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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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+ 6h (Winter), + 5h (Summer).
Thaise Baht; 100 THB = 2,79 EUR and 1 EUR = 35,60 THB (01/05/2019)
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.
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):
- 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