Travel to Thailand and experience an intoxicating blend of ancient temples, steamy rainforest trails
and raucous markets in Chiang Mai. This is a full-throttle short break that features the best
Thailand’s northern region has to offer. Tackle the world-famous Mae Taeng River rapids on a
rafting excursion, hike through local villages and temperate rainforests, cycle through the fruit
orchards and temple ruins dotted around the countryside and climb the ancient staircase to the
hilltop of Doi Suthep. Combine this with shopping expeditions through Chiang Mai’s famous Night
Bazaar, encountering friendly faces around every corner and feasting on superb Thai cuisine. A
perfect blend of energetic pursuits and enchanting sights , this trip is bound to leave you
This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied
by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any
fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.
This trip will run with a minimum of one
person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be
on your own.
This is an active style trip so a good level of fitness and a passion for hiking, biking
and rafting is of course recommended.
Your evenings will be free, and your local guide will be able
to recommend some restaurants to dine at
Day 1: Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has
many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Your adventure begins with a welcome
meeting today at 7pm. If you arrive early, take a hotel business card with you and head out to
explore charming Chiang Mai or just laze by the pool. The friendliness of the people, the vibrant
Night Bazaar, the interesting old town bound by moats, and the many fascinating temples enthral
travellers from around the world. After your welcome meeting you will have free time tonight to do
as you wish. Make sure to sample some delicious traditional northern Thai food tonight. The
signature dish is kao soy, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or
beef. Your guide can give you recommendations on where to go for dinner..
Day 2: Doi Suthep Temple/Cycling
After breakfast, head off to explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep. Pick up time is
between 8.30-9am. A short drive (approximately 45 minutes) along a scenic and winding mountain
road brings you to an impressive 300-step Naga-guarded stairway. The rewards justify the ascent
to the top, with one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand on display, not to mention the fantastic
panoramic views of the city! You’ll then return to your hotel at around 11am for a short break. At
about 1.30pm, after a safety briefing and bicycle fitting, saddle up for a cycling adventure into the
streets of Chiang Mai and beyond. Journey south through pleasant green fields, following the Ping
River downstream. Make a stop at a former leper colony turned rehabilitation centre, where you’ll
get to know some of the daily life of the missionaries who worked here over a hundred years ago.
The trip continues along various fruit orchards, and cycling down small country roads, meandering
around the villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, where you’ll encounter the Thai way of life and
the real rural Thailand. Explore the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, the former capital of Lanna,
before you cycle back to Chiang Mai. Perhaps reward yourself with an authentic Thai massage
Notes: The cycling distance is around 25-30km along flat ground, with 1.5km along
unsealed road. The cycling time will be approximately 4.5 hours with frequent stops. Helmets and
comfort bicycles (adapted mountain bike), with 24 gears and front suspension, are provided.
Day 3: Hiking and Rafting
Get set for an action packed day exploring the hill tribe areas north of the city. After breakfast,
around 8am, drive north to the Mae Tang area where your adventure begins. Get on two wheels
again to mountain bike through scenic landscapes along local roads (approximately 8 kilometres)
to the starting point of a trek to a waterfall (approximately 1.5-2 hours). Make your way through the
forest scenery on a hike to Huay Sathan Waterfall, where you can relax, enjoy the beautiful
scenery, and dip into the cooling waters. After completing the trekking loop, drive up to the river
camp. In the afternoon, prepare for a thrilling whitewater rafting session. Get outfitted with helmets
and life jackets, and take a safety brief to get acquainted with the paddling commands, the correct
way to sit in the raft, and the necessary precautions on river safety. Then, the rapid Mae Taeng
River and its 14 gorges along a 10 kilometre stretch await. The difficulty level on the Mae Taeng
River ranges from grade 3 to 5. It has been praised by travellers as some of the best whitewater
rafting in Asia. This awesome rafting trip takes approximately 2 hours and finishes at the
downstream camp, where you can rest and change into dry clothes. Enjoy some hot and cold
drinks or fresh fruits before returning to your Chiang Mai accommodation. On your last night, soak
up the atmosphere of the vibrant night markets.
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
There are no activities planned for today and you are free to depart at any time. Check out time
from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.
A departure airport transfer is included to Chiang Mai airport.
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions,
alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in your
selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for your arrival, especially if
you're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible, which means you
won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, you can store your
luggage and explore the new destination.
If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to
change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
Hotel (3 nights)
The aim of our local guides is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best
trip possible. On this Short Break Adventure you will get to enjoy the variety of having someone
different for each day and/or activity. They will be able to provide information on the places you are
travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues
and, where possible, introduce you to our local friends. You can expect them to have a broad
general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Chiang Mai - Guided bike ride
Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple visit
Chiang Mai - White water rafting
Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer