The group enjoyed themselves
very much and I received very excellent reports! I would like to thank you
and your staff once again for everything you did to make their trip
such a success!
The group experienced so much of Thailand in such a short time and I appreciate
all that you did to use their time so effectively.
Again, thank you, All Thailand Experiences for all that you did for my
See their itinerary
Thank you so much for another job well done. This is the fourth expedition that All Thailand Experiences have arranged for us and, as always, everything ran as clockwork. In fact, I think that this was our best trip to date.
The upgrade to suites in Chiang Mai was a huge surprise and a real treat - especially after returning from four nights in the rainforest! Although, having said that, the students loved both hill tribes that we stayed with and wouldn't swap those nights for anything.
I've got together with the students and have started going through the thousands of photo's that we have. When I get a chance, I'll put the best ones on a disc and get them sent over to you.
I have started putting together the details for another expedition in 2013, very much in line with the one we've just completed, but with the addition of a visit to 'Flight of the Gibbon'. I'll keep you up to date with our progress on this.
Anyway, that's it for now.
As you know, the students vote for their favourite parts of the trip and the top 5 are as follows:
- 5. Thai food (I always love this, but it's the first time that it has got the student vote)
- 4. Thai cookery course (a really good venue this year; very relaxed and considered tuition)
- 3. Bathing the elephants in Mae Taeng river (this is the first time that we've done this - great fun and a fantastic photo opportunity)
- 2. White Water Rafting (Wow! Wow! Wow!)
- 1. (yet again) Our Thai guides (Lovely, lovely people - it's always a pleasure to be in their company)
All best and thanks again
Eric Herbert Group 13 persons split into 2 groups
We all had a GREAT time on our 3-day, 2-night trek!. The trek with All Thailand Experiences was our favorite part of our spring break trip. We had a BLAST All-Thai was very accommodating and helpful for our group of 13 American students (which we split into 2 groups for the trek).My group's guides were awesome. They could both communicate with us well and were a lot of fun. The younger local trail expert was a big goofball and we had a ton of fun with him. They taught us some Thai words and played little games with us at night and whatnot. Also, it was really cool making bamboo cups and that kind of stuff. I heard that the other group also really enjoyed their guides. The food was EXCELLENT and we had PLENTY of it. That was awesome, especially considering that my group had 7 guys in it. The caves and waterfalls were really cool. The waterfalls (our group saw 3, were a great way to cool off and have some fun. Hiking wise, the first and last days were exactly what I was expecting (through jungle on narrow little paths and such). The second day was great because we were able to get tons of spectacular views and pictures, but the hiking was less intense. I am not disappointed in the hiking aspect of it because we got a good mix of both intense and great views. The villages were a great experience, as well. We had a good time at both of them, especially the second one (2nd for my group--the one with all the little kids) because we played with the little kids a TON. It was interesting to see a little bit of how they live and the condition/style of their villages. It was also nice that we did not end up being harassed by villagers trying to sell us things or anything like that. Overall, we all thought the trip was WELL worth it. Also, the help of Nui, the manager, who got us our train tickets and booked our hostel for the last night was EXTREMELY appreciated. Thank you for giving us SUCH a great experience. You will definitely be recommended to the group coming to Australia (and hopefully visiting Thailand) next year. I will put a review on the site, as well.
Here is the itinerary Eric Herbet's group took.
We will greet you at the train station in Chiang Mai in 2 "Songteaws" (covered pick up trucks. We then visit Tannin Market to pick up fresh supplies for the trek. This is the best market in Chiang Mai and very interesting. We then travel high in the mountains 90 Kilometers north of Chiang Mai to an altitude about 1400 meters. We will take Group A and B to visit a cave with beautiful stalagmites covered in crystals. We then take Group A to a Lahu hill tribe village by vehicle here we will cook lunch then walk for 4 hours to another Lahu village for the evening with your host families. Dinner will be cooked for you in the homes by your guides and host family.
Group B will be taken to a village school for lunch we walk along a stream for 3 hours or so to a Lahu village for lunch. They then hike another hour to the cabin in the Jungle. At the cabin your guides will show you how they make a hut by place banana leaves on a bamboo frame that will be their hut for sleeping (if not raining). All cups, rice bowls, chopsticks, spoons, and cooking utensils will be made out of bamboo. The rice will be wrapped in banana leaves and placed in bamboo. Vegetables and spices harvested from the jungle and food brought along with us will be placed in bamboo tubes for cooking. Chicken is placed on bamboo sticks and cooked over the fire. While the guides are preparing your delicious dinner, you can freshen up at a nearby waterfall. Dinner is served by candle light.
