Wang Chin Route - 6 days, 5 nights
Lead by expert Dutch biologist Sjon Hauser, this route will start in Chiang Mai OR in the city of Phitsanulok 300 km Southeast of Chiang Mai and subsequently travel 800-1100 km while crossing through much of Northern Thailand in a comfortable minivan. At least four of Thailand’s most interesting national parks will be visited, beside religious, historical and cultural sites and mountain tribe villages in the relatively little known remote areas of the country. There will be no difficult trails to walk, only easy to moderate ones.
Along the route we will get to the summit of highest mountain in Thailand, visit waterfalls, hot-springs and viewpoints, with a little bit luck, in the right period of the year get chance to see sea of mist covering valleys in white from some great view-points.
Mr Hauser has lived in Chiang Mai area for more than 20 years. He is author of dozens of travel related books/publications, has expert knowledge of flora and fauna of Northern Thailand and is an expert in snakes in the region.
This tour is for maximum eight persons.
Day 1; (Bangkok or Chiang Mai) - Phitsanulok - Nakhon Thai
Option 1, Starting in the morning from Chiang Mai - You will meet your tour-leader Sjon Hauser in Chiang Mai for a five hours’ drive to Phitsanulok. The first stop will be the beautiful Wat Phra That Suthon with a giant but elegant Reclining Buddha statue. Before lunch we will also visit a rare shrine where local devotees have offered dozens of wooden phallus to a female spirit. Continuing, we will not visit the town of Phitsanulok, but turn onto the highway to the east and stop at a workplace where truck bands are recicled into trash bins and furniture. In Nakhon Thai, 100 km east of Phitsanulok, we will spend 2 nights in Panya Garden Resort. The resort is surrounded by paddy fields and teak trees.
Option 2, Starting in the afternoon from Phitsanulok - After meeting your tour-leader Sjon Hauser, Phitsanulok’s Wat Yai will be visited, a temple known for its venerated golden Buddha image called Phra Phuttha Chinnarat. Later on we will get to Nakhon Thai (see above).
Day 2; Nakhon Thai - Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park - Nakhon Thai
After an early breakfast we drive to the Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park further east. On the extensive flat top of this mountain we will walk a few short trails through moist evergreen forests. The mountain top was used as a stronghold by communist rebels back in the 1970s. We will visit the remains of their training camp, caves and rock formations which the rebels used as air shelters. A somewhat longer walk leads to the Lan Hin Pum viewpoint with impressive vista over the valley. This is also an ideal place for a picnic style lunch break. After the lunch we will visit a Hmong-village in the national park and later on if we still have time and energy visit a museum about the hectic history of the park or alternatively visit another area with strange rock formations and rare flowering plants.
Day 3; Nakhon Thai - Wang Chin
We will leave the resort and continue to the central parts of the Northern Thailand towards Si Satchanalia Historical Park. We will drive by villages, low hills, mountains and picturesque countryside and stop a few times to visit the morning market of Chat Trakan, and see various crops grown in the fields, see villagers working and observe egrets, storks and some other birds that may be feeding on the muddy fields. We will also stop at a large lotus swamp rich in bird life. We eat lunch on the bank of Yom River next to the Si Satchanalai Historical Park. Subsequently we will explore the park to see the 600 to 700 year old ruins and kilns. Then, we will continue to Punjen Hide Away Resort where you can relax at the swimming pool before dinner. We can spend the evening by an easy night walk along a forest stream in hope to see nocturnal animals.
Day 4; Wang Chin
After breakfast we visit the beautiful Mae Poeng waterfall in the Wiang Kosai National Park. During the peak of the rainy season, access to the waterfall may be restricted and there will be some alternative nature exploring nearby. In the late afternoon, we’ll continue to the west and will have a simple lunch at the market of the small town of Li. Li is the center of veneration of the legendary monk Khruba Si Wichai and if on schedule we may visit a nearby temple to learn more about the life and his temple projects in the 1920s and 1930s. From Li it is a 150-km drive to Mae Chaem, and halfway, near Hot, we’ll stop at impressive erosion formations in the bank of the Ping River. We’ll spend two nights at Mae Chaem’s Navasoung Resort in the foothills of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain.
Day 5; Wang Chin - Thoen - Hot - Mae Chaem
After the breakfast we’ll enter the Doi Inthanon National Park. When we reach the summit at 2565 meters above the sea level we will explore the cloud forest around, known to be home for some very rare birds. On the way down from the summit we will visit the twin Royal Chedis or make a 1-hour walk in dense evergreen forest. Later on we have a simple lunch in a Hmong village. After lunch we visit a royal agricultural project promoting alternative crops among the tribal population. On our way back to Mae Chaem, we visit the impressive, yet little visited Mae Pan Fall which is accessible by a short jungle trail.
Day 6; Mae Chaem - Doi Inthanon - Chiang Mai
In the morning we head for Hot again. We will visit a hot spring and then continue to Op Luang Gorge where the Mae Chaem River has cut a tunnel through the granite rocks. From here we will walk through deciduous forest and see some pre-historic rock paintings and gorgeous lianas hanging on the trees. Lunch will be near the gorge. After lunch we continue to Chiang Mai. Our driver will drive you to your hotel in the city.
