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4-Day Thailand: Chiang Mai Elephants, Hiking, and Thai Cooking

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Day 1 : Arrive Chiang Mai

Visiting: Chiang Mai

Arrive Chiang Mai Airport, meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel, afternoon free

  • Meals:
  • Standard Lodging: Tamarind Village Chiang Mai, Lanna Deluxe

Day 2 : Full Day at Pattara Elephant Farm

Visiting: Chiang Mai

This morning you will be picked up at 07:30am for a full day group program.

At the elephant camp, you will be briefed on the history of the domestic elephant in Thailand. Next, you will begin your training session by hiking into the jungle to find the elephants in the bush. You start with feeding and taking care of your elephant. You will then unchain and walk your elephant to the river to bathe her. You will be taught different techniques for getting on the elephant along with basic riding skills and spoken commands for elephants.

In the early afternoon, you will ride to a waterfall for a picnic lunch and have a chance to cool off in the falls with your elephant. In the late afternoon, you will ride back to the camp for the elephants’ evening feeding, and then you'll be transferred back to your hotel.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Tamarind Village Chiang Mai, Lanna Deluxe

Day 3 : Thai cooking with a local family OR Explore Doi Inthanon National Park

Visiting: Chiang Mai

Thai cooking with a local family

A 15 minute drive out of Chiang Mai leads you to a traditional Lanna family, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. Use traditional home recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors that are different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. Select fresh ingredients from the garden to add to today’s cooking extravaganza. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family, be their houseguest for the day and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with them.

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Explore Doi Inthanon National Park

You will be picked up at 07:30 for the daytrip to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest mountain of Thailand (2776 meters). The park boasts the greatest diversity of forest types and bird species found in the entire country and has some beautiful waterfalls. Visit the Mae Ya and Vatchirathan waterfalls on a walk through this un-spoiled cloud forest. On the way to the summit of Doi Inthanon learn about the agricultural techniques of the hill tribe people at the Royal Project of Baan Khun Glaang. Tour includes a scenic picnic lunch. Return to Chiang Mai arriving back at your hotel around 18:30.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Tamarind Village Chiang Mai, Lanna Deluxe

Day 4 : Depart Chiang Mai

Visiting: Chiang Mai

Morning free, transfer to Chiang Mai Airport, depart

  • Meals: B

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