Thailand Multisport

From: $2,299

per person dbl occ

Dates: Jan-Dec - see all dates

Activity Level: 3-4(?)activity level details

Activity Level and Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4] and will be enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys hiking and biking. Most days will be moderate, but our hiking days can be strenuous over uneven terrain on trails that are not maintained and can be muddy, slippery and rugged. A walking stick or trekking poles are highly recommended. We hike in areas that are remote and have few "western" amenities or facilities. In addition, there are up to three days of mountain biking (2-4 hours) on hard-packed trails (little traffic) and rough country roads. You should be familiar with riding a mountain bike, braking and shifting between gears. No experience is needed for the short kayaking portion of this trip – this paddle is appropriate for novices.

Total Days: 9

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Trip Highlights

  • Hike, bike, and kayak through northern Thailand on an action-packed trip
  • Visit remote hill-tribe people and see the daily life of villagers
  • Enjoy a variety of Thai cuisine, including lunch at a unique floating restaurant
  • See colorful Chiang Mai, adventure hub of the north
  • Soak in the sun on our southern Thailand kayaking extension

The golden temples, colorful cultures, and renowned cuisine of Thailand are a perfect recipe for an action-packed multisport adventure with REI. From the celebrated hub of the north, Chiang Mai, we head into the jungle and soar like native gibbons through the treetops (with a little help from some high zip-line cables). Next, we're introduced to the diverse peoples of the north on a three-day trek. Along the way, we are welcomed into the homes of the hill-tribe people to dine, rest, and experience first-hand the daily life of villagers.

We trade our boots for bikes and pedal through the Thai countryside past terraced rice paddies to Sri Lanna National Park, where a short paddle delivers us to a floating restaurant for one of many fine Thai meals. We return back to Chiang Mai and its famous night market, where our journey ends in celebration.

For those craving more fun in the sun, join us for an exploration of Thailand's stunning southern peninsula, kayaking past giant karst limestone towers and breathtaking caves. Stay two nights in a seaside resort and two nights beach camping. We see an entirely different side of the country on this southern Thailand kayaking extension!

Explore even more. See our Southern Thailand Kayaking trip extension.

Want to make the most of your stay in Asia? Check out our Angkor Wat extension.

Traveling with kids under 18? Check out our Thailand Family Adventure.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Chiang Mai where our adventure begins!
  • Day 2 - Hike to a hill tribe village and visit Chiang Mai's famous night bazaar.
  • Day 3 - Begin our hill tribe villages trek and meet our Lahu hosts.
  • Day 4 - Trek through the lush jungle and along ridges with spectacular views.
  • Day 5 - End our trek at a resort with hot showers, cold drinks, and massage.
  • Day 6 - Kayak to a floating restaurant; explore Sri Lanna Park by mountain bike.
  • Day 7 - Explore the Chiang Dao caves; bike through orchards and rice paddies.
  • Day 8 - Make your own mouthwatering Thai cuisine with a special cooking class.
  • Day 9 - Our trip ends today. Or, join our Southern Beaches Extension.

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Zip-lining
Group Size: 4-16

Accommodations:

Thailand Multisport —

Hotel/Resort, 5 nights; Rustic village stay/Ecolodge, 3 nights

Southern Thailand Kayaking Extension —

Beach resort, 2 nights; Deluxe beach camp, 2 nights

Weather

Thailand has a tropical climate.  Temperatures in the 80s–90s can be expected during the day with cooler temperatures (50s-60s) at night depending on the season.  Temperatures in the northern mountains will typically be 10-20º cooler, especially during the evenings (in the winter months, temperatures can dip in to the low 40s at night).  During the summer months, expect evening rain (possibly daytime as well) and hot/humid conditions.

Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Chiang Mai where our adventure begins!

