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Overview

From trekking in the wilderness of northern Thailand, a lesson on Muay Thai to cycling the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, this family adventure in Thailand has activities to cater to all interests and physical capabilities. Visit the legendary sites of Chiang Mai, homestay with Karen Hilltribe Village and overnight sleeper train to Ayutthaya and Bangkok for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Trip Highlights

Thailand Family Wanderer

Mountains and Temples of Chiang Mai

Walk and trek to explore revered mountain temples such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok and more.

Homestay with Karen Hilltribe Village

Visit Ban Khun Puay nestled in a valley and makes a perfect place for a homestay experience in the wild.

Visit Ayutthaya historical park at night

Explore the former Thailand capital on bicycle and marvel at the spectacular twilight scenery of ancient Ayutthaya.

Itinerary

1

Chiang Mai

Transfer from airport to hotel: 15 minutes Transfer from hotel to Chiang Mai Home Host: 30 minutes

Today be picked up from Chiang Mai Airport by a guide and be transferred to the hotel for check-in, freshen up before beginning the late afternoon activity.

This evening around 16.00, get a true taste of Thai life. Spend a day far removed from the tourist areas of Chiang Mai and be immersed with the locals at Baan Thai which offers the opportunity to learn how to cook real Thai food in a traditional Thai setting, with skilled and friendly teachers who can impart the secrets of Thai cooking in a fun atmosphere.

The goal is not only to learn how to cook a variety of Thai foods, but also to have fun while learning starting with a market tour! The teaching style is centered on actually doing, rather than watching. By the time the course is completed, it  will be the most memorable experience of taste and technique.  

Please note: No class on Sunday

Overnight at Chiang Mai

2

Chiang Mai

Transfer from hotel to Wat Srisuphan: 15 minutes Transfer from Wat Srisuphan to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: 1 hour Transfer from Wat Suan Dok to hotel: 15 minutes

Today’s tour will begin after a delicious breakfast. Drive to the temple grounds and meet with the monks and proceed to the workshop area where silver plates are made. Learn how to make these silver plates and create a personalised one using patterns taught at the workshop.

Wat Srisuphan is a silver temple that was first constructed at the beginning of the 16th century. Almost everything in the temple is made of silver and aluminum. The ordination hall is surrounded by sema stones and have remnants of the original temple with its intricate designs. The beautiful murals decorating the interior in a stunning tribute and example of the rich tradition for which the area is renowned for.

Incorporating all aspects of Zen, Buddhist, Theravada and Taoist traditions, the murals bring life to the building and seem to illuminate the story of the Buddha. Two hundred years ago, the Ancient Arts Study Centre here was once a tiny silver-making community established just outside the city walls of Chiang Mai as a means to restore heritage.

The workshop will be done just before noon. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then head to explore the old and modern sides of Chiang Mai, seeking out its most sacred Buddhist monuments. Once inside the old city walls, be captivated by the mix of eclectic markets, traditional houses, majestic foreign consulates, and modern edifices. See locals on their way to or from the pagodas and take note of the small spirit shrines tucked alongside family homes.

Then continue away from town and take a winding, uphill drive to Doi Suthep Mountain. Climb up the staircase of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, admiring the intricate naga carvings along the way. Upon reaching the top, explore the 14th-century pagoda where local devotees come to pay homage and pray. Wander around the towering gilded stupa and take a moment to enjoy the views of Chiang Mai in the distance.

Return down the mountain and continue on the final visit at Wat Suan Dok. A 48-metre golden chedi marks this holy site which was built in the Sri Lankan style. Learn why Wat Suan Dok is popular with local Buddhists, discover its unique Buddha relic, and wander around the mausoleum where the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family are interred. This insightful and spiritual Chiang Mai temple tour ends with a transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight at Chiang Mai

3

Chiang Mai – Doi Lor – Khun Na Sa

Transfer from Chiang Mai to Huay Teun: 2 hours Trekking: 4-5 hours Difficulty: Medium

The time has come to leave the city and look for greener pastures! Be picked up at the hotel and transfer out of Chiang Mai towards Doi Lor district southwest of the city. Stop at the local market for the porters to pick up fresh locally produced vegetables and meat for the trek. If this day falls on a Saturday, there is a chance to stop at the Buffalo Market in Hang Dong and watch a local livestock auction while stocking up on food.  

