Highlights of Thailand & Elephant Eco Tour

9 days Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

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19 Reviews
4.8

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Bangkok

Bangkok
3days
Modern City, Temple

Chiang Rai
2days
Golden Triangle

Chiang Mai
3days
Encounter with elephant

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Chiang Mai

Highlights

  • Hotel: 4 Stars
  • Attractions: 16+
  • Destinations: 3
  • Age: All Age
  • Comfort: Relexed
  • Style: Cultural & Wildlife

Pilgrimage to Buddhist temples & oriental palace hidden among the modern architecture

Drug trafficking history in Golden Triangle and glance at Laos’ markets across Mekong River

Discover the famose Blue TempleWhite Temple & Black Temple 

As an elephant volunteer, no ride, no hook, no chain

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - International Arrival, Bangkok

    • Sights: 1

    • Accommodation:

      U Sukhumvit Bangkok  

    • Meals:

      None
    • Activity:

      สวัสดีค่ะ  Sawasdee ka!Welcome to Thailand! On arrival in Bangkok, your guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall with our warm welcome kits. You will be transferred to your hotel with a private car and driver. Your guide will help you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure your arrival in Thailand is worry-free.

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      The rest of day is arranged on your own.You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for good dining or places to see.

  • Day 2 - Bangkok Sightseeing

    • Accommodation:

      U Sukhumvit Bangkok  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Today you will enjoy a private guided tour of Bangkok.Start with the the dazzling, spectacular  Grand Palace. It’s undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark, where you will find Wat Phra Kaew there (the temple of the Emerald Buddha).Continue to Wat Pho,one of the oldest,most extensive and famous temples in Bangkok, home to an immense reclining Buddha statue.After lunch,walk to the pier and take a boat ride to Wat Arun, aka“The Dawn Temple”,belong to an immense stupa.Your tour also concludes with the magnificent  Jim Thompson Museum, where you will find traditional Thai houses surrounding the gardens and many stunning pieces of artworks.

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      Wear something light and long when you visit palaces or temple.You’ll need to wear pants or a dress/skirt that extends well past your knees, and a top that fully covers your shoulders. If you don’t, the Grand Palace does offer a clothes rental service in which you can borrow some stylish trousers and/or tops for a refundable 200 baht deposit from an office near the entrance. Hang onto your claim ticket, however, as you will need it to get that deposit back.

  • Day 3 - Unusual Markets in Bangkok!

    • Accommodation:

      U Sukhumvit Bangkok  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      This early morning you will head out to Maeklong Railway Market (also known as Rom Hub Market). It has a train running through the middle of it several times a day. Right down the middle and close enough to touch. Only in Thailand! Marvel at each seller quickly moves their wares via ingenious sets of easily-movable containers to avoid the coming train, once the train has passed, it’s back to business as usual.

      Your second stop is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the Thailand’s most famous attractions.You will have a chance to take a ride on a long tail boat to get the real sense of floating market. After the long tail boat cruise aroud the market, you will stop at a transit point where you can choose to further explore by a 4-seat boat or stroll around by its banks (own expense).After lunch at local restaurant, return to your hotel.

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  • Day 4 - Back to Bangkok and Fly to Chiang Rai

    • Accommodation:

      Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      After breakfast,you will back to Bangkok and take your internal flight to the historical city of Chiang Rai, located in the northeast of Thailand. Your driver is waiting for you at the airport to take you by private car to your hotel. After settle down in your hotel , spend at your own leisure!

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  • Day 5 - Golden Triangle

    • Accommodation:

      Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      This morning, you will visit Golden Triangle, which renowned as the centre of the opium trade in the latter half of the 20th century. From a hilltop viewpoint, marvel at the splendour of the mighty Mekong as it joins the Ruak River forming the actual "Triangle" between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. The Opium Museum near the view point of golden triangle was built to educate people about the dangers of the drug through an entertaining exhibition which traces the history of opium from its first use 5,000 years ago to current issues of drug abuse and addiction. Many publications regards it as one of the best museums in Thailand.

