From Bangkok to the 'Rose of the North'
Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is criss-crossed with canals, often packed with houseboats and 'floating markets'. We do much of our exploring on foot (we are trekkers after all!), as we visit some of the city's glittering palaces and Buddhist temples. A sleeper train then takes us up-country to Chiang Mai, where we climb the 300-step 'Dragon Staircase' to Doi Suthep temple, and visit the Lampang elephant sanctuary and hospital.
3-Day Hilltribe Trek
Our truck drops us off deep in the heartland of the hill tribes for the start of our trek. We encounter a variety of tribes, such as the Lahu (traditionally crossbow hunters), the Lisu (who live on hilltops), and, the Karen - our Thai leader fortunately speaks all the local dialects! The villagers are very hospitable and friendly - but don't expect any creature comforts here, the only luxury you'll have in your bamboo house is your own sleeping bag! As well as river rafting and elephant riding, we explore the huge network of caves at Tham Lod.
Tropical Island of Koh Samet
By flight, road and ferry we travel to the warm waters of Koh Samet. The island is just a few miles long and has been declared a National Park; we lodge in a comfy hotel right on the beach. This is an ideal place to relax and have fun, with plenty of time for boat trips and snorkelling off the long white sands. Thailand is also a great place for markets, and along your travels you'll find plenty of weird and wonderful bargains - from shadow puppets to cards made out of elephant dung!
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