4-Day Northern Thailand in a nut-shell

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

· Learn all about elderly and retired elephants at an Elephant Care Centre
· Stay at the authentic Hmong Lodge
· Enjoy the stunning views of Myanmar from Wat Thaton
· Learn about the former Opium trade in the Golden Triangle at the Hall of Opium
· Taste some thirst quenching tea in Doi Mae Salong & stay in a charming bamboo bungalow resort in the hills
· Relax on a boat trip past Hilltribe villages and mountain scenery on the Kok River.
· Visit the unique Baan Dum temple and its more famous neighbor Wat Rung Khun (the White Temple)

    tour details

    New way to explore Northern from hill-tribe lodges to tea plantations and from the mighty Mekong to ethical elephant experiences, discover the outside of Chiang Mai until Chiang Rai on this four-day tour.

    08:00 Depart Chiang Mai for one-hour drive to Thai Elephant Care Centre for a half day experience from 09:30 to 12:30hrs. The Thai Elephant Care Centre cares mostly for elderly (occasionally sick or pregnant elephants), which have retired from active working lives and are unable to look after themselves. Currently it has about 10 elephants and the Centre covers a huge area including hilly forest where the elephants can roam free during the day and enjoy the Mae Sa River for bathing.

    Our programme includes a briefing, visiting and interacting with elderly elephants, making and feeding the elephants with grinded grass and herb balls and bathing them in the Mae Sa River. There are changing rooms and an outfit is provided on arrival.

    After lunch at a local restaurant we visit Baan Tong Luang Hill-tribe centre, where you have the chance to interact with the hill-tribes in an attractive outdoor setting.

    We then depart to Hmong Hill-tribe Lodge in the middle of the afternoon where you can chose to relax by the pool or enjoy a hike in the stunning surroundings to the farming and agriculture area to a Baan Mae Khi where the village of Hmong hill people live. The scenery is particularly impressive during the monsoon season with intense vegetable cultivation followed by strawberries in November.

    Evening Dinner and cultural show at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge.

    Accommodation at Hmong Hill-tribe Lodge - Standard room

    Meals included: Lunch at local restaurant
    Dinner at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge
    This morning we leave around 08:30hrs and first make a stop 'Elephant Poopoopaper Park'. This eco-friendly, naturally built, outdoor museum park is focused on introducing and explaining the unique steps involved in making our world famous paper products from elephant poo fibres. Extremely well done and supported by WWF, it has a great caf'e9, shop and plenty of opportunities for "hands on" during the whole process.

    We then continue heading north and about an hour further make a quick stop at Chiang Dao to visit the famous caves which penetrate deep into the limestone hills. The caverns contain an assortment of Buddha and hermit images as well as some impressive natural rock formation.

    After a local lunch we drive a further two hours to Wat Thaton, a large temple only a few kilometers from the border with neighboring Myanmar. The temple is located on top of a hill overlooking the village of Ban Thaton and the Mae Kok river. It is built over several levels of a forested hill offering magnificent views over the surrounding rural area.

    In the later afternoon arrive at Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa.
    Accommodation Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa - Bamboo Cottage

    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
    Lunch at local restaurant
    This morning drive from hotel to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge then continue by long-tail speed boat on the Mekhong River to visit the river bank scenery and Don Sao Island.

    After lunch in a local restaurant visit the Hall of Opium, the 5,600 sq.m. state-of-the-art exhibition will journey through more than 5,000-year history of the use and abuse of opiates. They will learn about the origins of the opium poppy, the medical and ritual use of opium in ancient civilizations, its spread throughout the world, the Opium Wars and their impact on China, the century of legal opium use in Thailand, the role of opium and other narcotics in modern medicine, and international efforts to control narcotics. Vivid and thought provoking presentations of the effects of drug abuse and case studies help visitors to understand the severity of addiction and choices available to fight the temptation of drugs.
    Then transfer back to your hotel for the rest of the afternoon at leisure (why not enjoy the pool or a massage).
    Accommodation Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa - Bamboo Cottage

    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel
    Lunch at local restaurant
    After breakfast, visit 101 Tea Plantation, which focuses mainly on producing and selling various kinds of tea. The most popular is Mae Salong tea; Assam tea, Ching Ching No. 12. Enjoy your tea whilst admiring the tea plantation and stunning mountain backdrop. Afterwards visit Bann Ruam Mitr, a fair-sized Karen village. The Karen is the largest hill-tribe group in Thailand. Begins with an exciting trip down the scenic Kok River, on board a traditional Thai long-tail boat. As we lazily cruise along the water way, we will take in the sights of the countryside, and learn a little about the land that surrounds us. Arrive Chiang Rai boat landing and continue by car to Chiang Rai.

    Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch we will visit the Black House (Ban Dum), a unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs. Then continue to the White Temple (Wat Rung Khun). While most temples visited by tourists have a history going back many centuries, this extraordinary place of worship was built only recently. It is the realisation of a dream for Thailand's noted artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed and supervised the construction of this beautiful white temple and its many statues of figures based on religious beliefs.
    Depart Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai.

    Meals included: Breakfast at hotel

    includes

    · All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/van as detailed in our itinerary
    · Accommodation with breakfast as specified (3-nights)
    · Meals as specified in the itinerary
    · (3-Breakfast, 3-Lunch & 1-Dinner)
    · All entrance fees, boat fees for the places as mentioned in the program
    · English-speaking guide
    · Service charges, Government taxes and 7% VAT

      excludes

      · Surcharges for other language guides
      · Optional tours
      · Meals and services other than mentioned in the program
      · Drinks (out of drinking water)
        Tour code: CNXITNS4

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