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Unique Experiences: ● Beat the crowd and trek through unspoiled jungle near UNESCO certified Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary.
● Swim in amazing Tee Lor Su Waterfall, raft down the Mae Klong River and stay overnight in local traditional villages.
● Spend a day as elephant caretaker taking care of this majestic animal as you wash, swim and play with them.
● Spend your last couple of days in enchanting Chiang Mai with base at ECO Resort Chiang Mai.
Participants: Small Group Exploration spiced with Shared Group Experiences
You can be between 2-10 people on the Umphang Trekking
You can be between 2-15 people on the Happy Elephant Care Day
...Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the... ordinary.

Please note, that it is possible to book 1 person on this tour, but departure is conditioned by a minimum of 2 participants. Please check with your travel consultant. Should the minimum requirement not be met, we will always do our best to reschedule or find the best-suited alternative at any given time.
Trip Length: 8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (Wednesday only in high season).
We need a minimum of 2 travellers for the trip to depart.
Travel Season: All year. The Jun - Oct rainy season can bring heavy and regular rainfall. The best time to visit is Nov - Feb, when it’s dry and temperatures are at their lowest, around 30 degrees. From Mar until May the temperature can rise to 39 degrees.
Type of Transportation: Bangkok to Mae Sot in Aircon Night Bus, Songthaew from Mae Sot to Umphang and back, and day bus from Mae Sot to Chiang Mai.
Type of Accommodation: 1 night in Aircon Night Bus, 1 night at a local guesthouse, 1 night in basic tent, 1 night in local Karen house, 1 night in simple shared accommodation in rest house and 2 nights at Eco Resort in shared dorm room in Chiang Mai.
Physical Rate: 4 /5
Child Policy: This tour is not recommended for: Children below 10 years of age. Regardless of age, please carefully contemplate if your child is fit for trekking in the jungle. We cannot guarantee that the guide or the group can accommodate special needs, and it will be your responsibility as parent to support the child.
Included in Price: Meals: 6 x breakfast, 5 x lunch and 4 x dinner.
Accommodation: 1 night in Aircon Night Bus, 1 night at a local guesthouse, 1 night in basic tent, 1 night in local Karen house, 1 night in simple shared accommodation in rest house and 2 nights at Eco Resort in shared dorm room in Chiang Mai.
Transport: Bangkok to Mae Sot in Aircon Night Bus, Songthaew from Mae Sot to Umphang and back, and day bus from Mae Sot to Chiang Mai.

There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be English-speaking guides on location in Bangkok and Mae Sot, during your trekking tour in Umphang and your Happy Elephant Day Care. There will be Go Beyond Asia Travel Advisors at ECO Resort in Chiang Mai
Excluded from Price: ● Guide during overnight bus rides and soengtaew from Mae Sot to Umphang and Chiang Mai
● Transport to starting point (New Road Guest House, 1216/1 Charoen Krung Rd., Bangrak)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
Elephant Thai - Eating

Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok to Mae Sot by overnight bus
Meet at New Road Guesthouse around 07.30pm (please ask your Travel Advisor about the exact time one day before departure). Go by car through Bangkok’s evening traffic to the Northern Bus Terminal and flow through the night by Aircon Night Bus through the outskirts and to Mae Sot.

Day 2: Mae Sot to Umphang – Border town ambience and by winding roads to Umphang
In Mae Sot our local staff picks you up. You will have the opportunity to sleep in Mr. Lar’s Resthouse for a couple of hours (expect basic shared accommodation). After breakfast you will be taken to on a short ride to the Thai-Burmese border market at the river Moi.
After lunch you go by public Songthaew (half open pick up truck) to Umphang. It is a beautiful 4-hour ride through the mountains with more than 1,000 turns in the road (if you suffer from motion sickness you might contemplate to take medication to avoid feeling nauseous). Accommodation for the night will be in basic huts/houses. You may leave some of your belongings in Mae Sot or here in order to lighten your load for the trekking ahead. You can collect it again on day 5. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Umphang – Rafting and trekking past limestone cliffs; through the dense jungle and bamboo forest
After breakfast the easy rafting takes you on the narrow Mae Klong River through the forests cape. From the riverside there are three-four hours of fine trekking to the camp area in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary where your guides will pitch tents and cook dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Umphang – Swim in Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall and spend the night in a local Karen village
After breakfast you will walk to the impressive waterfall Tee Loi Su, South East Asia’s largest waterfall. Bring a towel and swimsuit and you can take a refreshing swim and if the water level permits, cliff jump from the top of the waterfall. Afterwards you will walk through bamboo forests, cross bridges and walk through dense jungle to the Karen village of Ko Tha where you spend the night in a local, traditional Karen house. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Umphang to Mae Sot – Trek through the jungle in the morning before heading back to Mae Sot
Wake up to a scrumptious jungle breakfast. In front of you is 3 hours of trekking through the jungle and over a small hill to Palatha. Here your transport back to Umphang is waiting for you.When back at Umphang you can take a shower before heading back to Mae Sot. You will have an extra night in Mae Sot at a simple resthouse (basic facilities) and the night is free for you to explore the city. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Mae Sot to ECO Resort Chiang Mai
Go by local bus to Chiang Mai. Your guide will not join the bus. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai you will get picked up from the bus station and taken to Eco Resort where you check into your room (dormitory with aircon). Relax at the swimming pool and go talk to the Travel Advisor in the Go Beyond Travel Center, located at Eco Resort – to plan your adventures in Chiang Mai and outskirts.

Day 7: Eco Resort – Happy Elephant Day Care
The tour starts from your hotel in Chiang Mai and you will go to Happy Elephant Home by mini bus. Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, change into your provided mahout clothes and have an introduction to the itinerary of the day. The morning will be spent feeding, washing and getting to know the elephants.

After a delicious lunch consisting of Thai food or a vegetarian option you have the opportunity to cool off in the swimming pool and enjoy the views, and later you can join the elephants in a mud bath. Afterwards, walk with the elephants to the Mae Taeng River where you can wash, swim and play with them. Don’t forget your swimsuit! Walk back to the camp accompanied by the elephants. Now it’s time for them to roam free and enjoy some more food.

After a lovely day with the elephants you will be transported back to your hotel in Chiang Mai. (B, L)

Day 8: Eco Resort - Free day - Check out

Check out from the room will be before 12.00 noon. Book extra nights, continue to Laos or return to Bangkok. If you are not sure what to do or where to go, just ask us at the Travel Center – we have plenty of ideas and insider tips for you. (B)

Note: Your guide might change the itinerary according to customer wishes along the way. We ensure that any replacement in itinerary will be an experience as well. Please ask us in advance if you need help or directions for onwards transport.

Remember to bring: Camera, Good trekking shoes/boots, Sandals (for rafting), Light fast drying clothing, Warm sweater/fleece, Long sleeve shirts & pants, Mosquito repellent, Personal medication, Long socks for treks, Swimwear & towel, Cap/hat, Flashlight & batteries, Watertight bag for camera, Money, Passport

Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner

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Locations Visited:
Bangkok, Mae Sot, Umphang, Chiang Mai
Start City:
Bangkok
End City:
Chiang Mai

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