OFF THE BEATEN TRACK CHIANG MAI-MAE HONG SON (DTA/ORD)

DAY 1: CHIANGMAI – MAE RIM AREA (L, D)

Early pick up from various major Chiangmai Hotels and drive out of Chiangmai by a 4 – wheel drive Land Rover vehicle northward to the Mae Tang district, a mere 20 kilometers north of Chiangmai. Stop to be made at the local bustling market of Mae Malai before branching along the bumpy road to a hidden community, along a scenic highland road through teakwood plantations, where a stop will be made to visit a traditional Karen and Lisu Hill Tribe Village. A simple picnic lunch to be served. End the first day to arrive and check in at riverside simple lodge, for dinner and overnight.

 

DAY 2: MAE RIM AREA – THAM LOD CAVES (B, L, D)

We welcome the second day with a hearty breakfast before we continue our “expedition” through nature not yet touched by mass tourism. We drive along a bumpy-logging road to one of the many hot springs in Thailand. Here, we spend the late morning, observing the evergreen jungle-park and simply relax and prepare your self for an afternoon of activity. Stop for lunch in the charming town of Pai, prior to continue east to the renowned Tham Lod Caves for an afternoon of excellent caving activities. Dinner and stay overnight at a simple lodge in Pang Ma Pa.

 

DAY 3 : THAM LOD CAVES – MAE HONG SON (B, L, D)

Simple breakfast at the Lodge. We drive to Mae Hong Son, the provincial capital of this part of Thailand. Via a small path, crossing the river, we reach a hidden elephant camp. Experience the gentle suspension of this 4 x 4- Jumbo walk from the camp to the border village of the amazing Pa Dawng People, better known as the “Long Neck Karen”. Pay a visit, while discreetly witnessing their lifestyle and customs. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant, before we reach our final overnight address, we embark for an 1-hour boat trip to be impressed by the lush green riverbanks and surroundings while going downstream of the Pai River. Dinner and overnight stay at the Tara Mae Hong Son.

 

DAY 4 : MAE HONG SON – CHIANGMAI (B)

American breakfast at the hotel. An early morning trip brings you up the hilltop named Doi Kong Moo, overlooking the town in a sometimes misty and yet mystical valley before wandering around the bustling morning market of Mae Hong Son. No lunch included. Other stops can be made at several Shan-style temples along the way to airport (when time permits and depending on the confirmed return flight back to Chiangmai). From here, we transfer you to Mae Hong Son Airport for a mere 30 minutes flight to Chiangmai �� end of services (no transfer included from Chiangmai International Airport)