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  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai

The north of Thailand is known for its numerous mountain ranges, panoramic views, pristine nature settings, jungle, hill tribes and silence. During this tour you combine all these elements at a leisurely pace while you reside in luxurious 5* resorts. You will travel to the highest mountain in Thailand, meet numerous minorities, cycle through the rice paddies and take a walk through the jungle on foot. This journey that will take you past the lesser-known spotlights of northern Thailand is bound to leave you completely zen.

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Day 1 - Chiang Mai (D)

Your private driver picks you up at the airport or your hotel and takes you to the stunning Veranda High Resort, just outside of Chiang Mai, near the foot of the Doi Suthep. You check in and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Make some time for a walk through the peaceful surroundings of your resort. Your dinner table has been booked in advance at the hotel's restaurant.

Deluxe Hotel:  Veranda High Resort (Breakfast)
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Day 2 - Chiang Mai (B-L)

Today a full day's excursion through the pristine nature setting in the vicinity of Chiang Mai has been programmed. Your driver drops you at the highest peak in Thailand, the Doi Inthanon, the starting point of your guided walk along the Angkha Nature Trail. Next, you visit the iconic twin pagodas, built to commemorate the 60th birthday of the king's parents. After lunch you are introduced to the royal minority project that supports the Hmong and Karen tribes that live here. Via the Giw Mae Pan trail you finally reach Wachirathan, the most impressive waterfalls of Chiang Mai. An 'imaginative' place to round off your chock-a-block nature highlights in an appropriate way.

Deluxe Hotel:  Veranda High Resort (Breakfast)
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Day 3 - Chiang Mai (B)

After breakfast you go on a nice bike ride through Chiang Mai. Thanks to its quiet character and mild climate, the latter is the ideal place for this type of activity. You start near the Ping River and watch the city awaken from its sleep state. During this guided tour you will learn about Thai culture, traditions and gastronomy while you visit the local temples and markets. You meet the locals and experience what their daily life looks like. In short, you approach Chiang Mai and its inhabitants in a very open and cordial way.

Deluxe Hotel:  Veranda High Resort (Breakfast)
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Day 4 - Chiang Mai > Chiang Rai (B-D)

It is time to exchange Chiang Mai for the next stop along your itinerary: the luxurious Katilya Mountain Resort in Chiang Rai. As you drive north over mountains and valleys towards Chiang Rai you pause for a while to visit the hot springs of Mae Kachan. In Chiang Rai you visit the beautiful and mysterious Wat Rongkun temple on your own (without guide). A ride through the Mae Salong mountains brings you to your hotel for the next 3 nights. Enjoy the fabulous views; your dinner will be served soon.

Deluxe Hotel:  Katilya Mountain Resort (Breakfast)
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Day 5 - Chiang Rai (B-D)

On a full tummy you drive to the top of the Doi Mae Salong Mountains where you visit Santikhiri and its surroundings. The first inhabitants of this village were Chinese refugees who arrived here around 1950. Today you will find various minorities, including Akha, Yao, Hmong and Karen tribes. The opium plantations of yesteryear have given way to corn fields, fruit trees and tea/coffee plantations. After lunch you will visit the Doi Tung royal project including the beautiful Doi Tung temple and take a guided stroll through the beautiful Mae Fah Botanical Gardens. Just one more stop is foreseen at the Mae Sai border with Myanmar and its local market full of trinkets as another day brimming with new experiences and local flavour comes to an end.

Deluxe Hotel:  Katilya Mountain Resort (Breakfast)
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Day 6 - Chiang Rai (B)

After breakfast, the time is right for a wonderful treat: a one-hour long, well-deserved foot massage. Would you like to linger longer? You can. Book extra beauty and health treatments on location and spend your day at leisure. How about a walk in the beautiful Katilya park or just a zen moment with a good book near the pool or on your spacious private terrace?

Deluxe Hotel:  Katilya Mountain Resort (Breakfast)
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Day 7

Your driver drops you at the airport. End of this relaxing journey through the lush and green north of Thailand.

Deluxe Streetfood Tour

 Full day

Go on a culinary guided tour through the old city and Chinatown. All day long you stop at numerous food stalls and authentic restaurants. You taste many typical Thai dishes and discover that there is more to Thai cuisine than just red curry and Pad Thai. You visit Chinatown, the food district par excellence and in order to stretch your legs a little you call in at two lesser known yet stunning temples: Wat Suthat and Wat Saket, the golden mountain, which offers extraordinary views of Bangkok's skyline.

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Doi Inthanon National Park

 Full Day

Today a full day's excursion through the pristine nature setting in the vicinity of Chiang Mai has been programmed. Your driver drops you at the highest peak in Thailand, the Doi Inthanon, the starting point of your guided walk along the Angkha Nature Trail. Next, you visit the iconic twin pagodas, built to commemorate the 60th birthday of the king's parents. After lunch you are introduced to the royal minority project that supports the Hmong and Karen tribes that live here. Via the Giw Mae Pan trail you finally reach Wachirathan, the most impressive waterfalls of Chiang Mai. An 'imaginative' place to round off your chock-a-block nature highlights in an appropriate way.

