Exploring Northern Thailand

Trip code: ATHV

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the madness of Bangkok
  • Explore the vibrancy of Chiang Mai
  • Go for a trek through northern hilly areas and meet the hill tribes
  • Float downstream on a bamboo raft
  • Learn the art of weaving baskets and making scarfs
  • Learn to cook local Thai dishes

Tour Details


If you are an adventurous soul looking for a quaint retreat, then you can escape to the northern hilly areas of Thailand and spend a week with the hill tribes there. It's a perfect adventure tour for trekkers and backpackers. You'll be exploring Bangkok and Chiang Mai before setting out for the trek. You'll walk down the nature trails and stop at tribal villages, meet the warm people and experience their lifestyle while living with them. Savor the taste of the local cuisine, go for bamboo rafting and learn the art of weaving baskets. Soothe your senses while living amidst the freshness of Mother Earth before you return back to the chaos and cacophony of Bangkok.


Day 1 - Welcome to Bangkok

Our coordinator will be there at Suvarnabhumi Airport to greet you once you arrive, and then you'll be taken to the accommodation where you can take rest after your long flight. Meet your fellow travelers and get to know them better, as you'll be spending almost a month with them! In the evening, you can head out to explore the Khao San Road and binge on some local delicacies.

Day 2 - Bangkok to Chiang Mai

You can head out to visit the Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River and take a tour of the floating markets. You'll be boarding an overnight train and travel to Chiang Mai.

Day 3 - Exploring Chiang Mai

Visit Doi Suthep Temple, catch a Thai boxing match and explore the night market in case you have something to buy! Don’t forget to attend a street food crawl with your fellow travelers - it’s a must! 

Day 4 - Chiang Mai to Ban Mae Jok (Hilltribe Trek Day 1)

You'll be traveling from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. It'll be a soothing drive and you'll get to absorb the freshness throughout your journey. After a few hours of hiking from Mae Malai village, you'll reach the first village, Baan Mae Jok, which is a Karen village. Spend your night with the hill tribes at their homestay.

Day 5 - Ban Mae Jok to Pa Khao Lam (Hilltribe Trek Day 2)

After breakfast, you'll be trekking for around 3 hours, before you stop at a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking for another few hours to reach the next village, Pa Khao Lam, where you'll stay for the night.

Day 6 - Pa Khao Lam to Chiang Mai

After breakfast, you'll be boarding the traditional bamboo raft for a leisurely ride down the Mae Tang River. You can also choose to enjoy a ride through some small rapids and visit the Shan Village. Post lunch, you'll board a van and return back to Chiang Mai.

Day 7 - Chiang Mai to Bangkok

It’s a free day and you can either choose to head out and explore the markets, or attend Thai cooking classes. Otherwise, you can just relax and enjoy a Thai massage session. You'll board an overnight train to Bangkok.

Day 8 - Fly back home from Bangkok

You'll be arriving in Bangkok by 8 AM, and your trip ends there. You can book your return flight tickets from Bangkok. In case you need airport drop, get in touch with your coordinator.

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • Hilltribe trek
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Street food crawl in Chiang Mai
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation - Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (3 nights), basic hill tribe huts (2 nights, multi-share), sleeper trains (2 nights).
  • Meals - 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals not mentioned



Accommodation - Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (3 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (2 nts).

A variety of styles of hotels/guesthouses are used on this tour. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home, as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guesthouses in stunning locations – rooms are small and basic, may be multi-share, and there may be shared toilet facilities and showers.


Meals Included - 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each others company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be Asian style consisting of noodles or rice soup or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.