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Climb the tallest peak in Thailand, trek through the jungle and swim in waterfalls on this 10-day trip

in the northwest territory.

Watch the sun rise over the highest mountain in Thailand and feed elephants in a sanctuary on

this original trip through the northwest of Thailand. You’ll be joined by no more than seven other

travellers on this intimate 10-day adventure through Chiang Mai, Pai and the Doi Inthanon National

Park. Float through a 1,666m (5,466ft) cave and watch the sun set over the scenic Pai Canyon. In

between jungle trekking and waterfall swims, enjoy a slice of slow living at a geothermal hot

springs and savour local Thai delicacies. This off-the-beaten-track journey will show you an

authentic side to the former Lanna Kingdom.

Highlights:

Explore the street art and food of Chiang Mai by bicycle

Discover Kho Kuu Bamboo Bridge and Pam Bok Waterfall

Marvel at the sunset from Pai Canyon

Trek through the Mae Hong Son jungle past idyllic waterfalls

Hike up Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, at sunrise

Feed and bathe elephants in a rescue sanctuary

Day 1: Arrive in Chiang Mai

Start Point Banthai Village,

Chiang Mai, Thailand

17:00

Touch down at Chiang Mai International Airport where a private transfer will be waiting to whisk you

off to your hotel. Our Local Insider will be there to greet you and will accompany the group

throughout the trip. Meet your fellow travellers at 5pm over a welcome drink and an orientation talk

on northern Thailand, highlighting any cultural dos and don’ts. As the former capital of the Lanna

Kingdom, Chiang Mai has a rich cultural heritage distinct from the cities in the south. Get to know

the group over dinner, followed by a traditional Lanna show.

Accommodation:

Banthai Village

Activities included:

Welcome dinner with Lanna show

Day 2: Explore the street art and food of Chiang Mai by bicycle

Kick off your first full day in Chiang Mai with a walking tour, exploring the alleyways and

temples of the Old Town. Home to many creative types, it’s no wonder the city is alive with art.

After lunch, hop on a bicycle to tour the street art and food. Lanna cuisine is a medley of hot, salty

and sour flavours. Must-try delicacies include khao soi, coconut curry noodle soup, and sai oua,

spiced pork sausage. Regroup at the hotel for an evening briefing on your epic road trip, which

starts tomorrow.

Accommodation:

Banthai Village

Activities included:

Chiang Mai walking tour

Street art and food bicycle tour

Day 3: Kick-start the road trip and climb the sticky waterfall

Rise and shine with a robust cup of local joe before hitting the road to Pai. Located three hours from

Chiang Mai, this dreamy town is the gateway to beautiful Mae Hong Son province but is a charmer

in its own right. En route, you’ll be dropped off at the unusual Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall. You can

easily scramble up the cascade, thanks to the limestone, which makes the rocks grippy rather

than slippery. Come evening, bed down in your hotel in Pai.

Accommodation:

Pai Village Boutique Resort

Activities included:

Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall

Day 4: Swim under a waterfall and explore the Craggy Pai Canyon

Fancy another day chasing waterfalls? This morning, you’ll visit the postcard-perfect Pam Bok

Waterfall, hidden within a rocky canyon. After a swim in the clear waters, head to the nearby Kho

Kuu So Bridge. This bamboo bridge stretches across large paddies, offering panoramic views.

Next, it’s on to the Pai Land Split, a vast gorge created by an earthquake in 2008; enjoy a juice here

while swinging in a hammock. Finish up the day at Pai Canyon, where you can explore the narrow,

twisty trails with drops either side and watch the sun set behind the mountains.

Accommodation:

Pai Village Boutique Resort

Activities included

Kho Kuu So Bridge

Pam Bok Waterfall

Pai Land Split

Pai Canyon

Welcome to the Jungle: Exploring

Northern Thailand

Day 5: Discover an ancient cave before soaking in a hot spring

You'll be heading underground this morning to Tham Lod Cave, one of the largest and most

impressive in the country. As you make your way through the cavern on a raft, you’ll feel like

Indiana Jones on a mission – watch out for the bats! Next stop: Ngam Hot Springs. Lower yourself

into the therapeutic waters and any tension in your muscles will melt away. Rinse off at the Mo

Paeng Waterfall, or hurl yourself down its natural waterslide, before ending the day at the towering

Yun Lai viewpoint, with vistas over Pai and the valley below.

Accommodation:

Pai Village Boutique Resort

Activities included:

Tham Lod Cave visit

Ngam Hot Springs

Mo Paeng Waterfall

Yun Lai viewpoint

Day 6: Relax in Mae Hong Son or join an optional hike

It’s time to leave Pai and make the 2.5hr journey inland to Mae Hong Son, where you’ll have the

day at leisure in your hotel in the mountains. Take a dip in the pool or enjoy lounging in the sun with

a fruit shake. Spend the afternoon chilling, or you might prefer to join an optional hike in the nearby

forest, inhabited by rare, brightly colored birds. Once you’ve snapped the requisite pictures, make

your way back to the hotel for cocktails at the bar.