    Our trip begins today in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The trip guides meet us at the Chiang Mai airport in late morning and we spend the day exploring the area around the city. After enjoying our first of many delicious Thai meals, we drive up Suthep Mountain to visit the famous temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Chiang Mai has over three hundred temples and Doi Suthep is one of the most impressive, glittering in gold and sitting on a hillside high above the city. Climb 300 steps to the temple and take in the fantastic views of Chiang Mai Valley. We return to Chiang Mai to freshen up before dinner. Lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Hike to a hill tribe village and visit Chiang Mai's famous night bazaar.

    After breakfast, we transfer to the zip-lines at "Flight of the Gibbon" just outside Mae Kampong and gear up for an unforgettable adventure. This exhilarating experience will send us soaring on suspended cables through ancient rainforest canopy. Our unique perspective from the high zip-line cables and sky bridges provides an up-close view of arboreal jungle life – we may even spot a 'flying' gibbon or two! After the zip-line excursion we enjoy lunch then set out on an afternoon hike to gain a feel for what our upcoming trekking days will bring. Later that night, back in Chiang Mai, venture out on your own and explore the famous Chiang Mai night bazaar. As Thailand's primary handicraft center, Chiang Mai offers fabulous displays of goods including silk, paper, wood, textiles. Breakfast and lunch included; dinner on your own.

    Hiking: 2-3 hours through hilly, forested terrain.

  • Day 3 - Begin our hill tribe villages trek and meet our Lahu hosts.

    Our first stop today is Chiang Mai's ethnographic Tribal Museum, offering valuable insight into the history and traditions of Thailand's minority northern hill tribes. This brief stop will provide invaluable context for the days of trekking and village stays to follow. A short transfer up into the neighboring mountainous region leads us to Mae Tang river camp for lunch. We take an afternoon hike up, down and then up again to a tiny Lahu hill tribe village where we spend the evening. The Lahu, like many other northern hill tribes, fled Burma (Myanmar) in the late 1800s due to the oppressive practices of the Burmese government, settling in northern "Siam". They refer to themselves as the "Children of the Blessing" after their belief that the blessings of health and security were the greatest gifts that their Creator could bestow. Our guides prepare an excellent dinner tonight while we relax and soak up the lush beauty of the surrounding valley. Rustic hut lodging tonight. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3+ hours over hilly, forested terrain (can be muddy dependent on season).

    Note on Lodging: Lodging at the tribal villages is very rustic. All guests share one sleeping room upon a raised sleeping platform in a longhouse made of bamboo and thatched roofing. Sleeping bags/pads and mosquito netting are provided. Bringing your own sleeping sheet is suggested. Bathrooms are basic outhouses with some makeshift showers and there is no electricity.

    Hiking Notes: The summer months are much more likely to have rain and, as such, jungle trails can be muddy and slippery. Good footwear, trekking poles and an easy pace will help with these conditions.

  • Day 4 - Trek through the lush jungle and along ridges with spectacular views.

    We bid our Lahu hosts farewell after breakfast and head out for our longest trekking day (roughly 7-8 hours). Initially we hike uphill through jungle forest, reaching a ridgeline that opens our path for a good part of the day. This portion of the trek is challenging jungle trekking for around 12 miles, with the final 2 miles rewarding us with truly spectacular views. En route we pass through a local tea plantation. This evening is spent in an impressive "Shan" village. An outstanding Thai dinner is prepared by our guides tonight. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7+ hours with elevation gain on mountainous trails.

  • Day 5 - End our trek at a resort with hot showers, cold drinks, and massage.

    Today is a beautiful day of trekking (4 hours), following jungle trails through large stands of bamboo, coconut and banana trees through another village. Periodic views into the lush valleys below are another exceptional treat along the way. In the early afternoon we meet our vehicles for a transfer to a local "garden" resort where we're free to enjoy a well-deserved hot shower and cold beverage, relax by the pool, or be treated to a Thai massage! Dinner tonight is at the resort where laundry service is available tonight and tomorrow. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-4 hours; jungle trails with some hills.

  • Day 6 - Kayak to a floating restaurant; explore Sri Lanna Park by mountain bike.

