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Explore Thailand the adventurer's way! Visit Bangkok, and Chiang Mai, and spend two days rafting or trekking in the Mae Hong Son region in northwest Thailand. Bike through the countryside, visit local villages, and connect with the people. Bike and use public transportation as you experience the city the way the locals do. Cultural encounters, wildlife spotting, breathtaking landscapes, and activities to get your blood pumping make this the ideal Thailand tour for the active traveler.
Farmland of the Thai hill tribesBamboo rafts on Pang Oung, Mae Hong SonBiking through rice fieldsBiking tourRiver rafting in northern ThailandThai farmers with water buffaloSmiling hmong women in traditional dressReclining Buddha at Wat PhoDoi Suthep in Chiang MaiAerial view of the city of BangkokThai elephant playing in the water
Highlights
  • Bicycle through the countryside past riverboats, rice fields, & fish farms
  • Kayak Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir to a bamboo floating house
  • Feed and bathe elephants at the Elephant Nature Park
  • Raft down Class II and III rapids on Mae Hong Son
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.
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Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, a representative/guide bearing a signboard with your name on it can be found waiting in the guide pickup area located near Door 6, the arrival Gate B should be behind you as you walk out of the Arrival Hall.

In case you require assistance in locating the representative/guide, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) desk at Door 4 can assist in finding the representative/guide. You need to present your travel documents and inform them of your name, hotel, and local agent, the ATTA can attempt to locate the representative/guide to meet with you at the ATTA counter. Transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2: Explore Bangkok

Breakfast at the hotel.

Colors of Bangkok by Bike - Weekend (Join-in)
On the other side of the river, one finds themselves back in the 'Jungle' or the 'Green Lung' of Bangkok, the greenest area in the city. Cycling in Bangkrachao is done on elevated pathways through lush vegetation and in the shade of coconut palms and banana trees.

After a little while, park your bicycles and continue the trip through the greenest park in Bangkok by samlor (Thai rickshaw or 'bicycle taxi'). The samlors stop at an authentic Thai market along the canal, which is only held during the weekend. Handicrafts are available for sale, but most Thai visitors frequent the market to buy and enjoy local delicacies. A stroll around this cozy market takes place, and the guide selects snacks for tasting.

Midway through the biking adventure in Bangkok, stop for lunch at a local restaurant, offering a small Thai meal, Pad Thai (Thai noodles) or Khao Pad (fried rice). After lunch, visit a very old, non-touristy Buddhist temple. The guide provides information about this temple and Buddhism in general.

Unfortunately, the time has come to return to the pier, where a short boat ride takes everyone back to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Before arriving at the office/lounge, a final stop is made at an open-air Muay Thai school. Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, represents the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand, with origins dating back several hundred years.

Fitness: Moderated
Note: The tour starts at 09.00 AM.

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Colors of Bangkok by Bike - Weekday (Join-in)
Take a cycle ride in Bang Kachao, Bangkok's green lung, glimpse a side of the city travelers rarely experience, and meet the families that call this area home.

Join fellow riders for a briefing, select your bike, and let the bicycle adventure begin. Pedal past new townhouses and get introduced to some of the people of the neighborhood. Step inside a kindergarten sponsored by a local partner and make a stop at a sweatshop for a well-deserved treat. Jump on board a lontail boat for the short journey to Bang Kachao and cycle along paths through lush vegetation, in the shade of coconut palms and banana trees. Spend time at a community Buddhist temple and gain an insight into Buddhism. Continue cycling to the pier and take a short boat ride back to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. The total ride is approximately 30 km.

Fitness: Moderate
Note: The tour starts at 08.00 AM/13.00 PM

Day 3: Thai Boxing Classes

Thai boxing, known locally as Muay Thai, has become a recognized and respected martial art around the world with many Westerners learning this unique fighting form and going on to become successful Muay Thai boxers themselves. Learning Muay Thai from former professional boxers in Bangkok is now possible with special training sessions. If you have a high-pressured job and like to take part in a high-octane sport as a way to relieve stress, this could be just what you're looking for! Experience training from experienced English-speaking Muay Thai coaches who take you through rigorous training in a carefully supervised environment. It's a great way to stay active, but be prepared for some tough training, while learning to pack a punch (or two!).

Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure.

Day 4: Fly Chiang Mai

Breakfast at the hotel & check-out. Transfer to Suvarnabhumi Airport, and fly to Chiang Mai.

Meet and greet your new guide at Chiang Mai Airport. Hop on the private minivan heading to Pai.

