Northern Thailand is an incredible region framed by beautiful mountains, lush green rice fields and packed full of charm. This week long adventure is sure to have you falling in love with Thailand’s north! First stop - Chiang Mai! Explore golden mountain-top temples, bathe Elephants in an ethical sanctuary, learn how to cook the local cuisine like a pro, and enjoy the majestic views from the highest point in the Land of Smiles! Travel further north to Pai - a lovely and picturesque village nestled amongst the mountains and surrounded by serene rivers. Spend your days sipping tea by the water and your evenings shopping at the unique street markets full of amazing local handicrafts. Return back to Chiang Mai before taking off on your next journey whether it be in the direction of home or to explore more of Smileyland!
You want to experience all of the magic and charm of northern Thailand! You want to eat delicious northern cuisine and take in some of the most famous sights. You crave amazing activities, lots of Thai culture, and to get out of the city for awhile. If you're up for some amazing adventures mixed with a whole lot of relaxation and free time to spend as you please, this trip is for you!
Pick up from the airport, bus station, or train station and transfer to your hotel to check in. Get yourself settled and spend the remainder of the day exploring and getting to know the city! Walk along Chiang Mai’s famous moat and get your first taste of the delicious northern cuisine.
Morning pick up from your hotel and transfer to Elephant sanctuary (approx 45 minute drive) to begin your Elephant care experience! Learn what it takes to love these creatures and give back to them in an ethical setting. In the afternoon you will be driven back to your hotel and have time to spend the evening in whatever way you choose!
You can choose to either take a morning or afternoon cooking class on this day. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken to a local market where you’ll shop for local ingredients alongside your Thai chef for the dishes you’ll be creating! You’ll then be driven to the cooking school where you’ll learn to cook 5-6 different Thai dishes ranging from spring rolls all the way to dessert and everything in between. Afterwards you will be dropped off back at your hotel.
Morning pick up from your hotel and drive to Doi Inthanon National Park (approximately 1.5 hour drive). You’ll be met by a local guide and walk a trail through the beautiful jungle landscape. You’ll also venture to waterfalls, botanic gardens, and drive up to the highest point in Thailand. You will arrive back to your hotel in the late afternoon and have the evening to yourself to get ready for tomorrow’s journey to Pai!
Morning pick up from your hotel and take a minivan ride through the winding mountains all the way to Pai (approximately 3 hours). Check in to your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring this lovely little village and the evening cruising the night markets.
The days in Pai are free and all yours! Take an adventure to Pai’s Grand Canyon and nearby waterfalls! Journey to a beautiful viewpoint for a cup of tea or take a ride on a vintage ferris wheel at a nearby Chinese village.
Spend your day taking in all the Pai you possibly can before heading back to Chiang Mai tomorrow! Laze by the river or fill your day with magical mountain activity! The choice is yours!
7 nights – 4 nights in Chiang Mai (in the centre of the city, with a pool) and 3 nights in Pai (close to the river).
All transportation between destinations and activities is included in your adventure, including the taxi from the airport or bus/train station, the bus to/from Pai, and transport to each included activity.
You will be sent a comprehensive packing list and detailed destination information as well as an introduction to Thailand at the time of your booking.
Here are a few of the amazing experiences you’ll be able to check off your bucket list after this trip.