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Thailand – Trekking in the north

The charm of northern Thailand is proposed during a simple trekking which will allow you contact with the local community, and to get to know an authentic Thailand. The flavor of the tea prepared in the villages, the overnight stay in a local house, the visit of the village of Hmong, once famous for the cultivation of opium, and the view of the lush Thai nature during the treks, will be just some of the magical experiences that bring back with you.

Minimum 4 participants

1° day

Bangkok (-/-/-)

Arrival at Bangkok airport, meeting with the guide, and transfer to your hotel.

2° day

Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B / L / -)

Breakfast and original city tour.
You will take the elevated railway known as BTS Skytrain and glide through the city to reach the river, from where you can take a short boat trip to Tha Tien pier, starting with a visit to Wat Pho. The latter houses more than a thousand images of the Buddha including one of the largest statues depicting him lying down. During the visit, from the main room, you will listen to the melodies of the morning ritual of the monks. You will continue the walk to Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the most respected places of worship in Thailand. The next unmissable stop will be the Grand Palace, home of the kings of the Chakri dynasty, originally erected by King Rama I. Afterwards you will continue on foot towards the fascinating amulet market. For a little adventure hop on a Thai tuk-tuk to visit Wat Saket and climb the golden mountain that offers breathtaking views of Bangkok. Afterward, you will travel aboard a taxi boat along the Saen Saep canal to discover the home museum of Jim Thompson, an American architect and businessman who helped revitalize the Thai textile industry.
In the evening, transfer to Bangkok railway station then night train to Chiang Mai in second class.

3° day

Chiang Mai (B/-/D)

Arriving in Chiang Mai at 07:15 am, you will meet your guide at the railway station and have breakfast in a local restaurant.
Today you will use the tuk-tuk, the country's most famous form of transportation, to explore the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. The original three-wheeled vehicle with characteristic looks and sounds will lead you to the most famous and iconic points within the walls of the old city such as the Golden Temple of Wat Phra Singh and the monument to the Three Kings, as well as Warorot Market, one of the liveliest markets in Chiang Mai, where you will take a short walk to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the place.
Transfer to the hotel, accommodation after 02:00 pm
In the afternoon, experience in a tuk-tuk on the streets of Chiang Mai
Start the evening in a small hidden river location to sample some authentic Northern delicacies and enjoy a refreshing drink as the sun rises. So, passing crowded markets and some famous monuments, your e-tuk-tuk will take you to the historical center of the city. Enjoy a short stop in a public park where locals and ex-pats train after their workday - a great place to people watch. Then hop back into your vehicle and head to a nearby market, famous for its wide selection of street food. You will stop at a small trolley where you can try Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiaow, or the famous khao soi. Afterward, your driver will take you to the Nimmanhaemin area, famous for its trendy bars and restaurants and everything trendy. In a small restaurant you will try some real Burmese dishes, before continuing for a dessert in a food court.

4° day

Trekking on the tracks of Hmong (B / L / D)

The day will begin with a visit to the magnificent temple of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, located on a hill overlooking the city. Visiting it early in the morning will avoid crowds. The next stop will be the village of Hmong, once famous for its opium cultivation. Today it is a well-known tourist destination but serves as the starting point of a path that the people of the Hmong have been following for generations. The path follows the mountain ridge along a stream with lush vegetation and spectacular views along the way. A local guide will tell you about the history and mountain culture of the inhabitants of the Hmong. The excursion lasts about 5/6 hours and will end in another village, home to the largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand. Just a short visit to the village, because it's time to go back to the city.

Distance and tour duration; 11.4 km (3 h 30 min. / 4 h walk)
Difficulty level; 1
Difference in altitude; 400 m. of climb, and 500 m. of descent
Terrain; dirt roads and paths in the forest, passages on rocky stretches with stairs
Transportation by minivan

5° day

Chiang Mai - Akha Community (B / L / D)

After driving the Phrao region by minivan, the adventure will begin in a village aboard a van. Small paths in the forest connect different mountain areas offering many opportunities for excursions between communities and agricultural areas. The locals will be happy to prepare a meal along the way, as you gradually learn the culture and history of the ethnic populations of the region. If the weather is favorable, the last steep ascent to the top of the mountain will reward you with an almost infinite view of the wonderful surrounding valleys. In the evening, the villagers will host you for dinner. Overnight stay in a modest and clean house.

Difficulty level; 2
Distance and duration of the excursion; 9 km (5-6 h stops included - demanding excursion - ascent only)
Total altitude difference; 1200 m.
Transportation; 140 km from Chiang Mai to Doi Mon Lam - 3h 30min. + 15 km by van - 40 min. from Doi Mon Lam to the villages

Accommodation; overnight stay in family-run accommodation

6° day

Akha - Fang (B / L / D)

The adventure continues after sipping a delicious cup of coffee grown in the place. Other villages are waiting to be explored and the natives prepare to explain their way of life. A last walk along a small agricultural path towards the valley marks the end of this unforgettable excursion before continuing the journey to Fang. Accommodation at your hotel.

