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1: Elephant Sanctuaries

2: Islands and Beaches

3: Hill Tribes and Trekking

One of the biggest highlights of a stay in northern Thailand is the opportunity to visit remote hilltribe villages, to meet people whose way of life has survived mostly unchanged for thousands of years. This unique society includes groups such as Karen, White and Blue Hmong, Mien, Akha and Lisu, each with distinctive clothing, history and rituals.

Visiting one of their villages is a fascinating and eye-opening experience, as you are welcomed into people’s homes to meet their families and share some food, or chat to villagers to find out about their traditions and peaceful rural way of life. Even better is to spend a night with them to share the rhythm of village life and we offer several lodges which are owned and run for the benefit of the community where you can stay. 

The spectacular waterfalls, steep valleys and dense jungle of the region are ideal for trekking, both gentle and challenging. It also presents many opportunities for adventure activities, like rafting down mountain rivers on a bamboo raft, biking the trails of Doi Suthep mountain or ziplining… an unforgettable experience as you glide through the canopy, high above the ground. 

Inappropriate tourism development over the years has had a negative impact on some hilltribe villages around Chiang Mai and we make every effort to minimise disruption and to ensure our trips are as welcomed by local communities as possible. You can also help by observing some basic customs while you’re there, such as dressing modestly and being careful when taking photos, and your guide will be there to help.

4: Birds Wildlife and National Parks

5: Khao Sok Jungle and Lakes

Khao Sok National Park, in the south of Thailand, is one of the country's best preserved habitats for tropical plants and wildlife. Within its large boundaries you will find virgin jungle, waterfalls, clear sparkling streams, dramatic limestone cliffs and a wealth of animals and birds. Even better, you can stay in a wooden treehouse perched among the branches, a unique and romantic way to relax and soak up the ambiance of the nature all around you.

The forest is best explored on foot along easy jungle trails, accompanied by an expert guide who will point out the hidden details of the jungle that you might never see on your own - an amazing bird's nest, a giant stick insect or the delicate bloom of a wild orchid. We can also arrange an incredibly relaxing trip down the Klong Sok river by tube or kayak (depending on water levels), which is run by local villagers who want to share and preserve their special environment. The journey takes you past towering cliffs and shoals of river fish and includes as your guide takes care of the paddling, leaving you free to sit back, relax and take in the lush scenery, brightly-coloured birds and monkeys on the shore.

The highlight of most visitors' stay in Khao Sok is a trip to Chiaw Laan Lake, known as “Guilin of Thailand” due to its stunning scenery of limestone islands and cliffs. You can spend a night in this exquisite setting on a basic floating raft house, swimming in the emerald green waters of the lake before enjoying a dinner of southern Thai food and fresh fish, with just the stars and sounds of nature as your backdrop.

And to cap it all off Khao Sok can easily be combined with relaxing on the beach, as it's just a short distance from some fabulous low-key resorts at Khao Lak. Khao Lak is also the jumping off point for scuba diving cruises to the Similan islands, renowned as one of the best dive sites in the world. If it's spectacular natural beauty you're after, Khao Sok should be at the top of your list!

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