Active Chiang Mai – Trekking and Cycling – 5 days/4 nights
Arrival at Chiang Mai Airport on a flight before noon. Your guide and driver will welcome you to Chiang Mai. We will start our Active Chiang Mai Package with the one must-see attraction of Chiang Mai: Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. Drive up the mountain. Visit the temple and enjoy the fantastic view over Chiang Mai. On the way down we will stop at an interesting forest temple. If you want you can hike down from here. It is a nice forest walk with some good views and small waterfalls. It is a great hike of 30-45 mins. We will bring you to your hotel. Check-in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure.
Overnight at Ban Thai Village
Your Active Chiang Mai program starts with a day full of activities. You will explore the old city of Chiang Mai by bicycle. You will have to transfer yourself to the start of the bike tour.
Meet at the start of your Old Chiang Mai Bicycle Tour near Chiang Mai Gate at 0915. The bike tour will depart at 0930 sharp. After a quick fitting and briefing, we start our ride through the back lanes and alleys to experience the modern Chiang Mai as well as the ancient temples. First stop will be Wat Chiang Man, one of the Chiang Mai’s oldest temples. King Mangrai, the founder of Chiang Mai, established the temple around the end of the 13th century. The temple houses a couple of very old Buddha images. Its chedi or stupa is called Chedi Chang Lom and contains fifteen elephants that seem to emerge from the structure. We continue to Wat Inthakin, the temple of the City Pillar. The City Pillar was moved in 1800 to nearby Wat Chedi Luang. The temple houses a 700-year old white Buddha statue. Next to Wat Inthakin is the Three Kings Monument depicting the kings of Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Phayao. Opposite the monument is the old Court of Justice.
Wat Chedi Luang is one of the most famous temples of Chiang Mai. Its impressive, restored chedi is massive and was the tallest structure in Chiang Mai for many centuries. Construction of the chedi started in 1391 to hold the ashes of one of the kings of Lanna. In 1545 the chedi was badly damaged. For almost 450 years the structure was left in a dilapidated state until it was restored in the early 1990s. We continue to Thapae Gate, one of the five old city gates and the most famous one. Until its restoration in 1985 Thapae Gate was a real gate with a road passing through it. In front of the old gate was a fountain and a clock tower. It is always a pleasure to visit fresh markets. We finish this tour with a visit of the Sompeth Market where we stroll around for a while before turning back to the starting point of the tour.
From here you will have to transfer back to the hotel on your own. We will give you instructions.
The afternoon is free. Within walking distance are the Tonlamyai and Warorot Markets, the two most interesting and colourful markets of Chiang Mai.
You will be picked up at Ban Thai Village Resort between 1830 and 1900 for your Chiang Mai street food tour. Travelling by foot and car or songthaew (local taxi) you will explore a number of the evening street food markets around Chiang Mai. You will try out 8-10 Thai dishes and northern Thai delicacies. Please let us know if you are vegetarian. Please also note that many dishes are prepared with fish and oyster sauce. You will also learn how to order food in Thai language!
We will drop you off at the hotel at around 2130.
Overnight at Ban Thai Village Resort
We will pick you up from your hotel for an early departure for your Doi Inthanon day trekking. It was declared a national park in 1972. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain of Thailand (2,565 m). The park boasts the greatest diversity of forest types and bird species found in any single park in the country and has many beautiful waterfalls. We will drive up to the summit of Doi Inthanon before we embark on a beautiful nature trail.
In the dry season, this will be the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, close to the summit. It is a fantastic forest walk with great views. You will be accompanied by a local guide of the Hmong tribe. This trek is open from November 1 until May 31.
In the wet season, it will be the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. It’s a great walk with plenty of river crossings and small waterfalls. You will be accompanied by a local guide of the Karen tribe. This trek is open from June 1 until October 31.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will drive up to the summit of the mountain where there is a small shrine and a visitor centre. After this, we will visit the two chedis, that were built to honour the 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1987, and the 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit in 1992, respectively. On the way back to Chiang Mai we will visit the Vachirathan waterfall and the Mae Klang waterfall. Along the way, we will stop at the Hmong market where products from the Royal Project are for sale. The Royal Project (1969) is a non-profit organisation founded by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej to solve the problems of deforestation, poverty and opium production by promoting alternative crops in Thailand. Drive back to Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at your hotel. Take a rest after another day Active Chiang Mai.
Overnight at Ban Thai Village Resort
Your Active Chiang Mai Package continues today with a lovely elephant experience. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel in 0745. Drive to the Thai Elephant Care Center. After arrival, you will get a briefing about Asian elephants. You will also get safety instructions. Although in captivity elephants are still wild animals and you have to be careful in their presence. You will change into a traditional Thai farmers tunic which is very comfortable. Then you will meet our elderly elephants and get close to them. You will learn to make dried grass which you will later feed to the elephants. You will also visit the elephant cemetery and the place where the elephants rest at night time. Elephants love herb balls and you will learn how to make them. Feed them to the elephants which is great fun. Then you will bathe with an elephant. Elephants love to bathe and it is a lot of fun to share this with an elephant. Feed bananas to our elephants. Say farewell to your elephant friends. Have lunch in a local restaurant.
Here you will be picked up for your next adventure: Eagle Track Zipline. It is about 45 minutes drive to Eagle Track.
After arrival, you will first have lunch. After lunch, you will get safety instructions and put on your harness. The adventure starts! The Eagle Track Gold package is the ultimate adrenaline rush with 16 ziplines to fly down at up to 30 kilometres an hour. In total 35 platforms afford a wonderful view of the breathtaking scenery. Four abseils descending from some of the highest platforms deliver a rush of a completely different kind.
You will get over your fear of heights quickly! Wooden balancing beams will keep things interesting as you move between platforms. See if you can keep your balance on the log. A nature walk connects the end of the Gold section and the start of the Silver section. In the Silver section, other attractions like the “Kung Fu Walk”, Monkey bridge, zig-zag walkway and the bamboo bridge with a lovely waterfall near the base camp, are the notable highlights. After this fantastic adventure, we will transfer you back to the hotel.
Overnight at Ban Thai Village Resort
Our driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport. We hope you had a fantastic time in Chiang Mai. Your Active Chiang Mai Package has come to an end.