 Individual

Chiang Mai by bicycle

 1/2 day (+/- 4 hours)

Thanks to its quiet nature and mild climate, Chiang Mai is the ideal city to explore by bicycle. This half day excursion you take you to the lesser known parts of Chiang Mai where your guide wil acquaint you with Thai culture, traditions and gastronomy. You ride along the banks of the Ping river and visit some local temples and markets and meet the locals. A refreshing way to look at Chiang Mai and its inhabitants.

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Elephant's Friend Day

 5 - 6 hours

In the area surrounding Chiang Mai you will find numerous elephant camps and reserves. Of course, coming eye to eye with these majestic creatures is a must-do during your iinerary. In the Baan Elephant Camp, a conscious choice has been made to create an animal friendly and natural environment for the elephants. therefore there are no elephant shows and no chairs are placed on the back of the elephants. 
During this day you learn interesting facts about the animals, prepare their food and feed them, go on a walk with them in the forest (not on elephant's back). After lunch it's time to give the elephants a wash and enjoy their playful behavior. Back in your hotel in Chiang Mai around 16:00.

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Chiang Mai Jungle Flight

 5 - 6 hours

Feel the adrenaline rush! Go 'fly' and have the time of your life as you slide between treetops past 33 platforms 50m above the forest floor. You walk the Spiral Stairway, exotic rope bridges and climb down along the Scaling net. So exhilarting you may forget to enjoy the breathtaking views. The imported Petzl safety gear is of the finest quality.

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Chiang Mai Temples & local crafts

 Full day (6 - 7 hours)

The sacred temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep lies 15km outside of the city centre of Chiang Mai and owes its name to the mountain it is located on. To access the temple and its spectacular view over the city, you need to climb a challenging 309 steps to be exact, flanked by beautifully adorned Naga Serpents.  

In the centre of Chiang Mai, you visit Wat Chedi Luang and the temple complex Wat Phra Singh, located to the west of the city walls. Its entrance guarded by Singhs (lions). The lovely lanna style Lai Kam chapel houses the revered Phra Buddha Singh image.

Afterwards you'll travel to San Kamphaeng where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you get to know the local craftsmanship, the pride of Chiang Mai. In the evening you stroll around the famous local night market.

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Chiang Mai Thai Bio Cookery Class

 Full day (+/- 6 hours)

You stop at the big local market just outside the city and learn all about the Thai ingredients there. Then you drive to the country cooking school with its own organic herbs, vegetables and fruit garden. Your Thai chef guides you around the bio-plantation and again you learn tons. After all these interesting facts, it's time to cook up your own storm. You prepare a curry paste in a mortar and 5 typical Thai dishes. That's a feast because obviously you are invited to munch your meal! A recipe book, lemongrass tea and water are included. In short, you learn about healthy Thai cooking, you enjoy the stunning setting and you are immersed in the enthusiasm of your Thai chefs. An absolute topper!

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Hotels & Meals

Thai cuisine blends five fundamental tastes: sweet, spicy, sour, bitter, and salty. Some common ingredients used in Thai cuisine include garlic, chillies, lime juice, lemon grass, and fish sauce. The staple food in Thailand is rice, particularly jasmine variety rice (also known as "hom mali" rice) which is included at almost every meal. Thailand was long the world's largest exporter of rice, and Thais domestically consume over 100 kg of milled rice per person per year. Over 5,000 varieties of rice from Thailand are preserved in the rice gene bank of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines. The king of Thailand is the official patron of IRRI.

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • Belgian travellers (babies and children included) must be in possession of an international, machine readable passport, with at least 2 blank pages, valid for 6 months after return. A 30-day tourist visa can be obtained at arrival free of charge.Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on  https://www.evisa.gov.kh  and http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en

  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy or Consulate to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. 


Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be

Time Zones

+ 6h (Winter), + 5h (Summer).

Currency

Currency

Thaise Baht; 100 THB = 2,79 EUR and 1 EUR = 35,60 THB (01/05/2019)


Payment Methods

Cash euros can be exchanged at most places and credit cards are widely accepted as form of payment. AtMs are available in all tourist centres. 

Prices

 

Climate

Thailand is a year-round destination with a tropical climate, influenced by monsoon winds. On the mainland the rainy season extends from May to October. Then it's warmer and you get, usually at the end of the day, hard but short rain showers. On the island of Koh Samui the rainy season runs from November to January. Up North you can count on cool temperatures during winter.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Chiang Mai 28 31 34 36 33 32 31 31 31 31 29 27
Bangkok 31 32 33 34 33 32 32 32 31 31 31 30
Phuket 31 32 32 32 31 30 30 30 29 30 30 30
Koh Samui 30 31 33 33 32 32 31 31 31 30 28 28
Siem Reap 31 32 33 34 33 32 31 31 30 30 30 30
L.Prabang 27 31 33 34 33 32 31 31 30 30 30 30

 

What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation at amazing 5* resorts in Chiang Mai (3 nights) & Chiang Rai (3 nights) incl. breakfast</li>
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Full dayvisit of Doi Inthanon NP
  • Half day bike trip in the countryside
  • Visit to Wat Rongkun and hot springs
  • Full day visit of Mae Salong and the Golden Triangle
  • 1 hour massage

    What's not included?

    Your intercontinental return flight, tipping, additional excursions of your choice, personal expenses and possibly mandatory Christmas an New Year's Eve dinners. Price confirmation of these festive dinners will be provided at time of booking.

    Deluxe Price per person


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