Q I am
interested in your tours and treks, and would like to know the price. Where
can I find the price?
A The prices
of our half day, one day tours, longer tours and our treks can be found on
the itinerary pages of each tour (prices are quoted in US Dollars). If
you would like to know the price of a customised itinerary, then
please just E
is your minimum group size for a tour or trek?
A Our minimum
group size is normally two people. However it is possible to organise a half
day or one day tour for one person.
we be joined with other groups during the tour?
A All our
tours and treks are for private groups. This means that you will be
travelling as a private group throughout the tour. The only
time you might be combined with other people is during airport transfers
(airport-hotel, hotel-airport). Because our trips are for private groups, it
means that everyone can enjoy their own personal itinerary and have their
own guide to accompany them and explain everything in full. Because our
tours are for private groups, it means once your tour has been confirmed by
us, the departure is guaranteed and your itinerary will not be compromised
to fit in with other peoples' plans.
the cookery courses, you will be joining other people for the course.
we have the same guide throughout the trip?
possible you will have the same guide throughout your trip. Of course
sometimes we may have to change your guide due to unforeseeable
circumstances, such as illness or family commitments. However your guide
will not be changed unless it's absolutely necessary.
your guides well qualified?
our guides are licensed by the Tourist Authority of Thailand. As well as
that, they are all very experienced. Some of them have 10-20 years
experience guiding around Thailand. Some of them have very high educational
qualifications. All of our guides have to match up to the standards we
expect, before we let them guide one of our tours.
are travelling with children; is Northern Thailand a suitable place for a
A Many people
travel to Northern Thailand with children. Accommodation and food are very
good. There are many department stores and pharmacies, where you can find
anything you might need. We have designed many tour programmes for people
travelling with children, so we have a good idea of what kind of programme
you might require.
are already in Thailand and would like to book one of your tours/treks. Is
this too short a notice to book?
A We have
organised many tours at short notice. Contact us with your details and we
will try and confirm the trip that you require. Please, if it's really short
notice, then telephone us, that will be the quickest and most efficient way
to work everything out and confirm if its possible. Our telephone number is
on almost every page of our website.
Calling from Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand = 053 208271
Calling from Thailand, but not the North = 053 208271
Q We need to book accommodation in Northern Thailand, what do you
A Look at our
Chiang Mai Hotels section. If you would like to make a booking then fill
out the appropriate booking form or E mail us. If you would like to book a
hotel that is not in our selection, then please just contact us, we will try
to organise it for you.
Q Where is your company based?
A We are based
in Chiang Mai. Therefore we're in the best position to know all the up to
date information on Northern Thailand and to research all our trips.
Q Have you been to all the places that you include in your itineraries?
A We've been
to all the places in our itineraries and along the routes they follow. We
personally research every trip and destination. We take all the photos and
gather all the information ourselves.
Q Is it possible to start our tour, somewhere other than Chiang Mai?
you can book a tour with us that starts in another town/city. This kind of
tour will be a customised itinerary and when the details are finalised we
will make it clear where the starting point is; that is where your guide and
driver will pick you up.
Common destinations to start a tour, other than
Chiang Mai, are: Bangkok, Phitsanuloke, Sukothai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong
Q We would like to do a trek, but we are not very fit. Is it still
A We have
some One Day Treks
that would be suitable for you. You will still get to see the hilltribes,
ride on elephants and experience bamboo rafting. But you don't have to walk
much at all, just an hour if that's all you require (or you can walk more).
Q We are really short of time and we'd like to do a trek. Can you help us?
A If you are
reasonably fit but short of time, then we can organise a trek to fit your
schedule. Two day itineraries will probably suit you best but if you only
have one day then we can adjust the itinerary so that you do more walking
than usual (see CMT1C).
Q We would like to do the Thai Cookery Course, but we're vegetarian. Is
this a problem?
A Many people
doing the courses are vegetarian. Plenty of vegetarian substitutes are
offered; you will see that Thai food can easily be adapted to vegetarian
Q We are coming to Thailand as a large group; is it still possible to
organise an itinerary for us?
A Yes we can
also organise tours and treks for large groups. Just let us know how many
people in your group and the type of itinerary you would like.
Q We arrive on the same day we start our trek - is that a problem?
A That's fine;
we have somewhere for you to shower and pack before you leave on the trek.
Q We leave on
the same day we finish our trek - is that a problem?
