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Day 01 : CHIANG MAI – DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK – MAE CHAEM
Free lunch and dinner - night in Mae Chaem - 3h drive, 120km
your flight to Chiang Mai should arrive before 8am
You will be welcomed at the airport in Chiang Mai by our local team and your English speaking guide. Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Doi Inthanon. Visit the Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest summit in Thailand, 2565 meters. The park is rich in flora and fauna, Wachiratharn waterfalls, tracks hikes and Hmong and Karen hill tribe villages. You can visit the many pagodas scattered around the area. The best of them (located on the top) are two large pagodas built for the King and Queen of Thailand. Free lunch. Drive to Mae Chaem where you visit the Village of traditional cotton weaving, Tambon Tha Pha. This village is famous for its production of sarongs in northern style. Wat Pa Daet, a "Lanna" temple well hidden and secluded in lush rice fields and remarkable murals will enchant you. The construction of the temple dates from 1877 and was restored in 1980. Probably closed for security reasons, do not hesitate to ask the monks to open up the viharn and its treasure consisting of wall paintings dating from the 19th century. Then discover Mae Chaem and its very particular market frequented by mountain tribes. You can visit the various temples of the valley like Wat Yang Luang, Wat Puttha In, Wat Phrao Num and Wat Kong Ka. Dinner and overnight in Mae Chaem.
Day 02 : MAE CHAEM – OB LUANG PARC NATIONAL – DOI TAO – TAK
Free lunch and dinner - night in Tak - 7,5h drive, 351km
Breakfast at hotel and visit the Ob Luang National Park and its gorge. The area is pleasantly dotted with teak forests and hills. Drive to Doi Tao, where you can walk around the lake. Free lunch. Continue to Tak Province still unknown by tourists, Tak has fantastic nature around Mae Sot and Umphang. Dinner and overnight in Tak
Day 03 : TAK – MAE SOT - UMPHANG
Free lunch and dinner - night in Umphang - 6h drive, 267km
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mae Sot and its Mu Soe Hill Tribe Market which offers a wide range of local fruit, vegetables, silverware, clothes and other local products from the province of Tak. The dynamic Burmese Market in the city center represents an amazing cultural mix. There, Indo-Burmese clothes, food and wooden items from the Karen, Mon, Hmong. Find many shops of gems and Jade. Lunch during the visit.
To reach Umphang from Mae Sot, you should absolutely take the "Death Highway" which is now secure but very steep. Visit the following sites: Pha Charoen waterfalls, the Hmong village of Ban Pa Kha Kao. Arrive by late afternoon in the small town of Umphang. The road has more than 1000 curves. The small town of Umphang is surrounded by dense jungle. The wildlife sanctuary is part of the Huai Kha Khaeng Thungyai wildlife sanctuary, 6000 km², a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991. Dinner and overnight in Umphang.
Day 04 : UMPHANG
Free lunch and dinner - night in Umphang - Free day
Breakfast at the hotel and free day in the middle of this amazing and beautiful natural surroundings. Possibility of rafting, Mae Klong River is popular for rafting, because of its many rapids, stunning jungle scenery, and countless waterfalls and cascades. (4-5 level). Make a full day cycling in the rain forest with a mountain bike. Or a full day of moderate trekking (5-6hrs walk) in the rain forest, then 1 hour elephant back ride and visit local tribes villages.
Day 05 : UMPHANG – MAE SOT – MAE SARIANG
Free lunch and dinner - night in Mae Sariang - 8h drive, 418km
Breakfast at hotel, then drive to Mae Sot. You will continue your journey along the Thai-Burma border, along the banks of the Moei River. Discover the villages of Karen and Lawa tribes close to the border between Thailand and Myanmar. The road follows the river before going up north crossing the Yuam River valley and the small town of Mae Sariang. One of the cultural highlights of this region are the authentic hill tribe villages scattered around Mae Sariang. Several Karen and Lawa villages are to be visited. These villages are generally difficult to find (your tour guide can show you the way).
A visit to these villages will be a complete cultural immersion and an introduction to their local life. Lunch during the visit. Then, drive to Mae Sariang, a village where traders from the region come to buy. A pretty river runs on the western side of the city. You can visit the two most beautiful temples in the city, the Wat Si and Wat Jong Bunruang Sun, built in the 19th century in Burmese style.
Visit of Mae Sariang Museum, a wooden building in a traditional Thai design. The museum is a center of "One Tambol One Product" (OTOP) and includes presentations on the lifestyle of indigenous peoples, including Lua, Thai Yai, Karen, Hmong and Lawa with their local history. Dinner, overnight in Mae Sariang.
Day 06 : MAE SARIANG – KHUN YUAM – MAE HONG SON
Free lunch and dinner - night in Mae Hong Son - 2,5h drive, 164km
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Khun Yuam, during the month of November, the Bua Thong Flowers (wild sunflowers) are in full bloom on the slopes of the mountain. The Khun Yuam War Museum includes military equipment has an interesting collection of photographs from the Second World War. Imperial troops of the Japanese army stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a road crossing Burma to India. Visit the "Japan museum" with pictures and documentaries about the Second World War. The Nam Tok Mae Surin National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the province of Mae Hong Son and is visited preferably during the cool season between November and April. You can visit the beautiful waterfalls of Mae Surin, falling from a height of 80 meters. Then you will continue with a visit to a Hmong village.
