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SEA-05 Northern Thailand – The Hills of Mae Salong

  • Price from: 2074USD per person
  • Trip day:13 days 12 nights days

 

  Highlights: Bangkok's palaces and temples, ruins of Sukhothai, elephant riding, overnight in hill-tribe village, mountain trekking, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle, cookery lesson, Thai food.

  A fascinating and varied 2 week northern Thailand adventure. The delights of Thailand’s beaches and islands are world renowned but these mist shrouded mountains, lush forests and remote villages of the far North are still waiting to be discovered. Beginning in Bangkok we’ll head north via the ruined, ancient city and now World Heritage Site of Sukhothai to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern capital, from where we’ll continue into the infamous Golden Triangle Region for an exciting journey by foot, elephant and boat, staying overnight as guests in hill-tribe villages.

 

  Included in the price:

  * 12 nights accommodation in privately owned hotels/ hill-tribe village

  * Daily meals out of hotel (as detailed in the tour description)

  * Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description

  * English-speaking local guide

  * A/C tourism transportation in the program

  * Service charges for baggage handling between airports/train stations and hotels

  * Service charge and Government tax


 

  Not included in the price:

  * International or domestic flights and tax

  * Personal consumption

  * Visa fee

  * Tips for drivers, guides and hotel porters

 

 

  Airfare: Chiang Mai/Bangkok: 130USD p/p

 

  easy to moderate,maximum hiking 5-6 hours on day 8. (Activities can be tailored to any level.)

Payment should be finished four weeks before the arrival of the group.

Cancellation: You may cancel your confirmed booking, but this must be in written letter (email or fax). But if cancellation occurs after your confirmation to book the tour, or if you fail to pay the full cost of the tour within the specified time, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges.

Cancellation charges are as follows:

  • No less than 30 days before arrival: $150 per person
  • 30 to 15 days before arrival: $300 per person
  • 14 to 7 days before arrival: 60% of the full payment per person
  • 6 to 0 days before arrival: 100% of the full payment per person

 Traveler substitutions are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation fees. After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

Refunding: If you have paid for the tour but then have to cancel it more than 15 days before the start of your tour, we will refund all the payment except the deposit ($300 per person). If cancellation has to be made within 15 days, we will charge some cancellation penalty as well as the deposit, according to how much we have to pay to our suppliers. We will try our best to decrease your loss because we know it's not your purpose to cancel it.

Day 1: Arrival Bangkok
Arrival in Bangkok - meet your tour leader and transfer to a comfortable, downtown hotel in the City’s Banglamphu district. Afternoon to relax, recover from your jet-lag by the pool or explore the area’s lively markets and street-life.
Overnight in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok B/L
City tour with a difference - central Bangkok by riverboat, skytrain, tuk-tuk and canal boat - we’ll see the famous sites and what lies behind the famous sites! Visits will include; the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow – ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Siam Square and the fascinating Jim Thompson House Museum.
Overnight in Bangkok
Day 3: Bangkok - Phitsanolok - Sukhothai B/L
Morning departure by train; across the Central Plains and their emerald green rice paddies, to up-country Phitsanolok town – the Gateway to the North. Lunch time arrival, a visit to the local handicraft museum and transfer to nearby Sukhothai town with the afternoon to relax in our guesthouse garden or discover the local markets.
Overnight in Sukhothai
Day 4: Sukhothai B/L
Bicycle tour of the nearby, ancient city and now UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai – former capital of Siam – which, with it’s crumbling sandstone temples, ancient carvings, towering Buddha statues and lotus-covered ponds, is one of the country’s most sacred and evocative sites.
Overnight in Sukhothai
Day 5: Sukhothai - Chiang Mai B/L
Scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai. Check in to our centrally located hotel and time to relax by the pool or explore the area before an evening tour of the town’s famous night bazaar.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day 6: Chiang Mai - Tha Ton B/L
Departure for the far north with a scenic drive to the remote border town of Tha Ton, including a stop on the way to visit the fascinating cave temples at Chiang Dao, before checking out the spectacular views at Tha Ton Pagoda situated high on a mountain top straddling the Thai/Burmese border.
 
Day7
Beginning with a descent by boat of the scenic Kok River we’ll trek on foot and by elephant through the region’s dramatic mountain scenery, passing several hill-tribe settlements, before an overnight stay as guests in a village of the Akha ethnic group.
Overnight in Tha Ton
Day 8: Tha Ton B/L
Our hike continues across streams and through the forests of this spectacular and remote mountainous region. Overnight stay as guests of a Red Lahu minority family in a rarely visited, and still very traditional, village.
Overnight in Tha Ton
Day 9: Tha Ton - Mae Salong B/L
Morning transfer by truck to the nearby fascinating town of Mae Salong. Originally founded by Chinese Republican soldiers, (Kuomintang), who took refuge in the area after defeat by Mao Tse Tung’s communist forces, the town was off limits for many years due to its role as a centre for the opium trade but is now known for tea plantations and spectacular scenery as well as being the centre for the local hill-tribe peoples. Time to wander around the picturesque mountain-top town and perhaps check out participate in a tea tasting ceremony.
Overnight in Mae Salong
Day 10: Mae Salong - Mae Fah Luang - Mae Sai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai B/L
Opportunity for an early start to visit the morning hill-tribe market before continuing to the magnificent botanical gardens at Mae Fah Luang. From here we’ll travel north to the bustling Burmese border market at Mae Sai. A visit to Sob Ruak and the Golden Triangle itself where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma meet, and where we can take in the unusual ‘Opium Museum’, before a return to Chiang Rai Town for our overnight accommodation.
Overnight in Chiang Rai
Day 11: Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai B/L
Morning scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai with a stop on the way to visit the spectacular Wat Rong Khun Temple. Mid afternoon arrival with time to stretch your legs or just relax by the pool.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day 12: Chiang Mai B/L
Day at leisure in Chiang Mai, check out the local markets, some last minute shopping or visit the famous Doi Suthep. (Note, an optional Thai cookery lesson can be arranged if desired.)
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day 13: Departure Chiang Mai B
See off. End of tour.
 
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