Difficulty level; 1
Distance and duration of the excursion; 5 km (2 hours including stops)
Total altitude difference; 500 m.
Transport; 15 km by van (45 min.) + Doi Mon Lan - Fang (80 km. - 1h 30min.)

7° day

Chiang Dao Cave - Chiang Mai (B / L / -)

In the morning you will depart from the Phumanee Lahu hotel for a trip to Mount Phumanee and the village of the Lahu Rossi. The mountain is located outside the Fang district and is part of the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park from which it takes its name. With an off-road vehicle, you will easily reach the village as the last stretch is impractical with common means. Once arrived at their destination, the inhabitants will explain how they grow tea and coffee and will make you collect tea leaves. You will see how they are processed before packaging the finished product, ready for sale. You will also be involved in preparing lunch, cooked traditionally with the use of bamboo containers and banana leaves.

Departure for Chiang Dao. The impressive Doi Luang Chiang Dao with the limestone peak, is the third highest mountain in Thailand,
Below the mountain, one of the largest cave systems in Northern Thailand unfolds and is revered by the locals as a sacred place. With the help of a guide who will make your way through the caves, you will climb from one "room" to another of the basements through narrow tunnels.

Transfer to Chiang Mai. Accommodation at your hotel.

8° day

Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

Free day.

9° day

Chiang Mai – Bangkok (B/-/-)

Breakfast and transfer to the airport, flight to Bangkok, on arrival transfer to your hotel, rest of the day at leisure.

10° day

Bangkok (B/-/-)

Breakfast and transfer in good time to the airport.

Tariff per person, starting from:

DepartureBASE 4BASE 6
DoubleDouble
From 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020€ 1,170€ 1,080

Notes

(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner

Things to carry in your daily luggage:

  • shorts, t-shirts and spare socks
  • swimsuit
  • articles for personal hygiene
  • binoculars
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • travel towel
  • insect repellent
  • torch

Important notes:

  • Reservations during the high season (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays), may be subject to price increases and mandatory meals
  • accommodation and overnight stay in local homes will take place in very Spartan structures with Thai standards.

Proposed hotels or similar:

Location HOTEL Room
Bangkok: W22 Hotel (3* ) Standard room
Thailand Railway: Overnight train (Bangkok – Chiang Mai) 2nd class

 

Chiang Mai: Park Hotel Chiang Mai (3* ) Superior
Fang: Phumanee Lahu Home Hotel (2 *) Superior

To participate in this trip you need a passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months.

  • Any holiday supplements will be communicated on confirmation

 

Reference exchange rates for currencies:

Currency: THB (Thai Bath) 35.63

Changes in exchange rates with fluctuations greater than 3% will lead to an adjustment in costs and will be communicated within 20 days of departure.

Currency block: € 50 per case. The customer has the possibility of definitively blocking the cost of ground services which will no longer be subject to currency fluctuations. The request must take place simultaneously with the confirmation. rates and taxes subject to reconfirmation up to the time of booking.


The tariff includes

  • Hotel as mentioned- if not available other/ s of the same category
  • Transfer (s) as scheduled
  • Excursion/ s as per program
  • Tour as scheduled
  • Treatment indicated in the program
  • English speaking guide
  • GoWorld travel kit (backpack, photographic volumes, clothes/trolley holder – according to practical amount)
  • Insurance for medical assistance (up to € 15,000), medical repatriation and damage to baggage (up to € 1,000)- with possible integration

The tariff does not include

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • Airport taxes subject to change
  • Gratuities
  • Resort Fee or Tourist Tax in hotels- where not specifically indicated.
  • Optional excursions
  • Government and local taxes not in effect at the time of listing
  • Drinks and/or meals- where not expressly mentioned
  • Expenses and extras of a personal nature
  • Excess baggage
  • Registration fee of € 95
  • Supplementary travel cancellation insurance
  • Supplementary medical and baggage insurance OPZ A: maximum medical expenses up to 55,000 euros/baggage up to 1,500 euros
  • Supplementary medical-baggage insurance OPZ B: maximum medical expenses up to € 155,000 / baggage up to € 1,500
  • Supplementary medical-baggage insurance OPZ C: maximum medical expenses up to € 265,000 / baggage up to € 1,500
  • GLOBY ROSSA supplementary insurance
  • Anything else not expressly indicated in “the fee includes” or elsewhere in the program

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