3 nights independent tour
Price from: £489pp
Day 1 Bangkok/Chiang Mai: Morning departure from Bangkok for a one hour flight north to Chiang Mai, famous for its friendly people, refined handicrafts, cool climate and striking mountain scenery. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon take an "Inherited Craftsmanship" tour to witness the process of making and weaving silk and cotton. Proceed to Bor Sarng, the umbrella village where delicate Thai paper umbrellas are produced and hand painted. Finally, see the intricacies of lacquerware, silverware and teakwood furniture.
Day 2 Chiang Mai: Enjoy a half day tour visiting the gilded temple buildings of Wat Phra That before admiring the panoramic views from Doi Suthep Hill at 3,300 feet. Finally visit the White Meo hill tribe for an insight into a different lifestyle. This evening why not explore the bustling night bazaar.
Day 3 Chiang Mai: Transfer this morning to the Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation centre for elephants, as well as many other animals. Spend time observing the animals, which can now live free of fear in natural surroundings. After lunch, leave the camp for the Taeng River Pier where you board a bamboo raft for a gentle trip along the river. Travel onwards by road to visit the Padong long necked hill tribe village then continue to the Orchid and Butterfly Farm before returning to your hotel.
Day 4 Chiang Mai/Bangkok: Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Bangkok.
Departures: Daily from Bangkok.
Accommodation: 4* Dusit d2 .
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on day 3.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes domestic flights as indicated, three nights accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and transfers.