8d/7n North Thailand Loop Tour


The ultimate northern Thailand Experience. Authentic cultural discovery through Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Mae Hong Son provinces. The most comprehensive way to see northern Thailand


Combines our 5d/4n Mae Hong Son Loop tour and 4d/3n Chiang Rai tour. We will travel through the heart of rural northern Thailand, seeing the best views and landscapes in the region, exploring local culture and life along the way. We will see a wide variety of hill tribe groups (Karen, Akha, Hmong, Lisu etc.), visit authentic villages, and learn about their fascinating way of life. Get up close and personal to the Real Northern Thailand.

Karen Skaw Hill tribe women Thailand
Ban Lorcha - Akha Hill tribe village

Northern Thailand Loop Tour

Sample Itinerary
This is a sample itinerary only and can be customised
Day 1) Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai - Chiang Saen
  • Pick up from your hotel in Chiang Mai, then we'll depart for Chiang Rai, stop off at hot springs and to see aspects of local life along the way. Visit the famous White Temple, different from other temples in Thailand, popular for its unique and modern architecture
  • Onto the Golden Triangle, stop for pictures at the best viewpoint which overlooks the confluence of the Mekong river, forming the meeting point of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar
  • Optional) Boat trip across the Mekong river to visit a local tourist market on the Laos side
  • O/n at a local guesthouse in Chiang Saen

  • Day 2) Chiang Saen – Mae Salong – Thaton - Karen Village
  • Depart Chiang Saen, to visit a Fish & Monkey Cave (Wat Tham Pla), watch the wild monkeys climbing the limestone cave and swinging from the trees
  • -Enjoy the scenic drive through the hills up to Mae Salong Chinese village, characterised by its terraced tea plantations, rustic locale, little shops selling Chinese teas and wares. The inhabitants here are mainly Chinese descendants who migrated from southern China hundreds of years ago.
  • We will descend Mae Salong, and head down to Thaton. On the way we will visit an Akha Hilltribe village. This community based tourism project is one of our favourites, because its owned and run by the villagers, and profits from entrance fees goes back into the village.  An educational experience where a local Akha guide will demonstrate aspects of Akha life such as hunting, dancing, weaving, and traditional houses
  • Visit an authentic Karen Hilltribe village. Enjoy a traditional Karen meal together, and the chance to learn about Karen cooking and cuisine. O/n at Karen Hilltribe Homestay in a village (optional) or at a local guesthouse

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    Day 3) Karen Way of Life – Doi Angkhang
    • Learn about Karen hill tribe culture and village life, optional short trek to farm, learn about local nature and farming. Other activities may include visit to school, farming, weaving (seasonal dependent)
    • Onto Doi Angkhang (approx 2hrs drive). Enjoy the scenery as we drive up and through this sweeping mountain range that borders Myanmar. A cluster of peaks and valleys this is home to colourful minorities such as the Palong and Lahu hill tribe. O/n Doi Angkhang, local guesthouse
    • Enjoy the enjoy the idyllic location, views, cool climate and fresh mountain air. O/n in Doi Angkhang at a local guesthouse

    Day 4) Doi Angkhang to Pai
    • Visit authentic Lahu and Palong hill tribe villages. These remote and misty villages still keep to the traditional way of life, living in bamboo stilt huts and wearing traditional costume. Learn about their fascinating culture and way of life in these remote and rural highlands
    • Visit an outlook point on the mountain ridge, which overlooks the Thailand/Myanmar border. Enjoy the views as we descend Doi Angkhang
    • Optional activities) Visit the elephants, bamboo rafting or other activities upon request
    • Drive to Pai (approx 3hrs drive). Enjoy the night market on Pai's main walking street. O/n at local guesthouse in Pai.

    Day 5) Pai to Mae Hong Son
    • Enjoy the scenic mountain drive and lofty landscape views, as we travel from Pai to Mae Hong Son. This route, is famous for its curves, and mountain scenery (approx 2hrs drive)
    • We will stop for pictures at viewpoints, and for aspects of local life along the way, such as roadside markets
    • Visit a Lisu hilltribe village
    • Optional visit to a Kayan Long neck village, nearby the Thai-Burma border. To reach the village we will take a long tail boat - enjoy the tropical scenery and nature, along the banks of the river. Chance to learn about the fascinating culture and way of life of the Kayan Long Neck hill tribe women. We will explore the village, for example, visit to the village school, and see the women weaving.
    • Optional overnight at Kayan Hilltribe Homestay or back to Mae Hong Son town for overnight at a guesthouse.
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    • - Visit the highlights of Mae Hong Son town; Wat Jong Kham an ornate Shan style temple and Jong Kham Lake, Mae Hong Son market and Wat Doi Gong Mu (hilltop temple) for view overlooking Mae hong son valley
    • - Onto Mae Chaem via Khun Yuam, visiting aspects of local life along the way (ie; Karen or Hmong farmers, villages). Visit a traditional Tai Lue (ethnic minority) village, famous for its beautiful textile production and weaving cooperative. O/n Mae Chaem

    Day 7) Doi Inthanon - Mae Wang
    • - Optional visit Doi Inthanon National Park and mountain (the highest point in Thailand). Famous for its cooler climate and European type ecology. We'll take a short walk on the Angkha nature trail, and visit two royal chedis. Descend Doi Inthanon, visiting the mighty Wachiratharn waterfall on the way.
    • - O/n Mae Wang

    • Day 8) Back to Chiang Mai 
      • Optional visit to a small local elephant camp. Or other customised activities upon request. Back to Chiang Mai (approx 1 hr drive). Drop off at your hotel.

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        • Flexible itinerary to explore local life along the way
        • Get up close and personal to life in rural northern Thailand
        • Every trip is personalised. Our guides tailor the trip along the way to suit your interests and travel style
        - This tour starts+ends in Chiang Mai. We can pick up+drop off at your hotel/airport/train station in Chiang Mai
        - The itinerary is an outline only, it is not fixed, this leaves opportunity to explore local life along the way
        - This itinerary can be customised. Please contact us for more details

          EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!! Melissa, the tour coordinator and Pat the tour guide for Hilltribe Holidays were very good at understanding and communicating our specific desires as photojournalists and foodies for authenticity with wanting to visit the different cultures in Northern Thailand. This company is down-to-earth, original and honest. I highly recommend them and they will be our our holiday card list as friends! (Michael Bracey, USA, March 2017)

  • -This tour starts+ends in Chiang Mai. We can pick up+drop off at your hotel /airport/ train station in Chiang Mai
  • - Accommodation is at local guesthouses with 1-2 overnights in a village at a hilltribe homestay(optional)
  • - The itinerary is an outline only. The details of each day are not fixed, this allows for greater opportunity to explore local life along the way - This tour can be customised, please contact us to discuss

  • - This tour can be extended to 9+ days. For families with young children, spreading this itinerary over a minimum of 9 days to enable travel at a more family friendly pace.

Testimonials of this tour
"How to see the Thailand the tourists miss " (Mary & David Rogers, UK)
Best way to see what Northern Thailand has to offer  (Lakoseljac family, Australia)
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