Accommodation:

Fern Resort

Optional activities:

Mae Hong Son hike

Day 7: Embark on a jungle trek in Mae Hong Son

Enjoy a lazy breakfast this morning at the hotel. Today, you’ll embark on a one-day jungle trek

around the hills of Mae Hong Son. Starting from the hotel, you’ll stomp uphill through the lush

vegetation, stopping at waterfalls along the way. Refuel over a picnic lunch – you might even be

able to spot the craggy mountainous border with Myanmar in the distance. Wend your way through

the palms and rubber trees, back to the hotel. Round off your time in Mae Hong Son by watching

the sun turn crimson red from the Pha Bong lookout point.

Accommodation:

Fern Resort

Activities included:

Mae Hong Son guided jungle trek

Sunset from Pha Bong viewpoint

Day 8: Head to Doi Inthanon for a Thai banquet

Today, you'll continue the journey southwards to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in

Thailand at 2,565m (8,415ft), but it's actually a relatively easy hike to the top. Don't overdo it,

though, as you need to save your energy for the sunrise trek tomorrow. Check in at the hotel,

where you’ll be served a traditional Thai tasting feast for lunch. Expect local delicacies such as

nam phrik ong (pork and tomato chilli served with deep-fried pork crackling) alongside khao niaow

(sticky rice). There’s an optional afternoon waterfall tour, or you can unwind by the outdoor pool.

Spend the evening as you like.

Accommodation:

Doi Inthanon Riverside Resort

Activities included:

Thai tasting lunch

Optional activities:

Local waterfalls visit

Welcome to the Jungle: Exploring

Northern Thailand

Day 9: Summit Doi Inthanon and stop at an elephant sanctuary

Set your alarm for 4am – it’s an early start for a sunrise hike to the summit of Doi Inthanon. Watch

the sun break through the clouds before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. Return to Chiang

Mai, but not before a stop at the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue centre that provides a safe space

for former working elephants to live out their golden years. You'll feed, trek and bathe these giant

mammals before hitting the road once more. Top off the trip with a farewell dinner at a riverside

restaurant in Chiang Mai.

Accommodation:

Banthai Village

Activities included:

Sunrise hike up Doi Inthanon

Elephant sanctuary visit

Farewell dinner

 

Day 10: Depart from Chiang Mai

End Point

Banthai Village,

Chiang Mai, Thailand

12:00

Take it slow this morning and indulge in a late breakfast. Checkout isn’t until midday, so you can

laze by the pool or pop down to the nearby Warorot Market for any final souvenirs. Wave goodbye

to your fellow travellers at 10am before scooting off to the airport. Alternatively, extend your stay a

little longer by joining our Life’s a Beach: the Best of Southern Thailand trip next.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation

Three nights premium hotel accommodation

Three nights eco-resort accommodation

Two nights jungle resort accommodation

One night riverside hotel accommodation

Banthai Village

Sandwiched between the Tha Phae Gate and the Ping River in Chiang Mai, Banthai Village has 41

rooms centred around an outdoor pool that's dotted with sun loungers. Unwind with a fruity cocktail

at the poolside bistro after a day exploring.

Pai Village Boutique Resort

This ecofriendly resort features natural materials, from hardwood floors to rattan-roofed

bungalows. The well-appointed rooms are fitted with large glass doors that open onto the

swimming pool. Feast on American classics at the on-site Blue Ox Steak House.

Fern Resort Mae Hong Son

Enjoy an idyllic stay at this rustic 30-room resort, set in a lush valley just outside Mae Hong Son.

Take a dip in the outdoor pool with views across the paddy fields. Come evening, nab a seat at the

Rice Terrace Bar and drink in the gorgeous sunset views.

Doi Inthanon Riverside Resort

With its peaceful location by the river, this resort will help you relax into a slower pace. You don’t

have to stray fa, as there's a restaurant and large swimming pool on site. Bicycles are provided for

free, plus there are hiking trails from the front door of the hotel.

  • Guide

Local Insider

Welcome to the Jungle: Exploring

Northern Thailand

  • Meals

Nine breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners

  • Transport

Private and local transport

Return airport transfers

  • Others

Lanna dinner show

Chiang Mai walking tour

Street art and food bicycle tour

Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall

Kho Kuu Bamboo Bridge

Pam Bok Waterfall

Pai Land Split

Pai Canyon

Tham Lod Cave

Ngam Hot Springs

Mo Paeng Waterfall

Yun Lai viewpoint

Mae Hong Son guided jungle trek

Sunset from Pha Bong viewpoint

Sunrise hike up Doi Inthanon

Elephant sanctuary visit

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