    Changing gears this morning, we cycle right from the resort to the ruggedly beautiful Sri Lanna National Park. Followed throughout by our support vehicle, we pedal small backroads through real Thai countryside passing through villages, plantations and small farms. Much of the biking is on flat land following the irrigation channels used to water rice paddies and orchards. The park itself is mountainous with both deciduous and lush evergreen forest. After a short technique and safety briefing, we swap out our bikes for sit-upon kayaks and shove off for an hour or so of lake paddling. We kayak to a floating restaurant to enjoy lunch in gorgeous outdoor setting then return to our bikes and ride a different route back to our hotel. All meals included.

    Biking: between 10-20 miles depending upon group and conditions; terrain: a large network of small unpaved roads, fairly flat to rolling. Kayaking: easy 1-2 hours on flat water.

  • Day 7 - Explore the Chiang Dao caves; bike through orchards and rice paddies.

    Today we depart to the nearby Chiang Dao valley, wherein lies a fabulous cave system of five interconnected caverns extending some seven miles into the mountains. Local legend has it that this complex was inhabited by Burmese hermit monks for thousands of years. After our visit to the caves, we're back on our bikes for more scenic cycling traversing orchards, paddies, plantations and visiting hill tribes. Several routes are possible and will be determined, in part, on the group's makeup. We end our day at a small "eco-lodge" which is located adjacent to a Palong hill tribe village, where there will be time to relax, shop at a local village, or enjoy some additional riding. Our rustic "lodge" in an out-of-the-way setting offers private rooms. Nearby there are simple restroom facilities and showers as well. All meals included.

    Biking: Mountain biking for 2-3 hours on dirt roads and some single-track trails.

  • Day 8 - Make your own mouthwatering Thai cuisine with a special cooking class.

    This morning we have a choice to make: participate in a traditional Thai cooking class (enjoying the fruits of our labors, of course!) or jump back on our bikes for an amped-up ride on challenging trails through the surrounding countryside. We enjoy lunch back at the eco-lodge before departing for Chiang Mai. This evening we celebrate a great journey's end with a final banquet at our preferred venue. All meals included.

  • Day 9 - Our trip ends today. Or, join our Southern Beaches Extension.

    Explore even more. See our Southern Thailand Kayaking trip extension.

    If you are not joining the group for our Southern Beaches Extension, your journey ends in Chiang Mai this morning with a transfer to the airport where our guides help see you on your way. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

See pricing and dates detailsTab

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Aug 4–12
  • Oct 6–14
  • Oct 27 – Nov 4
  • Nov 10–18
  • Nov 24 – Dec 2
  • Dec 8–16 H
  • Dec 19–27 H
  • Dec 29 – Jan 6 H

2015

  • Jan 19–27
  • Feb 2–10
  • Jun 15–23
  • Jul 6–14
  • Aug 3–11
  • Oct 5–13
  • Oct 26 – Nov 3
  • Nov 9–17
  • Nov 23 – Dec 1
  • Dec 7–15
  • Dec 18–26 H
  • Dec 21–29 H
  • Dec 28 – Jan 5 H

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From: $2,299 per person dbl occ

2014 - $2,299 (REI member); $2,525 (Non-member)

2015 - $2,499 (REI member); $2,749 (Non-member)

Deposit

$400 per person - paid at the time of signup; fully refundable up to 91 days prior to departure

Options
  • Single supplement - $599
  • Holiday supplement - $199

See details below.

Price Includes

All accommodations as noted in itinerary; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; private bi-lingual guides; porters as needed; private transport throughout; 24-speed mountain bikes with front suspension and bike helmets: sit-upon two-person kayaks and pfds; entrance fees to various parks and temples; zip-lining; private ground transportation within Thailand; Chiang Mai airport transfers when arriving with group.

Not Included

International airfare to/from Thailand; internal flights in Thailand; one dinner; cost of passport; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guides.

Consider as you sign up

  • Airline tickets - Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
  • Travel insurance - To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Please contact us or see details.
  • REI membership - Get the member price for this trip plus other valuable benefits.
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Additional Information

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee noted on the trip itinerary. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available. Single accommodations are not available at the mountain hut. All trip members are assigned their own tent for beach camping.

