Hill Tribe Tour of Northwest Thailand


Beginning in the Thai capital of Bangkok with its incredible Grand Palace, this trip takes you up into the hills of the northwestern part of Thailand, with its panoply of different ethnic groups, rivers, elephant training camps and vibrant cities. Your path will wend from Chiang Rai and the infamous Golden Triangle down to Chiang Mai with its wonderful crafts and people over to Mae Hong Son and Pai. Along the way, you will visit Padaung tribes, be an “elephant owner for a day”, go to cooking school, take long tail boats on the Mae Kok, give alms to monks, and even cross over into Myanmar.

NOTE: At the end of the program, should you wish to include time on one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches or do an extension to another country in Southeast Asia, we would be happy to add this to your trip.

Land Cost

Starting at



Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

Custom Dates and Prices Available1.800.670.6984 OR 775.832.5454

ITINERARY at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Bangkok. Met and taken to hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 2

Visit Bangkok – Grand Palace, Klongs, Wat Po and Wat Arun. Evening visit to China Town.

Day 3

Visit the Floating Market, River Kwai and museum.

Day 4

Fly Chiang Rai. Visit Chiang Saen, Opium Museum, and Golden Triangle. Cross into Myanmar. Visit Akha and Yao villages and Baan Dam.

Day 5

Longtail boat ride to Ta Ton. Visit Karen and Lahu villages and Wat Thaton. End in Chiang Mai.

Day 6

Elephant owner for a day.

Day 7

OPTION A: AM at Cooking School. PM Free. Evening Kantoke Dancing

OPTION B: Trek to a village and overnight

Day 8

Two alternatives: a) City tour or b) Visit to Mae Kampong Mountain Village way of Life.

For those who overnighted, return to Chiang Mai. Evening visit to the night market.

Day 9

Drive Mai Hong Son via Mae Malai and hot spring.

Day 10

Tour Mae Hong Son and boat ride on Pai River to Padong village. Afternoon visit to town.

Day 11

AM market and Buddhist offerings. Drive Pai via Tam Lod, Lisu and Lahu villages. Explore Pai.

Day 12

Drive Chiang Mai, Fly Bangkok and connect with evening flight out. NOTE: If you want an extension to Phuket, Krabi or similar, we will be happy to help.