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Northern Thailand Sampler

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Northern Thailand Sampler - G Adventures
Northern Thailand Sampler - G Adventures
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Starts
Chiang Mai
+3 Destinations
Northern Thailand
Ends
Bangkok
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Start in Chiang Mai and end in Bangkok! With the discovery tour Northern Thailand Sampler, you have a 12 day tour package taking you from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and through Chiang Mai, Thailand and 4 other destinations in Thailand. Northern Thailand Sampler is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
12 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Home-stay, Hut
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Bicycle, Jeep & 4WD, Overland Truck, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle

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  • SC
    Written on October 27, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I'd recommend this trip to someone who enjoys cultural exchange and can get down and dirty trekking, but will also enjoy seeing some larger towns and cities. Loved the village trekking, that was my favorite part! Please note this was a mini 3 day trek that was within the longer tour. Some travelers just did the trek and then left the group tour. You leave for 3 days and then come back to the same hotel where you start in Chiang Mai, so you should bring a medium/standard sized backpack (school backpack size is great) for the trek. You'll be hiking and don't need your full size 50+ liter backpack or suitcase, so make sure you bring that! The trekking was probably max 4 hours of hiking each day. This was fine for me, but some travelers thought they were in good enough shape (but I think they were very non-active people) and had more difficulty completing it, although we did all complete it. I just think the better shape you're in, the more you'll be able to enjoy the scenery instead of pushing through your pain. I loved getting to learn all the ways local people used plants for cooking, medicine, and how versatile bamboo is! I especially enjoyed the cultural exchange with our trek guides. (Note that the trek has you staying in people's homes in villages with no electricity and plumbing. I think it's an amazing experience, but don't take this trip if you won't be able to appreciate the beauty in the simplicity of village living.) Other trip thoughts: I honestly wish that we trekked longer and spent less time visiting other places going south. I would have loved a maybe 5-7 day trek that gave us more time to spend in the villages and learn how to plant rice, harvest crops, weave fabric, etc. The last few days of the trip, we spent a lot of time in the car (4-7 hours each day which I read about in advance but felt even longer after being tired of traveling) and I would have skipped Sukhothai in order to have less car time. I enjoyed visiting the Golden Triangle and to visit Laos for one hour as part of a boat trip there. I liked that we had a local Thai guide whom we could ask cultural questions and I know I enjoyed my vacation a lot more by having a local whom could speak Thai and allowed me to not worry about directions, finding places, etc. Since the tour doesn't do activities in Bangkok and just ends there, my tour guide was really helpful in giving me ideas of things to do and making sure I had a map and helped me book my local train ticket and showed me where to go since I'd be going alone after the tour ended. He was very flexible and always good humoured.
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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1 Chiang Mai
  • Day 2 Chiang Mai/Ban Pha Mon (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 3 Ban Pha Mon/Ban Muang Pam (1B, 1L, 1D)
  • Day 4 Ban Muang Pam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)
  • Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)
  • Day 6 Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai (1B)
  • Day 7 Chiang Rai (1B)
  • Day 8 Chiang Rai/Lampang (1B, 1D)
  • Day 9 Lampang/Sukhothai (1B, 1L)
  • Day 10 Sukhothai (1B)
  • Day 11 Sukhothai/Bangkok (1B)
  • Day 12 Bangkok (1B)

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    Typhoid
    Recommended for Thailand. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Thailand. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Thailand. Ideally 10 days before travel.
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    Location
    Chiang Mai is the starting point and Bangkok is the endpoint.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm this G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 26 January 2018 the full payment of $1,299 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1299 for Northern Thailand Sampler, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 860 km.
    • Chiang Mai (Thailand)
    • 157 km
    • Chiang Rai (Thailand)
    • 187 km
    • Lampang (Thailand)
    • 147 km
    • Sukhothai (Thailand)
    • 369 km
    • Bangkok (Thailand)

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