A No problem;
we have somewhere for you to shower and pack before you leave for the
We arrive on the same day we start our tour - is that a problem?
A We can pick
you up from the airport and go straight to the tour. Please remember to pick
an itinerary that won't be too affected if your transport arrives late. We
can advise you which itineraries to take if arriving the same day.
Q Can I be
dropped off at the airport/train station after the tour?
A Yes, we can
arrange that. Please just make sure to let us know your flight details when
booking the tour.
New! - Karen Hilltribe Homestay
program - touring to the Golden Triangle, north of
Chiang Mai, for 3 days
to enjoy the Golden Triangle area and experience living with the
Day 1 Drive north
of Chiang Mai, first stopping at the hotsprings at Mae
Kachan, then continue on to Chiang Rai and continue further north to
border town of Mae Sai. This town is on the border of Thailand and Burma
and is the
centre for cross border trade in the area. There are markets on both
sides of the border.
Spend some time exploring the border market town. Then we drive a bit
further to visit the Golden Triangle , where the three countries of
Burma, Laos and Thailand meet on the Mekong River.
Take a longtail boat down the Mekong River (approx. 1hr) to Chiang Saen
and across to a Lao island. We explore the town of Chiang Saen with its
ancient temples. We then drive back to Chiang Rai and check into our
hotel. (L) (Wiang Inn Hotel)
Day 2 In the morning drive across upper Northern Thailand and visit Mae
Salong, an ethnic Chinese town set in the hills north of Chiang Rai. Mae
famous for its Chinese atmosphere and produces various Chinese
agricultural products, the most famous being its Chinese tea.
Drive down from Mae Salong which gives you views across the hills of
Northern Thailand and visit Thaton and the Padong (long neck tribe).
tribe is famous for the brass rings worn around the womens necks which
give the appearance of a long neck. Then continue on to the Karen
hilltribe village where we spend the night. Accommodation in the village
is basic and we spend the night in a Karen hilltribe family house. Your
guide will prepare dinner
for you and we spend the night in a village house with a host
Day 3 After breakfast depart from the Karen village and drive south
towards Chiang Mai. On the way back stop at an elephant camp and ride on
the elephants for approx. 1hr. Continue driving through the Northern
Thailand scenery and stop off at an orchid farm before reaching Chiang
Mai. Transfer to your hotel.(B,L)
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Popular! - Chiang Dao Elephant Camp + Padong ("long neck") tribe
This tour starts
at 8.30am. You are picked up from your hotel by your guide. Drive north of Chiang Mai to
Chiang Dao (approx. 1hr) to the elephant camp. At the elephant camp you will see the
elephants taking their morning bath and demonstrating some of their skills. Afterwards
take an elephant ride for approx. 1½ hrs to a Lisu hilltribe village. The ride takes you
through some of the lovely forest scenery and along the river. After lunch take a bamboo
raft trip down the river for approx. 1 hr, admire the scenery and absorb the tranquility
as you float down the river. Drive a few
kilometers further to a Padong "long neck" tribe village. The women of the
tribe wear long brass coils around their neck which actually pushes the
collarbone down, giving them the appearance of an extended neck. This tribe
has come from Burma as refugees in recent years due to the persecution
of the Burmese government.
Spend some time in the village and then drive back to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.
This tour ends when you are taken back to your hotel at approx. 5pm.
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What's Popular! - Doi
: This tour starts at 9am. You
are picked up from your hotel by your guide.
First drive from your hotel up to Doi Suthep Temple, which is approx. 12kms from downtown
Chiang Mai. The majority of the route is a winding uphill journey passing through Doi
Suthep National Park. At the base of the hill you will pass Chiang Mai Zoo and the Kruba
At the end of the journey, we leave the car at the base of the temple steps. You can reach
the temple by climbing the 190 steps or by taking the small "cable car" to the
Once at the temple you can admire the magnificent views over the temple valley as well as
the temple atmosphere and architecture. The highlight is the inner sanctum which houses
the enormous golden stupa.
from Doi Suthep and have lunch. Afterwards visit some of the many handicraft villages in
the Sankamphaeng area. As well as seeing products you will be able to see how they are
made. Products include - celadon, silver, furniture, jewellery, lacquerware, silk, saa
paper, handmade umbrellas and more. Plenty of opportunities for buying bargains and
beautiful handmade products.
The tour ends when you are taken back to your hotel at approx. 5pm (L)