Have a stop at 'Mork Fah waterfall', one of the best-hidden gems in Chiang Mai. You'll see a huge semi-circular cut-out in the rock face, which forms a large amphitheater in the middle of the jungle. There is thick jungle vegetation growing up on the cliffside, which creates a pretty magic scene. At the bank of the waterfall pool, you'll find soft, white sand, just like the beach!

Day 5: Ban Jabo Hike | Mae Hong Son

Depart from your hotel in Pai and drive along the beautiful mountain road, making a short stop at Giew Lom viewpoint for the beautiful view of the mountain valley. Continue your journey to Ban Jabo where the trailhead starts. The trailhead begins just before entering the village. The morning trek lasts about 2.5 hours, leading through the mixed-deciduous forest area where teak woods were found and medicinal plantation.

Enjoy a local lunch at the community pigpen or along the way where you can see the beautiful valley. In the afternoon, continue the trek to rotational farming and descend to the rice terrace. Take a short break before ascending to the village. Arrive at the village and take a village walk to witness the local way of life and enjoy experiencing the traditional Lahu instrument, traditional cloth sewing, and bamboo weaving activity. Transfer to Mae Hong Son and check in at the hotel-free at leisure.

Be prepared for the trip:
  • Prepare a daypack for a day hike.
  • Wear walking shoes for walking and hiking activities in the national park.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.
  • Carry your personal medicine.
  • Dress casually for outdoor walking; avoid short shorts when visiting the temples.
  • Your luggage can be stored in the office in Mae Hong Son or at Fern Resort.
  • Enjoy the new experiences; most locals are friendly, and please ask before taking personal photos.

Day 6: Mae Hong Son | Ban Nam Piang Din Hike to Ban Huay Pu Kaeng

After your breakfast, transfer to the trailhead at Ban Nam Piang Din. Begin the hike at the suspension bridge and cross over the River of Pai to Ban Nam Piang Din to visit a former border police station. Continue the hike to Ban Huay Pukang (Kayan or Long Neck village). The hike distance covers about 5.5 km and requires approximately 2.5 hours of walking. In the late morning, take a village walk tour to observe the way of life and Kayan culture.

Return to Mae Hong Son by longtail boat along the River of Pai. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to visit Mae Hong Son city temples at Wat Jong Kum-Jong Klang, a twin temple by the lake, and Mae Hong Son market. At the end of the day, you'll be dropped off at your hotel or resort in Mae Hong Son.

Remark: Hike time could be longer and more difficult during the rainy season (July-October)

The hike from Ban Nam Piang Din to Ban Huay Pu Kaeng covers about 5.5 km.

Be prepared for the trip:
  • Prepare a daypack for a day hike.
  • Wear walking shoes for walking and hiking activities in the national park.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat.
  • Carry your personal medicine.
  • Dress casually for outdoor walking; avoid short shorts when visiting the temples.
  • Your luggage can be stored in the office in Mae Hong Son or at Fern Resort.
  • Enjoy the new experiences; most locals are friendly, and please ask before taking personal photos.

Day 7: Mae Hong Son | Chiang Mai

Breakfast at the hotel and free leisure in the morning. Check out before mid-day and transfer back to Chiang Mai by road.

You'll be guided to your hotel in Chiang Mai and have free time to relax.

Day 8: Chiang Mai | White Water Rafting on Mae Taeng River

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, you're set to be taken to Mae Taeng River for rafting!

White Water Rafting on Mae Taeng River (Join-in)
Embark on a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure through picturesque valleys and giant canyons, tackling some of Thailand's best rapids while enjoying the stunning scenery. All of this is under the expert guidance of your river guides. Head out to the mighty Mae Taeng River (approximately 80 kilometers/50 miles) with your fellow adventure enthusiasts.

Following a local lunch in a beautiful location, come together for a safety briefing, and then kick off this whitewater rafting journey. Start in relatively calm waters to warm up your paddling skills before navigating through more challenging sections of the river. After the successful completion of your adventure, filled with excitement, you'll be dropped back at your accommodation.

Note: Please prepare a towel and dry clothes for changing.

Day 9: Chiang Mai | Full Day Program with Chang Land

Breakfast in the early morning. Afterward, a pick-up is arranged for Chang Land Elephant camp.

Join in on an unforgettable journey at Chang Land, where an immersive day of enriching interactions with majestic Asian Elephants awaits. Upon arrival, take the opportunity to change into traditional mahout clothing, instantly connecting with the authentic elephant-keeper experience.