      Chiang Rai's close proximity to Laos makes it easy to visit this mysterious country. You will cross the Mae Kong River into Laos to witness local village life. You can walk around the local market where you will have free time to browse and perhaps pick up a few bargains. Return to the Thai side of the Mae Kong River for lunch with river view before leaving for the Doi Tung Royal Palace and Garden (Mae Fah Luang Garden),Doi Tung was once a secluded area in the heart of the Golden Triangle-a leading region of illicit world opium production. The watershed area was denuded by slash and burn cultivation, and further accelerared by opium growing. After the Princess Mother's first visit to Doi Tung, She announced"I will reforest Doi Tung".The Princess Mother decided to improve the conditions of Doi Tung, socially, economically, and environmentally.She demonstrated her commitment by building her home in Doi Tung,which is what we called Mae Fah Luang Garden.


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  • Day 6 - Blue Temple & White Temple & Black House and tansfer to Chiang Mai

    • Accommodation:

      The Rim Resort Chiang Mai  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      After breakfast, we will head to Chiang Mai today! On the way , we will visit Rong Suea Ten or the ‘The Blue Temple which was built by the student of Mr. Chalermchai  Kositpipat who built The famous White Temple.The outside is gorgeous, but the inside is even more spectacular with beautiful paintings and a huge white Buddha in the centre.Ypur second stop is‘The Black House’, known as‘Baan Dam’in Thai.Baan Dam is Thawan Duchanee’s artful portrayal of hell.The opaque decor and dead animals adorning each room make Duchanee’s estate the complete opposite of the White Temple, the glimpse of heaven designed by his teacher Chalermchai Kositpipat. Although off the beaten track, the Black House is not something to be overlooked. Then continue to Wat Rong Khun or ‘The White Temple, blending traditional Buddhist art with contemporary themes. Followed by a visit to hot spring for relaxion. Late afternoon, we will arrive Chiang Mai and free at your leisure.

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      Chiang Mai is a shopping paradise,with its famous arts and crafts.Nothing beats shopping for a bargain more than in the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. The Night Bazaar, on the east side of the old walled city, is approximately 1km long. This evening, you can explore the night bazaar and to find all special handicrafts and souveniers you need along the street, plus a heap of mobile food street stalls.

  • Day 7 - Chiang Mai Old City Temples Tour

    • Accommodation:

      The Rim Resort Chiang Mai  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      Enjoy your free time until your guide and driver come and meet you. You will visit Chiang Mai old city today, your visit include Wat Pra Singh, It is one of over 200 ancient Buddhist temples located around the city, one of the most well regarded examples of Lanna architecture. And Wat Chedi luang, The temple is the site of an enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high, and which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. Then transfer to Warorot market, to see and feel the real northern people’s way of life. Lunch at local restaurant. Then transfer to hotel.Afternoon is free at your leisure.


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      If you are seeking for some soft adventured activities in Chiang Mai, we would like to recommend you a new-style way to experience Chiang Mai city - Segway ! (on request). Our certified guides will take you go through the city safely from the vantage and comfort of a Segway with two guides per group to keep you safe and educate you on the old city. 

  • Day 8 - Half day visit Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and Doi Suthep

    • Accommodation:

      The Rim Resort Chiang Mai  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Lunch

    • Activity:

      A half-day package to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary offers you an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior, and create cherished lifelong memories of their time spent with these amazing animals.

      Today you will be picked up from your place of accommodation and will drive through scenic agricultural areas before arriving at the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.

      After being allocated bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants, you will walk with your guide through the Sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. 

      After the close encounter with elephant, you have head to visit Doi Suthep Mountain. Climb 309 steps (or for the less fitness-oriented, a tram is available for a small surcharge) to the top, enjoying a truly breathtaking scenery all along the way up to the top where you will find Wat Phra That, one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. Have a panoramic views of the city of Chiang Mai. 

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  • Day 9 - Departure

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      Enjoy your free time until your guide and driver come and meet you. You will head to Chiang Mai Airport for your onward flight.

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Accommodation

U Sukhumvit Bangkok

81 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey- Nua, Wattana, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand

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  1. 26km Airports
  2. 14km Public Transport
  3. 3.2km Center
Why This Hotel:

U Choose Welcome drink 

24 Hour Breakfast “Whenever Wherever” 

24 Hour Use of Room

Free Bikes or Shuttle Service

Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai

610 phahonyothin Rd., T.Wieng A.Muang, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand

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We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 9.2km Airports
  2. 186km Public Transport
  3. 0.8km Center
Why This Hotel:

Offering quality accommodations in the culture, sightseeing, restaurants district of Chiang Rai

