The most colourful ethnic minorities can be found in the hills of northern Thailand and on this tour you will really get in touch with their unique and intriguing lifestyle! Walk through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these fantastic hilltribe villages. You visit a variety of villages, often with their own language, clothing style and belief system. It is unforgettable to meet and interact with the people of the hilltribes - a great way to learn about and appreciate their fascinating cultures and way of life. There`s also plenty of city-life to experience with three nights staying in central Chiang Mai where you`ll have the opportunity to be mesmerized by the other beautifully contrasting aspect of this breathtaking country.
On arrival you`ll be met by your bubbly tour guide and whisked off to your pre-booked Chiang Mai accommodation. The remainder of today is all yours to explore charming Chiang Mai or just laze by the crystal clear, refreshing pool. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand and has become the modern, cosmopolitan capital of the north - make the most of your time here and hit up some locals for tips on fantastic things to see and do!
The charming people, the vibrant night bazaars, the old town full of memories, and the many fascinating temples enthral travellers from around the world. Chiang Mai is small enough to get around by bicycle - what better way to get the wind in your hair!
After a scrumptious breakfast you`ll be met again by your guide between 8 and 9 in the morning. After meeting your other (just as excited!) tour mates, board the Songthaew (an open pick-up truck) and head off on the three hour drive north!
After the bumpy - but beautiful - ride, a longed-for lunch will be waiting your arrival! On a sated stomach, embark on the 2-3 hour hike through tropical forest arriving at the night`s village camp. Make sure you pack light (and thoughtfully!) because you`re the one surviving on - and carrying - that equipment for the two-day hike! That afternoon there`s plenty of time to explore the village and even help out rustling up the night`s tucker! After a tasty forest-feast there`s time to talk with the village locals and learn lots about their intriguing way of life.
Tonight`s kip will be on authentic floor mats in a cosy bamboo hut - the traditional way of sleeping for the locals! The perfect opportunity to get close to nature... and this amazing culture.
Today you get to do it all again! Yummy breakfast, then an amazing hike to the next local hilltribe village. After a revitalising lunch there`s plenty of time for exploring and talking with the locals before chowing on some dinner grub and collapsing in a happy heap in the bamboo hut you, by now, will be well acquainted with!
Rise and shine, it`s the final trek-day!
After yet another scrumptious lunch in one of the local villages you re-board the trusty Songthaew and begin the three hour journey back to Chiang Mai.
The night`s accommodation will be in a pre-booked hotel in Chiang Mai. The evening is once again yours to spend as you please!
Sleep in if you want! Today you have plenty of free time to do any of that last minute shopping and sightseeing that you hadn`t already packed in! Check out from the hotel is at 12 noon and getting to your onward destination is up to you. Don`t forget to bring home with you all those fantastic tour memories!
The accommodation is 2 nights in traditional local huts, sleeping on mats on the floor. Bathrooms are shared.
The 2 night`s accommodation in Chiang Mai is in Budget lodgings of single or twin rooms including hot water private bathrooms. You`ll stay comfy with the air-con and accessing the many riches of Chiang Mai is way too easy in such a central location! You can also upgrade to standard accommodation, which offers all the above, plus private bathroom facilities, and access to a refreshing swimming pool!
Please make note which hotel you have booked before travelling.
For standard rooms only
Hotel - Imperial Mae Ping or similar
Add: 53 Sridonchai Road, Chang Klan, Chiang Mai 50100
Tel: +66 (0)53 283 900
For budget rooms only
Hotel - People Place 2 Hotel or similar
Add: 5 Soi 8 Charoen Prathet Road
Chiangmai 50100 THAILAND.
Tel : +66 (0)53 274 652
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Trip Name: Chiang Mai and Hilltribe Adventure
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: £346
Supplier Tour ID: CNXHIL/201129
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