Thai Culture Curry in Thailand

8 days


This one is meant for travellers who want some serious fun by getting off the tourist trail and exploring the cultural soul of Thailand. An amalgamation of all - the culture, magnificent temples, long tail boats, bustling market, fine cuisine to relish, spa treatments is what you will tick off your bucket list on this tour..

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Brief Event Description

Event Organiser Active Holiday Company
Event Location Thailand
Pickup Point Chiang Mai - Thailand
Pickup Time 08 : 00 A.M
Things to Carry 1. Important Travel Documents :
Passport with photocopies.
Visas with photocopies.
Travel insurance with photocopies. Please ensure your insurers name, 24 hr emergency contact telephone number and policy number are highlighted.
All flight tickets for the trip with photocopies.
Active Holiday Company Trip Confirmation Certificate.
Photocopies of important documents to be kept separately.
Copy of the itinerary of your trip.
Spare passport photos.
Credit / Debit Card, Travellers Cheques with serial numbers kept at a separate place.
Youth/Student identification / Senior Citizen card for discounts.
International driving license if you have one.
Vaccination Certificates if needed.
Money belt that can be secured safely.
Money – small denominations of local currency if you can get some before the trip.

2. Personal Effects :
First aid kit comprising any personal medication, aspirin / paracetamol, band-aids, head-ache balm, rehydration salts of your choice, anti-allergy pills, anti-diarrhea pills, anti-nausea pills, small scissors, nail file, sun-block (50 SPF), lip balm, after sun moisturizer, insect repellent and antihistamine/insect bite cream, female hygiene products.
Toothbrush, tooth-paste, deodorant, bio-degradable soap, shampoo, washing detergent.
Water purifying / iodine tablets.
Prescription Diamox / alternate for altitude sickness.
Prescription glasses / contact lenses and solution.
Antibacterial gel and wet-wipes.
Wide brim hat, sunglasses with UV protection.
Minimum 2 liters water bottle so you don’t have to buy plastic bottles, cloth shopping bag.
Book to read, journal, pen, travel pillow, cards / travel games.
Eye mask, ear plugs, army knife (this must always be in your checked in luggage when you are taking a flight).
Adapter, alarm clock, phone with charger, i-pod / MP3 with charger and spare ear-phones, camera and film if your camera needs it.
Travel pillow, torch with reusable batteries, head-lamp.
Night clothes/sleepwear.
Plastic bag to separate wet and dry / clean & soiled clothes.

Itinerary Day 1:
Arrival, Chiang Mai
Welcome to Chiang Mai. Group transfers are available for arrivals on our recommended flights. Others can request a private transfer at an additional cost or make their own way to the hotel. You are free today to explore this modern and cosmopolitan capital city of the north. From the friendly people, to the vibrant Night Bazaar and the interesting old town bound by moats and the innumerable temples there’s a lot for you to explore. Your group briefing will be held at 06.00 pm to get you to meet your fellow travellers and for you to get up to date with your trekking adventure. Your sleeping mat, sleeping bag and the 35-40 liters backpack that is included will also be handed to you then. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: (none)

Day 2 & 3:
Hilltribe Trek
You will be picked up from the hotel at approximately 8:45 am, leaving Chiang Mai by songthaew (open pick-up truck) heading north. Your trek pack and any additional personal items required for two nights will be carried by you, so you will want to ensure that you have packed with only what is necessary for the two nights. We break for lunch after a three-hour journey and set off on our 2 days trek through the tropical jungle that is home to many hill-tribes. You can expect a 4-5hours moderate trek that needs a reasonable level of fitness, but we will maintain a comfortable pace. We will pass through a variety of villages, each with their own language, clothing style and belief system and you will have ample opportunity to interact with the wonderful hill-tribal communities giving you the chance to appreciate their fascinating cultures We move from one hill-tribe village to another so you can savor different experiences. Feel free to help them getting the evening meals ready. Our nights will be spent in bamboo huts with shared bathrooms where conditions are basic but this will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
Chiang Mai
As our hill tribe trek comes to an end, we will be met by a songthaew after lunch in one of the local villages and we drive back to Chiang Mai. After a bit of a rest and wash, you may want to try your hand at bargaining in the bustling night bazaar or settle down at one of the riverside restaurants or bars to enjoy enchanting Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5:
Cycling (25-30 kms) / Overnight Train
After our safety briefing and bicycle fitting we explore the streets of Chiang Mai on a cycling tour, journeying south, following the Ping River downstream. The 4.5 hour ride will take us on country roads of the rural Thailand going past fruit orchards allowing us to encounter the Thai way of life as we meander around the villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. We visit a former leper colony and explore the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam the former capital of Lanna, before cycling back to Chiang Mai to is pleasant and green due to the proximity of the river. Later we board the overnight train to Bangkok where your multi-share compartment with air-conditioning and cushioned bunk beds will be your resting place for this 13 hour journey. Food service is available on board. Overnight sleeper train
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6:
Chinatown Food Walking Tour, Bangkok
We arrive at Bangkok early in the morning and although check in time is 12.00 pm, we have shared day rooms available for our use. You are free till we start our afternoon walking tour at 3.00pm. Bangkok has a lot to offer to the explorer – choose from riverboats to Chinatown, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or a Thai massage! Starting with a visit to the old markets in Yaowarat in the heart of the vibrant Chinatown district the tour introduces us to the history of the Chinese since before Bangkok became the capital of the Kingdom of Siam and takes us from the pier continuing along Song Wat Road finally emerging in the plastic and leather product quarter on Yaowa Phanit Road. Post this our food explorations begin with a snack stop at a 100-year-old coffee shop on Pha Sai Road. We continue to Issarnuparb Road and a market specialising in Chinese religious products and fresh food. In the evening Yaowaraj Road transforms into a giant food bazaar and here we a seat to enjoy some charcoal grilled seafood on the street. Following dinner we continue on foot to the Saphan Put Night Market. The final stop of the night is at Talat Pak Khlong ("talad" meaning market) as this is the best time to see this largest wholesale flower and vegetable market of Bangkok. Expect to return to the hotel after 9 pm.
Meals: Dinner

