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“Best way to experience what North Thailand has to offer”

Thailand Hilltribe Holidays Private Tours
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$138.55*
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Full-Day Photography Tour in Chiang Mai
Ranked #38 of 328 Tours in Chiang Mai
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Owner description: Off-the-beaten-path tours of Northern Thailand that aim to show you what life and culture for Northern Thais and hilltribes is really about, in a responsible and respectful way. Our guide will take you out of the tourist bubble and together you will share a true cultural immersion experience that is authentic and educational. Offering 1-multi day private tours, can be tailored and great for all ages and families.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Thailand Hilltribe Holidays is the best way to experience what North Thailand has to offer. My husband, 17 yr old daughter and myself combined the Mae Hong Song Loop and Chang Rai Tours which gave us 8 wonderful days to explore the highlights of the minority groups and villages.

Pat (our guide) and Winai (our driver) are locals and have wonderful contacts with minority hilltribes which allowed us to experience the most friendly and humble people that invited us into their villages and homes. We also experienced the most wonderful food in restaurants, markets and stalls on the side of the road which we would have missed out without Pat’s guidance.

The tour route is only a guide and Pat is happy to accommodate any requests we had or to change plans for the day.

We ended our tour with a very special treat, with Pat taking us to his home in Chang Mai and cooking dinner for us and sharing our last night together with Winai and his other guide “A” and driver. Great dinner and many laughs teaching them English and Aussie slang.

A most amazing trip, memories and wonderful friendships that have been forged forever.

A big THANK YOU to Melissa, Pat and Winai for your professionalism, passion and contributing to the best holiday we have ever had.

From Georgia, Joe and

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We have just returned from an amazing time in Thailand. Pat and Vinai made us discover an area of Northern Thailand you can only really see by joining them: Vinai was a very careful driver and always attentive to our needs. I will never forget that young man and hope to do another tour with them during our next trip. Pat, our guide, took us places we would never have seen on our own or if we had, we wouldnt have understood the way the hilltrives live and work. He s a very experienced guide and always anxious to see you happy and enjoying your holiday.
We saw amazing scenery, met local people, felt really close to them, sampled local cuisine. They knew just where to take us and very importantly: unlike many tourist agencies they did not take us where we didnt want to go: we never at any time felt we were just tourists!!
We have returned home enriched from these few days and already wanting to go back and do another tour with them. Thank you Winai and Pat and thank you also Melissa for making these few days unforgettable!!

Thank CoolThai
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

My husband and I went on the five day tour with Thailand Hilltribe Holidays as part of our honeymoon and we had an incredible and unforgettable adventure.

Our guide and driver, Pat and Winai, were very knowledgeable and friendly. We saw incredible places, ate amazing locally sourced food and have memories that we will cherish forever.

Thank Sirrahalocin
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

My wife and I and our two kids (4 and 6 years old) had a great 3 day trip with Pat and Winai. The whole family really enjoyed it. Highly recommendable - also for families with young kids.

Thank Andreas A
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

On behalf of our group of 4, I wish to let you know how much we enjoyed spending time with A our guide, and Aod our driver (pronounced Ot). We really appreciated the time and effort that you put into assisting us with our trip. We came away from our 5 day trip with more knowledge and life experience than we imagined possible.

A and Aod are true assets to your business and tourism for Northern Thailand!!! The boys willingness to cater for our needs and personalities were amazing! Within the first day, we felt like we had been friends for a very long time, we felt comfortable and safe at all times.

The itinerary was perfect for us, we were never bored, always looking forward to the next stop, and disappointed that we had to leave the previous.

Our favourite moments included experiencing the markets, interacting with locals, eating LOTS and LOTS of fabulous food, the homestay and being awake at 3am to interact with the locals and offer food to the Monks in A’s hometown who had been mediating for 3 full months.

None of us got car sick, the car travel was well balanced with plenty of stops. The boys were happy for us to boss them around when we needed to purchase drinks, grab street snacks and visit toilets. The boys even let us girls sleep in while they went for an early morning fish with ‘our boy’.

I am already planning on coming back in the next 12 months to do a modified Chiang Rai trip, and will be very pleased to see Aod working as a guide, as I will definitely request to travel with him. I would LOOVVEEE to go on another trip with both boys, they are a great team matchup!

A - We were very impressed with A’s English skills, his local knowledge, and his desire to engage us. Communicating with him was easy, and we had many many funny moments where we compared languages and learnt new words. He had a brilliant sense of humour, and we spent a lot of time laughing uncontrollably in the 4WD.

We loved A’s natural ability to interpret and ask questions on our behalf. Nothing was too difficult, and A was always careful and diligent in his approach with locals. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting his family and friends in his local town, it made us feel important and accepted.

AOD - We see a massive amount of potential with Aod being a guide for your company, he is very professional, has a great sense of humour, is organised, and even though his English skills were less than A’s, he had a great desire to communicate and did very well at it. Aod worked very well with A, he was like a sponge, listening and learning at all times.

Aod’s driving skills were great, there were a couple of times where other drivers were erratic on the windy roads, and Aod calmly avoided any issues from occurring.

Thank you Melissa, Pat, A and Aod, our lives are forever changed because of the time spent with you. See you very soon!!

Jo, Jacqui, Tegan and Mat - From Tasmania Australia

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