Tha01-Thailand-Trekking-AdventureDiscover the charms of Thailand in this active trip. This is a private trip for 2 or more people and we can tailor it to suit your preferences. This magnificent adventure begins with you discovering the real Thai street cuisine and joining a cycle tour to see some unforgettable sights. Hop on a long tail boat and see some fantastic wildlife whilst you’re there. The adventure however has only just begun!
You will get the opportunity to see several historic sites and ride on the death railway. You will visit museums as well as taking a tour of some of the greatest Thai temples. You will kayak on the river Kwai Noi and trek through the jungle. This trip offers you the perfect balance of discovering nature and city sites whilst being active and adventurous. On top of this, you will get to stay in some very unique locations including a floating raft. If you desire to extend your stay and relax, we would gladly organise some beach days for you. Of course, this holiday can be completely personalised according to your interests and budget. This really is a trip not to be missed.
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DAY 1: ARRIVE BANGKOK
Arrive BKK airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight Hotel – Glow Trinity Silom/Superior
DAY 2: AM: STREET FOOD TOUR, PM: ‘LUNGS OF BANKOK’ CYCLING TOUR (B)
Experiencing first hand how the average Bangkokonian eats and travels, we start the morning by taking the BTS sky train system to Saphan Taksin, from here we begin a (JOIN) walking street food tour of the streets of Bangkok’s historic Bangrak district. Enjoy samples of real thai food and after short walk, explore a 200 year old Thai temple. Arrive at several other tasting locations whilst walking through Bankok’s historic landmarks. Explore the unique and oldest Hindu temple in Thailand, where most local entrepreneurs have often visited.
After our food tour we take a short transfer to a local clubhouse, from where we will begin our exciting cycle ride through ‘the green lungs of Bangkok’. We’ll take tours and we’ll travel to the ancient Chao Phraya River, Crossing to Wat Bangkachao by a long tail boat. We stop at Phra Pradeang to give you the opportunity to feed the giant Carp and enjoy a refreshing break. We’ll wind our way back to the river and cross again on long tail boats to complete our tour with a glimpse of village and cultural life as we cycle through Kusoltong Village and back to the Club House. This tour is on a JOIN basis and is only suitable for those with previous cycling experience.
After our exciting cycling tour we take a short stroll back to our hotel. Rest of day at leisure
Overnight Hotel – Glow Trinity Silom/Supperior
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO KANCHANABURI. VISIT THAI/BURMA MUSEUM AND CEMETARY (B,D)
Today you’ll get the opportunity to ride on the death railway. Visit Hellfire pass memorial museum. Early AM depart Ayutthaya and transfer to Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival we will visit the Thai Burma museum. The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre is an interactive museum and has even been popularized in films! After this, we will visit the Kanchanaburi Allied War Cemetary and following this, transfer to the famous bridge over the River Kwai. We’ll then board the death railway train where we ride through jungle and river scenes!
Next is the hellfire pass museum which is dedicated to those Australians and other Allied Prisoners of War and Asian labourers who suffered and died at Hellfire Pass and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region during WW2.
After visiting the museum, we take a short transfer to our nearby hotel.
Overnight– River Kwai Jungle chalet
DAY 4: BEGIN 2 DAY 1 NIGHT KAYAK TRIP DOWN KWAI NOI RIVER (B,L,D)
This morning we depart from our riverside hotel to begin our 2 day kayak expedition down the beautiful and historic Kwai Noi River.
After leaving from our hotel in the morning you will pass through stunning river scenery. There is a lot of bird life to be seen on the river including the Drongo, Kingfisher, Horn Bills, Bee eaters and Black Kites. You may also see some monitor lizards and if lucky some wild elephants.
You will be kayaking through some nice jungle and past some nice limestone cliffs and caves. The river is gentle, meandering and almost never used by other people so do not expect to bump into else, save a few local fishermen.
We will stop en route today at Lawa cave where there will be time to visit the fascinating Lawa cave, a 500m-long cave with five large caverns and imposing stalactites and stalagmites.
