamboo rafting to enter the cave. On the way, tourist can climb the terraces to view incredible caverns of fantastic rock formations.

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  • Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch

  • Transfer:
  • Activities:

    Visit elephant camp, Orchid Farm & Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
Today we will enjoy seeing how the elephants help with the logging work and then will have the opportunity to enjoy an elephant ride (optional) of about 45 minutes. From here we continue about 30 minutes by ox-cart.
Lunch will then be provided.
After which you will enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside by bamboo raft along the river. We will also visit the beautiful Orchid Farm. We travel onward to visit Wat Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai which is said to contain a holy relic of the lord Buddha, after which we travel back to the hotel where you are free at leisure. 
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

The most popular thing to do in Chiang Mai is to visit one of the elephant sanctuaries. So a full day trip to an elephant camp will be an interesting experience when in Chiang Mai. Each camp has different activities with the elephants and you can choose the one that meet your interest. Learn more about the elephants, take a memorable elephant riding through the jungle or trek in a short time in the forest, enjoy a bamboo rafting along the river… All will bring you a day with full of joy and memory.  

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  • Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch

  • Transfer:
  • Activities:

    Biking to the countryside of Chiang mai, Take train to Lamphun

After breakfast at hotel, the tour guide will pick you up at your hotel.
Pedal across the city to the train station.
The trip starts with a train ride to Lamphun
Arriving at the historic Lamphun train station with our bikes, we disembark and soon find ourselves riding the quiet streets of the small city, which was once the capital of an ancient Mon Kingdom. Pedaling past its ancient walls to arrive at the famous Wat Phra That Hariphunchai with its imposing chedi. From here our bike tour strikes out across the countryside biking through villages, along canal and tree lined lanes. 
Enjoy a simple Thai lunch in a village market.
 After lunch we will cycle through paddy fields until we come upon the famous wood carving village of Ban Tawai. On from here we meander through country lanes to the foothills of Doi Suthep to a Beekeeping Center. After a few ups and downs on forested lanes we arrive at the forest temple of Wat Umong before returning to the city. 
*Note: This tour is group tour. 

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Biking to the countryside of Chiang Mai

Spending a day cycling through the lush Chiang Mai and Lamphun countryside is one of the best ways to go truly off the beaten path and experience the real local life in northern Thailand. You will travel by train from Chiang Mai to Lamphun, cycle the backroads and country lanes through small villages and rice fields, visit famous golden temples on the way such as Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Umong… This soft adventure also offers some stopovers at a local market and handicraft villages where you can see the slow-paced local lifestyle and meet the friendly Thais. This trip is suitable for all levels of riders and is an excellent family-friendly choice.

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  • Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch

  • Transfer:
  • Activities:

    Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, Visit local workshops

Breakfast at hotel. 
Today we leave from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai.
On the way we will visit some of the most famous local industries in the Sankampang District to see silk weaving, umbrella making, wood carving and silverware making. After that we drive to the hotel in Chiang Rai for check-in where you are then free at leisure for the remainder of the evening.

Overnight in Chiang Rai.

  • Meals:

    Breakfast

  • Transfer:
  • Activities:

    Visit Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle, Akha and Yao hill tribe villages, Take a boat along Mae Kong River

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.
After breakfast we travel to visit Chiang Saen by taking a boat for approximately 30 minutes along the Mae Kong River and then continue on to the Golden Triangle and the village of Mae Sai (on the Burmese border).
Have lunch at a local restaurant. 
Then we pay a visit to the Akha and Yao hill tribe villages and have the chance to walk around and observe their lifestyle, after which we transfer back to your hotel to relax.  
Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Visit The Famous Golden Triangle

If you enjoy a holiday in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand, do not miss the chance to see the infamous Golden Triangle where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. Locally known as Sop Ruak since it is where the Ruak River flows into the Mekong River, this mysterious site was once the center of opium production and trade in the world. Today, the Golden Triangle is a tourist draw with peaceful landscapes, misty mountains dotted with hill tribe villages and ancient temples. Here, you can enjoy many photo ops at the gate marking the Golden Triangle, marvel at the giant golden Buddha seated on the riverside ship, check out the hilly Phra That Doi Pu Khao temple or explore all aspects of opium around the world at the Hall of Opium. You can also go on a long tail boat trip across to a Lao island named Don Sao without a visa or along the Mekong to Chiang Saen for a more authentic Thai experience.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

  • Transfer:
  • Activities:

    Visit Doi Tung Temple, Transfer to the airport for your next flight

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
Today we will visit the highest peak on the Thai-Myanmar border - Doi Tung, which provides an opportunity to view the routes to many different Lahu and Akha villages as well as the terraced farming areas and, from a distance, the late Princess Mother’s beautiful flower garden. Doi Tung Temple is located at the peak of this mountain and overlooks the entire northern rice field plain.
From there we make the journey into Chiang Rai Airport for your next flight.

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Enjoy spectacular view from Wat Phra That Doi Tung

Located on the top of Doi Din Daeng, Wat Phra That Doi Tung probably has the most spectacular view of all temples in northern Thailand.The temple was constructed in the 10th century and was renovated first by Chiang Rai's most famous ruler King Mengrai during the 13th century and then by the famous Chiang Mai monk, Khru Ba Siwichai, at the turn of the 20th century. The temple complex is comprised of twin Lanna-style chedis, one of which is said to contain the left collarbone of the Lord Buddha.If you walk up to the top of the temple, there is a walking way surrounded with high green trees. If you walk along the walking way for about 200 meters, you should find a pavilion. And, if you continue further, you will find a sightseeing spot, which you can look around and see all stunning natural scenery.

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  • Meals:

    Breakfast

Inclusions

Meals
6 Breakfasts 5 Lunches
Accommodation
Hotel (6 nights),
Transport
Plane, Car, Elephant, ,
Flights
1. Fly from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son
Included Services
  •   Accommodation with daily breakfast
  •   Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  •   Domestic flights
  •   Local English-speaking guides
  •   Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N/A: Not Available)
  •   Water on coach
  •   Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

Exclusions

  •   International flights to/from Thailand
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Visa stamp fees
  •   Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
  •   Personal expenses
  •   Meals not mentioned
  •   Drinks not mentioned
  •   Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers