Gay Thailand Travel: Soft Adventure in Chiang Mai
Cheap Thrills in the Forests and Rivers of the North
Fresh air. Amazing scenery. Outdoor adventure opportunities. Chiang Mai has it all! The "Orchid of the North" is not only the cultural and spiritual heart of Thailand, it is surrounded by spectacular old growth forests, lush mountains and wild rivers. Our Chiang Mai Adventure brings you closer to nature with activities that are both exciting and fun. You even have an opportunity for an optional home stay in a funky rural village. You do not have to be gay to enjoy Purple Dragon's Chiang Mai Adventure. A growing number of mainstream guests choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
Day One: Explore the Fortress City
Arrive in Chiang Mai and transfer to your hotel. If you arrive early you might like to relax at your hotel or explore the temples, shops, and winding alleys inside the moat-ringed fortress walls of the Old City. This evening your guide will accompany you on a treat-filled evening tour. Why not start with a cocktail by the quiet Ping River, or a feast of Northern Thai specialties, while being pampered with Lanna hospitality? Afterwards, enjoy our introduction to the bustling bazaars and delightful charms of Northern nightlife.
Day Two: A Mountain Temple with a View
After breakfast your guide and private car will transport you to the mountain summit of Doi Suthep to visit a spectacular golden temple that can be seen from practically anywhere in Chiang Mai. Climb the undulating dragon stairway to Chiang Mai's famous temple-in-the-clouds for a sweeping view of the gorgeous countryside and an up-close look at one of Thailand's most revered religious places.
Later in the day, your guide will take you to explore sacred shrines and ancient temples which dot the city, and introduce you to the town's historic and shopping areas. Your evening is free to dine at an historic teakwood mansion, a riverside beer garden, or a street-side food stall. Sharpen your bargaining skills to obtain arts and crafts hawked in the colorful Night Market, or try some of the local beer bars, which attract many friendly local people.
Day Three: Conquer the Mae Taeng
Just an hour and a half from Chiang Mai, the Mae Taeng river is without a doubt one of the most exciting thing you can do in Thailand. and challenging rapids without it ever getting past the point of recreation.
The Mae Taeng is a steep and continuous mountain stream; a unique combination of exceptionally fun. The thundering of the next rapid is never far downstream and the occasional pools of calm give a chance to reflect on the awesome beauty surrounding the river. Emerald green fields of rice are terraced high above the river and curious villagers are amazed as we plunge through cascading waves and chutes of foam.
At the river everyone is fitted with rafting gear, then the trip leader and safety kayaker give a lesson in river safety, paddling technique, and what to do if you suddenly find yourself not sitting in a raft anymore. You are going to get wet.
At the end of the trip is the lovely village of Mae Kampong, set in a lush, green Alpine valley. After lunch take a short trek to see waterfalls tucked away in the surrounding forest. You have the choice between spending the night here in a "homestay" or returning to Chiang Mai. (Cost is the same but we need to know your choice in advance. You keep your hotel room through the entire stay so you can leave your luggage there.)
Day Four: Fly Through a Forest
Start the day with a healthy breakfast before you are picked up for a trip to an old growth rainforest . The highlight of the package is a three hour, two km "air trek" high up in the forest canopy using "ziplines "and "skybridges" to take in the glory and majesty of old growth, high altitude pristine rainforest. You will enjoy spectacular vistas as you fly between 33 different platforms spaced 40 to 50 meters apart as well as three sky bridges. Includes round trip shared transportation from your hotel, a snack, guided nature walk, lunch and souvenir t-shirt. You can choose between early morning, morning or early afternoon pick-up times.
Day Five: The Next Adventure Awaits
Can I stay longer? Of course you can!
You can easily add extra nights and see even more of Chiang Mai, especially if you want to visit hilltribe villages or ride elephants in a forest elephant camp. Click on "Side Trips" below to see the possibilities.
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer several different hotels in Chiang Mai, ranging from three to five stars. If you have a specific hotel in mind, please let us know. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We only use hotels that are gay-owned, gay-managed or gay-friendly. We inspect most hotels at least once a year.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
Club Sanook Members can take an instant discount when you combine any Purple Dragon Chiang Mai package with either our Phuket, Pattaya, or Koh Samui packages. More details are on the Club Sanook website.
Where We Shine:
Purple Dragon specializes in Chiang Mai and we survey the city and surrounds personally throughout the year. We save our guests precious time by recommending the best, newest, and most popular attractions. Our Chiang Mai manager and staff all speak excellent English. We use only LGBT- friendly hotels, so couples never suffer embarrassing moments. Your tour is private and you have the undivided attention of your private guide. You'll never be herded around on a bus with 40 strangers. Our guests often tell usthat the highlight of their holiday was the charming company of our trained guides and their superlative insights into Thai culture.