An active adventure tour through Thailand's Chiang Mai region

Travel to Thailand and experience an intoxicating blend of ancient temples, steamy rainforest trails and raucous markets in Chiang Mai. This is a full-throttle short break that features the best Thailand’s northern region has to offer. Tackle the world-famous Mae Taeng River rapids on a rafting excursion, hike through local villages and temperate rainforests, cycle through the fruit orchards and temple ruins dotted around the countryside and climb the ancient staircase to the hilltop of Doi Suthep in time for sunset. Combine this with shopping expeditions through Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar, encountering friendly faces around every corner and feasting on superb Thai cuisine. A perfect blend of energetic pursuits and enchanting sights, this trip is bound to leave you breathless!

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2016:
On the 13th of October 2016 the Thai Government announced the passing of his majesty, the King of Thailand. Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej a 1 year mourning period has been declared in Thailand. In the first 30 days all government offices will fly the Thai flag at half-mast and there will likely be restrictions on the opening hours or selling of alcohol at entertainment venues including pubs and clubs. I. As this is an emotional time for Thailand and its people we ask that our travellers wear dark coloured clothing over the next 30 days as a mark of respect to the much loved King.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
For 2016 and 2017 departures we will now provide a welcome meeting with your local guide at 7pm on day one at the start point hotel.


Start
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Country
Thailand
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling, Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Code
TTAV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Get the heart pumping on an active adventure tour from Chiang Mai

  • Climb to the summit of Doi Suthep temple and enjoy the hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and sweeping views of the city

  • Uncover Thailand’s rural charm as you hike and bike thought scenic hilltribe areas

  • Cycle off the main streets and into the heart and soul of Chaing Mai with a backstreets, Ping River countryside bike tour

  • Discover the ancient lost capital of the Lanna Kingdom and the incredible remains of Wiang Kum Kam

  • Ride a raft over the rugged white water rapids of the Mae Taeng River

Is this trip right for you?

  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.

  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

  • This is an active style trip so a good level of fitness and a passion for hiking, biking and rafting is of course recommended.

  • Your evenings will be free, and your local guide will be able to recommend some restaurants to dine at.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 7pm. If you arrive early, take a hotel business card with you and head out to explore charming Chiang Mai or just laze by the pool. The friendliness of the people, the vibrant Night Bazaar, the interesting old town bound by moats, and the many fascinating temples enthral travellers from around the world. After your welcome meeting you will have free time tonight to do as you wish. Make sure to sample some delicious traditional northern Thai food tonight. The signature dish is kao soy, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or beef. Your guide can give you recommendations on where to go for dinner.

Please note if you arrive after 7pm on day one we will leave a "welcome Pack" for you at the hotel reception. Please ask for this welcome pack upon check in.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast, head off to explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep. Pick up time is between 8.30-9am. A short drive (approximately 45 minutes) along a scenic and winding mountain road brings you to an impressive 300-step Naga-guarded stairway. The rewards justify the ascent to the top, with one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand on display, not to mention the fantastic panoramic views of the city! You’ll then return to your hotel at around 11am for a short break. At about 1.30pm, after a safety briefing and bicycle fitting, saddle up for a cycling adventure into the streets of Chiang Mai and beyond. Journey south through pleasant green fields, following the Ping River downstream. Make a stop at a former leper colony turned rehabilitation centre, where you’ll get to know some of the daily life of the missionaries who worked here over a hundred years ago. The trip continues along various fruit orchards, and cycling down small country roads, meandering around the villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, where you’ll encounter the Thai way of life and the real rural Thailand. Explore the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, the former capital of Lanna, before you cycle back to Chiang Mai. Perhaps reward yourself with an authentic Thai massage tonight.

Notes: The cycling distance is around 25-30km along flat ground, with 1.5km along unsealed road. The cycling time will be approximately 4.5 hours with frequent stops. Helmets and comfort bicycles (adapted mountain bike), with 24 gears and front suspension, are provided.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Guided bike ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Get set for an action packed day exploring the hill tribe areas north of the city. After breakfast, around 8am, drive north to the Mae Tang area where your adventure begins. Get on two wheels again to mountain bike through scenic landscapes along local roads (approximately 8 kilometres) to the starting point of a trek to a waterfall (approximately 1.5-2 hours). Make your way through the forest scenery on a hike to Huay Sathan Waterfall, where you can relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and dip into the cooling waters. After completing the trekking loop, drive up to the river camp. In the afternoon, prepare for a thrilling whitewater rafting session. Get outfitted with helmets and life jackets, and take a safety brief to get acquainted with the paddling commands, the correct way to sit in the raft, and the necessary precautions on river safety. Then, the rapid Mae Taeng River and its 14 gorges along a 10 kilometre stretch await. The difficulty level on the Mae Taeng River ranges from grade 3 to 5. It has been praised by travellers as some of the best whitewater rafting in Asia. This awesome rafting trip takes approximately 2 hours and finishes at the downstream camp, where you can rest and change into dry clothes. Enjoy some hot and cold drinks or fresh fruits before returning to your Chiang Mai accommodation. On your last night, soak up the atmosphere of the vibrant night markets once more.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - White water rafting
  • Chiang Mai - Guided bike ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
There are no activities planned for today and you are free to depart at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. A departure airport transfer is included to Chiang Mai airport.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival/Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Bicycle, Minibus, Raft

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Chiang Mai - Guided bike ride
  • Chiang Mai - White water rafting
  • Complimentary Arrival/Departure Transfer

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Important notes

1. Complimentary airport arrival and departure transfers are included with this trip. Please advise your flight details at time of booking.
2. For 2016 and 2017 departures this trip will now start on day one at 7pm.
3. This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Thailand and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities.

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