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299/50 Natong View, Tasala, Chiangmai, Chiangmai, Thailand
This tour is a must for those who want to step back in time and visit the cradle of the Thai culture and natural scenic beauty found no where else in Thailand. This soft adventure is all inclusive staying at the best hotels and resorts with excellent local food. Our camping equipment is the best to insure comfort while sleeping in the wildlife sanctuary and Karen village. Because of the remoteness of the Wildlife Sanctuary everything we need will be transported by elephant. Daily supplies such as fresh food will be delivered by 4 wheel drive vehicle to a pick up point where elephants will then deliver them to us. Only 150 persons per day are allowed in the Sanctuary to avoid over crowding and damage to the fragile environment. Some waterfalls we will see have been discovered only within the last 9 years or so and Thee Lor Su waterfalls is the largest in Thailand.
We will greet you at the airport or train station in Chiangmai and transfer you to your selected Hotel or Guest House. Tonight at 7pm your will enjoy a Khantoke Dinner with Thai and Hill Tribe music and dance.
You will visit the Ancient City of Sukhothai with it's beautiful temple ruins dating back hundreds of years. We will first have a delicious all you can eat lunch of traditional Sukhothai food consisting of many wonderful dishes and local fruit in a garden restaurant. We then leisurely walk among the ruins in the UNESCO World Heritage Park in Old Sukhothai. Tonight we will explore the Sukhothai night life and markets.
We use rubber rafts for r journey through canyons with high limestone cliffs and many waterfalls. We will then walk to Thee Lor Su Waterfalls, the largest in Thailand.
We will leisurely walk through Bamboo forest and along a beautiful stream. Many colorful birds, butterflies and wildflowers are seen on this trail including Kingfishers and Flycatchers. We will walk across bamboo bridges to a Karen Hill Tribe village where as many as 60% of the villagers have never seen a television. We will relax and swim in the river and enjoy the rest of the afternoon enjoying the Karen village. Dinner and evening will be in our own house so as not to disturb the people and fragile culture. While enjoying the river it is very common to see elephant with their infants coming to the stream to drink as the village has many elephants. Hundreds of colorful butterflies are also there to drink from the moist sand on the bank. Children after school also come by to enjoy the cool water. You may also visit the village school if you wish.
We then again board the rubber rafts for an exciting 4 hours of white water rafting. The elephants will go on ahead to take the camping equipment to where the raft journey ends. We will also pass many beautiful waterfalls along the way. Wild animals such as elephant, tiger, gibbons, lemurs, deer and bear have been spotted while rafting this section.
There are no roads or villages in this area as it is in the UNESCO World Wildlife Sanctuary. For this reason, after breakfast, we will need to ride elephants for 6 hours with lunch along the way to reach our pick up point.
Excellent for families, small groups and couples.
Some evenings you will have a choice of accommodations from nice family style to 4 star hotels. 2 nights are in a beautiful resort. 2 night are in a Karen hill tribe village with toilets and showers and 2 night camping with excellent and very comfortable equipment. All meals included
This is an eco-cultural friendly excursion. For this reason we have conditions that must be followed.
You can only get off the raft in designated areas.
No climbing on cliffs or waterfalls.
No picking of flowers or rocks etc.
You must ask before taking pictures of children and villagers.
No money can be given to villagers or children for pictures.
Candy cannot be given to children.
Soap, shampoo etc cannot be used when in rivers or streams or hot springs.
We hope you understand.
Price depands on how many persons in your party and type of accommodations you prefer.
This is a private adventure.
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