Arrive at Huay Teun, a small stream running down from the mountain of Doi Lor. Start walking along the stream for an hour and take a picnic lunch on the way. In the afternoon the trekking becomes a little more strenuous as the local trail gains elevation. After around two hours, the climb gets tougher and there is a chance to take a rest at a hidden nameless waterfall in the middle of the woods.

After the waterfall, gain more altitude for another 10 to 30 minutes. Depending on the fitness, arrive at the village of Khun Na Sa for a home cooked dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight in Khun Na Sa.

4

Khun Na Sa – Khun Puay

Trekking: 4 to 8 hours Difficulty: Hard

After a local village breakfast, pack up the belongings and head out on another day of adventure. Start walking through the ever green forest with the occasional ray of sun streaming through thick lush green vegetation.

There are two trails for this day, a shorter easier walk of 4 to 5 hours and a longer more challenging 7 to 8 hours trail which rewards with a spectacular waterfall along the way! Both of the trails offers chances to spot wildlife, especially birds of many exotic species that are abundant in this area. Bring a pair of binoculars along!

Lunch will be a jungle style picnic. Arrive at Ban Khun Puay, a Karen Hilltribe Village of 70 families. Get acquainted with the people in the village and get to know more about the tribe and their lives through story-telling. Dinner before going back to bed. This hilltribe village is nestled in a valley and makes a perfect place for the last night’s sleep out in the wild. 

Overnight in Khun Puay.

5

Khun Puay – Chiang Mai

Transfer from Khun Puay to Chiang Mai: 2 hours Transfer from Chiang Mai hotel to Muay Thai Camp: 20 mins Trekking: 5- 6 hours Difficulty: Medium

Rise and shine to the sounds of nature. Today, spend the whole day trekking downhill from the village of Khun Puay, north of Doi Inthanon National Park. Along the way, stop by another waterfall while trekking to the vehicle pick-up point for a transfer back to Chiang Mai. Be transferred to the hotel in the mid-afternoon for a well deserved rest before the evening’s experience at 16:30.

This evening, transfer to a Muay Thai Camp for an introduction to the art of Muay Thai.

Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up strikes along with various clinching techniques. Spend 2 hours with a personal Muay Thai Instructor to learn these techniques. From past to present day, Muay Thai remains Thailand’s national sport. The training will provide a memorable experience and a taste of Thailand’s martial arts.

Remark: No class on Sunday

Overnight at Chiang Mai

6

Chiang Mai – Ayutthaya

Transfer from Hotel to Kanta elephant camp – round trip: 2.30 hours Transfer from Hotel to train station: 10 minutes Sleeping train to Ayutthaya: 10 hours

Today, wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at the hotel. Be picked up at 08:30 by air-conditioned vehicle and transfer to Kanta Elephant Sanctuary for a morning with elephants. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Chiang Mai’s rolling hills, forests and farms. 

Kanta Elephant Sanctuary is an ethical elephant camp with sustainable eco-tourism practices in place. They offer a retirement home for ALL elephants that have previously work hard for the tourism or logging industry. Throughout the day, gain an insight into an elephants’ life and their story while spending time with them in a safe area.

Upon arrival at the sanctuary, get changed into traditional clothing before preparing fruits to feed the elephants. Enjoy roaming, touching, and playing with them. Get to learn more about their background, health care, and common behaviours. Have more fun with them in the pool by giving them a bath and mud scrub and taking pictures with them.

Tea and coffee break will be served before departing the sanctuary for the hotel at around 13:00 for a refreshing shower. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before being picked up for a transfer to the train station at 17:00.

Remarks: Train number 10 at 18.00

Overnight/dinner on sleeper train.

7

Ayutthaya

Transfer from Ayutthaya train station to Wat Ratchaburana: 10 minutes Transfer from Wat Ratchaburana to Wat Mahathat: 5 minutes (Walking distance: 350 meters) Transfer from Wat Mahathat to Ayutthaya historical park: 10 minutes Transfer from Ayutthaya historical park to Ayutthaya hotel: 15 minutes Cycling duration: 2 hours (about 10 km)

Good morning Ayutthaya! After arrival at the train station in the early morning, have breakfast at a morning market or local restaurant nearby. Early morning is the best time to see the monks emerge from their monasteries for the daily alms collection. Witness the saffron-robed monks shuffle silently down the streets, collecting offerings from local Buddhist residents.

