Additional Trip Information
Arrival & Departures
Please plan on arriving early on the day of your trip departure (or, to be safe, at least one day prior to your trip departure). Day one of your itinerary starts at Noi Bai International Airport, depending on your arrival time, or from your Hanoi (Vietnam) hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Noi Bai Airport or your Chiang Mai (Thailand) hotel.
Easy to moderate hiking, the longest being just over 7km and taking 3-3.5 hours. Biking:
Easy to moderate riding on Day 11 in Chiang Rai; total distance 43-56 km; terrain is some unsealed roads and gently rolling hills. Options at La Siesta Hotel Trendy:
Through local partners, the hotel offers a variety of day tours and cruises. Inquire at the hotel or search their website for more information. Options at Topas Ecologe:
Topas Ecolodge abounds with opportunities for walking and mountain biking. Options range from a few hours of relaxed walking or biking to a full day of more strenuous activities. Treks and rides take in visits to the villages inhabited by some of the unique ethnic minority groups who live in the area. Options at Satri House:
Satri House offers a variety of overnight, half-day, and daylong cruise excursions on their own boat. Inquire at the hotel or search their website for more information. Options at The Legend Boutique River Resort & Spa:
A wide range of tours have been created to explore Chiang Rai including trekking and mountain climbing. Kindly inquire at the tour desk in the lobby. Options at Tamarind Village:
The hotel offers a complimentary daily walking tour of the area’s historic sites and the opportunity to join in the offering of alms to the Buddhist monks of a neighboring temple. In addition, other cultural activities are available on a daily basis for guests to join. Some of these include umbrella painting, flower garland weaving, and a hill tribe weaving demonstration. The hotel’s travel desk is located next to its Guest Services at the reception area. Half and full day tours to some of the area’s most interesting sites can be arranged on a private or join-in basis. Discovery:
Go to remote Vietnam to meet the ethnic Red Dao women, who wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all Vietnam’s ethnic groups and are famous for herbal bath, local medicine and embroidery. Explore small side streets, back alleys and temples of the historic and charming World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang. Learn all the steps of how rice is traditionally grown and produced and take part in the process, including plowing the paddy field with a buffalo! At a living crafts center, learn about textiles and meet the weavers who help keep these traditions alive. Experience water buffalo husbandry and milking. Meet local farmers and enjoy a cup of green tea in their homes. Visit a village of the long-neck Padaung tribes, who originate from Burma and use many copper rings placed around their women’s throats to give the impression that their necks are elongated. Hike atop Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest peak, to wander through unspoiled cloud forest. Learn how local Vietnamese villagers make rice paper, silver jewelry and colorful embroidery. Enjoy a private cooking lesson in a Laotian family's home with local specialties.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in the Trip Price
Not Included in the Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All meals as listed in detailed daily itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Fully trained, English-speaking professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- All entrance fees.
- All drinks.
- Meals not designated in daily itinerary.
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization.
- All internal flights.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.