Chiang Dao

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EXPEDITION CHIANGDAO 15/12/18 – 22/12/18🐘 Judging by the SMILES on our faces, we are sure that the land of SMILES acted in our favour! (Hehe!) . In 8 days, Team Chiang Dao relished in several andrenaline pumping activities. Over the span of 3 days, we spent our days trekking through jungles and our nights bonding over campfires. We ended the trek at the Maetang River where we did whitewater rafting and rewarded ourselves with a day of relaxation at Chiang Mai. . Being relentless in seeking adventure, We headed for the Ethical Elephant Sanctuary. There, we got the opportunity to trek alongside these gentle yet gigantic creatures. . Finally, we shopped and binged till we dropped in Bangkok! (Talk about a deserving treat after days of hardwork!)

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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:

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

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


Day 2:

Begin 3D2N Trek along Chiang Dao Mountain Range.

Stayover at Local Village Homestay


Day 3:

Continue 3D2N Trek to Lahu Village where we will spend a night there.


Day 4:

Continue 3D2N Trek to Maetang River.

Whitewater rafting @ Maetang River

RnR @ Chiang Mai


Day 5:

Visit Ethical Elephant Sanctuary

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


Day 6:

RnR @ Bangkok

Bangkok – Singapore Via Plane: [2315]DMK-[0255]DMK


How’s the weather like?

Bangkok : 32° / 22°

Chiang Mai : 29° / 15°

Chiang Dao : 27° /11°

Where will we be spending our nights?

  • 1 night in an 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 clothings 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 if you have any queries.



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