Experience authentic Thailand as you trek, cycle and raft through the stunning landscapes that surround the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. Taste local cuisine as you explore this food lovers’ paradise and get up close and personal with some magnificent Asian elephants.

  • Location Thailand, Asia
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Expedition Type Adventures By Camps

This expedition allows you to sample all that is amazing about Thailand. Learn about rural life as you spend time working alongside the community, learn to cook local dishes and experience Thai hospitality as you stay in a local village. Relax amongst the lush green forests and crystal-clear waters of some spectacular waterfalls.


A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Adventure challenge
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Arrive in Chiang Mai and enjoy a street food tour. Upon arrival in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai you will be met by one of our team and transferred to your hotel. Here you will have a chance to freshen up before an expedition briefing, before heading out for an afternoon of food tasting. Over the course of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to sample various delicacies including Northern Thai–style noodle soup, stir fries, Pad Thai, fresh fruits, and a variety of Thai desserts, from a selection of stalls and shophouses.
Day 2 Forest Restoration on Doi Suthep This morning you will travel up to Doi Suthep, a 1600m high mountain towering over Chiang Mai. You will visit the shrine of Kruba Srivichai before meeting a representative of the Forest Restoration Research Unit to learn about their work, the design and function of the nursery. You will then set off an educational nature trail that takes you past one impressive giant fig tree. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch before walking up the naga staircase of more than 300 steps to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – a beautiful temple, offering fantastic views over the city. Learn about Buddhism and the importance of this temple to the Chiang Mai people before descending toe Wat Phalat the ‘jungle temple’ Drive back to Chiang Mai for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 Doi Inthanon National Park It is an early morning departure as you drive up to Doi Inthanon the highest mountain in Thailand (2,565m) for magnificent views and the opportunity to visit the peak and two chedis constructed in honour of the 60th birthday of the King and Queen. You will have lunch at the Karen village of Ban Mae Klang Luang before walking 2 hours to a majestic multi-tiered waterfall. After the trek has finished, we will spend time in the village learning about coffee cultivation. We will spend the night in the village of Ban Bon Na.
Day 4 – 6 Community Project Work The next three days you will spend time working alongside the local community on some vital project work. All of our projects are based on the current needs of the community so you could be working on a variety of initiatives such as making a school fence, building a village water container or setting up a reading corner at the local school. When you are not working on project work you will have time to interact with the local children, playing games, singing songs and talking to them about their daily lives.
Day 7 Tree planting and transfer to Chiang Mai After breakfast you will spend the morning planting trees as part of the community project. You will return to Chiang Mai after having a tasty lunch
Day 8 Cooking class This morning you will head over to the Cooking School, where you will be guided around an organic farm learning about Thai herbs and vegetables. You will have the chance to collect eggs and some fresh ingredients before starting to cook. After lunch you will return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure.
Day 9 Elephants and waterfalls It’s an early start for today as you travel to the Elephant Centre at Mae Malai. Here you will spend the morning learning about the Asian elephant and its current status as an endangered species. You will have the chance to get up close to these amazing animals and feed them bananas. On route back to Chiang Mai you will stop at the Buatong Waterfalls ‘Sticky Waterfalls’. Located in the Sri Lanna National Park these sparkling blue, clear waterfalls cascade down over limestone rocks and are the perfect place to relax for the afternoon. Following a delicious Thai dinner, you will head to the Night Bazaar for some souvenir shopping
Day 10 Huay Nam Dang trekking After a tasty breakfast, you will be picked up by our local guide who will be with you for the next two days on your trekking adventure. The first stop will be at Mae Malai, a local market where you and your guide will shop for the coming day’s food. On route to the trekking location, you will stop at Mork Fah waterfall where you can cool and relax. Following lunch at a restaurant, you will continue to the Pong Deuad Hot Springs – this is the trekking starting point. You will trek for about four hours through the rich, beautiful forest, arriving in the Karen village where you will spend the night. You will have the opportunity to help your guide cook the evening meal and, following dinner, you will head to one of the village houses where you will meet some of the villagers.
Day 11 Bamboo rafting and free time Enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast at the village before trekking for one hour to the rafting camp where your bamboo rafts will be waiting. From here, you will get to enjoy a wonderful bamboo raft trip along the Mae Tang River. You will raft to a Shan village where you will have lunch and then travel back to Chiang Mai for dinner.
Day 12 Sightseeing This morning, we will take a guided walking tour to explore the World Heritage area learning about the culture and key sites. Visit Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man and other sites as well as Thapae Gate. End your morning exploring with lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel to enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Day 13 Tai Lau Village and wooden doll painting workshop In the morning you will travel to Tai Lue Village at Baan Luang Nua. Here you will visit local houses and see where saa paper and wooden dolls are produced. You will then join in on a workshop for wooden doll painting and you’ll get to take your creation home with you. After that, you will explore the village, visiting the wisdom center. In the evening you will get to enjoy a cultural feast including, learning Tai Lua dance moves and participate in a candlelight ceremony.
Day 14 Departure After saying your goodbyes to the team, it will be time to head to the airport for your flight home.

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

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