The best time of the year for this tour is May to November during the rainy season when the nature is lush with much activity in the paddies and fields.
During the cooler December to January season some concerned areas for this tour may get overcrowded by tourists, this may pose problem for making reservations.
February to April is generally the driest period with very little activity on lower elevations, including agricultural activities.
Tour rates include:
- Entrance fees national parks (a total of 1200 baht per person) and temples
- English speaking guide
- All meals except dinner on day 4 and 5
- Some snacks & fruit
- Drinking water
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Jürgen Zizmann, Germany | posted Sun 22 Apr, 2018
very good trip with the Guides Wan and Dada in the forest,
very recommendable :-)
By: Laurence Proetz, France | posted Tue 17 Apr, 2018
We had a great time with our guide Bon. We will recommend him to our friends for a trek in Khao Yai !
By: Christophe & Isabelle, Luxembourg | posted Sun 15 Apr, 2018
We had a wonderful time in the Khao Yai National Park, due to our friendly guide and the driver. We saw a lot of wild animals in the jungle. We are very happy to have asked for a private one-day tour. Our guide knew so much about the animals, photographing and all aspects of the parc a visitor would like to know.
Our thanks to "Beer" and "Nat" for this life experience!
We wish the team all the best for the future. We also thank for protecting and taking care of the animals in the parc.
Christophe and Isabelle
Tour operator's response
Thank you for your kind words! Good to hear you enjoyed your trip.
By: Svend Ulstrup, Denmark | posted Mon 9 Apr, 2018
Perfect Day. Felt very welcone, Nice guide full of exceiting information. We had a wonderful Day where we Saw a lot of Wild Elephants
By: Carol June Wallen, United States | posted Fri 6 Apr, 2018
I loved my time in Khao Yai from the time my guide Jun picked me up until they (Jun and my driver) walked me back to the lobby. It is a beautiful park and a true natural treasure. I do hope to return someday. My guide and driver were both wonderful, friendly and caring. Since I can not climb stairs much less down to waterfalls, I was grateful they went out of their way to find things for me to see and do. It was definately a day I won't forget and for which I thank them.
By: Lisa Gasparotto, Italy | posted Thu 5 Apr, 2018
We had a wonderful day in Khao Yai! Our guide and our driver were really professional, passionate about their work and really friendly. They did the best to show us as much as possible about animals and nature in the park. We saw monkeys, gibbons, an elephant, a water dragon, snakes and lizards and during the night safari porcupines, flying squirrels and deers. I highly recommend this trip!
By: Chloé Deloos, France | posted Mon 26 Mar, 2018
The tour in Kui Buri was perfect! Ton has organized the taxi from Bangkok, the safari and the accommodation in Kui Buri. The place was wonferful and quiet.
The guides were very nice and very professional! We have seen several elephants.
Thank you for this amazing experience!
By: Sascha and Natty, Germany | posted Thu 22 Mar, 2018
Many thanks to Jum and Gaeo for the wonderful trip. We book an one-day safari with night tour. This was the first time we were in the jungle and it was thrilling. Jum has a lot of knowledge which was very interesting to us. We saw animals we usually would have overlooked. We had nice foods, snack and plenty of water because Jum and Gaeo took care of us. They brought a telescope and binoculars which were essential for seeing the wildlife. We wish Jum and Gaeo all the best and fully recommended joining their tour.
By: Aryn Lipnicki, United States | posted Mon 19 Mar, 2018
I recently traveling to Thailand for about a week and had the opportunity to spend one of the days during out trip exploring Khao Yai National Park with Ton as our tour guide. I can honestly say that our day to the park was the highlight of my trip!
Ton was extremely knowledgable about the park and its wildlife, while also being a kind and fun tour guide throughout the day. Ton helped us see a wide variety of birds, a number of snakes and lizards, as well as quite a view mammals throughout the day as we drove around in a safari vehicle and did some hiking. I had also recently purchased a new camera that I am still learning how to use, and Ton was extremely kind and went about and beyond in helping me to use my camera to get some great photos of the animals that we were seeing!
I would highly recommend a visit to Khao Yai and a tour with Ton to anyone going to Thailand who enjoys wildlife and the outdoors.
By: Veronica Ruvalcaba Macias, Germany | posted Sun 18 Mar, 2018
Good Atention and excellent service level. The guide is really friendly and have good knowledge.
Tour details in short:
- Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
- Type: Private tour
- Price: (on request)
- Group size: 1 to 8 people
- Grade: Easy to moderate
- Transport: Air-conditioned minivan
- Start: 8 a.m. (Day 1) from Chiang Mai or about 2.00 p.m. from Phitsanulok
- End: 5.00 p.m. (Day 6)
What to bring:
- Long trousers
- Rain clothing
- Sweater or light jacket
- Hiking or sport shoes
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion