PAI VALLEY EXPLORATION TOUR
Day 1: PAI VALLEY EXPLORATION TOUR : Chiang Mai - Pai Valley trekking tour
On arrival at Chiang Mai Airport you are met by our guide and transferred towards Mae Hong Son ( If you are already in Chiang Mai we will pick you up at your hotel). The winding roads lead us through the breathtaking mountain landscape to Pai Valley, a base for our forthcoming adventure. This little town, snuggled in a picturesque valley between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son in the North, has a peaceful atmosphere that soothes away the stresses of city life, as well as offering plenty of adventurous options like trekking and caving to satisfy restless urges. On arrival we have free time to explore the surrounding areas and pack for trekking days. O/N in Pai.
Day 2: PAI VALLEY EXPLORATION TOUR : Pai - Lahu Village (B/L/D)
Heading out of the town we embark a truck for a rough drive to Ban Nam Rin, home of the Lisu Hill tribe. We set off on a fall walking day, using the local path and follow the undulating hillsides to a Karen Hilltribe Village which is specialized in hand weaving of traditional colourful clothing. The local villagers are very poor but have an interesting culture and history. We continue venturing into this mountainous area and walk to the Lahu village where we are guest of villagers and spend the night in a traditional house. The accommodation is very simple and dormitory style, no western facilities. O/N at Lahu Village.
Day 3: PAI VALLEY EXPLORATION TOUR : Lahu village - Ban Soppong (B/L/D)
The rousing trek continues as we depart the village of our previous night and pass the breathtaking mountain scenery and many different villages. We are sure to attract attention as this part of the country receives very few visitors. This trekking usually takes around 7 hours and is quite strenuous in some places, but views of the mountain scenery and lush vegetation are fantastic. We finish our walking day when arriving at Soppong, the main Thai village in the area. After checking into the simple local guesthouse we have time to wander around this village, enabling us to understand a little more about their culture and lifestyle. O/N in Soppong village.
Day 4: PAI VALLEY EXPLORATION TOUR : Ban Soppong - River Camp (B/L/D)
Upon leaving Soppong village we drive by truck to the Nam Khong River, a tributary of the Pai River. The local guide provides us a briefing about the navigation skill and the security. We start our thrilling river trip, rafting along the river to the Suza waterfalls. This true adventure will give us some opportunities to watch monkeys and birds playing along the riverside, shower in sparkling waterfalls, and discover the fun of "body rafting". On arrival at the camp site late afternoon we enjoy swimming or relaxing near the camp. O/N at River Camp.
Day 5: PAI VALLEY EXPLORATION TOUR : River Camp - Mae Hong Son (B/L)
Today we spend a half day rafting downstream to the Pai River. Along the way we make an enjoyable stop at the hot spring before we row through the gorges of Pai and the many challenging rapids. The exciting rafting complete as we meet our waiting vehicle and drive along a zigzag roads to Mea Hong Son. On arrival we check into a centrally located hotel and soak up the fresh climate as much as you want by spending your time to wander around and catch up the first glimpse of this hill town. The Burmese influence is prevalent as this hill town is bordered by the Union of Myanmar to the north and the west O/N in Mae Hong Son
Day 6: PAI VALLEY EXPLORATION TOUR : Mae Hong Son - Departure (B)
The sightseeing tour of Mae Hong Son begins the famous Burmese style monasteries, Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang. The first structure was constructed around 200 year ago by the Shan people while Wat Jong Klang houses an old glass painting and many wood carvings depicting the various lives of Buddha. The next stop is Doi Kong Moo which dominates the town and therefore affords a wonderful view of surrounding mountains as well as valleys. The trip ends after transfer Mae Hong Son Airport for departure.
INCLUSIONS: Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver, tourist bus and truck on bad road conditions + Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner + English or French speaking guide + Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotelS or similar one and homestay on trekking day + Entrance fee to indicated sights + Rafting + Porter for trekking
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.
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.