British School Manila: Thailand Adventures 2019

British School Manila: Thailand Adventures 2019

Trip Highlights

  • A trek in Northern Thailand rain forest to a swim under beautiful waterfalls and a bamboo rafting experience
  • Cycling along the rural back roads to witness farm and village life
  • An exciting kayaking adventure
  • Visit to the Elephant Nature Park in Chaing Mai to learn about the wonderful work being done to give elephants and other animals sanctuary
  • An introductory Muay Thai lesson

Sample Itinerary

Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival to Chiang Mai International Airport and transfer to hotel, on the way to hotel visit local restaurant to have dinner. After dinner continue to the hotel for check-in and an orientation trip briefing. Overnight: De Charme Hotel, Chiang Mai

Meals:  D

About a 45 minute drive north of Chiang Mai is where we will start our cycling adventure, to see the beautiful Mae Ngat Valley. We start by visiting the amazing Ban Den Temple located at the entrance of the valley. This trip is not a temple tour but Ban Den Temple is hard to miss and makes a great starting point for our ride. We now head into the valley through open rice fields passing local farmers tending to their crops, experiencing traditional farming. A short break, we stop at a local produce market to sample some fruit. We continue riding through the rural villages to the south of the valley. We are now energized for the kayaking leg of our adventure. With help of the favorable current of the Mae Ping River, we are now steering our kayaks into the Mae Taeng Jungle Reserve. Only accessible by boat nature lovers find their peace here in this serene and quiet setting, with a plethora of birdlife. We reach the far south end of the Mae Ngat Valley, where we are usually greeted by a kayaking monk. A cozy restaurant in a plantation setting awaits us with a well-deserved meal and a cold drink. Program time: 08:30 - 16:30 Traverse by: Bike and Kayak Location: Mae Ngat Valley Biking time: 2 hrs, up to 25 km Kayak time: 2 hrs up to 16 km (depending on current) Riding Conditions: Flat country riding on jeep track and country roads Overnight at De Charme Hotel, Chiang Mai

Meals:  B,L,D

Your guide and driver will meet the group at the hotel at 7:30am and transfer the group (1.5 hour drive) to the Mae Wang region where you take a trek through the mountains to a waterfall, prefect for a refreshing swim. We continue trekking, before enjoying a picnic lunch at the waterfall. Following lunch we drive to a small rafting camp where bamboo rafts await us. The rafting experience ranges from relaxing to exciting on the Wang Rive, with some time for some fun in the water. We return to Chiang Mai where dinner will be taken in a nearby restaurant. Accommodation: De Charme Hotel, Chiang Mai

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast, . The group then transfers to take a Muay Thai Lesson for 1:30 hours. Arrive at Chiang Mai Thai Boxing Gym where the group will meet a professional coach and watch a “Wai Khru” or “Ram Muay” performance, followed by Muay Thai fighting. Students will then learn the technique when they take part in the lessons. Lunch is taken at a local restaurant and at 1pm we transfer to the mountain biking shop for preparations then we take a bus transfer to the top of Doi Suthep mountain where we are greeted with incredible views over Chiang Mai city and we explore one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples. At the starting point for our bike ride we make final preparations on the bikes. Beginners enjoy a thorough safety briefing and a test ride confirms ride and equipment are ready. The first part of the trip to the coffee plantation helps us to evaluate your riding ability. We continue training you in downhill riding techniques. The jeep track leads through large tree growth and the cooler temperature becomes very pleasant with the wind blowing in our faces. We take in the forest sounds and our full concentration sharpens our senses. At times the steep downhill terrain keeps us on our toes. At the first resting point at the Coffee Plantation, home of the Arabic Coffee, we enjoy the beautiful views of Chiang Mai and the Plantations below. The Hmong People here tend to their hillside farmland granted by the National Park. With plenty of viewpoints and puddles to challenge we ride towards Lake Huay Tueng Tao at the base of Doi Pui Mountain. At the lake we stop for a break with a snack and cold drink and the local ‘in-season’ fruit. From this rest point we can glance at the mountain that just gave us a 4000-foot elevation drop, before we return to Chiang Mai by vehicle. We return to the hotel, and freshen up for dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Charme Hotel, Chiang Mai

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning our drivers and guide will pick up you from the hotel to take you to the Elephant Nature Park - a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalo, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. Upon arrival at the Elephant Nature Park you will be greeted by the staff and given an introduction to learn about their program and hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives. We enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch of Asian and International dishes. The group walks with staff and the elephants (no riding) to the river that skirts the park. You can watch the elephants bathe and play, while you stay dry on the riverbank. Early in the afternoon it's time for goodbyes to the elephants and to Elephant Nature Park before the hour-long drive back to Chiang Mai. In the evening we have a Khantoke dinner with traditional performance shows then if the group still has energy you can go to night market for some last minute souvenirs and transfer back to your hotel. Accommodation: De Charme Hotel, Chiang Mai

Meals:  B,L,D

Following breakfast at the hotel this morning we check out and transfer to the airport for our flight departing at 10:40am.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking local guide, another ground staff member and each activity will have an expert local guide
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation on a twin share basis (boys on one floor and girls on another floor)
  • All transfers and transport as per program in private minivan
  • Medical kit
  • Clean drinking water
  • Bike and Kayak Hire (and helmet and life jacket)
  • Mountain Bike excursion with full suspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves, knees and elbow pads, chest protector and bike top.

What's Not Included

  • international airfares and departure taxes
  • visa costs
  • travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • expenditure of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry and souvenirs
  • tips and gratuities

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:6 Days
Countries:Thailand
Starting Point:Chiang Mai
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5538