Expedition Thailand Itinerary and Costs
Day 1. Chiang Mai, Arrival and briefing.
On arrival at the airport in Chiang Mai you will be met by your instructors and taken to a local lodge. After checking-in there will be an opportunity for introductions and guidance with local customs and traditions. In the evening you are free to experience the local night bazaar and the fabulous stalls that sell every thing from carvings to cockroaches. Take a tuk-tuk (moped-taxi), or go on foot to see the night-life of Chiang Mai. It is a welcoming town you are guaranteed never to forget.
Day 2–3. Mae Taeng – Acclimatization and training phase
Once fully rested we head off North into the Mae Taeng national park to our purpose built Training Camp (See Gallery) which has been constructed from the Bamboo of the local forest. Mae Taeng is home to many of the local hill tribes and Thai people a like. With its huge steep sided valleys and jungle covered hill tops Mae Taeng National park is one of the most pristine areas in the region, this is our home for the next few days. Here we will learn all about the uses of bamboo – from cooking to construction! We will learn in depth the skills of tracking, trapping, and foraging, and receive practical guidance in indigenous methods of cooking, both contemporary and ancient. During this period we will walk out of the camp and construct temporary shelters and bamboo rafts at a nearby lake. We will test the rafts on the lake and fish the rich waters and experience a night out under our temporary shelters.
Day 3–7. Karen Village life
From our training location, once fully acclimatized we head off by vehicle and then on foot into the jungle. Our journey takes us to a small Karen Village (see gallery) nestled at the foot of the mountains. Here the air is cooler and the countryside less densely inhabited. Once at the village we will live with and learn the ways of the Karen people and all that they harvest and use from the forest. Over the next few days we will learn more about tracking and trapping and take short walks through the surrounding jungle continually learning as we go. Whilst here we will construct our own crossbows, the favourite hunting weapon of the locals, and head off on hunting trips (optional) into the hills.
Day 7-9. The Journey.
With all our preparation complete we leave the village heading off into the forest for the final phase of the expedition. Heading off further into the jungle, our route takes us along a valley bottom down into the lowlands again. On route we will sleep in hammocks, fish the rivers and sustain ourselves on natures bounty before meeting up with our transport that will take us back South to Chiang Mai.
Day 9-10. Return to Chiang Mai.
On our final evening we will dine at one of Chiang Mai's amazing and vibrant restaurants and enjoy the wealth of local cultural entertainment and recount the experiences of the previous ten days After a deserved good nights rest you will be transferred to Chiang Mai airport where we will sadly say good bye but with the memories of these gentle and welcoming people fresh in your mind, it will not be long before you are planning your next trip to the amazing heart of Asia and the hill tribes of Thailand.
A reasonable level of fitness is required for this expedition you will need to be able to walk with rucksacks up to 5 kilometres on some days in fairly hilly terrain.
Expedition cost £1200.00 (Inc VAT)
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Flights are not included in the expedition cost.
Expedition costs include :
All internal transfers
All accommodation and food as per itinerary
Full instruction in sub-tropical bamboo forest bushcraft
2 UK instructors
2 camp assistants
Full rental of environmental specific equipment
Public liability insurance.
Not included :
Any alcoholic or soft drinks from bars/restaurants
Any extra activities.
Any extra requirements not mentioned in above itinerary/program