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FAQ Expedition Chiang Dao 2018

When is the trip?

It is from 16 December to 21 December 2018. We will meet you at Changi Airport on 16 December at 0400HRS and arrive back in Singapore on 22 December 0255HRS!

 

What are some of the places we are visiting?

3D2N Hike along the Doi Chiang Dao mountain range, hiking on well-marked trails used regularly by local people from the villages. Participants will then spend 2 nights staying in traditional local accommodations. The 3D2N Trek will end at the Maetang River valley, where participants can get ready for an exciting whitewater rafting adventure down the rapids of the Maetang River. 

We will also be visiting an ethical elephant sanctuary, for an unforgettable day supporting a responsible, cruelty-free elephant sanctuary while interacting with these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Have intimate experiences feeding and bathing the elephants, as well as assisting in the creation of organic herbal medicine.

 

Will this trek be difficult?

We are rating this trip 3/5. While we won’t be doing many steep climbs (if any) compared to other trips, we will be covering long distances of 10 to possibly more than 20km per day!

Most places that we are visiting might not be well-paved and you might experience difficulties trekking through the vegetations.

Hence, your level of fitness really determines how difficult this trek will be. 

 

How much is it and what does it include?

This trip will be $814 for NUS Rovers Members and $857 for non-members. 

This price includes airfare, accommodation, an English speaking guide, meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) as stated in the itinerary*, all transport (train and bus tickets, airport transfers).

 

What is not included?

  1. VISA - Some of you might need to apply a visa to enter Thailand.

  2. Travel Insurance. There is minimal insurance coverage provided by NUS for NUS students ONLY. However, NUS students are adviced to purchase your own travel insurance for the trip for more coverage.

  3. Anything else such as food (that is not mentioned in the itinerary), shopping and transport during R&R.

 

What is the brief itinerary?

Day 1: We will depart from Singapore via Scoot and arrive at Bangkok in the morning. We will have some free time to do some last minute shopping for supplies before taking an overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai!

Singapore - Bangkok, Thailand Via Scoot: [0655] SIN - [0825] DMK 

Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Via Sleeper Train: [1810] Bangkok - [0715] Chiang Mai

(NO MEALS PROVIDED)

Day 2: Arrive at Chiang Mai in the morning and meet your local guide. We will stop by a local market where our guide will introduce and buy ingredients they will use to cook our meals the next 3 days. Thereafter, we will travel north and start our trek after reaching the beautiful Chiang Dao area. Today, you will have lunch at a peaceful fruit orchard, transverse through large tea plantations, before arriving at a local village where you will spend the night.

Today's hike is approximately 4-5 hours, mostly ascending. See how flora and fauna changes as we gain altitude!

(LUNCH, DINNER PROVIDED)

Day 3: We will be going through a variety of jungle and criss-crossing trails today. We will be following mountain ridges under jungle canopy where we will trek through bamboo forests, tall jungle trees, and there will be a refreshing river cross! We will end our day at a tiny Lahu village where you can interact with the local people and learn a bit about their way of life. We will be staying there for the night as well.

Today's hike is approximately 5 to 6 hours, mountain trail with a mix of ascents and descents. (Not to mention panoramic views!)

(ALL MEALS PROVIDED)

Day 4: After breakfast, we will be descending down the mountain to the Maetang River Valley. We will then be going for an epic white water rafting adventure down the Maetang river, before heading back to our accomodation in Chiang Mai. We will have a night of RnR in Chiang Mai today.

Today's hike will be approximately 3 hours, mostly downhill where a change in scenery entails!.

(BREAKFAST, LUNCH PROVIDED)

Day 5: Visit Ethical Elephant Sanctuary. We will be doing a series of activities such as Mud Spa for Elephants, Medicine Ball Making and also showering with these elephants at a waterfall. Thereafter, we will bid farewell to Chiang Mai and take an overnight train back to Bangkok.

Chiang Mai - Bangkok, Via Sleeper Train: [1800] Chiang Mai - [0650] Bangkok

(LUNCH PROVIDED)

Day 6: Arrive at Bangkok in the morning and today, we will have a full day of R&R before heading to the airport for our flight back to Singapore.

Bangkok - Singapore Via Scoot: [2315] DMK - [0255] SIN

(NO MEALS PROVIDED)

 

How’s the weather like?

Bangkok : 32° / 22°

Chiang Mai : 29° / 15°

Chiang Dao : 27° /11°

Although it will be warm in the day, do pack some warm clothes as it will be cold at night in Chiang Dao.

Where will we be spending our nights?

  • 1 night in a hostel apartment in Chiang Mai

  • 2 nights @ Local Village Houses during 3D2N Trek in Chiang Dao

  • 2 nights on an overnight train 

 

Will there be a local guide?

Yes, we will have an English speaking trek guide.

 

Who is going?

3 committee members will be bringing 12 of you! Slots are limited so don’t hesitate and sign up now!

 

Important things for me to know before I sign up:

  1. Our trek company is only able to provide non-halal meals and vegetarian meals.

  2. Remember to bring warm clothing because it can get cold out there!

  3. Do note that we have limited access to electricity/internet during the 3D2N Trek.

 

How is this trek different from the others?

December is the best time to visit Chiang Dao Thailand. 

You can expect the best views and weather during this time. Allowing you to experience views that are definitely gorgeous beyond words and the experience will be an unforgettable one.

While it might be slightly challenging with the site conditions and long hours of trekking, we believe it will be an adventure worth embarking on!

This trip is also jam-packed with a wide variety of activities such as whitewater rafting, elephant sanctuary visit, and sleeper train! 

 

Are there any particular medical and safety cautions to be aware of?

You may choose to get additional travel insurance on top of the one provided by NUS (if you are an NUS student).

Basic insurance is also provided during tour operated activities. 

 

How do I find out more information?

Feel free to contact us at roverschiangdao2018@gmail.com if you have any queries.