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Traveling in Central and Northern Thailand Travel – Trip B
December 2 to 19, 2020

led by Kasma Loha-unchit

"What a joy you have given us – this adventure with you has been more than we ever hoped for." – Bud & Pat

Market vendorsThis page describes a 18-day trip to Central & Northern Thailand (Trip B).

The December 2020 trip is waiting list only. If interested in joining the waiting list contact Kasma. This is the last time this trip will be offered.

Central & Northern Thailand – Trip B

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Grand Palace

The Grand Palace

Kasma's Trip B trips start out with some sight-seeing in Bangkok. Then the group heads out through the historical heartland of the Kingdom (of Thailand). You'll make stops in Ayuthaya and Sukhothai where you'll visit historical ruins, temples and the like.

Lisu girlsThe trip then continues north, making stops along the way and heads up to the Mae Sa hills north of Chiang Mai for a stay of two nights. In Mae Sa you'll visit a living Hmong hilltribe village where you'll meet Kasma's friends and see how the Hmong really live (and not just a display for tourists) and have benefited from our late King’s royal projects.

Then you'll take a beautiful drive through a river canyon via Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son for a stay of several nights at a lovely eco-resort. You'll visit Shan Burmese-style temples, a lively morning market, a tea-growing village in a picturesque mountainous area, a royal project of the late King which has benefited the tribal peoples in this remote province, and take a boat ride to the Myanmar border.

From Mae Hong Son, you'll head to Chiang Mai via Pai, traversing some of the most beautiful mountainous scenery in Thailand which form the foothills of the Himalayas with stops along the way to visit parks, a Lisu hilltribe village and a spectacular cave system.

In Chiang Mai you'll visit many temples, including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most revered Chiang Mai temple and an important pilgrimage site of the North: there's a saying that if you haven't been to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, you've not been in Chiang Mai. You’ll also see several historically important temples in the “Old City,” and visit exciting Worarot market, numerous crafts factories where you'll see Thai handicrafts being made, the night bazaar with its numerous vendors and wide variety of handicrafts and merchandise on offer. There's also a stop at the Royal Flora Park and Pavilion, dedicated to our late king, and a visit to a fabulous woodcarving museum. This 18-day trip spends an extra day in Chiang Mai than in past years.

Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion

Then back to Bangkok. For Trip B, there's a visit to Or Tor Kor Market (pronounced "Aw Dtaw Gkaw”), named by CNN as one of the Top 10 Best Markets in the world and a farewell feast with live entertainment before heading for home.

Painting umbrellaThe list of places visited can only hint at the richness of this unique tour. You'll visit Thai cultural sites and a couple of unique Thai weaving villages. Whenever possible, you'll visit lively Thai markets, such as the one top left in Sukhothai; they're exciting and colorful and, what's better, you can often graze your way through these markets on the delicious kanom (the Thai word for snack) and prepared foods that entice you at every turn. You'll be able to purchase Thai ingredients, such as chili pastes and curry pastes, to take home.

In addition to the Hmong village in Mae Sa, we'll encounter Hmong, Lisu, Lahu and Karen hill tribe people, with their colorful traditional costumes. The second picture above left shows two Lisu girls at a stop on our return from Mae Hong Son.

Fish MousseThen there's the food. You'll feast on authentic Thai food every day. Kasma estimates that in the U.S. we see only about 5% of the number of dishes that are available in Thailand; you'll get to taste some of that other 95%, the same food that Thai people eat and not a version adapted for tourists. To the left is a picture of Haw Moek, a red-curry fish that's steamed as a custard or mousse; this particular dish was from the Restaurant Ton Kreuang in Bangkok. Truly, if you did nothing more than eat on this trip, you would have fond memories for the rest of your life. Add in the colorful and exotic sites, and you'll truly have a trip to remember.

Be sure to check out the itinerary for Trip B for more details and more photos.

Be sure to check out all the links for Trip B below!

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We suggest that you explore all of the links under Trip Information below. Read each of the Individual Trip Pages to see which you might be interested and then check out the itinerary, contract, blogs (if available) and photos for each trip. If you'd like to sign up, ask question, have us address concerns or would like to talk with a prior trip member, follow this Contact Kasma link and get in touch.

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Khorat market vendor Trip Information:   Overall Description  |   Details   |
Trip Information    FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)   |   Testimonials

Individual Trip Pages:   Trip Summaries   |   Trip B   |   Trip NF   |   Trip So 20   |   Trip So 21

Trip Itineraries:   Trip B  |   Trip NF   |   Trip So 20   |   Trip So 21

Trip Contracts (PDFs):   Trip B   |   Trip NF   |   Trip So 20   |   Trip So 21

Blogs on Trips:   Trip B, Part 1 & Trip B, Part 2   

Trip Photos

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Onsite Photos:

Single Trips:   Trip B & Trip B 09   |    Trip So & Underwater & Snorkel Krabi   

Applies to all trips: Food Sampling   |   Thai Markets

Offsite Photos:Kasma's albums in Google Photos:.

Google Photos - Trip B: 11/2019 B | 2017 B-1 | 2017 B-2 | 2017 B-3  ||   2015 B-1 | 2015 B-2 | 2015 Videos
Google Photos - Trip B: 2013 B-1 | 2013 B-2 ||   2012 B-1 | 2012 B-2 | 2012 B-3   || 2011 B-1 | 2011 B-2   

Google Photos- Trip NF: 2018 NF-1  | 2018 NF-2  | 2018 NF-3  | Northern Frontiers

Google Photos - Trip So: 2018 So-1 | 2018 So-2  |  2018 So-3  ||  2016 So-1 | 2016 So-2
Google Photos - Trip So: 2015 So-1 | 2015 So-2  |  2015 So-3  |  2015 Videos
Google Photos - Trip So: 2013 So-1 | 2013 So-2   ||   2012 So-1 | 2012 So-2 | 2012 So-3
Google Photos - Trip So: 2010 So-1 | 2010 So-2 | 2010 So-3   ||   2008 C

Snorkel Trip So:   Snorkel 2018-1   | Snorkel 2018-2   | Snorkel 2018-3   || Snorkel 2010-11   || Snorkel 2009   || Snorkel 2007

Food Trip Pictures (all trips):   Thailand Trip Foods Sampling.


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