Northern Thailand tour, 8 days

“A weeklong tour of Northern Thailand, starting and ending in Chiang Mai, travelling with a small group, staying in hotels as well as a hill tribe village.”


Chiang Mai | Tha Ton | cave temples at Chiang Dao | boat trip on Kok River | Stay in Lahu village | Visit Akha minority family | mountain trekking | Mae Salong | Golden Triangle | Chiang Rai | Wat Rong Khun Temple

Description of Northern Thailand tour, 8 days

This northern Thailand tour, 8 days, explores the once infamous Golden Triangle region. Travel through the picturesque provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, discovering deep forests, mountains, hill tribes, markets and temples. Take a boat trip down the Kok River, before embarking on a two day trek, staying with the Lahu and Akha people in remote villages. Wander around historic Chiang Mai, exploring its quiet lanes and thronging night bazaar.

See the tea plantations around the mountain top town of Mae Salong and spend a day in the heart of the Golden Triangle, close to the borders with Burma and Laos, discovering beautiful landscapes, historic cities and the famous Opium Museum. The wonderful food of this region is another highlight, including spicy curries, delicate soups, noodles, street food and hill-tribe cuisine.

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05 Nov 2019
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07 Dec 2019
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Responsible tourism

Northern Thailand tour, 8 days

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Responsible tourism and sustainability underpin our company and style of travel.

This Northern Thailand tour includes a fascinating look into the indigenous ethnic minorities of the region with a home-stay at both a Lahu and an Akha village. As well as educating those who travel with us into the ways of life of lesser-known people of the region, it provides income directly to the owners of the houses in which we stay as well as indirectly for other members of the village.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.


The tour operator is winner of the 2012 Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Excellence Award for Nature, Marine and Heritage Tourism, the 2010 Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Excellence Award for Best tour operator for Local Communities and the 2008 Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Excellence Award for Best Specialist Tour Operator.

Our Thailand Manager was the silver medallist in the 2016 World Guide of the Year awards. As a resident of Northern Thailand, she leads many of the Northern Thai tours and delights in showing our guests her country and be warned, her charitable work is infectious.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

During the Northern Thailand tour passengers are encouraged to make purchases, such as from the village shops and from individual crafts-people specifically, in this instance, embroidery from the women of the village. We then employ villagers to guide us through the jungle, further enhancing the benefit for the village as well as helping us to build up respectful and trusting relationships with the villagers. During an unusually cold winter last year we donated warm clothes and blankets to the village.

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