Northern Thailand holiday, Hilltribes & homestay

“Journey through the lush north of Thailand and beautiful Laos for a taste of the less-developed side of South East Asia.”

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Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Chiang Khong | Mekong River | Luang Prabang | Vang Vieng | Vientiane
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“Join a small group for a couple of weeks of trekking, homestays and cultural enlightenment as you travel from Bangkok to the Golden Triangle by overnight train and private mini van.”

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Bangkok | Kanchanaburi | River Kwai | Erawan National Park | Wat Baan Tham | Ayutthaya, via Suphanburi | Chiang Mai | Doi Mae Salong | Homestay | Golden Triangle | Hilltribe Trek | Chiang Rai | Wat Rong Khun |

Description of Northern Thailand holiday, Hilltribes & homestay

Northern Thailand tours are what we do best as this was our first ever travel experience and still remains one of our favourites and much loved by our travellers, past and present.

As you’d expect, we know what works on Northern Thailand tours which is why this two week itinerary has been designed to feature not only the night markets and coffee shops of Chiang Mai but also river adventures on the Mae Glong and the River Kwai.

Homestays close to the Golden Triangle and hill tribe treks are essential for exhibiting the hospitable nature of local Thai people with chances to explore in bamboo jungles and amongst fields of lychees and rice paddies, just another reason why this Cambodia tour has become an absolute classic and the benchmark across the responsible travel industry.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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Responsible tourism: Northern Thailand holiday, Hilltribes & homestay

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. On trips like this through Asia for example, dress standards are conservative, and we recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly outside of the major cities.

We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper trains and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This trip also includes a stay with local hosts at a small Thai village homestay before we embark on a three day hilltribe trek, staying with local hosts for two nights, experiencing the unique way of life the region has to offer. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

As a company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Projects supported in Thailand in Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and in the wild, and also Baan Unrak (House of Happiness) an orphanage and community relief centre to children and destitute women.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travellers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

We invest in internationally accredited offset projects that are based in our biggest destinations. These projects not only offset our emissions but they also improve the environment of the local communities by providing an alternative to fossil fuels and therefore produce less pollution.
Our current project is the Alize Çamseki wind farm in Turkey. The wind turbines produce approximately 82,000 MWh of electricity annually and in doing so prevents 52,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere each year.

Reviews of Northern Thailand holiday, Hilltribes & homestay

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Meeting other people and getting to travel around Northern Thailand

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3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

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