Thailand activity holiday, biking and hiking
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Description of Thailand activity holiday, biking and hiking
This two week Thailand activity holiday starts in Bangkok, where we have time to explore this somewhat crazy capital, first on foot and then by bike, the latter a great way to explore the canals and historic suburbs of the city.
Taking a sleeper train north, an experience in itself, we arrive in Chiang Mai to start the next part of our adventure. We come back to this ancient city, with its wonderful mountainous location, later in the trip, first exploring the rainforests and welcoming hilltribe villages on foot. Warm communities, cooling waterfalls, jungle streams and a traditional massage are all favourite highlights of this section of the holiday.
We then spend nearly three days in Chiang Mai itself, also known as the Rose of the North and a truly stunning city. Founded 800 years ago, there is a choice of over 300 temples to visit, markets (including the famous night bazaar), and we explore the city and its luscious environs by bike, taking in lakes, waterfalls, rivers and paddy fields.
After a return sleeper train journey to Bangkok, we transfer on a short bus journey to Kanchanaburi, home of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, and where we get a chance to kayak the Kwai on a two day expedition, staying at basic huts along the way. So, if staying in four star hotels and lying on the beach is your dream way to see Thailand, this trip might not be for you. If exploring the grass roots, jungles, mountains and wonderful local communities is more in line with your dreams, and you are excited by the notion of staying in a rural bamboo homestay, or waking up to the sounds of wildlife on the River Kwai, then we think you will love this Thailand activity holiday.
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1 Reviews of Thailand activity holiday, biking and hiking
Reviewed on 31 Mar 2012 by Hannah Gausden
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The first village stay on the hill tribe trek - we were the first group to stay in this village, and the kids were so excited to see us that I think we became a free babysitting service to the whole village for the entire night!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared to 'rough it' and bring a sense of adventure with you. Many of the nights accommodation involve some form of shared accommodation with the whole group - think home stays, bamboo huts when trekking, house boats, and sleeper trains.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Feel local people were benefitted, particularly with elements such as home stay, hill tribe trek and house boat stay. Our tour guide was also very good at getting us to experience new foods from street vendors, and it definitely made their day when 12 hungry tourists wanted to try their culinary delights!
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
This was an excellent holiday with a good level of activities on offer, plus the opportunity to do further activities (I recommend the Chang Mai bicycle tour). I felt the price could have been a little cheaper considering the level of accommodation was often basic and shared, but all in all a good break.
PlanetDuring our trip, our group leader and local guides take active steps to ensure our groups behave in an environmentally responsible manner, such as sticking to established trails, not leaving anything behind and not removing any plants in rural areas. They are also always eager to share information about their country and culture, and help you break down barriers in your interactions with local people.
We actively support Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants, both domesticated and wild and any contributions by travellers are gratefully accepted.
PeopleOur overnight train journeys are a great way to get to know some of the friendly Thai people and your leader will encourage you to practice your Thai or make the most of the opportunity to teach some English to people onboard.
At the end of our journey, travellers are encouraged to donate any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages for distribution to local villages in the north of Thailand.
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