CHIANG DAO EXPLORER
Day 1: CHIANG DAO EXPLORER: Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao (L/D)
On arrival at Chiang Mai Airport you are met and transferred towards the northern hill region around Chiang Dao, ( If you are already in Chiang Mai we will pick you up at your hotel). The roads conditions are very poor; however the breathtaking mountain scenery make for an interesting drive. After an enjoyable visit to a remote elephant camp at Chiangdao we have our first chance to get on bike to explore Chiangdao Caves which is home of a sacred Buddhist sanctuary. We continue cycling from rural lanes onto off road trails leading to hill tribe villages where we will spend the night as guest of villagers. O/N at Tribal Hut.
Day 2: CHIANG DAO EXPLORER: Mountain bike (B/L/D)
Upon leaving the village of previous night we ride our bike off road trails to get out of the valley. We rest our legs on a short drive delivering us to another remote village from which we will start two hour walk past the rough and verdant mountain landscape. There are many stop opportunities to meet local people and shoot some wonderful pictures. At the end of our trek we pedal the tough trails as we please. The roads are difficult at times with some uphill and downhill riding but it is still an unforgettable experience. O/N at Tribal Hut.
Day 3: CHIANG DAO EXPLORER: Mountain bike - Sri Lanna National park (B/L/D)
Today we continue riding around this charming valley before we head out on undulating roads towards the Sri Lanna National Park. Here we drop our bike and embark on our sit-on-top kayaks for an energetic three hours paddling on a lake, exploring the beautiful limestone rock formations and watching many species of bird , as it is part of the park. Arriving at floating house by late afternoon we enjoy an well -earned rest . O/N at Floating House.
Day 4: CHIANG DAO EXPLORER: Sri Lanna park - Chiang Mai (B/L)
An impressive way to begin our day is a view of the beautiful sunrise over the lake. We have plenty of time for swimming, paddling or exploring the lake. After lunch we row our kayak towards the lake shore and meet with our waiting vehicle for a rough drive back to Chiang Mai.
INCLUSIONS: Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and tourist bus + Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner + Accommodation: home stay + English or French speaking guide + Entrance fee to indicated sights + Bike equipment + Kayaking
EXCLUSIONS: Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room supplement, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa, flight in / out of Thailand, any optional additional tours or activities during free time, surcharge for peak season, local holiday days and gala dinner
THAILAND IS A DEVELOPPING COUNTRY WHOSE INFRASTRUCTURE MAY DIFFER FROM WHAT YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR HOME LAND. THE ROAD CONDITIONS ARE POOR AND THE ACCOMMODATION MAY BE BASIC IN REMOTE AREAS. AT VILLAGE, WE STAY IN DORMITORY OR TRIBAL HUTS, THERE ARE NEITHER WESTERN TOILET , NOR CURRENT WATER NOR ELECTRICITY .
THE ITINERARY IS CORRECTED AT THE TIME OF VIEWING. OCCASIONALLY, THE PROGRAMME CHANGES AS WE MAKE IMPROVEMENT STEMING FROM OUR PAST TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS AND OUR OWN RESEARCH OR DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. THIS INCLUDES FESTIVAL, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, WEATHER AND FLIGHT DELAY,.. THAT MAY EFFECT THE ITINERARY.
THE TRIP INCLUDES SOME MEALS AS MENTIONED AT THE ITINERARY HOWEVER OUR GUIDE WILL BE ON HAND TO ADVISE YOU AS FAR THE AVAILABLE RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY LOCAL FOOD AT YOUR OWN BUDGET. THE MEAL COST IS ALL DEPENDING ON YOUR CHOICE OF EATING PLACE. THE PACKAGE TOUR WITH FULL BOARD MEAL IS ARRANGED UPON REQUEST .
THE DRESS STANDARDS ARE CONSERVATIVE THROUGHOUT ASIA. LOOSE , LIGHTWEIGHT, LONG CLOTHING ARE ALL RESPECTFUL AND COOL IN ASIAN HOT CLIMATE. IN ADDITION TO YOUR ITEMS OF PERSONAL CLOTHING, WE SUGGEST YOU TO BRING TRAINER OR SNEAKER SHOES, JACKET FOR COLD WEATHER, TORCH/FLASH LIGHT, HAT, RAIN COAT FOR WET SEASON, SUN CREAM, SUNGLASSES, DAYPACK, TOILETRIES AND SMALL TOWER, INSECT REPELLENT.