Day 1: Arrive in Chiang Mai
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai Airport your guide will be waiting for you in the arrival hall holding a sign with your names on it, ready to transfer you by air conditioned vehicle to the hotel in Chiang Mai.
Day 2: Chiang Dao Elephants and Hilltribes
Start the day with a scenic drive north of Chiang Mai, through the hilly forests to the Chiang Dao Young Elephants Training Camp. Climbing atop these beautiful animals you’ll walk slowly through the forest for around an hour, before enjoying a local picnic lunch.
After eating, take a ride on a bamboo raft along the Ping River before heading back to the vehicle and venturing north to explore a Palong hilltribe village. On the journey you’ll pass local schools, temples and flowering orchids before exploring the village and the local way of life. Enjoy the pleasant aroma from the extensive herb gardens and scenic view the breathtaking mountainous region of Chiang Dao.
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Today is yours to explore Chiang Mai, whether you stroll amongst the temples and monasteries of the city or hire a moped and zoom up the hairpin bends to the top of Doi Suthep, where stunning views over the city contend with the golden temple that you’ll discover amongst the trees at the top of the hill. Staying in the city you can explore the shops and restaurants of Chiang Mai – why not try a bowlful of khao soi, a northern speciality made of crunchy noodles, lean beef and delicious Thai spices and herbs.
In the evening you could head over to the night market, exploring the various stalls and shops selling everything from clothes and jewellery to food and souvernirs. Finish the night at one of the city’s many laid back bars, enjoying the relaxed nighttime atmosphere of this northern town.
Day 4: Depart Chiang Mai
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you during the transfer by air conditioned private vehicle to the airport where you’ll check in for your onwards flight.