This serene ceremony is the perfect introduction to Ayutthaya’s spiritual side. Take a look at Ayutthaya itself and see how the city has evolved over the years. Even though it is just a short distance from the busy modern capital of Bangkok, Ayutthaya retains a sleepy, laid back atmosphere.

Get a taste of the city’s rhythms with a spectaular sunrise view at local temples in town at Wat Yai Chaimongkol, with an impressive collection of seated Buddha Images, and snap a photo of its iconic Buddha image before heading back to the hotel.

Check-in and enjoy some time at leisure before continuing the afternoon around 13:00 with a cycling session to Ayutthaya historical park. The bike will be fitted and ready for a cycling exploration of this area’s spectacular temple ruins. In the mysterious light of dusk, explore the temples by bicycle. Witness the spectacular twilight scenery of the former capital of Thailand on a relaxing bike ride. See the main highlights and a few hidden gems of what was once the most splendid city of the East. 

Overnight in Ayutthaya

8

Ayutthaya – Bangkok

Transfer from Ayutthaya hotel to Bangkok hotel: 1.20 hours Cycling duration: 3 hours

Hop in the minivan after breakfast and say goodbye to Ayutthaya. Continue the journey to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Stop along the way for lunch and head back to the hotel to relax before the afternoon adventure begins around 13:00.

Transfer from the hotel to the starting point of the biking tour at River City Shopping Center Si Phraya, explore the bustling everyday life of Chinatown. Through narrow alleyways and winding pathways best accessed by two-wheel transport cycle and pass markets, local Buddhist temples, and a vast array of unique ‘street life’.

Cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry and continue the tour in Thonburi to see more of local temples, museums and slower-paced lifestyle of urban Thais on the other riverside. Back to the starting point in River City Shopping Center Si Phraya after going through the flower market.

Overnight in Bangkok.

9

Bangkok

Transfer from Bangkok hotel to Jim Thompson House: 15 mins Transfer from Jim Thompson House to Baan Krua: 20 mins Transfer from Baan Krua to Bangkok hotel 20 mins:

Today after breakfast, begin with a visit to the Jim Thompson House. Located along a canal in the city centre, this beautiful teak mansion was the former residence of Jim Thompson, the charismatic silk merchant. Wander around the leafy compound, exploring the traditional teak buildings to learn more about the man himself, his involvement in the silk trade and his mysterious disappearance. Admire the priceless antiques on display while gaining insight into Thai heritage and tradition.

After the tour of Thompson’s home, cross the canal to Baan Krua Thai Silk Weaving Community. This Cham Muslim community is home to remarkable local artisans, many of whom used to weave for Jim Thompson. Today, two original weaving families still remain. Visit their local workshops and witness artisans producing high-quality Thai silk products. Learn about their traditional methods and browse the impressive gallery of fabrics. 

Following this insightful tour of Baan Krua, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. With the chosen hotel located at the heart of Bangkok and is easily accessible to sky train (BTS) or subway(MRT), choose to head out and explore independently.

Leisure recommendation - MBK Center is probably Bangkok's most legendary shopping mall, popular with both tourists and locals, and busy with shoppers every day. There are eight floors packed with 2,000 shops that sell everything from clothing, fashion accessories, handbags, leather products and luggage to furniture, mobile phones, electric appliances, cameras, stationery and DVDs. Launched in 1986, MBK Center is a beehive of activity, especially on weekends, when half of Bangkok converges to shop for bargains. It's not as up-market or stylish as neighboring Siam Discovery, Siam Centre and the glitzy Siam Paragon, but it offers a mind-boggling range of goods spread over 89,000 square meters and is considerably less expensive and valued the spending.

Overnight in Bangkok

10

Bangkok Departure

Transfer from Bangkok hotel to Bangkok airport: 1 hr.

Breakfast at the hotel. Then meet with guide and transportation for a private transfer to Bangkok Airport for the onward flight to the next destination.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 group airport transfer in and out
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and backup as itinerary.
  • Activity quality gears
  • Cooking is a join-in activity. Private transfer, no guide. Group size 2-9
  • Daily water
  • 1 EXO Adventure certified English speaking guide * 10 days
  • 1 assistant guide for 8 -16 PAX * 10 days
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above
  • 1 Overnight 2nd class train
  • All activities are sit-in-coach (SIC)

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Other tipping or personal expenses
  • Fruit and snack
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Supplement for other language speaking guides
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • Flight reconfirmations

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