Sample Programs for 2012 and 2013

Slow boat on Mekong river in northern Laos Private small group slow boat down the Mekong river to Luang Prabang: Dec 2012

Rih or Yi lake in Chin state Chin state & Bagan in Myanmar end of Dec 2012, first week of Jan 2013

A tribal village with snow mountains in the back drop Tribal village life, hike from tropical jungle to apline highland in Putao, Kachin state, northern Myanmar in Jan 2013
These are general sample trips that you and your own private group can use as a base to build the customised trip for you. If you don't see anything you like here, we can always create a program from scratch. Please tell us about yourselves, your ideas and what experiences you are after together with the intended time of travel, number of days you have, and how many peoples, etc.

Some of the experiences you might be after that we can create into the travel plan depending on place/month and weather:
  • Taste of local life and environment
  • Nature; river, lake, sea and mountain travel
  • Cultures, religions and life style, festival and ceremonies
  • Community and civilization
  • Mode of transport - experience the local ways of moving for example
  • Photography, drawing and arts
  • Activities, adventure, hiking, jungle survival, rural village life skills, village homestay
  • Learning, Thai & South East Asian study
  • Giving, support for the community you visit, volunteering
  • Cross cultural communication & creating understanding
  • Museums, ancient temples and archaeological sites, historical sites
  • Food, local food and drink, cooking
  • Local traditional markets
  • Relaxation and recharge
Sample Trip Ideas

Central Thailand (any time of the year)
It could be few days to longer than a week. You will stay in a hotel in Bangkok part of the program, and on other nights you will sleep in towns and probably village lodges. You will do day return trips to nearby places where you will experience some older days life style of Thailand countryside such as canal travel, visiting a temple in the middle of paddy field, local market, lives along the river.

A Bangkok street Wooden bridge in Sangklaburi
Bangkok street Wooden bridge in Sangklaburi

Depending on available days overnight excursions will be included to Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Nayok. These should be at least two nights for each place.

During the trip our trip leader and a local hand will guide you to get the most out of the travel. Communication with the local peoples, visit of less-known yet interesting places, tasting of local food, taking photos of unusually beautiful spots, riding local mode of transport - are just some of what you will have.

Please contact us at least 6 weeks ahead of the trip.

Thailand villages on mountains/National parks
Both moderate and soft adventure themes can be done. Also we can include learning forest & mountain village life skills, hiking, white water rafting (July to November the best), village home stay, camping, elephant back riding, study of hilltribe peoples' life and culture. Opportunities are end less. The guides and helpers will be local peoples, most likely tribal members. In the national parks they will be the park's rangers.

A Karen (Kayin) village homestay in Umphang Thilorsu waterfall in Umphang
A Karen hilltribe village homestay in Umphang Thilorsu waterfall in Umphang

- Umphang in Tak province: Travel to and from is not very convenient (4 hours car ride on a mountain road with 1200 sharp turns), and accommodations are basic. Most tourists go there for adventure, beautiful big Tilorsu waterfall, hilltribe village life, and photography.
(any time of the year, best between October and February)
Please contact us at least 6 weeks ahead of the trip.

- Mae Hong Son province: In the town and around comfortable hotels and resorts are available. Most tourists go there for hiking, rafting, elephant ride, tribal village (karen, Lisu, etc.) stay, temples, relaxation, shopping of tribal products, food.
(any time of the year, July to Nov for rafting, Oct to February for any trip)
Please contact us at least 6 weeks ahead of the trip.

- Other places such as Chiang Rai, Nan in the north; Sangklaburi (Kanchanaburi) & Uthai Thani in the middle west; national parks throughout Thailand. We can arrange the trips to these places between "November and February" if you have a private group for a period of 4 or more days, and more than a week for the places far from Bangkok.
Please contact us at least 2 months ahead.

North-eastern and eastern Thailand, and central and southern Laos

A Khmer temple in Thailand
A Khmer temple in lower north-eastern Thailand

The region is almost flatland in Thailand, and limestone cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, and caves in Lao side. There are a lot of things to discover and put yourself on action days. At some points during the trip there are chances for breaks and relax too. Ancient Khmer architecture, paddy fields and village life, tribal villages, river travels, mountain hike, caving, small colonial towns, seaside resort, fishing villages, and so on.
(between Novemebr and February)
Please contact us at least 2 months ahead of the trip.

River and mountain travel in northern Laos
We have a boat with 12 seats on the Mekong river, so that is good for 6 to 8 people group with suitcases. It will also keep the cost per person inexpensive. The trip could begin in northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, chiang Rai, etc.) from where we will transport you to Mekong river. Experience the relaxed way of floating down the Mekong river and yet not missing the chance to experience the lives along the river.

Mekong river in northern Laos
Mekong river in northern Laos

You should have at least 3 nights and 4 days plus days in Luang Prabang. Even though the trip ends in arrival Luang Prabang we can arrange the accommodation at Sala Prabang in Luang Prabang. Our boat is able to go in and out of Nam Ou river during July to October up to beautiful Muang Ngoy Mai (Nong Kiew). From there we can arrange the trip further up the river to Muang Ngoi Kao using rented smaller boat. Please add another 3 or more days for this extension.

These trips are available between July and January. Between July and October Nam Ou river can be added. Between November and January overnight stay in villages and hill hiking can be added into the plan. Please contact us at least 2.5 months before the trip.

Northern Thailand
In the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Nan, Lampang, Phrae, Lamphun, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Loei, Tak, etc. we are able to research, design, arrange and run private trips any time of the year. The theme of the trip and details will depend on month of the travel, weather and other local details. Moderate adventure and remote places could be included for the trips in November and January.
Please contact us at least 2 months ahead of the trip.

Southern Thailand, islands
Private trip to islands and national parks can be designed and arranged between December and Jnauary. At least 2.5 months is needed for us to create a good trip.

Photos essays, field reports - adventure, minority culture, beautiful life & environment
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Multi days hike to snow peaks in Putao, Burma Kachin state