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 who will assist you on your transfer to your hotel. Take some time to relax and get cozy before tonight’s welcome dinner on the river where you will dine on an authentic rice barge while having the “rose of the north” as a backdrop.

Day Two: Hidden Temples of Thailand

After breakfast this morning, you are 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. You will enjoy a buffet dinner in the evening to close this day.

 

Day Three: From Pedal to Paddle

Transfer south of Chiang Mai to the grounds of Wiang Kum Kam or The Lost City, once the capital of Lanna Kingdom. You will soon embark on a one hour drive from Chiang Mai to Sri Lanna National Park.

Today’s journey begins with a visit to Bua Tong limestone waterfall in Sri Lanna National Park. Afterwards you will cycle for 1.5 hours on flat country lanes towards Mae Ngat Dam. Those who wish not to cycle can take a transfer to the lake.

Upon reaching the park entrance, you and your group will continue to explore this region by bike for a 20 km ride. Pedal 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.

At Mae Ngat Lake Reservoir, your biking trail ends and another adventure begins. Here you will climb into a kayak and paddle out onto the lake’s placid waters. Cross the reservoir, enjoying the backdrop of distant unspoiled landscapes before arriving at a floating bamboo raft house where a delicious traditional Lanna lunch awaits you.

You will spend the remainder of the afternoon at this tranquil location, swimming in the cool waters, relaxing on the shoreline, or climbing back in your kayak to go to more remote corners of the reservoir.

Day Four: Amid the Mountains

After breakfast you will leave the tree house you slept in and go up the mountain of 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 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.

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. 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.

 

Day Six: Riding the Kok River

Enjoy your boat ride today from Thaton to the 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.

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‘. This classic vehicle travels at a slower pace and is the perfect way to explore Chiang Rai’s quiet streets.

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.

Day Eight: Chiang Dao Perspectives

Your morning is free for your leisure before transferring to Chiang Dao district where the third highest mountain in Thailand will be your beautiful view.

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 guide.

Take a little break before trekking for 3.5 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 will have dinner and overnight at the Karen Village.

 

Day Ten: Bamboo Raft

After breakfast at the village. Trek about 1 hour to the rafting point for a bamboo rafting along the Taeng River through many rapids for about 2.5 hours to Shan Village and Baan Sob Kai. (Depends on water level and current). On the way stop at Lahu Hilltribe village at Baan Pong Ngan.

Late lunch will be at Shan village before get transferred back to Chiang Mai. Tonight you will experience a famous Chiang Mai Night Market, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and have dinner at local restaurant

Day Eleven: Weavers and Cooking Class

Get a true taste of Thai life today while you 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 array of vegetation in their 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.

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.

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