Tour code:
CM-P-MHS-04
Duration
4 days 3 nights
Start in
Chiang Mai
Finish in
Chiang Mai
Places to visit
Chiang Mai - Pai – Mae Hong Son (Baan Phang Paek village, Tham Lod caves, Jong Kham Lake, Wat Chong Kham temple, Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, Cruise in Pai River, Baan Rak Thai Village) - Doi Inthanon National Park - Chiang Mai
Starts
Ends
Chiang Mai, Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand

Highlights

Chiang Mai & its surroundings, in northern Thailand, offers a wealth of places to visit:

  • Temples: Explore stunning temples like Wat Phra Singh, Wat Phan Tao, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which offers panoramic views.
  • Doi Inthanon: Visit Thailand's highest peak just outside Chiang Mai, known for cool climate, waterfalls, and Twin Royal Pagodas.
  • Elephant Sanctuaries: Interact responsibly with elephants in ethical sanctuaries.
  • Pai Town, nestled in a valley by the Pai River, is famous for its nearby gorges, hot springs like Tha Pai Hot Spring, and waterfalls like Mo Paeng Waterfall.
  • Mae Hong Son, a remote, mountainous province in northern Thailand bordering Myanmar, is sparsely populated yet ethnically diverse, with hill tribes like the Shan and Hmong. Its capital, also named Mae Hong Son, serves as a gateway to the surrounding hills.

Chiang Mai's rich culture, natural beauty, and welcoming atmosphere make it a sought-after destination for authentic Thai experiences in this tour "Day trip to Pai from Chiang Mai"

Itinerary Expand All

Day 1: Chiang Mai – Pai (L)
Car
Begin your adventure in Chiang Mai with a hotel pickup. Travel north to Pai, making exciting stops along the way. Explore the Mae Malai market for local delicacies, and don't miss Pong Deuid, a pristine hot spring nestled in a picturesque valley park. Relax in shallow pools near geysers.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Pai, a charming town in a beautiful, hilly, and natural setting. It's a diverse blend of ethnic groups, each with their own languages and beliefs, creating a rich cultural tradition.
Depending on your timing, you can explore Pai's isolated village and visit ethnic group villages like Ban Bang Paek, home to the vibrant Lisu tribe, known for their colorful attire and high-altitude dwellings.
Have dinner by own and Overnight in Pai
Day 2: Pai – Mae Hong Son (B, L)
Car Bamboo-rafting

After breakfast, begin your day by exploring the local market. Then, head towards Mae Hong Son, making your first stop at the village of Baan Phang Paek, home to the Lisou community, a Sino-Tibetan ethnic minority.

Continue your journey to Ban Tham Lod, where you'll embark on a bamboo raft adventure to explore the Tham Lod caves. Cruise on the inland lake and discover its stunning calcareous formations and prehistoric coffins. This cave system, carved by water over a million years, consists of three separate caves: Sao Hin, Tukta, and IP Man. To explore them, you'll board a raft covering a distance of 1600 meters. Lunch will be provided along the way.

Next, drive to Mae Hong Son and visit three temples near the picturesque Jong Kham Lake. This area is a central hub of the city, offering restaurants, a night market, and a scenic lakeside path. Explore Wat Chong Kham, the older of the two temples, founded in 1827 by Mae Hong Son's Shan sovereign. Inside, you'll find a 5-meter-high seated Buddha in Burmese style. Wat Chong Klang, built in the 1860s, boasts a prominent Burmese-style chedi easily visible from the lake's banks. Finally, don't miss Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, which serves as a sentinel for Mae Hong Son. For the best experience, visit during sunset between November and February when the surrounding mountains are shrouded in mist.

Stay overnight in Mae Hong Son.

Day 3: Mae Hong Son (B, L)
Car Sampan Cruise

In the morning, embark on a picturesque boat ride along the Pai River to witness stunning scenery and the simple lifestyle along the riverbanks. Make a stop at the Long-Necked Karen village, where women wear distinctive brass neck rings.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which you'll continue your journey to visit the Su Tong Pae Bridge, Thailand's longest bamboo bridge. Next, head directly to "Baan Rak Thai Village," situated on the border between Thailand and Myanmar and known for its large nearby lake.

Your next destination is the serene Shan village of "Baan Ruam Thai," also called Pang Oung. Nestled among rugged mountains, this village features a breathtaking landscape with a spectacular lake often referred to as "Thailand's Switzerland." The area is surrounded by pine forests and boasts colorful winter flowers, creating a year-round cold and peaceful atmosphere.

Stay overnight in Mae Hong Son

Day 4: Mae Hong Son – Doi Inthanon – Chiang Mai (B, L)
Car

In the morning, travel south to Mae Chaem and explore Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand's highest mountain, reaching over 2,565 meters. Take in the breathtaking views of the peaks, enjoy a nature walk along the trails, and visit the exquisite Royal Pagodas Napamaytanidol and Phra Mahatat Napaphon Bhumisiri. These pagodas were constructed to commemorate the king and queen's 60th birthdays and are surrounded by a beautiful Royal flower garden.

Next, visit a hill tribe market where locals sell their farm produce, including flowers and vegetables. Then, marvel at Vachiratharn Waterfalls, one of Thailand's largest and most magnificent waterfalls, flowing year-round.

Finally, return to Chiang Mai and transfer to your hotel or the airport.

End of services of "Travel from Chiang Mai to Pai".

  • What’s Inclusion

    • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
    • English-speaking guide during all tours.
    • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
    • Local Sampan cruise.
    • Water & cool towels
    • Government taxes & service charge.
  • What’s Excluded

    • International airfare and departure taxes
    • Drinks and meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks, tips… etc.
    • Personal travel insurance.
  • Notes

    • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/late check-out is upon your request).
    • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
    • The triple room is possible upon your request.

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