We recently had a group of design students from Kentucky University, USA join us for an active day in the outdoors during their visit to Chiang Mai. As part of a special program offered at their college, these students have had a whirlwind trip around all parts of Thailand where they have learned about local cultures and design elements; an awesome and enlightening experience. They chose a One-Day Hike and Bike tour with us which took them trekking through the remote hills of the Mae Sa Valley, and cycling through spectacular valley scenery with a lunch stop at a waterfall in between. But don’t just take our word for it; check out some of our favourite photos from the day below.
During the morning hike, we came across a range of interesting things; from thorned tree trunks, to flying ants nests, to giant wild banana trees, to spiky caterpillars to thick bamboo forests and more. We even had the chance to play Tarzan, swinging from one of the jungle vines! With very clear weather, we were also treated to clear views of the spectacular Chiang Dao valley. Along the way, guide Tan shared his extensive knowledge about the jungle and took us along unique trails we wouldn’t have known even existed without him.
After almost 3 hours of hiking, we arrived at a small village where our driver Bom was waiting to transfer us to a beautiful waterfall for a homecooked Thai curry lunch. It was also a great spot for the students to do some sketching and have a refreshing swim before getting fitted with TREK mountain bikes for an afternoon of explorations.
Throughout the afternoon we cycled along quiet forest roads, quaint villages, easy off-road tracks and stunning rice fields. With some having more energy than others, a few chose to take a seat in our support vehicle to enjoy the scenery and give their tired legs a rest. Either way, the afternoon could be enjoyed by all.
Overall, it was awesome to have these guys join us for a day discovering a more rustic side to Thailand.
If you are interested in this Hike & Bike tour, please don’t hesitate to send us an email [email protected]