Thailand's northern capital is a captivating blend of ancient temples, modern malls, steamy rainforest and teeming markets, and you can experience it all on this action-packed active adventure. Tackle the Mae Taeng River rapids on a raft, ride an elephant through the rainforest, climb the naga-guarded staircase of hilltop Doi Suthep and cycle through rural countryside en route to the enchanting ruins of Wiang Kum Kam - the physical activity and timeless sights on this trip are sure to leave you breathless.
Day 1 Arrive Chiang Mai
Head out on foot to explore chilled-out Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand. The friendly locals, the vibrant Night Bazaar, the fascinating old town bounded by moats and the many ancient ruins enthral travellers from around the world. Hit the markets, temple-hop or relax with a soothing massage.
Day 2 Chiang Mai/Doi Suthep Temple
After breakfast head off to visit the temple complex of Doi Suthep, and climb the 300 steps of its naga stairway. Be rewarded at the top with spectacular panoramas. Later, saddle up for a cycling adventure through green fields following the Ping River downstream. Call in to a former leper colony, now a rehabilitation centre, to gain insight into the activities of the missionaries in days gone by. Continue on to discover the real rural Thailand, cruising past orchards, farms and the occasional colourful village. Explore the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam on the way back into town.
Day 3 Chiang Mai/Elephant Ride
Get set for an action packed day with an elephant ride through the jungle. Visit colourful hilltribe villages, jump onto a mountain bike and tackle dirt roads to arrive at a picnic lunch spot. After refuelling, it's time to raft down the Mae Taeng River and its 14 gorges.
Day 4 Depart Chiang Mai
There's always something to see and do in this cosmopolitan capital of the north. Join a cooking class, trawl through bustling markets or wander the serene grounds of one of the 300 temples found in Chiang Mai.