The Thais call the Hmong "Meo". Very attached to their traditions, they know the harshness of mountain life, living between 1000 and 2000m altitude. They grow rice and corn, according to the will of the authorities who wish to divert the illicit cultivation of opium poppy. Lunch during the visit. Drive to Mae Hong Son with the visit of three temples near the picturesque Jong Kham Lake. This is one of the central points of the city, the western part of the lake has a few restaurants, a night market, and a walking path along the lake.
Visit Wat Chong Kham located next to Wat Chong Klang, the older of the two wat founded in 1827 by the Shan ruler of Mae Hong Son. The Buddha in Burmese style sits, 5 meters high. Wat Chong Klang was built in the 1860s, its Burmese style chedi can be easily seen from the shore of the lake. Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu is the main attraction of Mae Hong Son, keeping the city like a sentry. The best time to visit is at sunset between November and February when the surrounding mountains are shrouded in fog. Dinner and overnight in Mae Hong Son.
Day 07 : MAE HONG SON – THAM LOD - PAI
Free lunch and dinner - night in Pai - 2h drive, 107km
Breakfast at hotel, visit three different Karen villages, Tibeto-Burman minorities immigrated in Thailand in 1990 because of the conflict with the military regime in Burma. The Kayan "Giraffes Women" and the Kayaws "Women with long ears" live close to the border in villages that make tourist attractions because of their particular body modification. Thais have brought these two communities in the same villages. Kayah Li "Elephants Women" use cotton rings around the legs. Drive by jeep to Mae Hong Son. Lunch during the visit. Visit the Tham Lod Cave by bamboo raft. Exploring of its many limestone caves and its prehistoric coffins. Depending on the time you can visit three other villages: Ban Bang Paek (Lisu tribe), famous for their bright clothes. Ban Mae Ping (Karen tribe) and Ban Ban Jabo and Payang (Lahu tribe). Lahu: called by the Thai "Muser" are hunters by tradition. With animistic origin, like most tribes, many of them have been converted to Christianity. Lahu women wear red and black jackets with narrow black skirts. Dinner and overnight in Pai.
Day 08 : PAI – MAE TAENG – MAE NGAT - CHIANG DAO
Free lunch and dinner - night in Chiang Dao - 2,5h drive, 160km
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mae Ngat and its artificial lake. Drive through rice fields and rolling hills to Sri Lanna National Park. Discover the dam and the lake. Lunch at the lake. You can then enjoy free time to swim, fish or canoeing. Drive to Chiang Dao, free dinner and overnight in Chiang Dao.
DAY 09 : CHIANG DAO – DOI ANGKHANG - THATON
Free lunch and dinner - night in Thaton - 3h drive, 179km
Breakfast at hotel. Short bike ride to explore the beautiful surroundings and the Chiang Dao Caves in Ban. Chiang Dao Wildlife Reserve and amounts to 2,195 above sea level. The region is rich in flowers growing in altitude, birds and butterflies. Free lunch, then you will go to the Doi Ang Khang National Park, a research center of Royal Agriculture. Drive to Thaton. Discovery of Fang Hot Springs located in Ban Pin, 50 hot springs in the middle of the forest. Three of them are continuously boiling at temperatures ranging from 90 to 100° C. Located on the banks of the Kok River, near the border with Myanmar, visit Wat Tha Ton. Free dinner and overnight in Thaton.
Day 10 : THATON – MAE FA LUANG – GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG KHONG
Free lunch and dinner - night in Chiang Khong - 5h45 drive, 286km
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Mae Salong, a village in the clouds with a splendid panoramic view. The history of this village is linked to the withdrawal of the army against the Communist who will occupy the village to develop opium trade. Visit of Mae Fah Luang Artistic and Cultural Park that concentrates one of the largest collections of Lanna Thai antiques. You can also enjoy the surroundings for hiking. This tour will take you in the footsteps of KMT soldiers whose descendants are the present inhabitants of Mae Salong. You will discover during this half day of stunning scenery, tea plantations, ethnic minorities and an interesting history page. Drive to Mae Sai, and lunch.
Mae Sai is the northernmost town in Thailand. It is one of three crossing points between Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Like all border towns, it is an important trade center. Drive by private air-conditioned vehicle to Chiang Khong. Stop at Ban Sop Ruak, the point called "Golden Triangle" where converge the borders of three countries: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Visit the Opium Museum and cruise on the Mekong River. Visit the majestic Wat Phra That Chom Kitti facing the Golden Triangle. On the way, visit the walled city of Chiang Saen, former capital of the Thai kingdom Yonok (built from 1419), with 70 temples including the remains of Wat Paa Sak and museum. Continue to Chiang Khong. Dinner and overnight in Chiang Khong.
DAY 11 : CHIANG KHONG – PHU CHI FAH – CHIANG RAI
Free lunch and dinner - night in Chiang Rai - 3,5h drive, 178km
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Phu Chi Fah, with a stop to enjoy the panoramic view over the valley. Continue to Chiang Rai. Visit the white temple, Wat Rong Khun, this very recent temple is the most visited monument in the region made by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Its creator himself says that it will be completed 60 to 90 years after his death. A fresco mixes Buddhist codes with Matrix, Star Wars, the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York and even Kung Fu Panda. Free lunch. Cruise to Chiang Rai by a motorized canoe on the Kok River and visit a Tibeto-Burmese town. Dinner, opportunity to visit the night market. Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Day 12 : CHIANG RAI – CHIANG MAI
free lunch and dinner - Airport transfert - 3h15 drive, 197km
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Chiang Mai.
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Note: The order of visits may be modified at any time in case of force majeure. If some elements of the visit - mentioned in the above itinerary - for whatever reason are made and are not executable, they will be replaced by other valid alternatives of similar quality.