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The village experience 4 days / 3 nights
Tour Overview :
We have worked with our local village, Punjen, to develop an authentic Thailand tour to show you
what life in Northern Thailand is really like. Explore our beautiful natural surroundings, participate in
local life and step into the real Thailand! When booking a Thailand holiday, don't miss this
opportunity to enjoy a unique family vacation.
Departure Date : Depart every Wed- & Saturday with the overnight sleeper train from Bangkok Depart every Thurs- & Sunday with the day train from Chiang Mai
Tour Inclusion : Included: all mentioned meals, transfers and excursions. Communication with the local people will be limited, because of their (lack of) English. Transport with local taxi's, air-conditioned second class day train or night train with sleepers. If fully booked, transport can be with airco VIP-bus (sleeping seats and toilet).
Accommodation: comfortable fan cooled bungalows with veranda, refrigerator, satellite tv, coffee and tea making facilities and a separate bathroom with warm and cold shower and toilet.
Remark : Don't forget to bring: protection against mosquitoes, shoes with which you can walk in water, a swimming suit and a good humor.
Day by Day Itinerary :
Date 1 : Bangkok / Chiang Mai - Nan
Leave from Bangkok in an air-conditioned sleeper train or from Chiang Mai in a daytrain. If you start in Chiang Mai, the program begins on day 2.
Date 2 : Ban Bin
Transfer from Ban Bin train station in a local open taxi. After arriving in the Hide-A-Way a bungalow will be assigned to you. After breakfast: pony cart tour to the village Saloke. Wondering why they always go with 2 carts? The second pony is a bit afraid of everything and won't go without the other! This is followed by a short trekking with the local guide upstream. In the afternoon you'll visit the beautiful 7 tier waterfall and visitor center at Wieng Kosai National Park. In the Hide-A-Way the staff prepares a copious diner, which will be served in the elevated and open restaurant. From here you have a wonderful view on the tobacco fields, the rice paddies and, of course, the jungle. After diner you will be glad to return to your bungalow. Before you fall asleep you can watch the programs on the satellite-tv.
Date 3 : Ban Bin
After breakfast we make a hike of about 2 hour into the forest to have a lunch in village style. We will cook rice in bamboo, catch fish for the soup and find edible herbs and plants to eat. Back in the Hide-A-Way local women will be waiting to give you a real Saloke massage. Refresh yourself and join us for another copious diner. Spend the night in your bungalow.
Date 4 : Nan - Bangkok / Chiang Mai
Breakfast and time for a hike up of 2,5 hours to a fabulous view point. Lunch about 14.00 hours (departure depends on transport out time), check out and head to Salang temple, a mixture of old and new. After exploring the temple and surrounding area you can clean up in the hot mineral springs. From here it's about 10 minutes to the train station.
And at any time you are welcome to visit the kitchen and observe how to cook Thai food.