Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Thailand Cultural Kaleidoscope

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 2,995 $ 374 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Learn the secrets of Northern Thai cuisine from a local family 
  • Meet and care for rescued elephants
  • Explore the ancient city of Chiang Mai by boat and rickshaw
  • Try your hand at tea-picking alongside peaceful hill tribe villages
  • Uncover shimmering golden temples, bustling markets, and off-the-beaten-track communities

Short Description

Explore the traditional culture of Northern Thailand and help to protect rescued Asian elephants. Wildlife lovers will relish the chance to help care for elephants at a rescue center in the mountains of Mae Taeng – helping to counteract the often harmful treatment of these beautiful creatures in Southeast Asia.

This region is also famed for its unspoiled countryside, and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the landscape with a trip up the mountain of Doi Ang Khang. You’ll also trek through the tea plantations of Doi Phumuen, and experience life in the peaceful jungle village of Mae Kampong. Through your experiences with nature, take time to understand the importance of the land to the Thai people and what is being done to preserve it. As you meet local hill tribes, begin to understand their culture and why preserving their traditions is so important to our future.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Chiang Mai
End City Chiang Mai

Trip Includes

  • 7 nights in superior level accommodation
  • Most meals included, with the exception of one dinner (19 total meals included)
  • Expert local guides that are there to support and inform you
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites, and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including time at an elephant sanctuary, coffee plantation, a cruise along the Mae Ping River, and more
  • All gratuities for hotels meals & baggage
  • $50,000 emeregency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive and Dine in One of Chiang

Meals: Dinner

Mai’s Finest Restaurants Welcome to Chiang Mai! Upon arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport, you’ll meet with your Discover Corps guide and driver, who will help with your transfer to your five-star hotel on the banks of the serene Ping River. Here, you will have some time to relax before our welcome dinner together.

Day 2: Explore the City of Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we’ll soak up the laid-back pace of life in charming Chiang Mai on a behind-the-scenes city tour. Visit a traditional Thai herb garden, enjoy a ride along the Mae Ping River, and mingle with the locals at the famous Warorot Market. Take a rickshaw tour through the streets of Chiang Mai, passing the ancient city walls and arriving at the tranquil temple Wat Phra Singh. After lunch, we’ll visit the famous mountaintop pagoda Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and enjoy a pit stop at the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project. End the day with a visit to the White Hmong hill tribe, learning about the traditions and customs of this unique ethnic group.

Day 3: Learn about Traditional Lanna Cuisine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you’ll have the unique opportunity to spend the morning with a local family and learn the traditional recipes of delicious Northern Thai cuisine (venture into the family garden to gather fresh ingredients!). Help with the cooking before sitting down for lunch with the family. We’ll also witness traditional basket weaving, a handmade process that has remained unchanged for centuries. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise on the Mae Ping River.

Day 4: Enjoy the Views at Doi Ang Khang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we travel up the second highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Ang Khang, for stunning views over Thailand and neighbouring Myanmar. Learn about the area’s villages and cultures before visiting one of Thailand’s most famous botanical gardens for lunch. After lunch we will take an easy half-hour hike along a jungle trail to experience the surrounding natural scenery.

Day 5: Mountain Trekking in Doi Phumuen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It’s all-action today, beginning with a dip in a beautiful waterfall before a four-hour mountain trek. On the way, you’ll pass stunning scenery, bamboo gardens, and hill tribe villages, ending up at the tea village of Doi Phumuen. Those unable to trek can spend more time relaxing at the waterfall and take a scenic drive to the village. Once there, you will have an opportunity no other traveler has in Thailand - to spend an afternoon with the Black Lahu hill tribe. Enjoy lunch together, then learn all about the tea production process, and even help pick some of the finest tea leaves in all of Asia.

Day 6: Meet the Elephants at Mae Taeng

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning, we'll depart for the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and rescue center in the scenic Mae Taeng Valley. The Elephant Nature Park is one of the rare places in Thailand where elephants no longer work for humans. Throughout the day, learn about the problems elephants face in Southeast Asia, as well as the changes advocated by the park regarding their care, treatment, and training. Join the park’s volunteers in feeding and caring for the elephants.

Day 7: Rural Relaxation in Mae Kampong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, we’ll get a taste of rural life with a full day trip to Mae Kampong nestled in the lush mountains outside of Chiang Mai. Meet with some of the village residents, take a light hike through tea and coffee plantations, and enjoy a home-cooked lunch. Afterwards, relax with a Thai massage, before exploring more of the village and viewing traditional practices like tea fermentation. For  those that crave adventure, opt for the optional zip-lining adventure supplement immersed in the rainforest canopy. The thrill of flying through the air, above the trees, is an unforgettable feeling.

Day 8: Return Home

Meals: Breakfast

Our journey comes to an end today, as we head back to Chiang Mai Airport for our journey home.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 395
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 495

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Optional Activities

Optional extension:

Phuket & Koh Phi Phi

Day 10: Evening Tour of Phuket and Summit of Rang Hill

Meals: Dinner

Arrive by plane in the beach side city of Phuket and enjoy a relaxing free day to explore nearby markets, local cuisine, or a drink by the pool. In the evening, experience a unique evening tour of the city's historic quarters. Marvel at the mix of old and new buildings, learn about the history of the people, and drive up to the summit of Rang Hill for sweeping views of Phuket by night. Wind down with a traditional Thai dinner amidst terraced gardens.

Day 11: Travel by Speed Boat to Koh Phi Phi Island

Meals: Breakfast

Watch the lush mountainside disappear as you boat 1.5 hours to the island of Koh Phi Phi (the journey is as great as the destination!). Experience a free night on the island where you'll find plenty of restaurants, beautiful lookout points, and local performances.

Day 12: Explore Koh Phi Phi Island

Meals: Breakfast

Today is a free day to enjoy the beautiful Koh Phi Phi. Your 4.5 star resort offers plenty of options to relax by the pool or sign up for an excursion such as kayaking, snorkeling, or boating to other nearby islands. The choice is up to you!

Day 13: Return Home

Meals: Breakfast

Today sees the end of your Thailand adventure, and we’ll say our goodbyes before your speedboat back to Phuket for your flight home.

Extension Lodging

In Phuket, relax by one of the two outdoor swimming pools (poolside bars included!), enjoy complimentary wifi, a 24-hour fitness center, and let your kids loose at the children's pool in a 4.5 star hotel. In Koh Phi Phi, your 4.5-star resort will have you falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean in spacious, secluded bungalows. Just steps to the crystal Andaman Sea, enjoy a half-mile stretch of private white sand beaches.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Average 8

Accomodations

Superior Lodging

In Chiang Mai, stay in an award-winning five-star hotel located on the serene Ping River. Expansive rooms each with their own in-room waterfalls are complimented by a relaxing pool and spa. While in the mountains, stay in a local spot owned by the hill tribe villages.

Trip ID#:

ThaCulDis

Trip Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • One dinner
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry, room service, or phone calls
  • Optional $150 zip-line adventure supplement
  • Extension: Activities on Koh Phi Phi Island (provided by your resort at an extra cost: snorkeling, kayaking, etc.)
  • Extension: $200 one-way domestic
  • flight supplement for either extension

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 7 Dinners

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