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  • Northern Thailand - Natural Beauty and History

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    Thailand

    4 nights - 5 days



    Day 1 – Chiang Rai - Lanjia Lodge (D)

    Early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Chiang Rai and transferred for a fun ATV ride for 3 hours through the local Mien Hill Tribe and the mountain ridges to summits of several thousand feet. Take in some breathtaking scenery and highly challenging terrain. After about an hour’s ride through rubber tree plantations, on mountain ridges, through valleys, corn fields, bamboo & teak forests crossing large streams/rivers, you will arrive at the largest waterfall in Chiang Rai.

    After the tour, transfer to Lanjia Lodge and arrive the lodge in the afternoon at 13:00.

    At 14:10, get first-hand experience on how to make Hmong batik handkerchief with Hmong ladies (about 45 minutes). Alternatively, you can learn how to make and set animal traps. Then you will help villagers to plant trees at the Herbal Plant Nursery Project. The project is dedicated to His Majesty the King to commemorate his 84th birthday on December 5, 2011. The main objective of the project is to improve the quality of life of local people by educating them on how to grow vegetables and the importance of the eco-system in their village.

    Dinner and watch traditional Hmong performances.

    Overnight at Lanjia Lodge.
    Distance and journey time:

    Chiang Rai Airport – Lanjia Lodge (108 km): 1.52 hrs

    Chiang Rai town – Lanjia Lodge (132 km): 1.45 hrs

    Day 2 - Lanjia Lodge - Boklua (B)

    After breakfast, at 09:40, watch a presentation about the Hmong and Lahu tribes, the Golden triangle area and the giant catfish (locally known as Pla Buek) – the world’s biggest fresh water fish found in the Mekong River. Learn about activities that affect the Mekong River and people whose lives depend on the river.

    At 10:00, tour the Hmong and Lahu hilltribe village, including a visit to the shaman house of the Hmong. Drink tea with the shaman and discover why the fireplace is important to the Hmongs and why they bury the placenta and umbilical cord of their newborn babies.

    Continue to the district of Boklua, Nan. Drive up the hill to Boklua View Resort for an overnight stay. Nestled in the foothills of Doi Phu Kha, Boklua View Resort is a small accommodation centered around nature and tranquility, overlooking the Mang River and the ancient salt wells of Boklua.

    Overnight in Boklua.

    Distance and journey time:

    Lanjia Lodge – Boklua View Resort (269 km): 4.48 hr

    Day 3 - Boklua - Nan (B)

    Breakfast at the resort and start a walk around the area of Boklua to visit a small factory of salt wells, where you can see the process of salt making. Then drive down the hill and stop at Doi Phu Kha National Park, the province’s highest peak. There are several hill tribe villages in the park and vicinity, as well s a couple of caves and waterfalls, and endless opportunities for forest walks.

    In the afternoon, continue driving towards the small town of Nan Province. Arrive the small town of Nan in the late afternoon. If time permits, visit Nan Riverside Gallery (Close on Wednesday), located on the banks of the Nan River. Founded by Winai Prabripoo, the gallery is delightfully nestled between the hills and the river.

    Then drive up the small hill of Wat Phra That Khao Noi, just in time to catch the beautiful sunset of the day with the breathtaking view of Nan town. There is an ordination hall and a large white chedi on the temple grounds, as well as a large Buddha gazing protectively over the city.

    Before sunset, explore the old quarter of Nan by bike (from Wat Phumin, City Pillar, and National Museum).

    Overnight in Nan.

    Distance and journey time:

    Boklua – Doi Phu Kha National Park (21 km): 31 min

    Doi Phu Kha National Park – Nan (85.5 km): 1.21 hr

    Day 4 - Nan - Phrae - Phitsanulok (B)

    After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy more of Nan’s old quarter, starting from Wat Phumin, the famous temple known for its unique hall and its ancient murals painted by the Thai Lue artist group. Depart Nan for Phrae, taking approximately an hour and a half drive. En-route with a visit to Wiang Sa Museum, in the old Wiang Sa district. The museum exhibits historical photos and objects of those memorable event as well as displaying traditional household items and artefacts of the district. Another private museum to visit, not far from Wiang Sa Museum, is Huern Chakkayan (House of Bicycles), exhibiting a large collection of historic bicycles.

    In the afternoon, head towards Phitsanulok. Visit Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, “Wat Yai”, housing the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, one of Thailand’s most revered and copied Buddha images.

    Overnight in Phitsanulok.

    Distance and journey time:

    Nan – Phrae (119 km): 1.38 hr

    Phrae – Phitsanulok (177 km): 2.18 hr

    Day 5 - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai (B,L)

    After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Sukhothai with an en-route visit “Ban Na Ton Chan”, the award winning community that lives a simple life by mutually depending on each other, living sufficiently, sharing, and helping other people at their own capacity, making the community strong with their own culture. Most villagers, hence, make a living by working in agriculture: farming, gardening, fruit orchards, and collecting items from the forest. The group of husbands will collect dead trees to make furniture to be an exported product while the housewives will weave fabric and soak it in mud to make it become a famous OTOP product of the village. Sukhothai  style noodle soup for lunch at Ban Na Ton Chan.

    After lunch, drive to the Sukhothai Historical Park, and visit the main temple ruins sight by bicycle.

    Then transfer out to Sukhothai Airport for your flight by 17:00 with Bangkok Airways.

    Distance and journey time:

    Phitsanulok – Ban Na Ton Chan (131 km): 1.57 hr

    Ban Na Ton Chan – Sukhothai Historical Park (90.3 km): 1.29 hr

    Sukhothai Historical Park – Sukhothai Airport (42.7 km): 45 min