Finish kayaking today at around 15.30 and transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight– River Kwai Jungle chalet
DAY 5: FINISH 2 DAY 1 NIGHT KAYAK TRIP. TRANSFER TO AYUTTHAYA – OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO CNX (B,L)
We take an early breakfast before returning to our kayaks to continue our peaceful journey down the Kwai Noi river. Today our journey continues to take us past pretty limestone cliffs, dense jungle and undisturbed nature.
We arrive at our final destination, Tham Krasae viaduct at around midday and enjoy a very unique vantage point of this historical and beautiful bridge. If we are lucky our arrival may coincide with a train passing crossing the viaduct.
After a leisurely lunch at Tham Krasae (price not included) we depart Kanchanaburi and head towards Ayutthaya (3 hours) from where we will take the overnight train to the Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai. If there is time we can stop at some of the main historical sights in the ancient city of Ayutthaya (clients to pay any entrance fee’s direct).
Overnight – Overnight Train/1st Class to Chiang Mai
DAY 6: ARRIVE CNX. TRADITIONAL THAI BREAKFAST. DOI SUTHEP AND CITY TEMPLE TOUR. EVENING MARKET FOOD TOUR (B,D)
Upon arrival at CNX train station you will be met by your guide who will escort you to some nearby restaurants where you will enjoy breakfast Thai style!
After breakfast we depart to begin our tour of Chiang Mai’s temples. Today’s tour will take us on a fascinating tour through Lanna Thai history as we explore 4 of the most important temples – Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singha, Wat Suan Dok and finally Chiang Mai’s most revered temple, Doi Suthep.
In the afternoon there will be free time to relax at your hotel.
This evening we will travel a Night Market using an exciting local form of transport know as a songthaew. Introduction to local ingredients and dishes and try local specialties such as Chiang Mai Sausage, Nam Prik Noom (savoury and sour chilli dip), Sai Grob (fried pork skin) and Khao Soy (Rich and creamy noodle soup curry. Free time for shopping and exploration before returning to the hotel.
Overnight – Imperial Mae Ping/Superior
DAY 7: BEGIN 2 DAY 1 NIGHT PADDIES AND LAKES MOUNTAIN BIKE TRIP (B,L,D)
This morning transfer to a small village outside Chiang Mai where our bikes are waiting for us. We cycle through villages where time seems to be standing still. We stop at a local school and see the farmers working in rice paddies. Then the trail seemingly descends into a lake before popping out again on the other side. In 1989, the government decided to submerge this formerly populated valley in order to create a water supply for the entire Doi Saket valley. Where this adventure ends, another begins. Here we will climb into our kayaks’ and paddle out onto the tranquil waters to the floating bamboo raft house where we will have our delicious lunch of traditional Lanna dishes.
Spend the rest of the day enjoying the unspoiled scenery either basking in the sun, swimming, fishing or discovering more remote corners of the reservoir by kayak. We will stay overnight on floating bungalows. Distance today 40 kilometers.
Overnight – Floating Raft Hotel/Floating Bungalow
DAY 8: FINISH 2 DAY 1 NIGHT PADDIES AND LAKES MOUNTAIN BIKE TRIP. TRANSFER TO PAI (B,L)
After a delicious breakfast we take the boat back to the shore and get back on the bike. We ride through a beautiful countryside towards Mae Taeng where we have lunch. After lunch we follow the Ping river downstream until will finally end up in Mae Rim. For the last stretch, we load our bikes onto the car and drive back to Chiang Mai. Distance today 30 kilometers in the nature reserve from low land to high land. After cycling tour we transfer to our next destination Pai by private van (approx 3 hours)
Upon arrival check into hotel and day at leisure.