Dive into the world of these incredible creatures as you observe them in their natural habitat, providing valuable insights into their behavior and lifestyle. Under the guidance of experienced mahouts. learn the fundamental commands that enable communication with these gentle giants. Engage in the heartwarming act of feeding them, forging a unique bond while walking alongside them through the lush, verdant jungle.

This intimate encounter offers an up-close perspective on their world. Enjoy a delectable lunch featuring authentic Thai vegetarian cuisine, recharging your energy for the next phase of this remarkable journey. Discover the art of crafting herbal vitamin balls, an essential dietary supplement for the elephants' well-being. Embark on a scenic walk through the jungle's mountain path, accompanied by newfound companions.

The adventure continues with a heartwarming encounter with baby elephants, where feeding them, engaging in playful interactions, and even joining them for a refreshing bath are possible. This segment promises unforgettable moments filled with joy and connections. As the day's activities come to a close, it's time to bid farewell to the gentle giants and begin the return journey to Chiang Mai. Reflect on the day's magical experiences while relaxing and enjoying leisure time back at the hotel.

Day 10: Chiang Mai | Pedal and Paddle Adventures

Note: Pick up time between 07.30 hours.

Located just an hour outside of the city of Chiang Mai, Sri Lanna National Park is explored by bike on this day trip from Chiang Mai. A mix of land and water, explore the best of what this national park has to offer. Take in unique scenery, pedal through quiet country roads, taste Thailand at a unique floating restaurant, and spot monkeys by kayak.

At 08:00 hours, a pick-up is arranged at your Chiang Mai hotel, where you make your way to Sri Lanna National Park and you'll experience the highlights of the trip as follows.
  • A walk up to the iconic Buatong Waterfall, a popular climbing spot also known as the "sticky waterfall."
  • Pop on your helmet and cycle country roads through teak forests and fruit forests, surrounded by fresh air and mountain backdrops.
  • Spotting countless streams, know you are approaching Sri Lanna National Park where you cross the Mae Ngad reservoir dam and your water adventure awaits.
  • Hop on a longtail boat and venture to a floating restaurant to refuel with a lunch of fragrant Thai specialties.
  • Trade bike helmets for life jackets for the kayak portion of the trip, paddling around Buffalo Island for a chance to spot monkeys or the colorful kingfisher bird.
The day ends with a refreshing and rewarding swim before changing into spare clothes and making the journey back to the hotel, arriving around 17:00 hours. This active 20 km bicycle day tour from Chiang Mai follows good quality roads with a few small undulations.

Day 11: Chiang Mai | Sukhothai

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Head to the first capital city of Siam Kingdom, 'Sukhothai' (the name literally means the morning of happiness), and stop to see a hidden attraction along the way.

The first stop is 'Wat Phra That Lampang Luang,' one of the most popular temples in Lampang. According to legend, the Buddha once visited the site some 2,500 years ago and donated a hair, now enshrined in the temple's large chedi.

Continue driving to Sukhothai via Lampang-Sukhothai road and make a second stop at 'Sri Satchanalai Historical Park,' exploring the site by bike. During its glory days, it was the second largest city after Sukhothai, serving as one of the most important urban centers of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Often considered its spiritual capital and a second royal residence, it was also an affluent city at the core of the kingdom's lucrative ceramic industry, using much of its wealth to build impressive temples and monasteries.

You are dropped off at your hotel in Sukhothai.

Day 12: Sukhothai Historical Park

  • 1 Lunch
The cycling tour begins in a small village on Sukhothai's outskirts called Ban Kheay. A dirt road is taken, passing through endless rice paddies with picturesque views of the Kao Laung mountain range in Ramkhamhang National Park.

Upon reaching the Southern Gate, explore some of Sukhothai's famous ancient ruins. You'll marvel at the beautiful Buddhist and Hindu architecture and be exposed to some of the country's most stunning craftsmanship from a period known as Thailand's Golden Era. The tour offers visitors a guided cultural experience, learning about Sukhothai's history and intricate architecture, as well as the story of Buddhism in Thailand.

After a delicious local lunch, continue the journey along small irrigation canals (Klong Mae Lampan), passing through rural villages before arriving back at the hotel.

Day 13: Fly back to Bangkok | Return Home

Breakfast at your hotel and check out. Transfer back to Sukhothai airport for a flight back to Bangkok.

Accommodations

De Lanna Hotel

Pool and exterior at night
Pool
Balcony with a pool view

Nouvo City Hotel

Exterior of the hotel
Pool
Lobby

Lisu Lodge

Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort

Deluxe Rooms
The Reception
Red Leaf Bar

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Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Carbon Offset Fee 
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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