Kingdom of Thailand
Doi Suthep & Meo Hilltribe
The tour includes a climb up some 290 steps to the temple on the
summit of the mountain (Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep) . You will then
proceed along a mountain road to visit a hilltribe village to see
the Meo (Hmong) people living, working and dressing just as their
ancestors did many hundreds of years ago.
Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour
Visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred temples in
Chiang Mai. The temple also commands a panoramic view of the city
down below. We then continue back down to town to visit Wat Chedi
Luang, the site of a formerly massive pagoda that was destroyed
in the great earthquake of 1545, followed by Wat Phra Singh a temple
of tradional northern Thai style architecture dating back to 1385.
This is an excellent opportunity to visit some artisans' workshops
to observe the creation of Chiang Mai's most famous products. They
can also be purchased of course. Included are celadon, pottery,
umbrellas, silver and wood carvings, paper-making and silk and cotton
Elephants at Work
Along with Thailand's water buffaloes, elephants are the real beasts
of burden of the Kingdom. A short distance outside of Chiang Mai
City, you will be able to watch as elephants perform their work
hauling and stacking the teakwood logs. You can observe them taking
their daily baths along with their babies-and can even take a ride
around the compound on one of the huge animals.
Lamphun & White Karen
Drive 43 kilometres to visit the White Karen hilltribe village near
Lamphun. While in this area, noted for its longan and peanut plantations,
you will also visit a local market and Wat Phrathat Haripoonchai,
one of the most sacred temples in the north of Thailand, built in
Semi Full-day Tour
Elephant Safari & Bamboo Rafting
You will visit an elephant training camp, which will provide you
with an idea of how these huge animals are trained in the jungles
of Thailand. Your soft adventure then begins with riding these elephants
through the jungle for approximately an hour, dismount, and continue
your journey on bamboo rafts down the Mae Tang River for another
45 minutes. Lunch will be provided at the Orchid Farm, where you
will also have an opportunity to see and purchase some of our beautiful
orchids prior to returning to your hotel.
The Golden Triangle
Depart Chiang Mai heading in a northerly direction towards the infamous
Golden Triangle area. Enroute a stop will be made at Ban Pong with
its hot springs. Arrive in Chiang Rai province and visit the actual
Golden Triangle - where the borders of three countries, Burma, Laos
and Thailand, meet. Continue our tour to visit the Akha and Yao
hilltribe villages, then to Chiang Saen and Mae Sai - the northernmost
town in Thailand. Return to Chiang Mai in the late afternoon.
Chiang Mai Adventure
You will visit a training camp of elephants, which is almost like
a school. You are shown how the animals are trained from a young
age to work in the jungles, they will then demonstrate to you what
they have learned. After the demonstration we will mount these huge
beasts for a 1 ½ hour trek across forested hills to visit
the tribal village of the minority group "Lahu Shi Ban Lan".
This unique ethnic people belong to the sub-group of the yellow
Lahu., the older women have large ear lobe holes and are skillful
in sewing brilliant cloth. The men are skilful bamboo craftsmen.
Our journey home will take us on many modes of transport, from a
4x4, to an ox cart, followed by a raft ride on the Mae Taman river.
Khantoke Dinner & Show
Something not to be missed is the Khantoke dinner presentation of
classical, folk and hilltribe dances, songs and ceremonies. After
removing your shoes, you will be seated, comfortably, on the floor
with Thai-style cushions for the dinner of a special variety of
northern-Thai food, served in Lanna Kingdom court style.