Thailand nature tour

This tailor made tour goes far off the tourist trail to explore the flora, farming and landscapes of rural Thailand, with private villa accommodation.
Bangkok private chauffeur tour of main sights northeastern Thailand Nakorn Ratchasima Khao Yai National Park northern Thailand village near Chiang Mai eco village visit Queen of Thailand's botanical gardens orchid farms stay in private villas and houses in unique, quiet locations
Price
£1500 including UK flights
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Duration
9 days
Type
Tailor made
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Price indludes: accommodation, activities, transport and most meals.
Best time to travel is March - August.
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Description of Thailand nature tour

This Thailand nature tour is a wonderful ‘soft adventure’ exploring the beautiful gardens, scenery and exotic flora, forests and wildlife in Thailand. On this private tour, you will learn about organic farming, horticulture and eco living, meet warm and fascinating Thai hosts and see how life is lived by local people in rural Thailand.

This holiday begins in Bangkok, before taking you far off the tourist trail, first to northeastern Thailand. Here, you’ll stay in a private villa in huge grounds, tour local farms and gardens and spend a day in Khao Yai National Park. In northern Thailand, your base is your own private house in the jungle-like grounds belonging to a Thai couple, an artist and gardener. Enjoy a guided tour of an eco village and nearby botanical gardens.

This three-centre trip gives you plenty of comfort and privacy, whilst getting away from the tourist trail and meeting local people.

Itinerary

Day 1:Depart UK. Regional departures available.
Day 2-3:Bangkok and nearby. You will feel instantly welcomed when you arrive in Bangkok and are taken to your home away from home - a two-storey private house which is an oasis of calm in this busy city. The next day, you will be driven around by your private chauffeur to explore the major sites.
Day 4-5:North Eastern Thailand. You will get your first glimpse of the Thai countryside as your driver whisks you away to Nakorn Ratchasima, known as the 'gateway to Isan' (north eastern Thailand) and home to organic farming, eco-friendly living and renowned air quality. You'll have your own private villa set in huge grounds belonging to a Thai couple. On the first day, you will have an afternoon tour of the area taking in native flora at the flower gardens and learning about agriculture here at local farms and orchards. You will also have a day at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand's second largest national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. You'll see a variety of habitats including evergreen forests and grasslands as well as abundant wildlife and birdlife.
Day 6-9:Northern Thailand. A short flight will take you to hilly northern Thailand where you will stay in a village just outside Chiang Mai. Here you will meet an artist and her husband, a keen gardener. You will have your own charming house in their jungle-like plot which they will be pleased to show you around, as well as taking you to the local village. You will have a day out to a unique eco-village which relies on waterfalls for most of its needs, including electricity. As you walk around the waterfalls, you will see the villagers at work as these forests are their fields. Local specialities include coffee and miang (a rare species of tea). Your guide also will show you Aquilaria Crassna, a tree with unusual bark, unique to Thailand. Your final day will be spent taking in the Queen of Thailand's botanical gardens as well as orchid farms where you'll learn about the native and exotic plants.

Price information

£1500 including UK flights
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Price indludes: accommodation, activities, transport and most meals.
Best time to travel is March - August.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip is a private tour. It can be taken on dates to suit you, subject to availability. The itinerary can be customised.

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Holiday information

Tailor made tour:
This holiday is designed for people who like to travel on their own, as a couple, as a family or as friends (not in a group with other people they do not know previously). You will not have a 'tour leader' or an 'escort' with you all the time. We run our own operations so do not need to rely on this type of arrangement to make sure your holiday is organised. We work hand-in-hand with our unique network of local people who are backed up by our carefully-picked drivers and local office. This means you will meet a range of trusted local people throughout your holiday and have time on your own, with full confidence that your holiday will run smoothly at all times.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet and people

On all of our holidays, you will spend most of your time in areas away from the main tourist destinations, therefore providing additional income to local economies that may not normally benefit from revenue from tourism.

This holiday is a gentle tour and really gives you the time to learn about sustainable ways of living and farming.

You will see a nature reserve as well as organic farms and alternative forms of power.

You will visit an eco village where the entire community benefits from the small number of tourists who visit, and a local guide will show you how they harvest coffee in the hills nearby, which you can later purchase in the fair trade community shop.

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