Spirit of Thailand Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

On a river, alongside a mountain, and within a temple, Thailand wraps its marvels around you in an embrace of magic. The way its spices taste, the smell of its lush jungles, the way the water flows over the cracked skin of an elephant as she bathes…it all sticks to your memory like pollen in your hair.

Your feet will take you from mountain trail to a temple hidden amid the jungle, reminding you of the untapped wonder that still exists in this world. And here is your opportunity to breathe it all in.

Each day you will experience Thailand anew. By boat, trek, kayak, bamboo raft, bike, and even by Rickshaw, your senses will tingle at the quiet beauty of this landscape’s every angle. Bouncing along the rapids of the Taeng River, luxuriating in a traditional Thai massage, purchasing fresh lemongrass from a bustling local market, and gently cycling past rolling hills of rice paddies and fruit orchards will fill you for all your life.

These moments are deepened by the Wild Women family at your side, and the string of faces that dot your Thailand days. Not only will the elephants swell your heart with love for this earth, so too will the Hillside Villagers that welcome you into their homes and share their culture, making you feel as though you are old friends finding each other again.

That is when you will realize: So too, you and Thailand will find each other over again for the rest of your days. You will always have a home in Thailand.

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Spirit of Thailand Multisport Adventure

About the Experience

On a river, alongside a mountain, and within a temple, Thailand wraps its marvels around you in an embrace of magic. The way its spices taste, the smell of its lush jungles, the way the water flows over the cracked skin of an elephant as she bathes…it all sticks to your memory like pollen in your hair.

Your feet will take you from mountain trail to a temple hidden amid the jungle, reminding you of the untapped wonder that still exists in this world. And here is your opportunity to breathe it all in.

Each day you will experience Thailand anew. By boat, trek, kayak, bamboo raft, bike, and even by Rickshaw, your senses will tingle at the quiet beauty of this landscape’s every angle. Bouncing along the rapids of the Taeng River, luxuriating in a traditional Thai massage, purchasing fresh lemongrass from a bustling local market, and gently cycling past rolling hills of rice paddies and fruit orchards will fill you for all your life.

These moments are deepened by the Wild Women family at your side, and the string of faces that dot your Thailand days. Not only will the elephants swell your heart with love for this earth, so too will the Hillside Villagers that welcome you into their homes and share their culture, making you feel as though you are old friends finding each other again.

That is when you will realize: So too, you and Thailand will find each other over again for the rest of your days. You will always have a home in Thailand.

Day One: Hello Chiang Mai

Welcome to Chiang Mai!

Upon arriving at Chiang Mai international airport, meet with your guide and driver for your 20 min transfer to your hotel, the Eco Resort Chiang Mai. Take some time to relax and get settled after your long journey. Meet your Wild Women group in the reception lounge at 5pm for your trip orientation before tonight’s welcome dinner.

Dinner tonight is on an authentic rice barge. Cruise slowly along the River Ping and experience the romantic magic of Chiang Mai by night. Return to the Eco Resort for a restful nights sleep.

  • Meals: D

Day Two: Hidden Temples of Thailand

After breakfast this morning, you will be hiking the Monks Trail up to Doi Suthep Mountain. In the old ages, this trail was only used by the monks walking to up the mountain on their way to Wat Phra That Temple, just as you will be travelling today.

Start your hike at the foot of the mountain and set off with a slight ascent up the hill. Soon after, you will come across Wat Pha Lat, one of Chiang Mai’s least visited temples. This temple is a hidden gem nestled in the jungle, only accessible by hiking the monks trail. The path gets slightly steeper as it takes you to the stairs leading up to Wat Phra That Temple, rewarding you with the best views over Chiang Mai. 

After a delicious lunch, it is time for you to relax with a refreshing afternoon of traditional spa treatments. You start with a Fah Lanna healing treatment including an Aromatic Herbal Steam Treatment, Oil Massage, and Thai Massage. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant recommended by your guide based on the groups interests.

