Easy/moderate: Adventure for everyoneApplicable for: A group of minimum 2 persons. Join group in Thailand. An opportunity to explore the deciduous forest of northern Thailand, and learn something of the culture and way of life of the local hill tribes. Participants have to meet at least one day prior to departure day for orientation of the programme.Day 1: Bangkok / Chiang Mai (-/-/-)Late afternoon around 16.30hrs transfer to the railway station for the overnight train to Chiang Mai.Day 2: Chiang Mai (-/-/-)src=”http://www.completeindiaasia.co.uk/photos/Thailand/Chiang%20Mai/scaled/Thailand%20-%20village%20-%20Lisu%20Lodge.jpg” alt=”Thailand” width=”324″ height=”243″>Arrive Chiang Mai early morning and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Day 3:Trekking (B/L/D)Pick up from hotel after breakfast and depart from Chiang Mai by road, heading north. Visit the local market in Mae Malai and then continue to Pong Dued hot spring for lunch. After lunch trek through the tropical forests about 2 hours (2 km.) for an opportunity to learn about flora and fauna and the secret of jungle herbs. Arrive at Karen village of Baan Pong Noi or Ban Pa Klauy for overnight. Time to swim and to explore the village. Learn how to do bamboo weaving, trap making, etc. and perhaps give the guide a hand in preparing the evening meal. Enjoy your first dinner in the jungle followed by an evening talk with the villagers for the legend of the hill tribes. Overnight in a bamboo hutDay 4:Trekking (B/L/D)After breakfast walk for 2 ½ – 3 hours passing the rice and vegetable fields of the villagers and learn their methods of cultivation. Explore the surrounding forests to study the local environment and learn how to survive in the forest. After lunch, trek for about 2 hours to a Karen village of Baan Mae Ma Nai. Enjoy fishing at Mae tang River by local instruments and learn the technique of constructing a bamboo raft. Afterwards, time for another refreshing swim and dinner preparation. Dinner and overnight at the rafting camp. Total walking distance of today is about 8 km.Day 5:Trekking / Chiang Mai (B/L/-)After breakfast watch the elephants taking their daily bath in the stream. Afterwards take an elephant-back ride through unspoiled natural forest for approximately 1-11/2 hrs, 3 Km. Return to the camp to check your raft then enjoy the exciting bamboo rafting (20-25 km. in total) for 1 hour trip down Mae Tang River. Stop en route at a Lahu village. Continue rafting for about 1½-2 hours to a Shan village for lunch. Return to Chiang Mai by pick-up and transfer to hotel.Note: The activities in the afternoon of Day 4 and in the morning of Day 5 may be swapped (so the elephant riding might be on day 4), depends on weather conditions.Day 6: Chiang Mai (B/-/-)Tour terminates after breakfast.Departure day: Every Saturday and Monday, year round.Remarks:
NOT recommend for children under 7 years old for trekking
Trekking itinerary is only a guideline and is subject to change without prior notice due to local conditions, but the same concept is well maintained.
Though the trek rating is easy, however one should expect not a flat-easy-to-walk route, but trek up and down hills in some parts. The best way is to walk at own pace and the guide will adjust the stopping points to suite with the fitness of the group.
A supplement of high season and/or compulsory dinner will be advised at the time of booking, if applicable.
Preferred accommodation list:Standard classChiang Mai – The Park (sup: www.empresshotels.com/park_hotel.html)First class Chiang Mai – Empress (superior,www.empresshotels.com/empress_hotel.html) orChiang Mai – Plaza (superior, www.cnxplaza.com) TOUR COST – On Request for current price.All Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £200.Cost per person on twin share basis as per itineraryPlease ask for confirmation of the current Tour CostStandard Hotels First Class HotelsPLEASE NOTE: The Acceptance Payment is only payable ONCE. There can be a combination of more than one tour in more than one country for the same Acceptance Fee.Single Room Supplement Charge for children under 12 years of age:50% of tour rates when sharing same room with 2 adults and no extra bed is required.75% of tour rates when sharing same room with 2 adults and one extra bed is required.Payment:1. On acceptance – £200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by Bank Transfer payable to “S W & M Miller”. Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Associate Company in Thailand, Bangkok, to whom payment for the tour is made.2. Twelve weeks prior to arrival in Thailandor on Acceptance if later- 100% payable in US $, by International Bank Transfer, direct to Thailand Please Note: A credit card charge may apply.Cancellation Charges35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable.30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable.25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 50% of the total amount will be applicableLess than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.Acceptance Payment non refundableServices included in the price:
Tours and transfers by air-conditioned transport. Non air-conditioned transportation and open pick-up truck will be used in remote areas.
Except while trekking accommodation will be at standard (or first class) hotels based on 2 persons in twin-bedded room, B/B basis. All rooms are air-conditioned with attached bath and toilet.
2nd class air-conditioned train with sleeper from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
While trekking, accommodation will be in village huts. Sleeping facilities consist of a floor mat and a sheet. A rucksack, water canteen and lifejacket are supplied.
Full board while trekking (boiled water provided for drinking during the trek)
Services of local English-speaking guide.
Admission fees where applicable.
Services not included in the price:
Drinks, bottled drinking water & meals not mentioned in the above itinerary