Thailand Cultural Kaleidoscope | Cultural Explorations with Discover Corps

Thailand – Cultural Kaleidoscope

Visit shimmering temples, come face-to-face with majestic elephants and learn to make northern Thai dishes with the locals.

When you’re not exploring the unique corners of Chiang Mai, venture into the hill tribes of the distant Doi Ang Khang mountains.


Our Purpose

Lush mountain landscapes surround traditional-style buildings and golden spires reach towards the sky from traditional Buddhist temples. This is Chiang Mai, the Thai city that is the cultural capital of the country, where the streets are filled with everything from carts selling pad thai to monks shuffling along temple-lined streets with monkeys dangling from treetops.

Visit a private organic garden to source ingredients for a Northern Thai cooking class, experience breathtaking views from the lush mountain landscapes that surround Chiang Mai, and journey to a rural hill tribe communities to listen to village elders about how they maintain their unique and traditional way of life. To achieve our purpose, pick tea leaves with these hill tribes (with a stunning countryside backdrop!). Wildlife lovers will also delight in a day spent at a local elephant sanctuary, where you’ll learn to care for these amazing animals and support their conservation.

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What You'll Do

Learn about the history and culture of Northern Thailand as you start your journey with a city tour of Chiang Mai. Along the way, visit an herb garden and board a longtail boat for a ride along the famous Mae Ping River. Stop at a bustling local market for spices and fresh vegetables before climbing into a rickshaw and cruising back through the streets of Chiang Mai. Visit the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project to learn more about the area’s flourishing coffee industry. Experience a cooking lesson with a local, Mr. Prapat, who will provide a warm welcome into his home where you will learn more about traditional Northern Thai cuisine.

Spend two nights in distant villages located in the hills of Northern Thailand. Hike to the top of Thailand’s second highest mountain, Doi Ang Kang, for breathtaking views and visits to remote villages along the way (Don’t worry – you can take a 4×4 as well!). On your way back to Chiang Mai, opt for an optional zip-lining adventure supplement through the treetops and feed elephants at the Elephant Nature Park sanctuary.

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What You'll See

Over the course of 8 days, you will see the kaleidoscope of cultures, religions, cuisines and landscapes that make up Northern Thailand – a region that is blissfully calm and laidback. Whether you’re venturing into the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s authentic street markets or traveling to Wat Doi Suthep – the sacred pagoda situated on a mountain high above the city – you’ll experience all of the must-see sights of Chiang Mai. Then continue off the beaten track to the village of Doi Ang Khang, where you will experience breathtaking views from Thailand’s second highest mountain and take in the natural beauty of Northern Thailand’s rolling green mountains and smiling people.

Towards the end of the journey, spend the day in the scenice Mae Taeng valley caring for Thailand’s majestic elephants. Join the caretakers as they bathe and feed these elephants for an unforgettable experience.

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Optional Post-Trip Extension

For those who want to extend their journey, we offer two post-trip extensions to Bangkok or Phuket & Koh Phi Phi Island (please contact us after booking if you are interested in both!). On the Bangkok extension, experience exuberance and energy like never before. We dig deep into the local culture, getting to know the people and history. Enjoy an evening cruise up the Chao Phraya River and dine whilst gazing upon the Wat Arun temple. Whizz through the city on an iconic tuk-tuk, visit family-run workshops, and take to the water to experience the hubbub of the Damnoen Sadauk Floating Market. A boutique four-star hotel in the city center is the perfect oasis of tranquility

in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Learn more about this 3 Day/2 Night extension here. On the Phuket & Koh Phi Phi Island extension, join us on a tropical adventure, taking in turquoise seas and cultural treasures. The beachside city of Phuket will tickle all the senses, with markets, mouth-watering local cuisine and a fascinating historic quarter. Embark on a memorable boat trip to the island paradise of Koh Phi Phi. Lounge by the pool in your 4.5-star hotel, take in a local performance, dig your toes into the sand or delve beneath the seas on a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure. Learn more about this 4 Day/3 Night extension here.

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Where You'll Stay

The journey will begin and end in the heart of Chiang Mai where you will stay in a traditional 5-star hotel located along the peaceful Mae Ping River. This award-winning boutique hotel features lush gardens, a relaxing spa, ornate teak wood rooms and high-end Thai hospitality.  Dip into the pool when you’re not exploring the local shops and street markets just a short ride into town. Your time in the hills outside of Chiang Mai takes you to a quaint bed & breakfast nestled amongst the trees and mountains as well as a traditional, hill-tribe owned rustic hotel. All lodging promises a relaxing respite from the busy streets and a comfortable place to wake up in the morning and enjoy the fresh coffee only Northern Thailand can offer.

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Lauren T.

Danville, CA

Traveler's Journal

“This trip felt like something I couldn’t have done on my own because of the home-cooked meals and local people we were able to interact with. The mix between the city, neighboring villages, and the hill tribe villages found deeper in the heart of Thailand made for such a unique trip. The Elephant bathing was definitely a highlight for us as well as the kids in our group. I would recommend this to anyone interested in experiencing the real Thailand.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 days / 7 nights

Program Cost: $2,995 Adult* / $2,595 Child*

2019 Dates

March 3-10, 2019

May 12-19, 2019

June 2-9, 2019

June 30-July 7, 2019

July 21-28, 2019

August 11-18, 2019

September 15-22, 2019 (W)

October 20-27, 2019

November 17-24, 2019

2020 Dates

January 19-26, 2020 (W)

February 9-16, 2020

April 12-19, 2020

June 7-14, 2020

July 5-12, 2020

August 30-September 6, 2020

November 8-15, 2020

 

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger at the time of travel sharing a room with an adult
  • Optional Adventure Supplement (Zip-Lining): $150
  • Single Room Supplement = $495
  • Although unlikely, prices, dates, and accommodations subject to change with a 60 day notice from Discover Corps
  • All dates are Family Friendly
  • W = Women-Only Dates
See What's Included
  • Most meals included: 19 total
  • 7 nights lodging in premium level accommodation
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including time at an elephant sanctuary, coffee plantation, a cruise along the Mae Ping River, and more
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals & baggage
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • One dinner on your own
  • Tip for driver and guide
  • Additional meals and beverages outside of those included in the itinerary
  • Laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls
  • Optional Adventure Supplement (Zip-lining)

What's Included

  • Most meals included: 18 total
  • 7 nights lodging in premium level accommodation
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • An active daily itinerary including time at an elephant sanctuary, coffee plantation, a cruise along the Mae Ping River, and more
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals & baggage
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature & turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Tip for driver and guide
  • Additional meals and beverages outside of those included in the itinerary
  • Laundry, room service charges, drinks or phone calls
  • Optional Adventure Supplement (Zip-lining)

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Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

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