A short stay in Chiang Mai, combined with a visit to North Thailand's most popular National Park: Doi Inthanon.
Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s highest peak, rising to 2,565 metres above sea level. It is located only about 100km from Chiang Mai town. As part of a National Park, Doi Inthanon mountain is covered with moist evergreen forest and pines.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CHIANG MAI AND VISIT AROUND
Individual arrival at Chiang Mai airport. Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in the city.
After lunch, you will have an afternoon of guided visit, starting by the Doi Suthep mountain, with it's Temple overlooking the city.
Back down to the city, we can stop at Wat U-mong and Wat Pra Sing, both located in the city. Back to your hotel and evening at leisure.
Meals: no meal.
DAY 2: TREKKING AND HILL TRIBE VILLAGE STAY
8:30, meeting at your hotel by your guide and depart by private vehicle heading South-West. We reach the mountain top for exploration and a short trek on a scenic man made wooden pathway called the “Angka” trail. Unique flora can be observed here as well as many bird species.
Continue by vehicle to visit the two impressive pagodas near the summit, offering fantastic views of the valley. After lunch at local restaurant depart for a two hours hike reaching a small Karen hill-tribe village where we will spend the night. A gourmet Thai dinner is prepared by your guide.
Accommodation: basic home-stay, share bathroom facilities.
Meals: Lunch and dinner.
DAY 3: TREK & WATERFALLS. DRIVE BACK TO CHIANG MAI
After breakfast, we start hiking from our village on the mountain, passing jungle forest and cultivated valleys in a scenic area on the foot-hills of the Doi Inthanon. Watch shimmering rice paddies and ethnic Karen villagers. Meet with our vehicle and transfer to Vachiratarn waterfall, one of the park’s many waterfalls, for a local Thai style picnic lunch.
Afternoon relax and explore the area before transfer back to Chiang Mai, eventually stopping at the Chomtong Temple for a brief visit. Arrive in Chiangmai city and drop off at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
DAY 4: AT LEISURE AND DEPART CHIANG MAI
Today is free time at leisure to wander in the city until flight departure time. Transfer to the airport for continuation flight.
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-This program is designed for active people in good physical condition.
-As a private tour, the hiking can be modified to suit your needs.
-Suitable for families with younger children.
-Our support vehicle is coming into the village for overnight, therefore participants don’t need to carry their full overnight pack while hiking.
-The itinerary/route is for guideline only and can slightly change according to the season, local conditions, climate, or participant’s fitness or abilities.
During this Doi Inthanon trekking trip, the night is spent at a local villager’s house in the village. Basic conditions, no hot shower, and toilet facilities are outside in the yard. Very basic sleeping with mattress on the floor, but a great experience! We provide sleeping bags or warm blankets during the cold season, and mosquito net all year.
During winter time, participants should bring warm clothing for the night, as temperatures can drop down fairly low. Large temperature changes between day and night, so nights are very chilly. Often, temperatures of 5oC or less (40o F or less) at night in the mountains can be observed. Coolest months are January and February.
Available as private tour only, departure possible any day.
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