Popular pick for both business and leisure travelers

Within walking distance to Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

The Rim Resort Chiang Mai

51/2 Arrak Rd.,T. Phrasingh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 2.5km Airports
  2. 4.6km Public Transport
  3. 1.5km Center
Why This Hotel:

15-minute stroll from Sunday Walking Street

Traditional Lanna Style

43 sqm Supreme Deluxe Room

    All transfers specified, in private car or air-conditioned minibus

    The service of an English Speaking guide

    Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)

    The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, including baggage fee

    All excursions specified in the itinerary

    All entry fees

    All meals specified in the itinerary

    One bottle of drinking water and cold towel per guest per day

    City Map

    SIM card

    All bank charges and exchange rate changes at time of payment

    All insurances including cancellation, travel, repatriation and lost luggage insurances

    All drinks with meals and other items of personal expenditure

    All tips

    All services not specified in the itinerary

    All meals not specified in the itinerary

    Domestic flights not mentioned

    International flights

    Entry visas and visa fees (contact us for further information)

    Travel Insurance (Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip)

19 Reviews
4.8

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  • Bong
    4.7

    We were very lucky in that it was only me and my partner on our tour. Jig our guide was friendly and fun and kept the tour at a reasonable pace so that we covered a lot of ground but could also pause where we wanted. If we come back to Thailand, we will definitely use ume travel again !

  • Emilie
    4.7

    We found this company after looking online and decided to go with them after all of the good reviews, we were not disappointed! We booked the half day tour of Doi Suthep and full day elephant sanctuary. The booking experience was great with prompt replies from Tip. She has been very helpful and supportive and provide excellent advises to make the best of your journey in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It was a wonderful day all round , thank you guys at UME.

  • Katrina
    4.5

    We wanted to get outside of the city while staying in northern Thailand, but many of the itineraries offered in this route seemed rushed or included activities we weren't interested in. We ended up booking a two day activities which in day tour site of UME, We see something different and were really happy we did! UME can tailor made our itinerary, so that we can choose all we want to see. Great!

  • Mahesh
    4.8

    The tour was especially made for us, Eva came with the best advice regarding the hotels and the sights. The trip was amazing, we will always remember her kindness. Book your tour with Tip, you won't regret it. I never had a single problem. I wish I stayed longer and tried all of her tours. The private room we stayed in was very comfortable and clean and had everything we needed. The guide was also able to recommend places to go for all the interesting things in the area.

  • Donald
    5.0

    I am pleased to write this after had a wonderful experience with uem's services. Very reliable I'd say. We were collected from the hotel, and had a great group, with just 6 of us. We then travelled to a 'butterfly farm'. This was a disgrace, and had only 10 small butterflies. While the elephant jungle sanctuary was one of the best experiences of my life. Bee had us picked us for the morning booking and we spend hours there swimming with elephants and feeding them bananas. There was even a little baby elephant naughty boy who was full of mischief and fun.

  • Dan
    4.9

    We did Bangkok and Chiang Mai on a private tour, Phoebe was very quick on response and booking went on smoothley. When we arrived at Bangkok, Tip was so helpful and we got the number from their site, and contacted Tip directly. She was always very kind, happy to answer any question and a great help with our 9 month baby (much more than what we could expect, carrying her around while we went in with the elephants, helping us with her while we had lunch etc.) The tour included all we want to see in Thailand and close touch with elephants! All we want came true! Tip was fun to be with, knowledgeable and spoke terrific English. This was the second time we used UME and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for your next visit.

  • patrick
    4.7

    Very easy online transaction with Eva, we communicated via emails, booked and paid online. Good service and very friendly staff. Tod was an amazing guide! Very knowledgeable about the plants, animals, Thai culture, and just an all around great Thai guy who always went out of his way to make sure We were having g a great time. We went up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. It was so wonderful being there before the large crowds. He gave me an extensive tour of the Wat and his knowledge was incredible and extensive. We learned so much. Lunch was really good in the elephant sanctuary and watching the elephants swim whilst eating, even better.

  • Sandra V
    5.0

    I am pleased to write this after had a wonderful experience with Eva's services. A very friendly lady I'd say. Love that she would attend to your numerous queries at all the times! We like elephant but we do NOT want to see them playing as human wishes but naturally. So we choose to be elephant volunteers! That was a wonderful experience. We were allowed to feed the elephants and walk with them and watch them bathe. This is a very upclose and personal experience watching the elephants in their own environment.

