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8 Day Northern Thailand Tour: Hilltribes and Villages

Take in the bustling pace of Bangkok, experience the colourful cultures of hilltribe communities and indulge in Chiang Mai on this 8 day tour
Bangkok, Thailand
Duration
Duration
8 Days 7 Nights
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18
Meals
Meals
Some included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Bangkok
Best Seller
Best Seller

What's Included

  • Get up to $80 cash back per person when you book with us

  • All accommodation: Hotels (3 Nights), Hilltribe Huts (2 Nights), Sleeper Train (2 Nights)

  • Variety of delicious meals: 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

  • All transport between destinations 

  • Exclusive tour for 18 to 30-somethings

  • Experience thebustle of Bangkok

  • Explore the vibrancy of Chiang Mai

  • Trek through northern hilltribes and meet the locals

  • Enjoy a float downstream on a bamboo raft

  • Indulge during a Thai streetfood crawl

  • Guidance from an amazing G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

 

Upcoming Departures 2022:


September 29 🔥SELLING FAST🔥

October 20 🔥SELLING FAST🔥

November 10, 17 & 24

December 1, 8 & 22

What to Expect

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! 

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, this tour is made for young, budget-minded travellers aged between 18 and 39.

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Allow $65-$85 USD for meals. Eating is a big part of traveling. On this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

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A variety of styles of hotels/guesthouses are used on this tour. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home, as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guesthouses in stunning locations – rooms are small and basic, may be multi-share, and there may be shared toilet facilities and showers.

Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. 

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For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

 

Joining Instructions


When arriving at Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced 'su wan na poom') in Bangkok proceed to the Arrivals Hall where you can change money into Thai Baht. (You may be approached by nicely dressed, official looking touts offering an expensive limousine service to your hotel; ignore these offers.)

You have two transport options; public bus, the Airport Train & MRT or public taxi. All transportation is located on the ‘ground’ floor.

Public Bus
The Airport Bus operates 4 bus routes to downtown for a cost of 150 Baht for the entire route. Bus AE4 goes to Hua Lamphong train station. Our hotel is located in the Hua Lamphong area.

Taxi
The airport is located 30km’s away from downtown Bangkok. Approach the taxi counters, advise them where you are going and they will write this information down for you along with the taxis registration details. Taxis should always use the meter and you are required to pay a 50 Baht airport surcharge on top of the metered fee plus any tollway fees (approx 70 Baht depending on the route taken). Total journey will cost between 350 THB – 500 THB, depending on traffic and toll fees. The expressway is substantially faster, so tell the taxi driver to use the expressway, you can say either ""kuen ton-way"" (from 'tollway') or ""kuen taang duan"" in Thai (but most understand Tollway/express way in English).

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We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. Be sure to check weather conditions online before you depart. We recommend you bring sun protection cream from home to ensure it meets your needs.

During the trek, you will only need to carry a daypack with your essentials. Your luggage will be stored at the hotel in Chiang Mai and your valuables in a group safety deposit box.

Your CEO will provide instructions on what you need to bring in your daypack on the trek. Usually, this includes a couple of changes of clothes, wet shoes (for river crossings), personal toiletries, flashlight/headlamp, tissues, any personal medications, and electronics you wish to bring along. A small drybag for electronics and a reusable water bottle may also be useful. During the trek, guides will have first aid kits.

Packing List
Conservative Dress:
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test
• Rubber gloves

Light Hiking:
• Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
• Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)

Marine:
• Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
• External battery pack
• Motion sickness tablets
• Sarong
• Snorkel gear (optional) (Only if own equipment is preferred.)

Sleep Sheet and Pillow:
• Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet
• Travel pillow

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

Note: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.

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Most nationalities do not need a visa for Thailand for stays of 30 days or less but if you do they are available on arrival at Bangkok Airport. If staying in Thailand for more than 30 days, you will be required to obtain a tourist visa in advance. Only 15 day tourist visas are issued when entering Thailand overland.

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Policies

Terms & Conditions:

  • For a tour departing between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, travellers will be permitted to cancel their confirmed tour services, pre- or post tour accommodation services, extra services, or transfer services at any time prior to 14 days from the date of tour departure at no charge if they also rebook another tour service and/or reschedule travel to a later date, which later date must be within two years of the initial departure date.

  • The traveller must rebook their deferred travel at the same time as their cancellation in order for the policy to be applicable.

  • For tours booked to depart between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, the traveller will be responsible to pay the difference if the rebooked tour is priced higher than the original tour and will receive a travel credit for the difference that will be kept on file with The Supplier for two years from the date of rebooking if the rebooked tour is priced lower than the original tour.


Cancellation Policy:

  • When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

    - Your flight must arrive by or before: Arrive at any time.
    - Your flight must depart no earlier than: 13:00 on Day 8

  • On all tours all travellers must have received a full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose given at least 14 days before the start of the tour.

  • This tour is only available to travelers aged 18-39

  • Please be advised that a 2-week period of traditional slash and burn farming occurs in this region between March and April (start date varies). During this time your trek may follow an alternate route to avoid uncomfortably smoky areas.


Tour Operator

G Adventures Asia
Sawasdee House Khaosan

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