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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Extra options

We carry a list of the extra sightseeing options which can be added to your programme. Please read the programme details carefully, as some of the options are already included for free within the itinerary.

If you are interested in adding one or more to your programme, please select the additional option(s) in the enquiry form. If you wish to visit somewhere which is not included below, please let us know and we will tell you if it is possible, practical, and what the additional fee will be.

Air-conditioned minivan

As standard practice, we use our own vehicles for picking up, transfers, and dropping off at the end of your programme.

We only recommend hiring an air-conditioned minivan if:

  • you are being picked up in Chiang Mai and are more than 2 people
  • have elderly or infirm members who would struggle to get into a pickup vehicle
  • or have lots of money to spend...

Please note: The maximum capacity per van is 10 persons. If the group is larger than this, we will need to hire further vehicles as necessary.

Fee: First, please choose the minivan as an extra - we will calculate the price and email you. Alternatively, contact us directly by email for a price.

Ban Dachanee

Created by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee, the grounds include nearly 40 small black houses made of wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various unique styles and design scattered around the temple area. The cluster of houses accommodates Thawan’s collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns, and silver and gold items from around the world. Several of the houses exhibit Balinese and Burmese architecture and art dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. The artist uses bones as a source of inspiration to paint. It is definitely not a place for animal lovers. There are also various kinds of baskets and drums from many regions and countries on display at Baandam. Not all exhibits are open to public. 

The location is set well away from the main road, tucked behind a small village. It can be difficult to find for those who don't know the route, but is well worth the effort if you enjoy art. As it is art in progress, there is usually something new to see each time you visit.

Fee: 1,000฿ added to total programme fee

Please note: If the visit to Black House is already in the programme, this extra fee does not apply.

Plant trees while you trek...

The forest in this region, like many areas around the world, is threatened by numerous dangers - including farming, illegal logging, erosion, drought, illegal burning, construction. The government has protected many areas, but enforcement is difficult to manage on a wide scale. One of the ways we can help, you can help, is to replenish the trees near our trekking routes.

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Using the simple method of firing a traditional catapult, balls of dirt mixed with local seeds are scattered along the trail. We pay villagers to make the seedballs, and sell them by the bag - the bags are made by recycling rice sacks, cutting the top half and adding a shoulder sling, and are also bought locally.

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This option is only available for the 1 Day Trek programmes.

If you would like to add this option to your programme, please choose it in the enquiry form.

Fee: 500฿ per set

Set includes:

  • 1 x catapult
  • 1 x sack bag
  • 30 x seedballs

Wat Rong Khun

This unique modern temple was designed and built by artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat starting in 1998. A beautiful white ordination hall—Phra Ubosot—is decorated with silver glittering pieces of mirrors. There are large mural paintings of the Lord Buddha in different gestures. A gable is decorated with a gable apex, a leaf-shaped gable-edging in the shapes of Phya Naga, dragon and mythical creatures, which are entirely made of white stucco. There are viharn, small halls for recitation surrounding the ordination hall, museum, and reception pavilion. The gallery exhibits paintings of Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. Work on the temple continues, and it is not expected to be completed for the next few decades.

Fee: 1,000฿ added to total programme fee

Please note: If the visit to the White Temple is already in the programme, this extra fee does not apply.