Are you aged between 18 and 30-something and looking for the ultimate adventure through Thailand?
Are you looking for an active holiday with plenty of opportunities to explore?
Do you want to make friends that will last long after your holiday?
This incredible 8 Day trek gives ticks all the boxes and then some!
Take in the gleaming high-rises and bustling pace of Bangkok, come face-to-face with the colourful cultures of hilltribe communities and keep up with the night markets and cuisine of Chiang Mai. Take on Southeast Asia with an incredible guide and group of adventurous, young travellers and discover the perfect balance of fun and flexibility to help you make the most of it all!
Where we visit
Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive at any time and welcome to Thailand's bustling capital - Bangkok! Tonight, it's your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Connect with new friends on your first night out along the famous Khao San Road. Explore this buzzing traveller hub with your CEO and check out the lively bars and dance parties that line the street. Grab a Thai beer or tea and get to know your fellow travellers. Don't forget to sample local delicacies...maybe even try a deep fried scorpion if you dare! Oh, and get ready for tomorrow's adventures!
Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
This tour is off to a colourful start with a day to freely explore Bangkok. Visit Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, National Museum, or Jim Thompson's House. Try a riverboat trip along the Chao Phraya River and through the canals (or klongs) for a different perspective of daily life in this busy city. Tonight, you'll take the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Transport: Today you'll travel via overnight train for approx. 12 hours between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Accommodation: Sleeper train
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Make sure you've got room for more than three meals today, because you're heading to the best street food spots in Chiang Mai! Your CEO will lead you on this steet food tour so bring your appetite (and wallet!). Besides eating, there's lots to do here — like a visit to Doi Suthep temple, taking it easy with a soak in the Sankampang Hot Springs, or checking out a Thai boxing match.
Day 4: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jo
It's time for a change of pace on Day 4. Today, drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where you'll set off on a trek through rugged forests to see how diverse this region of hilltribe communities really is. Every village you'll see has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. It's a few hours to the first village of hilltribe thatch bungalows, but every step is worth it as you get to know the lay of the land.
Transport: Today you'll travel via pickup truck for approx. 1 hour between Chiang Mai and Ban Mae Jo. After being picked up at the hotel, quickly stop at the local tourist police station to stamp the document required for trekking in the area before transferring to Mae Malai.
Trek: Today you'll start the trek through forests and rugged terrain from Mae Taeng to Baan Mae Jok, a Karen village. You'll walk for approx. 3 hours.
Please note: The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!
Day 5: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam
After breakfast, trek for approx. 4 hours to reach the lunch stop. Take in the beautiful scenery along the way and then enjoy your lunch before carrying on another hour or so to the Karen village of Ban Pa Khao Lam. Here, see how traditional blankets and scarves are made. Keep trekking for a few more hours (you've got this!) before stopping in the next village for the night.
Trek: Today you'll walk from 4 hours and 30 minutes to 6 hours total.
Day 6: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft and get a closer look at other villages along the way, including Lahu Village. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai, a foodie's paradise! Try the city's most famous dishes like khao soi (noodles in curry broth) and sai usa (northern Thai sausage) and get ready for your big night out. Tonight's the night to celebrate all the wild and humbling adventures you've just shared with new friends. Head into the Anusarn Night Market, grab a drink on us, and reminisce the night away!
Transport: Today you'll travel via bamboo raft for approx. 2 hours between Pa Khao Lam and Lahu Village, then another 2 hours between Lahu Village and Ban Sop Gai. You'll also take a 2 hour pickup truck ride between Ban Sop Gai and Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai/Bangkok
Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time, where you can go shopping in the market, get a Thai massage, or explore any of the many temples. Or, hey, you could always go back for another taste of khao soi curry. Tonight, catch up on sleep during an overnight train and wake up in Bangkok.
Transport: Today you'll travel via overnight train for approx 13 hours between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Accommodation: Sleeper train
Please note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.
Day 8: Bangkok
Today is departure day, but do not fret! There is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos with your newfound friends before you head on your way. This adventure ends in Bangkok, on arrival at the train station (approx. 8am). Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.