Day 7:
Tuk-Tuk City tour, Bangkok
Today we leave the hotel at around 8.30am and your Tuk-Tuk tour will finish at the Golden Mount in the afternoon. The tour starts at the Phra Sumeru Fortress moving to Wat Po, the home of the reclining Buddha. Founded in the 17th century, Wat Po is the oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok and the centre of the Buddhist religion in Thailand. Next we head to Phahurat Market, in the heart of Bangkok's little India continuing to Woeng Nakorn Kasem in the Khlong Thom quarter, also known as the "thieves' market". Our next stop is Wat Saket where the Golden Mount is located. Wat Saket dates back to the Ayutthaya era, prior to Bangkok becoming the capital of the Siamese kingdom. Our guide will take us through the complex and up the 318 steps to the top of the Golden Mount from where we can enjoy the glorious view of the surroundings From here, you are free to return to the hotel, make your own trip, or go to a local market with our guide for an optional lunch.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8:
Check out time is 12 noon and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight at a fixed time or you can call a cab. You may want to extend your stay with one of our other adventures in Thailand
Meals: Breakfast

Includes :
1. Two Nights Hill Tribe Trek from Chiang Mai with entry fees for the Chiang Dao Cave
2. 4 Nights accommodation at a hotel as per the itinerary
3. 2 Nights accommodation in a Bamboo Huts
4. 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners
5. Half Day cycling tour of Chiang Mai on 24 gear adapted mountain bikes with helmets
6. Guided Chinatown Food Walking Tour of Bangkok
7. Guided Tuk-Tuk City tour of Bangkok including entrance fees to the Wat Traimit - Temple of Golden Buddha
8. Services of an expert English-speaking Local Guide
9. All land transportation as detailed in the itinerary
10. Chiang Mai to Bangkok travel by overnight train
Excludes :
1. Airfare, Visa, Insurance, Excess Baggage, Porterage, Taxes.
2. Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary.
3. Single room and hotel upgrade supplement.
4. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary.
5. Tips for hotel or restaurant staff, local guides and tour crew.
6. Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone bill, minibar, shopping)
7. Extra Nights at the beginning or the end of the trip.
8. Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge.
9. Service Tax of 3.50% applicable for Indian tours and Indian Residents.
10. Optional Tours.
Instructions & Guidelines NA
Difficulty Level Easy

Event Description

There are trips to Thailand and then there are trips to Thailand. This one is meant for travellers who want some serious fun by getting off the tourist trail and exploring the cultural soul of Thailand as they venture deep into locations such as the tropical jungles of Chiang Mai and Chinatown in Bangkok, mingling with the locals. Explore Chiang Mai and Bangkok creatively - sometimes of a bicycle and sometimes in a Tuk-Tuk. This Thailand tour is the perfect choice for those who want to write their adventure story differently - experiencing a little bit of nature, a dash of history and most definitely the vibrant city life. An amalgamation of all - the culture, magnificent temples, long tail boats, bustling market, fine cuisine to relish, spa treatments is what you will tick off your bucket list on this tour..
Minimum Child Age: 15 Years

Key Features :
1. 3 day trek in search of the Hill Tribes of Chiang Mai
2. Two Nights of living in bamboo huts
3. Cycling tour of Chiang Mai
4. Local Train Ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
5. City tour of Bangkok in a tuk-tuk
6. Food walking tour of Chinatown via the back roads on Bangkok
7. Small group tour with maximum 10 participants
8. Travel dates for solo travelers and regular departures

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