Northern Thailand and 8 day adventure. Including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai in one amazing trip.
This trip is all about exploring the wonderful Pagodas and temples of Lana kingdom of Northern Thailand.
We get to chill out in the hills around Pai, explore the night markets in Chiang Mai, visit the 'White" "Blue" and "Black" temples of Chiang Rai, all whilst sampling some great Thai food in our favorite restaurants.
Chiang Mai (3 nights)
We start in Chiang Mai a delightful city with good flight connections and an ideal place to start and finish our trip. I have found some exceptional restaurants, the best places to enjoy an evening beer, and some superb massage spas to indulge and relax in during the hot afternoons. Chiang Mai has some fun, quirky Gay bars, and it’s nice to have some venues where we get to meet the locals, watch some shows, and enjoy evening time and each other’s company. This is also a wonderful city to walk around, the old city has literally hundreds of temples and I will take you to see the very best of them.
Pai (2 nights)
Today we head up into the hills, the countryside is quite beautiful and the road windy as we head to Pai (3 hr) in our private minivan. Pai is a backpacker hangout of note, you will feel like your back in the 60,s the countryside is beautiful and we stay in lovely accomodation right on the river, with time to explore the area and lap up the chill vibe in the evenings along "walking street"
Chiang Rai in Thailand (2 night)
After Pai backtrack down the mountain and on to Chiang Rai, stopping for lunch on the way (6hr) with time to chill out this evening after a long travel day. Here we will be visiting the famed ''White'' and ''Blue'' pagodas and the artistic delight of the "Black house". as well time permitting a trip to see the famous Mae Fah Gardens.
After breakfast there is a choice, either fly out of Chiang Rai airport back to Bangkok and onward, or return with us back to Chiang Mai (3.30hr) to fly out from there. Or extend your stay, if you have longer, then I really recommend adding a beach resort to the end of your trip, or adding a stopover in somewhere like Singapore on the way home. There are direct flights from Chiang Mai to many of Thailand best beach spots, inc Krabi, Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya.
Accommodation is a highlight of this trip and I have chosen some lovely properties located in the heart of where we want to be, so expect to be able to walk out of the hotel and be in the middle of the action. All are of 3-4 star quality and have been chosen for their location and ambiance. All have ensuite bathrooms, aircon and a swimming pool.
As with all our trips let go of the concept you're signing up for a structured tour, you're not, you're joining us on a Thailand and Laos adventure , yes it’s a semi structured adventure with all the hard work done, but it is nevertheless an adventure. Things will go wrong some days, and changes will need to be taken in their stride, you will need your wits about you, and to expect to do some exploring on your own occasionally.
Proposed Dates, Dec 2022 or Jan 2023 (depending on interest) Escape the Northern winter.
We start in Chiang Mai (CNX) in Northern Thailand.
A 8 day adventure.
Add your own week at the beach resort in Phuket or Koi Samui to make a perfect beach / explore holiday.
Min 4, Max 12.
Cost estimate (Land only) $1950 USD.
Single room supplement U$390.
Payment can be made in AUD,GBP,NZD or via PayPal in USD and you need to organise your own flights and insurance.
Chiang Mai airport connects well with flights via Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Exchange rate movements can play havoc with planning overseas trips but quoting in USD usually means less fluctuations.
Due to the nature of Adventure travel and the prices of the resources on which it depends, the published price of any trip is subject to change at any time, before or after booking confirmation, up to 30 days before the departure.