Thailand

An Insider's Thailand 12 days

Thailand’s far north is unquestionably the country’s most unspoilt region and this 12 day itinerary follows a loop around the northern provinces, away from the well-worn trail and deep into this scenically stunning and culturally diverse area.

In addition to the well-known northern cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, you’ll stop at the much smaller towns of Fang and Chiang Kham, close to the Myanmar and Laos borders respectively, where foreign visitors are still somewhat of a novelty. You’ll meet remote minority tribes and trek deep into unspoilt national parks; visit ancient temples, get up close to Asian elephants and generally be wowed by the natural beauty of the north.

As with all our itineraries, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Highlights

  • Cycle around the ancient city and ruins of rural Chiang Mai.
  • Trek through the jungle surroundings of Doi Pha Hom Pok, Thailand’s northernmost national park before meeting with local villagers.
  • Travel through Mae Chan Valley and its panoramic views as you head to the Thai border of the Golden Triangle.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3-45-6
First Class$2,499$2,042$1,642

Banthai Village

Stylish, bags of character, great value and well located, the Banthai Village is a class act. Set thoughout a cluster of five traditional-style northern Thai house, the charming hotel...
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Phumanee Lahu Home Hotel

This charming guest house is owned and run by a Lahu family who originated from the nearby mountain village of Doi Pumuen where the owner's father was formerly the tribal chief, and the property proudly displays its heritage...
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Le Patta

For those who prefer to be in the middle of the action, Le Patta boutique hotel is minutes from the attractions of central Chiang Rai, including the famous Night Bazaar...
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Rico Resort

Surrounded by a rural landscape of rice fields on the outskirts of Chiang Kham, the Rico Resort is a relaxing base from which to explore this scenically stunning and relatively tourist free region of Northern Thailand...
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Superior$2,708$2,250$1,851

Tamarind Village

A true gem, the Tamarind Village offers the perfect balance of city centre dwelling whilst providing a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai's busy streets...
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Phumanee Lahu Home Hotel

This charming guest house is owned and run by a Lahu family who originated from the nearby mountain village of Doi Pumuen where the owner's father was formerly the tribal chief, and the property proudly displays its heritage...
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The Legend Boutique River Resort and Spa

Located on the banks of the Mae Kok River, The Legend is a beautifully presented, spacious property built in a classically Lanna Thai style…
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Rico Resort

Surrounded by a rural landscape of rice fields on the outskirts of Chiang Kham, the Rico Resort is a relaxing base from which to explore this scenically stunning and relatively tourist free region of Northern Thailand...
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Deluxe$3,358$2,900$2,501

137 Pillars House

A stunning home from home in a historic neighbourhood in Chiang Mai, 137 Pillars House has true Colonial style, but meets every modern requirement...
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Phumanee Lahu Home Hotel

This charming guest house is owned and run by a Lahu family who originated from the nearby mountain village of Doi Pumuen where the owner's father was formerly the tribal chief, and the property proudly displays its heritage...
See more

The Legend Boutique River Resort and Spa

Located on the banks of the Mae Kok River, The Legend is a beautifully presented, spacious property built in a classically Lanna Thai style…
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Rico Resort

Surrounded by a rural landscape of rice fields on the outskirts of Chiang Kham, the Rico Resort is a relaxing base from which to explore this scenically stunning and relatively tourist free region of Northern Thailand...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • If 12 days isn't enough and you want to venture further south for some well-deserved R&R on one of Thailand's world class beaches - just ask a Selective Asia consultant to tailor-make this holiday just for you.
  • Extend your stay in Thailand’s Golden Triangle region at the renowned Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp where you can enjoy an elephant experience like no other.

  • At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
    Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
    The prices listed are per adult and the cost for any children will vary depending on their age and your room requirements (i.e. extra beds, family suites or adjoining rooms). We will be happy to advise you on this and create a tailor-made quote for your family.
    Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

    Inclusive:

    • English speaking, local guide
    • All accommodation listed
    • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
    • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All meals listed
    • International flight reconfirmation.

    Exclusive:

    • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
    • Entry visas
    • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Drinks, other than water on activity days
    • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
    • Travel insurance
    • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

    Please note

    All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

     

    Flights

    We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

    Visa

    You may require a visa to enter Thailand. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

    Passport

    Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

    Insurance

    You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

    Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

    You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

    Booking Procedure

    Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

    Travelling Responsibly

    We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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    Natasha - Selective Asia consultant

    'In true Selective Asia style this itinerary experiences areas of Thailand that have yet to be overrun with tour groups and coach parties.'

    Natasha - Thailand tailor-made specialist
    An Insider's Thailand