Unique Experiences:

•  Beat the crowd and trek through unspoilt jungle near UNESCO certified Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
•  Swim in amazing Tee Lor Su Waterfall and raft down the Mae Klong River
•  Stay overnight in a local traditional villages and get close to local life in the jungle
  •  Great alternative to the well-trotted trails.


Small Group Exploration – You can be min. 2 and max. 10 travellers with 1 guide.
Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled, to go beyond the ordinary.

Note: 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: 6 Day(s) 5 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Tuesday and Friday throughout the year. Departs on Wednesday during high season.A minimum of 2 travellers is required for the tour 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: Bus, soengtaew, rafting, walking/trekking
Type of Accommodation: Night bus, Guesthouse , Tent and Homestay
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: 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner
Accommodation: 1 night at a Local Guesthouse, 1 night in simple Shared Accommodation in Rest House 1 night in Basic Tent and 1 night in Local Karen House, 1 night in Air-conditioned Night Bus
Entrance fees: All entrance fees to Wildlife Sanctuary etc.
Transport: Local bus from Chiang Mai to Mae Sot and Air-conditioned Night Bus from Mae Sot to Bangkok, Local Car Songtaew and Rubber Dinghy
Driver/Guide: Local Gide in Mae Sot and Guide upon arrival in Umphang and during the trek.

Excluded from Price:

•  Guide during overnight bus rides and songtaew from Mae Sot to Umphang
•  Meals on Day 1
•  Transport to hotel upon arrival in Bangkok.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.


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


** Note: You have the option to start this tour in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai and to end in Bangkok, Mae Sot, Chiang Mai or Sukhothai at no extra charge.
Want to continue by pioneer trails? Continue from Mae Sot across the border, and into Burma on the Burma Backdoor Explorer tour. Simply ask us for further details.

Day 1: Chiang Mai to Mae Sot by local bus
Departure from your hotel in Chiang Mai to the bus station will be on you own arrangement. The bus departs at 13:10 pm and arrives in Mae Sot around 18:40 pm. Upon arrival in Mae Sot, a driver will pick you up and take you to a guesthouse to a local guesthouse for you to spend the night.

Accommodation: Overnight at a local guest house

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 a short ride to the Thai-Burmese border market at the river Moi.

After lunch you will go by public songthaew (half-open pick-up truck) to Umphang. It is a beautiful 4-hour ride by the mountains with more than 1,000 turns in the road (if you suffer from motion sickness you might consider bringing motion sickness pills). Accommodation for the night will be in basic huts/houses. You may leave some of your belongings in Mae Sot in order to lighten your load for the trekking ahead. You can collect it again on day 5.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in basic huts/houses

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 forestscape. From the riverside there are three to four hours of fine trekking to the camp area in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary where your guides will pitch tents and cook dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in tent at Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary

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 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in a local traditional Karen house

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, there are 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 in Umphang, you can take a shower before heading back to Mae Sot. In Mae Sot, a short rest and dinner will await you, before you board the overnight air-conditioned bus back to Bangkok.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on a night bus

Day 6: Bangkok
Expected arrival at the Northern bus station Mochit early morning around 05.30 am. The tour ends at the bus station and you will have to get to your next destination on your own.

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.

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