Holiday Supplement

During periods of peak demand, a holiday surcharge will be applied to the trip cost.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

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Thailand Multisport Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.  To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip.  Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff.

Flight Weight Restriction

Flights within Thailand on Thai Airways have a weight restriction of 20 kg (approx. 44 pounds).

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Sleeping bag and pad; mosquito bed netting
  • 24-speed hybrid bikes / helmet
  • 2-person sit upon kayaks / pfd
  • Snorkel gear, mask & snorkel (southern portion only)
  • Kayaks and paddling gear (southern portion only)
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag, medium size (wheels & handle are fine)
  • Daypack: Thailand Multisport (only): approx. 2000 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing. Plus Southern extension: approx. 3000 cu in. for above items plus 2 days of clothing during beach camping
  • Passport security pouch or belt
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
City Clothing
  • Lightweight, easily washable items for city/evening wear and when traveling
  • Comfortable walking shoes & socks
Clothing
  • T-shirts – include 2 synthetics
  • Long sleeve, lightweight shirts for sun protection
  • Hiking shorts, quick drying
  • Hiking pants (zip-off legs are great)
  • Underwear (long underwear will be useful for evenings in the village huts during winter departures; light sleepwear for summer departures)
  • Hiking socks
  • Cycling shorts
  • Liner socks
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Sun hat
Outwear
  • Rain jacket / pants or poncho, waterproof / breathable
  • Windbreaker or synthetic sweater / jacket (winter trips)
Footwear
  • Hiking boots, lightweight, water resistant, well broken-in (can be used for biking as well)
  • Booties / watersport sandals for kayaking (shoes that can get wet)
Travel Accessories
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries/bulb (useful for village stays and beach camping)
  • 2 water bottle(s), 1-quart each or an equivalent hydration system
  • Toilet paper, 1 roll
  • Small towel (or regular beach towel for the southern extension)
  • Sleep sheet or sleeping bag liner
  • Baby wipes / hand sanitizer gel
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Toiletry kit
  • Bandana (handy for many things)
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera and accessories
  • Waterproof disposable camera
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Travel pillow
  • Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes with electrolytes
  • Several zip-lock plastic bags to separate wet and dry items
  • Plastic bags to line daypack/duffel
  • Personal snorkel gear (southern extension only; snorkel and mask provided)
  • Snorkel gear mesh bag
  • Ear plugs (recommended)

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/sandals, camera, and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed
  • Bring clothing that is light in weight and color, which ventilates and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeved fleece or synthetic top, especially for the cooler evenings in the northern hill country in the winter months.
  • We spend three (3) nights in rustic, remote accommodations with few amenities. All guests share one or two rooms (longhouse) upon a shared sleeping platform; bathrooms are basic outhouses and there is no electricity. While sleeping bags are provided, you will find it useful to have your own sleeping sheet. In addition, in the winter months, evenings can be very cool (sometimes “cold”) – bring sleepwear accordingly.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • A pack rain cover or large garbage bags provide good protection for your daypack, should it rain (all a possibility especially during the summer months)
  • If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens users should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
  • Space for luggage is limited. Pack lightly, fitting all clothing and sleeping bag into one duffel bag. During the day, plan on carrying a daypack with an extra pair of shorts, sunscreen, towel or wrap, water bottle/hydration system and camera.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Food (8)
  • Guides (8)
  • Exceeded expectations (7)
  • Well organized itinerary (7)
  • Accommodations (6)

Cons

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        • Casual adventurer (7)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (8), Active adventures (7), I liked the itinerary (7), Destination (5), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (3)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful active adventure

      By Sarah loves adventure

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Casual Adventurer, First Timer To Thailand

      Site Member

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Guide Was Exceptional
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

      • Definitely Train

      Best Uses

        Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

        You really only need a smaller day pack for your water, camera, etc. The guides carry all your luggage. I bought the one recommended but a small one was perfect during the day.

        Train in elevation (3000+ in one day) for hikes and get some time in the saddle (some people who did not regretted the second day riding).

