Get out to the Mae Tang area north of Chiang Mai to get real close to the elephants. Watch the elephants demonstrate their skills at the elephant show before embarking on an elephant ride. After Lunch you will try your hand at ox carting before boarding the bamboo rafts for a leisurely trip down the Mae Tang River. This is an ideal tour for the family and those who do not want to trek up hill and mountain. On the return back to Chiang Mai we will drop in at a Thai Orchid and butterfly farm.
This Chiang Mai tour will make you experience the essence of this stunning part of Thailand; it will expose you to hill tribes of Karen and Hmong origins; you will also enjoy a waterfall, an elephant ride, bamboo rafting, and a trek through the pristine natural setting of Mae Wang forest. This is a recommended tour for those who prefer a shortened walk as the trekking involved is shorter than on other tours and the bamboo rafting is performed in a relaxed pace.
Your adventure will begin as your guide and driver pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Our first visit will be at Wat Prathat Sri Chom Tong, located a few kilometers before the entrance to the national park. This is an important temple housing several Buddhist relics. We will then drive towards the summit of Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand. On route, you will make a stop at the King and Queen Chedis, where you will appreciate the spectacular views over the park. You will get to see two of the parks most spectacular cascading waterfalls (Wachiritharn and Siritharn), as well as a Karen hill tribe village and the Royal project research station. You will also embark in a refreshing nature walk. This trek will happen at an altitude of about 2500 meters during which you will see unique flora and fauna as well as enjoy the cool air that this natural setting offers. On the way down Doi Inthanon, you will be escorted to the local Hmong hill tribe market where you will be able to buy and sample produce grown within the national park.
Experience the beautiful province of Chiang Rai and the legendary The Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, meet. After picking you up from your hotel in Chiang Mai, we will drive you to your first stop; the Maekhajan hot springs which is the perfect place to enjoy the day’s first cup of coffee. After a small break, we will proceed through the mountains to Chiang Rai where we will visit the amazing Wat Rong Khun, which is also known as The White Temple. The next stop will be Chiang Saen, located on the banks of the infamous Mekong River. The town of Chiang Saen was once an important city of the Lanna Kingdom. It boasts many surviving ancient structures and several Buddha images can be admired in this area. You will visit Wat Chedi Luang – which is one of the better-preserved old temples. We will then proceed to the meeting point of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos which is famously known as the Golden Triangle, where you may decide to take part in a boat trip on the Mekong River which would bring you to the island of Don Sao in Laos. After this, the tour will continue to Mae Sai. This Thai town which shares a border with Myanmar is a good place for some shopping; you will find dried foods as well as several counterfeit items such as CD/DVDs, handbags and sunglasses. From Mae Sai, you can have a glimpse of Tackilek in Myanmar, itself situated a mere ten meters across the river. For those who feel adventurous, we offer the option to cross the border for a quick glance and more shopping. On the return to Chiang Mai we can arrange visit the Long Neck village as an option.
Note: A passport is required if you wish to enjoy the boat ride across the Mekong to Laos and/or cross into Burma. Please bring yours if you think you might be interested in these options.
Your adventure will begin as you will be driven to the Mae Tang area located north of Chiang Mai where you will have the opportunity to approach elephants and get close to these magnificent animals. Watch them demonstrate their skills during an elephant show before you take part in an elephant ride that will bring you to a Lisu hill tribe village. You will then enjoy a buffet meal followed by ox carting and bamboo rafting for a pleasant trip up the Mae Tang River. This tour is perfect as a family event and those who prefer a more leaserly tour than a trek through a mountain. Upon returning to Chiang Mai we will stop at a Thai Orchid and butterfly farm. If you are interested in tigers and you wish to witness them from close, you have the option to finish the tour with a visit to Tiger Kingdom in Mae Rim and pay a vist to the Elephant Poo Poo paper Park where you can see colourful paper products manufactured from elephant poo!!
Doi Suthep is Chiang Mai’s most famous temple and also its most prominent as it sits at 1685 meters on a small sub peak of Doi Pui mountain. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (the temple’s full name) offers stunning views of Chiang Mai and beyond. Although the temple itself is remarkable, visitors who have no or little interest in in this kind of site will appreciate the view from the mountain as it is well worth the trip alone. Once the visit to Doi Suthep over, we will proceed back down via the winding road and on to the Five hill tribe exhibition village at Baan Tong Luang. Here, you will meet members of the Karen Long Neck (Padaung) tribe as well as members of the Akha and Lahu communities among others who reside at this village. Following a leisurely lunch break, the option will be offered to visit The Tiger Kingdom, where you will be able to play with adult tigers or tiger cubs. You will then be driven to the Thai Orchid and Butterfly Farm as well as the San Kamheang area to observe manufactures of famous Thai and Chiang Mai products such as Celadon ceramics, silk items, paper umbrellas and many more before driving you back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.
This tour could be described as the ‘essentials of Chiang Mai,’ as it offers the city’s most interesting and famous attractions and activities in one day. Start your adventure by meeting your driver and guide team at your hotel, after which, you will visit Chiang Mai’s top destination; Doi Suthep Temple. After stopping at the viewpoint to enjoy the city from up high, you will enter Doi Suthep temple and marvel at its remarkable Buddhist architecture. Following Doi Suthep you will be escorted to the Mae Sa area outside Chiang Mai. Here, you will get acquainted with elephants as you visit the famous Mae Sa Elephant Camp. Elephants will bathe and partake in a performance for you. Next you can take the option to enjoy an elephant ride through the Mae Sa Valley. After lunch, you will be offered the option to visit to famous Tiger Kingdom, where you could play with tiger cubs or even full-grown tigers. The last stop of the day will be the district of Sankampeang, located about 20kms east of the city, where you will visit small factories where craftsmen and women skillfully make products such as paper umbrellas, silk products, Celadon ceramics and many more Thai and Chiang Mai items which are of famous around the world.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which figures as a hugely popular tourist spot in Thailand, is the most famous Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. The complex, perched atop a one of Doi Pui secondary peaks, offers a stunning display of golden statues of the Lord Buddha as well as spectacular vistas over the city, which lies 1685 meters below. If you have little interest for temples and historical sites, we can assure that the view alone is well worth the 40-minute ride up the winding road to Doi Suthep. Your guide and driver will take you up the mountain in all safety and will drop you off at the base of the temple, where you will choose between the 306 steps or a funicular railway in order to reach the top of the sub peak, where Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located. After visiting the temple, you will be brought to a hill tribe village where you will be able to mingle with people of the Hmong clan. A stop at the nearby Phu Ping Palace, which acts as a current royal residence, can also be arranged. Before being driven back to your hotel, you will visit one of Chiang Mai’s most interesting markets – the choice will be made between Warorot or Payom – where your senses will be tickled by the abundant fresh and cooked foods on display.