ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1 : Chiang Mai-Pai
Heading out in the morning after breakfast, be taken along one of Thailand's most scenic roads on the way to Pai from Chiang Mai, stopping by the bustling Mai Malai Market and gorgeous Pong Deuid Hot Springs along the way. After arriving in Pai, take some time to appreciate the fresh mountain air, rolling hills and serene natural setting. Pai is a small community with different ethnic groups, religious beliefs and languages blended together here to form a unique set of cultural traditions that offer an entirely different feel from elsewhere in Thailand.
Before checking into your hotel, visit the sacred Lanna-style Nam Hu Temple, Chinese Koumintang Village, and Yunnanese Chinese village of Ban Santichon, this is a village of descendants of migrants from Yunnan who still cherish many aspects of Chinese culture and traditions. Some of the Chinese in Yunnan's village were army evacuated from China 50 years ago. The tourists can see the conservative cultures and traditions of the Yunnan People such as the language, dressing, and specially the Yunnan foods that is admired among the tourists.
Day 2 : Pai-Mae Hong Son
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to visit Lod cave, the most beautiful and the easiest to visit. This cave is under Tham Nam Lod Nature and Wildlife Research Center and normally known in Thai word as "Tham Lod" means a cave with a stream running through. From the entrance to the exit, the stream runs in circular route for almost 500 meters high. This route has been eroded by water for more than million years. Nam Lod Cave actually consists of 3 separate caves, Sao Hin Cave, Tukta Cave, and Pi Man cave. In order to visit these caves, tourists need to board a raft through the cave. The total distance is 1,600 meters. Transfer to Mae Hong Son with stop to visit Lisu & Lahu hill tribe villages enroute. Lunch provided at local restaurant. Afternoon, visit Plu Klone and experience mud spa (facial treatment). Then visit city & temples in Mae Hong Son town including Wat Chong Klang, Wat Chong Kam & Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu.
Day 3 : Mae Hong Son - Mae Sariang
In the morning, take a boat trip along the scenic Pai River for a visit to the world-famous Karen Village in the area. Here you'll see women wearing heavy brass rings which appear to make their necks longer than normal. The reason for this behaviour is lost in history, but some believe the rings saved women from attacks by tigers. Whatever the reason, the Karen tribes are fascinating to see and a visit to the village directly contributes to the well-being of the community. Note: After a careful review of conditions there, visits to this village have been deemed to comply with our strict adherance to principals of responsible and non-exploitative travel.
After a fascinating cultural experience, drive to Mae La Noi to visit Kaew Komol Cave. There you'll find a 30-meter vertical chamber. The entrance and exit to this chamber is a 120- meter set of stairs which, in order to preserve the area, has been designed for visitors to see the beauty of the walls in a small space. This cave is considered as the most beautiful and unique in Thailand. Similar caves are only found in three other places in the world: Australia, China and Thailand. Afterwards, transfer to Mae Sariang district where you'll experience a traditional atmosphere in the surroundings of a pristine natural environment.
Spend the night in this charming area while relaxing at your hotel or exploring the area by foot.
Day 4 : Mae Sariang
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Mae Sariang Museum and Temple.
After lunch at a local restaurant, head back to Chiang Mai. Stop by Ob Luang National Park along the way for a rest-stop that allows you to view incredible natural scenery of teakwood forests, steep gorges and mountains.
Arrive in Chiang Mai and enjoy your last night in this amazing city.