  • Meals:  B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Easy/ Sightseeing + Walking + Spa

 

Day Three: From Pedal to Paddle

Today we head south of Chiang Mai to the grounds of Wiang Kum Kam or “The Lost City”, once the capital of Lanna Kingdom. It is about a one hour drive from Chiang Mai to Sri Lanna National Park.

Today’s journey begins with a visit to Bua Tong, a limestone waterfall in Sri Lanna National Park. Hiking around the waterfall is stress free, walking up and down the stairs or climbing up to the falls will take around one hour.

The rest of the morning is spent pedalling along quiet rural roads, passing through an ever-changing landscape of rolling rice paddies and fruit orchards growing exotic tropical treats. Cycle alongside the vibrant greens of the bamboo and fern groves while stopping often for photos and soaking up your surroundings. Those who wish not to cycle can take a transfer to the Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir.

At Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir, your cycling ends and another adventure begins. Here you will climb into a long tail boat for a transfer over the Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir to a floating raft house. Relax and enjoy the backdrop of distant unspoiled landscapes before arriving at the bamboo raft house where a delicious traditional Lanna lunch awaits you.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy this tranquil location.  Swim in the cool waters, relaxing on the shoreline, or climb into a kayak to go to more remote corners of the reservoir.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Easy/ Cycling 10-25km (depending on group) + 1 hour Walking + Swimming/Kayaking
  • Driving Time: 20 mins

Day Four: Amid the Mountains

After breakfast, we head off to visit Doi Ang Kang, the second highest mountain in Thailand. Learn about the wars which were fought ages ago before heading to one of Thailand’s most famous botanical gardens. 

After lunch, you will hike along a jungle trail (30 min walk) before moving amid the mountains to your end destination: the Phumanee hotel, a mixture of hotel and homestay with a very interesting story behind it.

The owner of the hotel is a woman and she’s the head of a hill tribe with a history of opium production. The late king of Thailand came to their mountain a long time ago when her grandfather was still head of the hill tribe to teach them about growing tea and coffee instead of drugs. Her grandfather and father changed the way of lives for the hilltribe, rooting out the opium trade with the help of the king.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Easy/ Sightseeing + 30 mins walking
  • Driving Time: 3 hours

Day Five: Hill Tribe Trek

This morning, learn about the history of Phumanee hotel and the people who run it before embarking on a 4X4 to the starting point of your four hour trek to the peak on Doi Phumen. During this trek, you will stop in to visit with a hill tribe village and recharge with a delicious lunch.

While visiting this village, you will get a hands on experience in picking tea leaves and you will learn about the complete process of making tea and coffee before being transferred to the hotel where the van waits to bring you to Thaton for the night.

Those who would rather not do the trekking can go up the mountain by 4×4 to reach the village.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Medium/ 4 hours hiking
  • Driving Time: 1 hour

 

Day Six: Riding the Kok River

Enjoy your long tail boat ride today from Thaton to beautiful Chiang Rai. This boat ride will take you over the Kok River where you will glimpse beautiful villages and stunning mountain views along the way.

After arriving in Chiang Rai, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city, relax at the pool, or have a look around the famous night market. Your local guide can recommend a great place for dinner on your own tonight.

  • Meals: B, L
  • Activity Level: Easy/ Boat ride 3.5 hours
  • Driving Time: 20 mins

Day Seven: Temples of Chiang Rai

The Northern Thai city of Chiang Rai is steeped in tradition. There’s no better way to experience its cultural highlights than with a classical rickshaw ride through the ancient streets.

Your day begins at the King Mengrai Monument. The monument pays tribute to the ruler who founded Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai and built the foundations of the Lanna Kingdom. From here, climb aboard a three-wheeled rickshaw, or ‘samlor.

After a 15-minute ride, you will stop at the local market for a visit where you may browse the stalls piled high with fresh produce, joining the locals as they chat with stall owners and bargain for the best prices.

Continue by samlor to the Wat Phra Kaew temple, home to a beautiful brass and copper Buddha. Then it will be onwards to the Hilltribe Museum, operated by the Population & Community Development Association. Explore the impressive displays and gain wonderful insight into the colourful ethnic communities that live in the hills surrounding Chiang Rai. Following this, continue by road for a visit to the stunning white temple of Wat Rong Khun with its unusual, and controversial, kanok architecture.

