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At The Cultural Crossroads

Tour code : WT. GR 01
Duration : 3 days 2 night,
Type of tour :Private Tour
Start : in Chiang Rai or Bangkok
End : in Chiang Mai or Bangkok
Minimum passengers : 2 persons
Trip Grade: easy
Activities: Sightseeing, Community Based
Tourism in Akha Hill tribe Village , Chiang Rai City Tour byTricycles, Thai Traditional, Massage and Cooking Class


Day 1, Chiang Rai – Doi Tung

08.30   Pick up at your hotel in Chiang Rai (or at the Chiang Rai Airport). Transfer to Doi Tung (about 1 hr. drive), Briefing about the Royal Project in Doi Tung.  Then visit the royal project and see the beautiful Mae Fah Luang botanical gardens.

12.00   Lunch at Doi Tung Restaurant in Doi Tung.

13.00   Travel to visit Wat Rong Kun, the amazing white temple (about 1 hr. drive).  Then, travel to the township of Chiang Rai (about 30 minutes drive), check in at Legend Chiang Rai Boutique Resort & Spa. Take time to survey and explore.

16.30 Take a tricycle from the resort for about 30 minutes, then walk to observe the lively market (sells cooked foods, fruits, fresh vegetables and many kinds of fried insects) until reaching Wat Phra Kaew at about 17.30 hrs.  See the beautiful Ho Phra Kaew and temple, and listen to the monks chanting in the temple (there are many novices residing in this temple). 

18.00   Take a tricycle back to the resort, past beautiful trees lining the road.

19.00   Dinner and overnight at Legend Chiang Rai Boutique Resort & Spa.

Day 2, Huay Kee Lek Community Based Tourism

07.00 Breakfast at the resort

08.00   After breakfast, travel to Baan Huay Kee Lek Akha village by air-conditioned Van and a local truck (about 1 ½  hrs. drive), perched on the top of a mountain with fantastic views of Chiang Rai province.

10.00   Welcome by Baan Huay Kee Lek community-based tourism group, who will introduce guests to their community, local culture and way of life. Explore Baan Huay Kee Lek with local guides, visit the village school

11.00   Soft nature trek in the community forest led by Akha guide for about 1 hr. Learn about the relationship between the Akha people and the forest.

12.00   Finish trekking, take leisure at the host home

12.30   lunch in the village, Akha style

13.30   Travel to Suanthip Wana Resort (about 1 hrs. drive) an amazing Green resort. right in the heart of the forest and mountains. 

Check in at the resort, at leisure to survey and explore.

16.00   Ayuravedic massage with homemade heated herbal Compact for about 1 hrs 

18.00   Start to prepare for a Thai cooking class - 2 dishes: spring roll and fried Thai noodle (Kuai-Teo-Pad-Thai)

Day 3, Chiang Mai–Bangkok (or…)

08.30   Breakfast at the resort

09.30   After breakfast, check out and travel to Chiang Mai

11.00   Arrival in Chiang Mai, visit Wat Phrasing, observe the most beautiful mural painting in the Northern style of arts.

12:00   Lunch at “Just Khao Soy” restaurant in Chiang Mai

13.00  Travel to Chiang Mai Airport (about 1 hr) for return flight to Bangkok

Or drop off at hotel in Chiang Mai. 

Highlights… Service and Sustainability in Chiang Rai:

Doi Tung Royal Project

  • Nationally admired project, initiated by the King’s  Mother;
  • In the past, this area was cleared to plant opium. Doi Tung Royal Project worked with the community towards reforestation and sustainable livelihoods;
  • Local villagers plant coffee and macadamia which they sell to the Royal Project;
  • Visit the beautiful botanic gardens, including rare orchid species;
  • Enjoy a delicious Thai meal at the organic restaurant;

Baan Huay Kee Lek Akha village

  • A fascinating, deep insight into the lives of the Akha people;
  • Tourism is managed by a village committee and funds from tourism are used to sponsor the communities’ forest conservation project and cultural activities;
  • The people of Huai Kee Lek wish to conserve and celebrate their culture. CBT has been quite successful as a tool to stimulate interest in traditional Akha culture among Akha youth, as well to share their culture with the outside world
  • Visit important spiritual and cultural sites and enjoy Akha artistic performance;
  • Explore the community forest with local Akha woodsmen and enjoy a picnic;

Explore Chiang Rai Town

  • City tour by Tricycle – petrol free, slow travel experience of life in Chiang Rai;
  • Support the grassroots people in the city;
  • Explore the night market on foot;
  • Visit Wat Phrakaew and listen to the monks praying

Legend Chiang Rai Boutique Resort & Spa.

  • Boutique hotel on the banks of the Mae Kok River;
  • Spa, swimming pool and bikes available for rent;
  • Joining the Greenleaf SME standard process;
  • Green surroundings and waste management program;
  • Designed to use low energy – open air lobby and restaurant;
  • Organic fruit and vegetable gardens;
  • Most employees are local people

Suanthip Vana Resort

  • Winner of Thailand Tourism Award 2002, 2004 and 2006 for outstanding resort accommodation 3 consecutive times;
  • Stunning northern Thai architecture and beautiful gardens.  A variety of colours is applied with a spacious design to create different moods in each room;
  • Thai cooking school, Ayurvedic Thai massage and herbal compact;
  • Mountain biking, nature trekking, and wireless internet!
  • Water treatment and waste management – organic terrace rice farm;
  • Supports local school by regularly cooking lunch for the children;
  • Homemade bakery and organic restaurant

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