Charity Challenge in Northern Thailand

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Charity Challenge in Northern Thailand

3,125.00

29 November - 7 December 2019

Roam high among the hills of Northern Thailand visiting remote hill tribes and villages rarely seen. Cycle along the rural back roads and kayak through the jungle and raise funds to support SOS Children’s village. Each day will begin and end with yoga. . Focusing on body and mind, this promises to be a unique challenge experience from which you will return fitter, more supple and with incredible memories.

Day 1: The Charity Visit!

Arrive in Bangkok, visit the charity we are supporting (SOS Children's Villages) in Bangpoo. Return to the airport to fly to Chiang Mai, where we will be met by our local guides and transferred to the hotel.

We will have a short city tour, and an insight into general Thai customs and culture.

The evening meal will include a tour briefing in which the tour director will give us details of the ride/paddle/hike logistics, how safety and escort vehicles and boats are positioned and the formation of the trekking group, echelon, paddle train

Finish the day with relaxing yoga class

Day 2: Saturday - Trekking!

Trekking: 10-15 km

Transfer out of Chiang Mai into our entry point for the Mae Taeng valley. Today we will catch glimpses of the Mae Taeng river as we trek. Lunch will be carried with us and early evening will see us come into the hill-tribe village where we will spend the night.

Overnight at hill tribe village, basic communal longhouses with mosquito net.

 

Day 3: Sunday - Trekking!

Trekking: 10-15 km

Today we leave the village and cross into the Mae Taman Valley and early evening sees us arrive at our resort and staging area for the next stage, on two wheels.

Overnight at the Mae Ping Resort

 

Day 4: Cycling (from Mae Ping to Chiang Dao: 80km)

An early rise and breakfast before we do our bike fitting.
Departure on the main road for a few kilometers, before turning onto little used roads.  

We eventually arrive at the Chiangdao caves and Buddhist sanctuary, for a visit and lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we continue North on small roads, with a few rolling hills, riding through forest, passing a few hill tribe villages and more hills! There are some off road sections. Our last part is a downhill, which leads to the Chiangdao Hill Resort for our overnight stop. This resort has basic facilities, but the jungle setting is fantastic, amongst limestone mountain formations.

Dinner overnight at the Hill Resort

 

Day 5:  Cycling (from Chiang Dao to Thaton: 95km)

This stage is all tarmac road, with a few hills. Heading north, we will be in the forest to start with, soon tackling a 5km moderate uphill, before a great, rewarding downhill! We continue then in the valley passing Chaiprakarn, Fang and Mae-Ai districts, riding on small back roads, before we reach Thaton. The valley ride is mostly flat, passing many villages. Many rice fields cover this area and the main plantations grow lychees and mangoes.

Overnight in a simple hotel in Ban Thaton

 

 

Day 6: Kayaking (25km downstream)

This morning we take to the river. After a short visit to the village, we will have a basic skills session and safety briefing on kayak use, after which we will begin our journey downstream, led by the river guides. Lunch will be carried aboard the escort boat and we will stop on the riverbank to eat before returning to our single and double kayaks to paddle to our riverside campsite, arriving in the late afternoon.

Overnight at Jungle camp under tents, on the riverbank

 

Day 7: Kayaking (30km downstream)

Today is a full day of paddling, stopping at another river beach for lunch. We will have the chance to observe the riverside villages and small boats that make up the river traffic, before paddling into a riverside Hotel in Chiang Rai, late afternoon.

Overnight at Rimkok hotel, located on the bank of the Maekok River

 

Day 8: Cycling (Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen and Golden Triangle 85 km)

Returning to our bikes for the last leg, we will cycle from our hotel along the river. Then the road turns into countryside, traversing rural villages and plantations, eventually reaching a small artificial lake in Chiang-Saen. We will continue cycling to reach the point of the “Golden Triangle” and our overnight destination. This is the end of the challenge and we will form up for a group shot as we ride through the arrival arch.

This great final stage will be followed by a gala dinner in peaceful surroundings in the heart of the mystic Golden Triangle. We will stay tonight in a well-deserved comfortable hotel to finish this great challenge.

Overnight at Golden Triangle Hotel

 

Day 9:

There will be some free time in the early morning to explore the Golden Triangle at our leisure. We can stroll around or visit the interesting Opium museum. We will then take a coach transfer to Mae-Sai, the Burmese border and visit Thailand’s northern-most point and the interesting local market with lunch at local restaurant.

Subject to the border opening conditions at the time, it might be possible to cross into Burma (border pass fees 10$ extra).

Transfer by vans/coach to Chiang Rai airport (CEI) for the flight to Bangkok and then on to Dubai – exact timing to be confirmed.

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