Chiang Mai & Mae Hong Son Explorer
Northern Thailand is filled with rising mountains, fertile lands and picturesque countryside. Discover the laidback ambience and unique cultures of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son Provence.
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Day 1: Arrive Chiang Mai
Welcome to Chiang Mai Airport. Be greeted by our representative and transferred to the Imperial Mae Ping for check-in. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Hotel: Imperial Mae Ping, 4 nights
Day 2: Half Day Doi Suthep & Temples
Visit the most sacred temple in the North of Thailand: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and which contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3,520 feet), the temple can be reached by the carved mythical Naga Serpent Staircase. The temple offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and its surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, and dates back to the 14th century when the Thai monarchy was taking leisure walks in its gardens. Nowadays, it houses several white Chedis, all containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family, and features one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole locality of Chiang Mai. We will also visit Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires.
Day 3: Half Day River Cruise & Temples
From Wat Chai Mongkol boat pier, you will enjoy stunning views of the Ping River while being on a relaxing cruise upstream to Chiang Mai town. Next will be a quick stop at the Thai Farmer House where fresh fruits and soft drinks are offered in a lush garden. After the cruise, visit a local flower market as well as to Wat Chedi Luang (current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin) and Wat Phra Sing (home of the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals) before returning to the hotel.
Day 4: Half Day Long Neck & Hill Tribes
Drive to Mae Rim district to visit a hill-tribe village at Baan Tong Luang. Pay a visit to the Karen, Lahu Shibala and Palong hill-tribes which originated from Tibet. Visit also the Long Neck hill-tribe: join them, admire their colourful costumes and experience their way of life. In the village of these people who migrated from Myanmar (Burma) and have kept their cultural traditions and customs alive. You will be able to observe the brass rings women wear around their necks as a tribal sign of their individual identity. Your guide will explain how the hill-tribe subsists. Thanks to its farming work and unique crafts, especially its beautiful woven textiles. Return back to the hotel after this exploring tour.
Day 5: Chiang Mai – Pai
Depart Chiang Mai at 0830 hours and transfer to Pai. Along the way stop at Mae Malai Market, and then continue to visit the Pong Duet Hot Springs. It is not only a good place to see the hot springs bubble up to the surface but also good facilities to bathe or to dangle your feet in the natural hot spring stream. Then en-route we visit Huay Nam Dong National Park. The park is situated on top of a ridge of hills and highest peaks source streams that feed the Pai, Ping, and Taeng Rivers. Arrive Pai, visit Nam Hu Temple where a sacred Buddha image which topknot contains holy water and can be opened.
Hotel: Phu Pai Art Resort, 2 nights
Day 6: Pai – Baan Pambok – Pambok Waterfall
Depart hotel to visit Wat Mae Yen. This small temple on a hill 2 km from Pai and is especially interesting for its setting and its views overlooking the city. The 353 steps long staircase to reach the temple is charming or can take the road to access to Wat Phra That Mae Yen. The temple consists of two buildings and a few small golden chedis. Continue to Pai Canyon or Kong Lan as it is known in Thai, and is located 8 km from Pai. A visit to the canyon is worth your time as it is an outstanding natural attraction with lovely nature walks in its surroundings. Continue to Baan Pam Bok, a small Village of Thai Yai. Lunch at a Home Stay (Prepared by local people, style Th ai Yai MOU JOR (Pork). After lunch, depart to Ko Ku So Bridge, made in Bamboo of 815 M. above the Rice fields. The bridge was built for the people and monks to cross the rice field to the temple. From July to November, you have very nice views over the Green Rice fields below the Bridge.
Day 7: Pai – Mae Hong Son
Depart Pai at 0830 and transfer to Mae Hong Son with stop at Tham Nam Lod . Tham Lod is a cave with a length of 1,666 meters near Soppong in Pang Mapha district, Mae Hong Son Province. The Nam Lang River flows through the cave which is filled with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is also home to large numbers of bats and swifts.
After lunch route to Mae Hong Son visit Ban Rak Thai (literally “the Thai-loving village”), also known as Mae Aw. It was settled by former Kuo Min Tang (Nationalist) fighters from Yunnan Province, China, after the Communist takeover of China. The population is about 800, mainly Chinese-born or Thai-born Chinese. Many signs are in Chinese, and much of the population speaks a heavily accented version of Mandarin Chinese. If you speak Chinese, try it out, especially on some of the elderly people. They will be happy to speak with you, and can share some rather interesting stories of their lives pre- and post- exile, as well as about the drug trade that used to dominate the economy here. Arrive Mae Hong Son. And transfer to The Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort
Hotel: The Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort, 3 nights
Day 8: Mae Hong Son
Depart from hotel to Boat Pier, take a long tail boat for approx. 50 minutes to visit the Long Neck Karen Village. These are the famous long neck women who wear heavy brass necklaces around their neck at very young age. The more brass necklaces around the neck signifies a women of great beauty. They are believed to have migrated from far north of Burma, possibly Tibet. Their weaving skills are popular.
Afternoon visit the city of Mae Hong Son. We include Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, located at the hilltop where you can have a panoramic view of the city. Wat Chong Klang & Wat Chong Khum houses glass paintings and woodcarvings brought from Myanmar some 100 years ago.
Day 9 : Mae Hong Son
This morning depart from hotel to Baan Pang Mou, a village located at 8 KM from the city of Mae Hong Son. Chinese Shan minority live in this village and they still keep their original life style. The main activity of the village is the traditional preparation of soya sauce. We then walk for around 40 minutes to Baan Pa Teung, village of Lisu People. Walk through the village to see their way of life. Return to Mae Hong Son town. Afternoon free at leisure.
Day 10: Depart Mae Hong Son
Transfer to Mae Hong Son Domestic Airport for your onward flight.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Chiang Mai:||Price on Application||Price on Application|
|Meals:||9 breakfasts, 1 lunch|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle|
|Accommodation:||9 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.