Following this introduction to Chiang Rai, stop for lunch at Chivit Thammada where you will enjoy fabulous views of the Kok River while dining on traditional Thai dishes.

The afternoon stands for well-deserved wellness. Enjoy a full traditional Thai herbal massage with oils of century-old family recipes to relax and take care of your inner health.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Easy/ Sightseeing + Spa
  • Driving Time: 5 hours

Day Eight: Chiang Dao Perspectives

Your morning is free to relax before transferring back to Chiang Mai. En-route enjoy views of the third highest mountain in Thailand. We stop at the Chiang Dao caves to explore the tunnels and the surrounding temples.

You arrive mid to late afternoon back at the Eco Resort and have time for a swim in the pool or to just relax and read a book before dinner. 

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Easy/ Sightseeing
  • Driving Time: 3 hours

Day Nine: Walking with Giants

After your delicious breakfast at the hotel, get transferred by truck to the north of Chiang Mai. You will have a short stop by the Mae Malai local market to purchase some foods and vegetables needed during the trek. The next stop is Mok Fah waterfall for swimming and relaxation before you are transferred to a Karen village to eat a lunch (cooked and prepared by your local guide).

Take a little break before trekking for 4 hours to another Karen Village Hilltribe at Baan Pa Kao Lam. Walk around to see their local lifestyle and get giddy at your opportunity to feed the elephants and bathe them in the river. You are free to help with preparing dinner today and learn the specialities of the north.

Tonight we enjoy very rustic, shared accommodation in a single room bamboo hut. Washroom facilities are shared, outside bathrooms, with a scoop shower and an Asian squat toilet. This is pretty much camping – Thai style! We will be sleeping on the floor but there are mattresses that are about 6 cm thick. Mosquito nets and clean sleeping bags and/ or sleeping sheets and blankets are provided. There is no internet and no power. Be sure to pack your headlamp!

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Medium/ 4 hours hiking
  • Driving Time: 1 hour 30 mins
 

Day Ten: Bamboo Raft

An early rise today from the alarm of nature – singing birds or roosters start around dawn. Enjoy your breakfast while waking up and enjoy your final strolls around the gardens before leaving this beautiful village by bamboo raft. Hike about 1 hour to the rafting point for a bamboo rafting along the Taeng River through many easy and gentle rapids to Shan Village and Baan Sob Kai.

Late lunch will be at Shan Village before getting transferred back to Chiang Mai. Tonight you will experience the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and have dinner at local restaurant.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Easy/ 1 hour hike + 45 min to 2 hours rafting (Time depends on water level and current)
  • Driving Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Day Eleven: Weavers and Cooking Class

Get a true taste of Thai life today! We spend the day far removed from the tourist areas of Chiang Mai, immersed in local culture. Meet Mr. Prapat and his family with a warm welcome into their home.

After meet and greets, explore the property of Mr. Prapat to encounter local architectural styles and traditional ways of life. You may even have an opportunity to witness basket weaving, a handmade process that has remained unchanged for centuries.

Next up is a visit to Mr. Prapat’s vibrant organic gardens. Select some fresh ingredients, grab an apron and head inside to begin your interactive cooking experience! The family will share their recipes and demonstrate traditional techniques needed to prepare delicious northern Thai dishes. You will share stories of food and family while cooking today’s lunch and afterwards sit down to dine on the fruits of your labour!

Your afternoon is free to explore the neighbourhood, capture scenes of daily life, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this local area.

Tonight you will have a look around Chiang Mai river where you will have a final celebration dinner to mark the end of your Adventure holiday.

  • Meals: B, L, D
  • Activity Level: Easy/ City walking and cooking class
  • Driving Time: 20 mins

Day Twelve: Until Next Time

Here you have arrived. At last, your trip has come to a beautiful end and it is time to say goodbye to your Thailand family before hopping on a transfer back to the airport.

  • Meals: B
  • Driving Time: Transfer from Eco Resort to Airport – 30 mins
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