Thailand Hilltribe Trek

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Special Tour 8 Days Availability: 2019-01-31
Chiang Mai, Thailand Asia

Explore the cities, villages and forests of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this active adventure.

From the luxury of Bangkok’s malls and gleaming highrises, head north to Thailand’s hills. Eating and sleeping with the hilltribes will bring you face-to-face with these colourful cultures. We’ll leave plenty of time for fun in historic Chiang Mai with its night market and delicious cuisine. Our trip leaders will help you get off the beaten path — but you’ll stay flexible by being able to choose the activities you really want.

 


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Destination
Thailand
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Physical rating
Grade 3 (may include light hiking. moderately challenging)
Ages
20-40
Group size
Min 2, Max 12

7 NIGHTS

Hotels 3N, Homestay 2N, Sleeper Train 2N

10 MEALS

5 Breakfasts

3 Lunches

2 Dinners

 

TRANSPORT

Public Bus, Songthaew, Overnight Train


WHAT’S INCLUDED

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

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    • Wake up to the sights and sounds of bustling Chiang Mai after an overnight train journey
    • Discover real Thai countryside and its people with a 3-day trek into the hills of Northern Thailand

    • Stay in atmospheric bamboo huts in different hilltribe villages each night

    • Uncover Thailand’s rural charm as you hike and bike thought scenic hilltribe areas
    • Explore remote villages, help prepare evening meals, and feast on traditional hilltribe cuisine

    • Meet and chat with friendly villagers and discover more about their unique cultures

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

MEALS

    • 5 BREAKFASTS

    • 3 LUNCHES
    • 2 DINNERS


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WHAT’S INCLUDED

ACTIVITIES

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      • Optional Experiences and free time
      • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

      • An expert Lead Traveller and local trekking guides

      • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
      • Hilltribe village visit and 3 days trek

      • Get the heart pumping on an active adventure tour from Chiang Mai

      • Float downstream on a bamboo raft

 

Is this trip for me?

  • Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 1 person, so there may be instances where you are the only person on the trip.
  • This trip includes treks of moderate difficulty of 4-5 hours on Days 2 and 3 and requires you to carry your trek pack and any additional personal items required for two nights. Therefore a good level of fitness is required to maximise your enjoyment of this trip.
  • There are 2 nights spent in hilltribe villages in bamboo stilt houses on this trip. Conditions are basic with shared facilities, but this is truly an unforgettable experience!
  • This trip includes return overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided.

IMPORTANT NOTES

1. Complimentary airport arrival and departure transfers are included with this trip. Please advise your flight details at time of booking.
2. This trip may be operated by one of our local partners in Thailand and therefore you may be joined by other travellers during activities.

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace of Bangkok.

Accommodation
  • Nouvo City Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information

An airport arrival transfer is included and is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Carabiner Adventures. Please provide your arrival details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel to organise this transfer.

Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city’s klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Optional Activities
  • Grand Palace Visit
  • Klong Riverboat Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)
Day 3: Chiang Mai

Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.

Accommodation
  • Sri Chiang Yeun House or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Street Food Crawl
Optional Activities
  • Doi Suthep Temple Visit
Meals Included
  • Street Food Tour
Day 4: Chiang Mai/Karen Tribe Village
Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Shan village, where the trek will begin. After 3 hours of hiking, reach the first village.
Included Activities
  • Hill Tribe Trek – Day 1
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Day 5: Lahu Village
Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making and visit an elephant village. After lunch, continue trekking another few hours to Lahu Tribe village for the night.
Included Activities
  • Hill Tribe Trek – Day 1
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Day 6: Chiang Mai
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.
Included Activities
  • Hill Tribe Trek – Day 1
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Accommodation
  • Sri Chiang Yeun House or Similar (1 night)

 

Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok
Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai’s many temples. In the evening, board an overnight train to Bangkok.
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai City Tour
  • Chiang Mai Cycling Tour
  • Doi Suthep Temple Visit
  • Cooking Class
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Sri Chiang Yeun House or Similar (1 night)

 

Day 8: Bangkok
After arriving in Bangkok by train in the morning. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok – Grand Palace – THB500
  • Bangkok – Thai Massage – THB250
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Accommodation
  • Nouvo City Hotel (1 night)
Day 9: Bangkok/Departure Day
The trip finishes today after breakfast. There are still many fun and fascinating attractions to visit, perhaps ride the Skytrain or visit the huge shopping centres.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

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