The countryside Experience

Trip code: VLTL-07(TUP01)
Trip duration: 9Days / 8 Nights
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route: Chiang Mai – Lisu – Pai - Mae Hong Son – Mae Sariang – Mae Chaem – Doi Inthanon
Starts/Ends trip: Chiang Mai /Bangkok
Trip type’: Natural, historical & cultural.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai - Lisu
Day 2: Lisu
Day 3: Lisu-Pai
Day 4: Pai - Mae Hong Son
Day 5:Mae Hong Son
Day 6: Mae Hong Son- Mae Sariang
Day 7:Mae Sariang – Mae Chaem
Day 8:Mae Chaem – Doi Inthanon
Day 9: Doi Inthanon-Chiang mai- Departure

(This package is operated by van only due to the road condition. Guests should be healthy and in good physical conditions. Trekking, white water rafting and biking are not recommended for children under the age of 10 year.)

In the morning we drive to Lisu Lodge, a beautiful lodge nestled in a Lisu Hill tribe community in the outskirts of Chiang Mai operating under the concept of community based tourism. Upon arrival a traditional welcome drink will be served prior to the briefing for you to select your afternoon activity. Later, our Lisu ‘guide’ from the village will take you for a walk through the village; start from Ton Lung temple to view the herbal garden then continue to visit the Lisu village families with a stop for a cup of tea and an introduction to traditional medicine at the shaman’s house (spirit doctor) Return to the Lisu Lodge for a mouthwatering northern style Lunch. After lunch, visit to the cultural centre, a ‘museum’ created by the villagers. Inside you will find a collection of typical items from the Lisu as well as the Akha tribes. In the afternoon, you can choose one of the following one hour activites; o Guided Biking tour around the Lisu Lodge. o Steam bath. o Massage. o Ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to the Thai village of Baan Pang Mai Daeng
Note: - A second 1-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge. - A free alternative is non guided-biking where we provide a Road Book of recommended itineraries.
Time at leisure until Thai dinner with traditional Lisu dance show.
Overnight at the Lisu Lodge.

Breakfast at the Lodge. Start your adventure with cycling for about 13 km to the elephant camp where you will enjoy a 1 hour elephant ride down the river where picnic lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, experience 45 minutes of white water rafting down the river, from where we will take a short drive to an Akha village for a visit and a chat with the shaman. To return to the Lisu Lodge you can either take a bicycle or sit in the local truck. Enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by traditional Lisu dance shows. Overnight at the Lisu Lodge.

Day 3 LISU LODGE – PAI (B/L/-)
Drive to visit the “Pong Deuid Hot Spring” and a Karen hill tribe village. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant in Pai. In the afternoon take a soft trek starting from a Lahu village to Moh Paeng waterfall passing through beautiful natural surroundings. Continue by a visit to Wat Nam Hu a small temple containing a sacred Chiang Saen Buddha image.
Overnight at Baan Krating Pai Resort (Deluxe Room)

Day 4 PAI – MAE HONG SON (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mae Hong Son with a stop to visit the Lod and the Fish cave which have been caused by erosion. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant in Mae Hong Son. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip along the Pai River to visit a “Long Neck” Karen village.
Overnight at the Fern Resort (Deluxe room)

Day 5 MAE HONG SON (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Pang Ung Royal Project a highlands development project support by HM the Queen. Afterwards, continue to the Yunnanese village of Ban Rak Thai, one of 3 Chinese villages found in northern Thailand where the local people in the village still preserve their unique Chinese culture and traditions. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive back to visit Mae Hong Son city including Mae Hong Son Folk Art and Handicraft Center supported by HM the Queen. The centre provides materials and a place where experienced teachers can train hill-tribe villagers in weaving, wickerwork and silverware making.
Overnight at the Fern Resort (Deluxe room)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart to visit the World War II Weapon museum and Wat Muay Tor, the first temple in Khun Yuam which is built in Shan style. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon, onto visit Kaew Komol cave with its cavern going deep as 30 meters down in the ground and featuring Calcite crystals that are said to be the most beautiful in Thailand. Afterwards we continue to Mae Sariang a very peaceful and non-touristy village.
Overnight at the River House Resort (Standard room)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, drive to visit a local market in Mae Sariang where you can take a stroll and explore the variety of products for sale. Continue to Mae Chaem with a stop to visit Oub Luang National Park. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Continue to visit the charming town including Ban Tong Fai (weaving village) and the local temples of Wat Pa Daed and Wat Buddha Earn. Then, transfer to your hotel for check in and free time at leisure.
Overnight at the Navasoung Resort (Superior room)

After breakfast, drive to Doi Inthanon to visit the Summit of the Inthanon Mountain offering stunning panoramic views. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afternoon, continue to Kiew Mae Pan for a soft trekking along nature trails, and see the two magnificent chedis dedicated to the King and Queen, the views from this area are stunning. Also you will get to visit a royal Project.
Overnight at the Touch Star Resort (Single Cottage Superior)

Depart to visit Wat Phrathat Sri Jom Thong, one of the oldest and most famous temples in
Northern Thailand featuring a huge amount of ancient Buddha images and a chedi built in 1452, the temple also features an active meditation center. Then continue to Hang Dong to visit Ban Tawai with lunch provided at local restaurant. Afternoon, drive to Chiang Mai with stop to visit Ban Muang Kung a pottery village specialized in Earthenware as well as Wat Ton Kwen a prime example of Lanna style architecture with high aesthetic value.
Afterwards we transfer you to Chiang Mai airport.


Price Include:

Our countryside Experience Tour includes:
Services of local drivers and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers , a normal van is provided for 1-3 pax, a Toyota Commuter D4D vans for 4-6 pax and two Toyota Commuter D4D van for 7-12 pax
Services of local English speaking guides during all tours and transfers .(other language guides available on request with additional fee)
Twin/double share accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels. For the single traveler must add the single supplement price. Accommodation on Day 1 & 2 at Lisu Lodge is non air-conditioned room with electric fan is provided.
Admission fees for all sights visited
Meals as indicated in itinerary with B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner (all meal are set menu with Thai food & service at local restaurants) If you have any specific food requirements: vegetarian, vegan, food allergies…please inform us in advance so that we can provide & notice to our restaurant.
Services charge & government taxes

Price Excludes:

Our countryside Experience Tour excludes:
All airfares and airport taxes to & from Thailand
Train ticket Chiang Mai / Bangkok or v.v.
Hotels before & after trip
Optional visits to sights not mentioned in the program
Early check in ( before 2PM) & late check out ( after 12:00)
Surcharge fees in peak season ,national holidays & weekend
Compulsory meal at hotels
Admission fees during free time
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc
All alcoholic and drinks at mealtimes
Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
Compulsory Personal Travel Insurance (It should cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness, client must buy before departure day)
Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
Meals other than those mentioned above
Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above.
Bank fees

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