Days
4
Price from
$760CAD

Discover Chiang Mai – the ‘Rose of the North’. Bangkok’s smaller and more serene counterpart is located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. A short but stunning drive from here takes you to the Hmong Hillside Lodge, where you’ll discover their culture and cuisine. Then you’ll head back to Chiang Mai, stopping on the way to visit the renowned temple complex of Doi Suthep.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2016:
Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej a 1 year mourning period has been declared in Thailand. In the first 30 days all government offices will fly the Thai flag at half-mast and there will likely be restrictions on the opening hours or selling of alcohol at entertainment venues including pubs and clubs. If your trip is before mid-January 2017 and includes a visit to the Grand Palace, this activity will be replaced with an alternative as the Palace will be closed to tourists while people from all over Thailand pay their respects to the King. Your leader will discuss this and any other changes with you at the Group Meeting on Day 1. As this is an emotional time for Thailand and its people we ask that our travellers wear dark coloured clothing over the next 30 days as a mark of respect to the much loved King.


Start
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Country
Thailand
Style
Peregrine
Code
PACMX
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
3 reviews
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Wind through the spectacular mountainous countryside of Chiang Mai

  • Pick up some new culinary skills and taste delicious local dishes while you learn all about Thai cuisine in a cooking class

  • Experience the wonders of an ancient tribal culture with a visit to the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, and watch a traditional performance by a local tribe

  • Visit the famous Doi Suthep, one of the country’s most stunning Buddhist temple complexes

  • Enjoy free time taking in the charm of central Chiang Mai, the ‘Rose of the North’

Is this trip right for you?

  • You will move hotels on this trip, with one night out of Chiang Mai – a memorable stay at the Hmong Lodge.

  • This is a private itinerary so it will just be you and/or your booking party.

  • There will be free time in the evenings for your own interests, and your guide will be happy to recommend restaurants and places of interest.

  • The visit to stunning Doi Suthep temple involves travel in a private car up windy mountain road, followed by a path of 300 steps.

Itinerary

Your Independent Experience starts today in Chiang Mai with an arrival transfer. Meet your guide at your accommodation and get some tips on how to spend your first day exploring and the best place for dinner. Chang Mai is a vibrant city situated in northern Thailand. It is awash with famous temples and quaint cafes, and is known as one of the friendliest cities in the country.
Accommodation
  • Bodhi Serene Hotel or similiar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you will take part in a local cooking class and discover the secrets of aromatic Thai cuisine. You'll learn everything from the key ingredients, to how to use them and what to use in their place if you can’t get them at home. As well as taking your own comprehensive recipe book with you after the class, you'll feast on the fruits of your labour for lunch. You will then drive through the picturesque, undulating countryside to reach the H’Mong Hilltribe Lodge. The H’mong are an ethnic minority in Thailand. They originated in the south of China and today make up the second largest hilltribe group. After a barbeque dinner in the lodge's open-air dining area, the day concludes with a cultural performance by the Hmong people. You'll gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the tribe, with a wedding ceremony enactment, shamanic ritual and makong (cotton ball) throwing.
Accommodation
  • Hmong Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Thai cooking class
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning, soak up the breathtaking landscape and peaceful atmosphere of the Hmong Lo before you return to Chiang Mai. In the afternoon, embark on a scenic, winding drive up a mountain (around 45 minutes) to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and sweeping views of the city make this a most memorable experience. Enjoy some free time on your final evening in the city. Maybe wander through the night markets later on and sample the abundant delicious street food.
Accommodation
  • Bodhi Serene Hotel or similiar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Chiang Mai adventure ends today after breakfast. There are no activities planned until your included departure transfer to the airport or train station. Additional accommodation is available to extend your stay, or you might like to add on another of our Independent Experiences or an Urban Adventure in Thailand or South East Asia.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Chiang Mai - Thai cooking class
  • H'mong Lodge meal and cultural show
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple

Reviews

Our Chiang Mai Experience - Independent trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Chiang Mai Experience - Independent, May 2015

Wade Aiken

Chiang Mai Experience - Independent, May 2015

Wade Aiken

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