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Northern Escape

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 99 people
Destination(s): Thailand  
Specialty Categories: Motorcycle Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: August - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 600 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 700 US Dollar (USD)

Lush mountains, exotic food and numerous hilltribe groups create an incredible cultural experience. Chiang Rai, the Kingdom’s northernmost province borders Burma on the west and Laos on the east to create the infamous 'Golden Triangle' – a perfect venue to truly gain a taste of northern Thai life in a comprehensive, cozy and immensely enjoyable manner. We use mountain bikes, longtail boats, elephants and motorscooters (van for non-scooter riders) to navigate the back roads of Thailand's remote north.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to Chiang Rai – soak in the northern vibe

In the afternoon you’ll board a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai city. Drift into the cerebral northern groove in your luxurious villa along the Mea Kok River. Enjoy the herbal spa, a dip in the infinity pool or perhaps a traditional Thai massage. We’ll spend the first two nights of our odyssey at The Legend, a stunning boutique riverside resort.

Day 2: Bikes, Boats and Elephants

In the morning we’ll heading off on mountain bikes, then catch a longtail boat to a riverside temple before carrying on to a hilltribe elephant camp. This Karen village is surrounded by limestone mountains - a great venue to try an elephant trek and some hilltribe cuisine. After lunch it’s onto the bikes to enjoy a leisurely ride back to Chiang Rai, stopping along the way for spectacular photo opportunities of hilltribe settlements and river valleys. This active, yet unobtrusive means of transport gives us a natural glimpse into Chiang Rai’s enchanting rural communities. A day biking deserves a northern Thai feast, sampling all the specialties at one of the city’s most authentic restaurants. Spend the evening as you wish perusing the Night Bazaar or perhaps enjoy a traditional Thai massage to sooth those aching legs. All meals are included.

Biking: 20-55 km (paved/dirt roads, depending on group experience)
Bicycles are high-performance, with front suspension, helmets, gloves and safety light provided. Note: non-cyclists can enjoy all of today’s activities by private van/jeep transport.

Day 3: To Chinatown

With our comfy private van we’ll make a spectacular ascent to a stunning Chinese mountain village. For those with some riding experience who wish to summon their sense of adventure, strap on a helmet and learn how to ride a Thai motorscooter! We’ll lead you through a comprehensive and safe training program then head off on our "hogs" and van to one of the Kingdom’s most gorgeous destinations – Doi Mae Salong. Riding 75 km, stopping at your will for great photo-ops, we’ll ride up and over spectacular jungle-covered mountains, passing hilltribe villages en route to this enchanting retreat. Once opium country, Doi Mae Salong is now home to Thailand’s premier Oolong tea production and Yunanese who fled China during the Cultural Revolution. This charming township exudes a special, quiet energy that will leave you reflecting on your time here for years to come. We’ll spend tonight in a beautiful Chinese villa, perched on the mountainside, overlooking terraced tea plantations. All meals are included.

Van/scootering: 75 km (paved roads and thrilling turns). Note: non-scooter-riders can enjoy all of today’s activities by private van/jeep transport. Motorscooters are new, well-maintained Honda bikes, equipped with safety helmets, gloves and comprehensive training program.

Day 4: Over the Hills and Far Away

It’s back on the mountain roads for a spectacular day of upcountry cruising. This 75 km ride takes us to the dazzling farthest reaches of Chiang Rai province. We’ll have a royal feast at Doi Tung, the country’s premier royally-initiated development project where spectacular mountaintop botanical gardens are one of many attractions. This afternoon we’ll wind up, down and around a twisty mountain road that literally straddles the Thai-Myanmar border to Mae Sai – Thailand’s northernmost point. This fascinating town where traders from countries around the Golden Triangle converge to ply their wares and eek out a living is the perfect place to pick up interesting souvenirs and people watch. An early evening private shuttle takes you 60 km to the Chiang Rai International Airport for your flight back to bustling Bangkok. Meals: (B) and (L).

Van/scootering: 75 km (paved roads and thrilling turns). Note: non-scooter-riders can enjoy all of today’s activities by private van/jeep transport. Motorscooters are new, well-maintained Honda bikes, equipped with safety helmets, gloves and comprehensive training program.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Things you may wish to add to your adventure:
- Top things off with one of our incredible beach extensions
- Extra nights before your adventure begins at our comfy downtown Bangkok hotel: $90 US/night
- A night at the Rama Gardens airport hotel on Day 4: $85 US.

Price Includes:
- Western and Thai guides
- All transport
- Roundtrip Thai Airways - from Bangkok to Chiang Rai city
- Chiang Rai airport transfers
- Five nights of accommodation
- Most meals
- All equipment
- All snacks and all admissions.

Supplier Information
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Location: Thailand
Joined InfoHub: May 2007
Client Request Served: 21

M16575 is an energetic travel company offering multi-activity adventures in Thailand and Asia. Thailand-based western and Thai guides host adventures for small groups ranging from two to eight persons. Original, active itineraries feature a broad range of activities, modes of transportation and venues. M16575’s...

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