Enjoy a 13 day journey through a colourful and stunning setting that spans cities to mountain ranges and dense jungle before ending your trip at a beautiful sandy beach. Begin your journey in Chiang Mai, a major city and travel hub of Northern Thailand. Travel to Pai, a small town of the Mae Hong Son Province which is made popular by its untouched nature and visit many of its famous locations including Pai Canyon and Sunrise View, and take the opportunity to interact with many of the locals. Continue to Mae Hong Son, a small city surrounded by a complex array of mountains. Visit this charming city filled with culture and natural scenery. The journey continues to Khao Sok with its natural beauty and lush green environment. Here we spend a few nights at a jungle resort where you’ll stay in a Tree House. Finally, finish with a calm and refreshing stay at a luxurious beachside hotel for a perfect end to a perfect trip.
Upon arrival, our local English-speaking guide will be waiting for a private transfer from the airport to your hotel.
After a cooked breakfast at the hotel, check out and travel from Chiang Mai to Pai. The journey is a 3-hour drive on a jagged mountain route with astonishing views. After your arrival in Pai, the first visit is to the wooden Pai Memorial Bridge, a well-renowned and symbolic point of interest in Pai town built during World War 2. Continue to visit Wat Phra That Mae Yen, an ancient important temple of Pai with a mix of Thai Northern Lanna and Burmese-style art including the reclining buddha and the white big buddha.
Check into the hotel, store your luggage and enjoy a relaxing break before a visit to Pai Canyon, where the erosion of wind and rain has formed a small path on the ridge. Enjoy the beautiful 360° surroundings of a mountain and the beautiful valley below.
In the evening (depending on time), visit Pai night market with our guide.
On day 3, travel to Yun Lai hill, located out of Pai Town. This is a famous spot to watch the sea of fog at sunrise that surrounds the village, overlooked by mountains. Continue to Santichon Village, a small Yunnan cultural centre not far from Yun Lai. This village was settled by the Chinese who fled the revolution of Mao Tse Tung, and after all these years, descendants of these settlers still live here making it an interesting place to visit. Wander around to check out the clay houses and beautiful buildings in typical Yunnan style. You’ll taste some of the traditional local cuisine, including fried mushrooms and steamed black chicken. Then journey to Sai Ngam Hot Springs, which is located about 15km from Santichon. These hot springs are located right in the jungle, amidst natural surroundings making for a perfect place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Pai.
Check out from the hotel and embark on an hour-long drive out of Pai town to visit Tham Lod Cave. It’s one of Thailand’s most impressive and easily accessible caves, recognised for its size, its attractive limestone stalactite formations and its unusual coffin cave, hidden within the main cave. Tham Lod Cave is a natural limestone cave system, its main feature is the freshwater stream which runs through the middle of the cave for about 200-300 metres. Inside its walls are massive formations and columns over 20 metres high. The cave is also home to large numbers of bats and swifts.
Continue to drive for approximately 1 and a half – 2 hours to Mae Hong Son and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant en route. You’ll next visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu. This temple reflects the strong influence of the Burmese and two lavishly decorated pagodas. The hilltop temple also offers an exceptional aerial view of the city and the surrounding mountains and valleys. Afterwards, visit the iconic symbols of Mae Hong Son at Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang which are ancient temples of the town. Built by proficient Thai Yai people, these extraordinary Thai Yai works of art are set within the same grounds. Both are found on the southern Chong Klang Lake and when the sun reflects their images onto the water; the effect is awe-inspiring.
In the morning you will travel by boat along Pai River to visit Long Neck Karen Village. The Village is actually an array of refugee camps with women that wear heavy brass rings that make their necks appear very long. The reason for this behaviour is lost to history, but some believe that the rings saved women from attacks by Tigers. Then, visit Tham Pla (Fish Cave) and its surrounding area filled with brooks and cool hilly forests, suitable for relaxation. A special feature is the hollow cave filled with numerous freshwater fish known as Pla Mung or Pla Khang, which are of the same family as the carp. The fish are quite safe from being caught as they are believed to belong to the gods.
Enjoy a cooked breakfast at the Fern Resort and balance a day of leisure or enjoy activities created by the resort.
Our Jungle CampComfort
Have breakfast at the hotel and check out as per the hotel’s policy.
Go via a private transfer to Mae Hong Son Airport and continue by flight to Bangkok. Connect by flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
Note: Our guide will escort & assist until the airport. This is no guide on the airplane.
Flight: Mae Hong Son to Bangkok (DMK Donmuang Airport)
By flight DD8215 09.50 – 11.35h
Continue by flight: Bangkok to Surat Thani
By flight DD578 12.40 – 13.50h (Or DD584 16.25 – 17.35h)
After arrival at Surat Thani Airport. Land transfer to Khao Sok by Our Jungle Camp Resort.
Travel to an Elephant Sanctuary which will take you 20 minutes from Our Jungle Camp. Upon arrival, your host will brief you about the history and value of Elephants in Thai Culture, along with the general guidelines on interaction and safety to be practised among these kind-natured creatures. Your local English-speaking hosts draw from over three generations of experience, working and living with the famous Asian Elephants.
In the afternoon, let the gentle currents and our expert guides navigate your way along the river by canoe where you will witness the amazing jungle, limestone cliffs and fantastic animal life. The Canoe trip was initially put together by guides from the local village who share a belief in environmental preservation and it is largely the same paddle today.
Cheow Lan Lake is in the heart of Khao Sok National Park and there is no better way to experience this unique location than a 2 day, 1 night tour. This tour offers a hiking trip through the truly remote jungle, swimming, cave exploration, a boat wildlife safari and just relaxing amongst the stunning limestone formations. When the sun sets, enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh fish from the lake as the stars ascend, in a floating bungalow that is in tune with nature.
What to bring:
- Overnight bag with a change of clothes
- Bathing suit
- Mosquito repellent
- Comfortable shoes
- Waterproof bag and/or a waterproof case for your phone and camera
Check-out and continue by resort vehicle to Khao Lak. The driving time is around 1 – 1 and a half hours.
After your arrival at Khao Sok, check in and enjoy this 5-star, luxurious hotel situated next to the ocean and a white, sandy beach.
Spend two days at this beautiful, 5-star accommodation where you can either relax and indulge in spa treatments, sit by the beach, jump in the ocean or adventure out and explore.
Check out as per the hotel’s policy and take a private transfer from Khao Lak to Phuket airport for departure (air ticket not included).
Note: The driving time is about 60 minutes