Northern Thailand: Hilltribes & Villages

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Bangkok to Bangkok

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Now's the time to explore northern Thailand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Take in the gleaming high-rises and bustling pace of Bangkok, go face-to-face with the colourful cultures of hilltribe communities, and keep up with the night markets and cuisine of Chiang Mai. Take on Southeast Asia with us, and you'll find the perfect balance of fun and flexibility to help you make the most of it all.

What’s included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Bangkok Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
  • Hilltribe trek
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Street food crawl
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Experience the bustle of bangkok
  • Explore the vibrancy of chiang mai
  • Trek through northern hilltribes and meet the locals
  • Float downstream on a bamboo raft.

Itinerary

Bangkok Arrive at any time. This evening, the famous Khao San Road is on the itinerary for your first night out. Explore this buzzing traveller hub with your CEO and check out the lively bars and dance parties that line the street. Grab a Thai beer or tea and connect with your fellow travellers. Don't forget to sample local delicacies, and try a deep fried scorpion if you dare!
Bangkok/Chiang Mai This tour is off to a colourful start with optional visits to Wat Po and the Grand Palace. Feeling hungry? Bangkok Street Food Crawl? Koh San Road. Tonight, you'll take the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Make sure you've got room for more than three meals today, because you've got one of two night market street food crawls to take with your group and CEO. Otherwise, there's lots to do here — like a visit to Doi Suthep temple, taking it easy with a soak in the Sankampang Hot Springs, or checking out a Thai boxing match.
Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok It's time for a change of pace. Today, drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where you'll set off on a trek through rugged forests to see how diverse this region of hilltribe communities really is. Every village you'll see has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. It's a few hours to the first village of hilltribe thatch bungalows, but every step is worth it as you get to know the lay of the land.
Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam Trek for 2–3 hours before stopping for lunch. Then head to a Karen village to see how traditional blankets and scarves are made. Keep trekking for a few more hours (you've got this!) before stopping in the next village for the night. Along the way, you might get the chance to stop at Mae Tang River to learn to fish using local tools or build a raft using bamboo.
Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft and get a closer look at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai, a foodie's paradise. Use your free time to try the city's most famous dishes like khao soi (noodles in curry broth) and sai usa (northern Thai sausage).
Chiang Mai/Bangkok Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time, where you can go shopping in the market, get a Thai massage, or explore any of the many temples. Or, hey, you could always go back for another taste of khao soi curry. Tonight, make your way to Bangkok via overnight train.
Bangkok Today, it’s time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as the tour ends in Bangkok, on arrival at the train station (approximately 8am). Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and smiles before you head on your way.
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