Overnight – The Quarter/Premier
DAY 9: PAI (B)
After a relaxing morning, venture down the left bank of the Pai river passing by Shan villages and paddy fields. Arriving at the elephant camps, you might enjoy a ride in the river or in the hills, on one of these pachyderms. Afterwards, we will visit the hot springs where our pick-up truck will provide us with refreshments so we can pedal further to the historic “second world war Japanese bridge”. We will safely cross over the new bridge and pedal up to the ‘Pai Cayon’ for a breathing view of the valley below; we will then plunge down hill and paddle gently back to Pai along the right bank of the river. 18 kilometers travelled today.
Back to your hotel for a refreshing shower and a free evening of leisure.
Overnight- Jungle Camp/Basic partially open air hut
DAY 10: PAI – MAE HONG SONS (B,L)
After breakfast, continue towards Soppong. The area boasts limestone caves that are said to be some of the largest in Southeast Asia. Follow a series of walkways and cross small creeks by bamboo raft o reach the cavern. In the darkness of the cavern, listen to and smell the bats buzzing overhead. After the cave experience, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing by car to Tham Pla, a splendid natural area whose focal point is a cave with creeks flowing out of the it that are filled with unusually large fish. After checking out this unique area, continue to Mae Hong Son. Upon arrival, drive around the central lake to visit Burmese-style temples Wat Chong Klang and Wat Chong Kham.
Overnight Fern Resort/Deluxe
DAY 11: BEGIN 3 DAY 2 NIGHT TREK – MAE HONG SONG HILLTRIBE TREK (B,L,D)
9.00 a.m. We pick up and short drive. We start walking along a local hill tribe trail a very narrow trail and leading down to the Mae Hong Son Creek. We hike through the creek, deep gorges, ravine, and forest. We walk through water several times. There are many rivers to cross. You will get your feet wet, and will find it a very nice experience. You can stop to swim in the river.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the river side. In the afternoon, continue hiking through evergreen jungle. See massive climbing lianas, green bamboo stems, rattan palms and undergrowth plants, Wild ginger and Ferns. Pass through terraced paddy fields.
Arrive in Black Lahu for a home stay with a local family. Learn about their culture. Guide and porters prepare delicious Thai meals. Enjoy dinner by candlelight.
Overnight- Black Lahu/Very Basic Homestay
DAY 12: SECOND DAY OF 3 DAY 2 NIGHT TREK, MAE HONG SONG HILLTRIBE (B,L,D)
When you wake up in the morning, pigs are running around under the house and people are setting off to work in the fields. After breakfast, before leaving we take a walk around the village, visit the primary school, and then start the hike again. On the trail you can hear gibbon’s song from far off on the hill side or you may see them swinging from tree to tree. There are many birds too. We pass a small village on the way, where we stop for coffee break. Lunch in the forest you get your food wrapped in banana leaves. This time it’s fried noodles. We make bamboo chopsticks and a bamboo cup. You can take it along with you, to use again or to take home as a souvenir. In the afternoon we climb a bigger mountain with a beautiful view. Arrive in Ban Huai Po, a village settled on high elevation in evergreen forest. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in the village. You can see the people’s simple way of life, under the starry night sky. Get a good night’s rest.
Overnight – Homestay/Basic Village Hut
DAY 13: FINISH 3 DAY 2 NIGHT TREK, TRANSFER TO MAE HONG SONG HOTEL (B,L,D)
Ascending to the mountain top you see the diversity of flora and fauna in the seasonal forest of Thailand. On high land you see mountain Cycad trees, Palms, Pines, Chestnuts and Wild Orchids. We eat lunch on a place with a panoramic view. We climb down to Nam Hu Creek. At the bottom of the hill we hike through the creek time to cool down your feet. You can stop to swim in the river again. We finish our trek and the car takes us back to town.
Overnight – Fern Resort/Deluxe
DAY 14: TRANSFER TO MAE HONG SONG AIRPORT. END OF SERVICES (B)
Time to say ‘see you soon’ to Thailand!
After breakfast, your airport transfer will pick you up and drive you to Mae Hong Son airport for your onward flight (at the appropriate time, transfer to Mae Hong Song airport is 10-15 mins). End of services.
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