This morning after breakfast your guides will prepare lunch to be eaten in the Jungle. Both Group A and B will hike up into the mountains passing colorful hill tribe people working their Tea fields on almost vertical slopes. We will then follow a stream passing many waterfalls as they enter the jungle. We will stop many times to harvest wild fruits and berries along with mushrooms, bamboo shoots, herbs and spices. Your guides will explain the many medical uses for some of the plants growing wild in the jungle. We will stop at a waterfall to enjoy a hearty lunch the guides brought along for us. One of the guides will travel ahead of us to spot colorful birds, orchids, wild flowers, butterflies, and interesting wildlife to show to us. Group A will spend the evening at the Cabin in the forest same as Group B did on the evening of Day 1. Group B will spend an evening in the Lahu village as Group A did on Day 1.
After breakfast Group A will hike along the stream for 4 hours to the village school for lunch where Group B started on Day 1 where Group B will hike through the jungle to the Lahu village for lunch where Group A started their trek on day 1. Transfer to your selected accommodations in Chiang Mai.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: On Day 2 expect to hike 6 to 8+ hours. Our guides know all the trails just let them know how long and how difficult or easy you would like to hike. Day 1 hiking minimum 4 hours, again let them know how long and how difficult or easy you would like to hike.
End Tour, This is a private tour.
|Here is the itinerary taken by our friends at Odyssey Tours of Cheyenne
Wyoming in the USA. If you have a group that would
like to come to Thailand or start a group tour or soft adventure.
us. We will work with you to meet your groups needs in the time frame
requested. If in the USA, We will then give you Odyssey Tours contact
information to help with your arrangements, international air tickets
etc. or we will work directly with you. If you are a tour agent and would like us to take care of your group in Thailand
or start a group tour please let us know.
We will greet you at the airport in Bangkok and transfer you to the Marriott
resort and Spa (5 star), Novotel Siam Square (4 star)or Ambassador Hotel
Free day to enjoy the Garden Spa Facilities.(B)
This morning early we depart for Damnern Saduak Floating Market and the narrow
narrow canals jammed with small wooden boats with vendors in large straw hats
happily and peddling fresh fruit and vegetables, hot noodles and cold drinks,
spices and souvenirs, just as they've done for centuries.. We will then have
lunch and visit the Royal grand Palace, Wat Po and the Temple of Dawn.
Return to the resort. (B,L)
Today we travel to Ayutthaya for a day and evening tour. Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya
became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese
in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and
gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour.
Overnight in Ayutthaya at a 3 or 4 star hotel. (B,L)
This morning we transfer to the airport in Bangkok in time for the late morning
flight to Chiang Mai. We will greet you at the airport in Chiang Mai and check
into the Rachamanka resort. The Rachmankha is much more than just a hotel. It is an experience.
The combination of Lanna art and interior design, and the temple style architecture has created
a haven of peace – the kind that penetrates you and touches you heart. This is an ideal hotel
for people in need of rest and relaxation. Each guest room is slightly different because the
furniture is antique, and each piece is different. There is also a 20 – meter swimming pool,
which is lined with sun beds and bougainvillea flowers. The airy Pool Bar offers snacks and drinks,
while the open-air room above provides a massage service.We then visit Wat
Prathat Doi Suthep and Chiang Mai's city temples. Tonight you will enjoy a traditional
Khantoke dinner with Thai Music and dance. Return to the resort. (B,D) Lunch
on the plane.
Today we check out of the resort and visit the hill tribe museum then Chiang
Dao Elephant Training Center for a 1 hour elephant ride through the forest and
through streams. We will have lunch here then travel to
Chiang Dao Cave Shrine temple for a 1 hour easy walk through the caves. We then
travel to the small town of Thaton located on the banks of the Mae Kok River
on the Thai - Burma border. We will spend the evening
on the river front at Thaton Chalet. Dinner will be at the here at the hotel.
This morning we wake early so see the more than 100 Novice Monks, 30 Monks and the Abbot get ready to accept
Alms. We will then have breakfast at the temple and you will be able to ask the Monks and the Abbot questions
about the temple. We then travel by vehicle high in the mountains to the Chinese village of Doi Mae Salong for
a Yunnan Chinese lunch then down the mountain to a Lahu hill tribe village. Here we will board our private long
tail boat for a journey through the mountain canyons to Chiang Rai stopping at a hot springs an Akha hill tribe
village along the way. Overnight in Chiang Rai at Rim Kok Resort.(B,L)
This afternoon we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bangkok. Transfer in Bangkok to the Marriott resort
Spa. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner aboard the Manora converted teakwood barge on the River of Kings
passing Bangkok city sites and temples all lit up for the evening. (B,D) Lunch on the plane.
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight back home.
End Tour, this is a private group tour.