Gain insights into the ethnic and cultural diversity of northern Thailand with a stay in Chiang Mai, gateway to the country’s North. With a private guide, visit an elephant camp, then ride these gentle beasts through the jungle, and explore Doi Suthep Temple, high in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai.
Bangkok, Thailand / Chiang Mai
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure...Meals on your own
For centuries, elephants have been traditionally used for transportation and as beasts of burden in the thick jungles of Southeast Asia. Visit the Thai Elephant Home to meet the elephants and spend the day with them. After learning commands and traditional techniques, you’ll hop aboard an elephant for a ride through the jungle, up and down hills, crossing rivers and streams, and passing waterfalls. After lunch in the forest, visit the natural black mud spa and river—elephants love this part of the day to take a mud bath and later swim in the river. The rest of the day is spent at the Thai Elephant Home with time to shower, sample fresh fruit, and savor an optional Thai herbal spa for your hands and feet (a great way to unwind), before returning to Chiang Mai for overnight...BL
Local Market / Doi Suthep Temple / Bangkok
Explore a local produce market before visiting Wat Suan Dok, where ashes of the former kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family are kept. Then it’s on to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, situated on Doi Suthep mountain, located just 10-15 miles from the city center. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the guardian temple of this wonderful city and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. An optional climb of 309 steps brings you to the top for a superb panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Return to Chiang Mai, where you will finish the day with a 20-minute rickshaw ride through the quiet streets of the Old Town before heading back to the hotel. Checkout time is 3:00 pm. Transfer to the airport for the late afternoon flight to Bangkok...B
Note: We also offer a 4 day/3 night extension to Chiang Mai, which includes the “Flight of the Gibbon” zip line adventure. Please call for details.
2 nights hotel (First Class or Deluxe option)
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Cultural exploration, elephant adventure, and easy river cruising
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting Thailand for stays of 30 days or less.