Northern Thailand vacation, Hilltribes & homestay

“Journey through the lush north of Thailand and beautiful Laos for a taste of the less-developed side of South East Asia.”

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Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Chiang Khong | Mekong River | Luang Prabang | Vang Vieng | Vientiane
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“Join a small group for a couple of weeks of trekking, homestays and cultural enlightenment as you travel from Bangkok to the Golden Triangle by overnight train and private mini van.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Kanchanaburi | River Kwai | Erawan National Park | Wat Baan Tham | Ayutthaya, via Suphanburi | Chiang Mai | Doi Mae Salong | Homestay | Golden Triangle | Hilltribe Trek | Chiang Rai | Wat Rong Khun |

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02 Apr 2017
US $ 1535
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07 May 2017
US $ 1525
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11 Jun 2017
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18 Jun 2017
US $ 1480
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09 Jul 2017
US $ 1390
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16 Jul 2017
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23 Jul 2017
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06 Aug 2017
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10 Sep 2017
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08 Oct 2017
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22 Oct 2017
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12 Nov 2017
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26 Nov 2017
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10 Dec 2017
US $ 1431
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24 Dec 2017
US $ 1590
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31 Dec 2017
US $ 1590
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07 Jan 2018
US $ 1560
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14 Jan 2018
US $ 1560
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11 Feb 2018
US $ 1500
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25 Feb 2018
US $ 1455
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11 Mar 2018
US $ 1455
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01 Apr 2018
US $ 1500
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08 Apr 2018
US $ 1455
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06 May 2018
US $ 1455
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10 Jun 2018
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08 Jul 2018
US $ 1500
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22 Jul 2018
US $ 1500
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05 Aug 2018
US $ 1500
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09 Sep 2018
US $ 1455
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07 Oct 2018
US $ 1500
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21 Oct 2018
US $ 1500
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11 Nov 2018
US $ 1560
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25 Nov 2018
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09 Dec 2018
US $ 1560
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23 Dec 2018
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30 Dec 2018
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Responsible tourism: Northern Thailand vacation, Hilltribes & homestay

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. On trips like this through Asia for example, dress standards are conservative, and we recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly outside of the major cities.

We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper trains and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This trip also includes a stay with local hosts at a small Thai village homestay before we embark on a three day hilltribe trek, staying with local hosts for two nights, experiencing the unique way of life the region has to offer. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

As a company our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Projects supported in Thailand in Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and in the wild, and also Baan Unrak (House of Happiness) an orphanage and community relief centre to children and destitute women.

We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. Through these schemes, significant financial contributions are being made on behalf of our business, suppliers, staff and travelers to internationally certified carbon abatement projects, equating to over AU$1 million since 2007. Since then, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!

We invest in internationally accredited offset projects that are based in our biggest destinations. These projects not only offset our emissions but they also improve the environment of the local communities by providing an alternative to fossil fuels and therefore produce less pollution.
Our current project is the Alize «amseki wind farm in Turkey. The wind turbines produce approximately 82,000 MWh of electricity annually and in doing so prevents 52,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere each year.

Reviews of Northern Thailand vacation, Hilltribes & homestay

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Meeting other people and getting to travel around Northern Thailand

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3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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