  • Zeel
    5.0

    I've seen a fair bit of the world on my travels including SE Asia over the past decade, however, Thailand had never really appealed to me before as it's one of those destinations everyone goes to and talks about. All I could ever picture in my head was a paradise full of beaches. So, I thought I'd give into the hype and see what else Thailand had to offer. As this was my first time travelling solo to a SE Asian country I decided to find a reliable travel company for the start of my travels, and then venture out on my own after getting a feel for the place. This is always a great way of seeing part of the world for as well as designing my own trip. After doing an online search I came across ume travel and its itinerary for the 12 day Thailand Experience which looked like it had a good mix of things to see and do. The thing I was most excited about seeing was Khao Sok National Park, especially staying in the floating bungalows. Let's just say it did not disappoint - as with any place with breath-taking scenery, no picture will ever do it justice! Koh Lipe was another great place to hang out at with a little bit breeze. I was stranded for awhile on this secluded beach on the day I was due to leave due to the weather turning for the worse. I ended up having to wade across the river during a thunderstorm - who doesn't like a bit of adventure?! As any greatly experienced traveller will tell you, things don't always go to plan and these situations will always make for a much more interesting story to tell at the end of the day. Other than that, I also enjoyed watching the sunset at Tiger Cave Temple and getting acquainted with Bangkok at the beginning of the tour with its elaborate temples and the party scene at the all famous Khao San Road! I've been on a few different tours with other companies before with larger groups and I would have to say it was great to hear from Ben a couple of weeks before. He had been to Thailand with Ume travel in 2016.(made a great change to just rocking up on tour and not knowing anyone beforehand). My private guides Ben, Ingo and Ryan were all very personable friendly guys with high energy, was awesome to have them around and have a care-free experience throughout Thailand. It was lovely to have a local drive from Bangkok on tour with us too - Minnie Noinah, her English was good and we had no difficult in communicaton , she was good fun too and she shared some great insight about the Thai culture. It was good to get some onward travel advice from Ryan as I ended up changing my plans from staying in the south due to bad weather to going up north to Chiang Mai after the tour - was easy and straightforward enough as it's so easy to travel around Thailand. It certainly has been an incredible 12 day journey for me and have met some amazing, friendly and fun people along the way and made some new friends and memories for life!

  • Monique
    4.9

    Pahn was a delight! Her friendly personality, infectious laugh and positive attitude, were so enjoyable. I found her to be very helpful in everything from communicating with local mahout to explaining the story of each elephant and even advising us with food recommendations. She is also a lot of fun to have around.

  • Kevin
    4.8

    I'm having such a great time here in Thailand! Jack is a very friendly and enthusiastic tour guide, always great with us! We can see that he really enjoy what he's doing! All this trip had been amazing! Kevin Matsuda Cheers!!

  • James
    4.6

    Better than expected, awesome guide

  • Eva
    4.6

    Very well organized and was ready to help at any moment. Would recommend doing a tour with UME Travel.

  • Ben
    4.9

    My husband and I just returned from Thailand and spent a day at Elephant Nature Park while we were in Chiang Mai. It was absolutely our favorite part of the trip! These gentle creatures are breathtaking. Being around them, interacting with them is simply unforgettable.

  • Austin
    4.7

    The trip was amazing!! It was hard work but totally worth it, the views on the trek were stunning and it's an experience I will never forget! The trek and the overall experience was amazing and would highly recommend this tour .

  • Polly
    5.0

    Would highly recommend this tour. We managed to fit so much in during the 9 days with the tour itinerary while still having plenty of time to do our own thing at each location. Top marks to our guide - Tip was always there to help out when needed.

  • Lisa
    5.0

    I loved my time here so much! Everything I expected and more. The elephants are amazing and being around them has been a great experience. Thailand is great and the staffs are so helpful! I would definitely do it again and recommend it to everyone; it's the experience of a lifetime!

  • Janet
    4.8

    It was really well planned and organized. The service companies that they hired were the top quality. They really considered limitations and interests of everybody. We all have a great time there. Not too tiring yet not boring at all!

  • Wendy
    4.7

    This eco tour was amazing. I met all kinds of people, experienced a completely different culture, took care of lovely elephant, enjoyed beautiful islands and got to see most parts of Thailand. My local tour guide was very helpful. He knew all of the answers to our hundreds of questions and always be patient to help. I can't say I have a highlight because the whole trip was phenomenal!

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