Remote Hills & Rescued Elephants

10-Day Exploring Northern Thailand Itinerary - Elephant Nature Park & Karen Hill Tribes

Prices from £955 pp

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Duration9 days / 8 nights (flexible)

DepartureDeparts every Tuesday and Saturday from Bangkok

ItineraryBangkok - Chiang Mai - Elephant Nature Park - Karen Hill Tribes - Chiang Mai

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If you think Thailand is all about parties and beaches then think again. Set off on this Northern adventure, taking you from the backstreets of Bangkok’s bohemian artist scene to the remote tribal villages in the lush hills surrounding Chiang Mai. Throw in a day caring for the gentle giants at Elephant Nature Park and sampling the tasty cuisine at street markets, you’ll experience the hidden charms Thailand has to offer. This will give you an insight into Thai culture, local remote communities and the majestic Asian elephant, the iconic image of this vibrant country.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Excursions as described
  • Transport by sleeper train, minibus and 1 domestic flight

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Bangkok: Hidden Life in the City

You’ll arrive in the bustling capital of Bangkok and stay on the riverside of Chao-Phraya, with a rooftop pool, and just a short walk to the famous Khao San Road. The following day you’ll get under the skin of Bangkok and get to know the city in a more authentic way. Wander through alleyways, learning about guardian spirits and amulets at local markets and exploring Bangkok’s maze of canals or Klongs by longtail boat.

Bangkok: Hidden Life in the City

Elephant Encounters in Chiang Mai

When you arrive in Chiang Mai, you’ll make your way to your hotel in the centre of the city. With a laid-back, spiritual atmosphere, Chiang Mai is a walkable city scattered sacred temples and shrines. Tonight you’ll explore the city’s cuisine with a guided food safari through markets and street stalls, delicious!

Elephant Encounters in Chiang Mai


Next you will get up close to the gentle giants at the Elephant Nature Park. You’ll be collected from your hotel in Chiang Mai and transferred to the park an hour away. You will learn all about the issues faced by elephants in Asia and the personal stories of those rescued by the park. You will have the chance to observe these majestic animals and aid in their rehabilitation before returning to Chiang Mai in the early evening for another night in the city.

Hikes, Bikes and Bamboo Rafting

This 3-day trip in the rural North is lead by an experienced local guide, with a small group of other travellers. You’ll stay overnight with the locals, such as the Karen hill tribes. Hike along paddy fields, through amazing jungle scenery and past waterfalls and rapids. Cycle through fruit plantations, where you’ll get a totally different view of the area and finish on a bamboo raft, watching the children from the villages playing on the banks of the river.

Thailand chiang mai hill tribes local woman

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