        Be prepared to haggle at the night bazaar - fun!

        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
        • Why did you choose this trip?:
        • I wanted to travel to Asia and thought Thailand would be a wonderful first step - safe, friendly, exotic culture, gorgeous scenery, loved the activity - variety and intensity fit my ability.
        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
        • I loved the variety - nice resorts to remote villages, multisport with enough cultural side trips added in. There was enough downtime balanced with group activity. Zip lining was truly amazing. Food fantastic, with Chang available as well! I went solo so was thrilled with the like-minded travelers who enjoyed the outdoors. I especially lucked out with my roommate!
        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
        • Train for the trip, including several days in a row. Learn as much as you can from the guides - they are so helpful, knowledgeable and give you the "real" Thailand, with lots of neat extra fun facts!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING TRIP - Do it!!!

        By tvermeer

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Amateur Photographer, Casual Adventurer

        Pros

        • Activity Level
        • Exceeded Expectations
        • Food
        • Group Camaraderie
        • Guides
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Photo Ops
        • Quality Equipment Provided
        • Well Organized Itinerary

        Cons

        • Very Strenuous

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          Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

          I absolutely loved this trip! The guides were excellent and the logistics of the trip were expertly planned. I will, however, be planning something a little less intense for the next one. Try the Thai red ice tea, it's so good!!

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary, REI's reputation, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • During the long day of hiking, we made an unplanned stop to swim in a waterfall. Indescribable.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Be prepared for many strenuous days in a row. My training was to jog/hike/bike hard on weekends, then lazily spend the work-week recovering. After day five of the trip I was pretty beat. Also bring long hiking pants (advice I should have followed!). Also make sure you are prepared to take off your boots for river crossings, the veterans in the group always had Keens and boots.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Trip of a lifetime!

          By Two Travelers

          from The Great White North

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

              Our Northern guides Tod and Santi were incredible. They were very fun and very enthusiastic about what they do. The guides in the Southern extension were also amazing (there were five) and hilarious. All of our guides were locals and were very knowledgable about local culture, customs, and nature. All of them patiently answered all of our questions in detail. The lodgings were nicer than we thought (rustic, but not like backpacking rustic). Villages in Thailand are actually larger than you'd think (like small American cities). That means that some places aren't as remote as you might think. The food is AMAZING, even in the jungle. Three words - Thai iced coffee. Bring extra money for Thai massage. We would definitely do this trip again.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • The combination of activities was appealing. The location was exotic and we had never been to Asia. Being big fans of Thai food, we thought this would also be a delicious choice.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • There were several. One was definitely the zipline tour (3 hours of zipline, baby!). The biking in the Chiang Dao valley was beautiful. Cave paddling in Phuket was amazing, too. The cooking class was a definite highlight as well.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Bring waterproof sunblock and use it! Aloe vera is hard to find in the north. Bug repellent is a must. We actually got more bites in the populated city areas (the night market and at restaurants with open air seating). The hiking was pretty arduous, but was definitely made more difficult because of the hot weather (more humid than we thought it would be). And train for goodness sakes!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Active Adventure

              By Jakki the Canadian

              from Fruitvale, British Columbia, Canada

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

                  This trip was excellent! The guides went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great time and got what they wanted out of the trip, including some extra biking, elephants, and a night on the town for New Years.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • This whole trip was a highlight for us!
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Many personal items on the recommended gear list are readily available near the first Hotel in Chiang Mai at 7-11 or other corner stores for very cheap, such as 100% Deet bug spray and sunblock. For those that don't check bags, this is very useful. Do not underestimate the level of Activity required for this trip.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome trip...looking at my next trip

                  By Vail hiker girl

                  from Vail, CO

                  About Me Casual Adventurer

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Guides

                  Cons

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

                      Trail snacks were mostly provided by Pan our guide. I could have lightened my load had I know that. Nothing better than hiking in the jungle for several hours and having a cool fresh towel waiting for you at the end of the day. The rustic longhouses exceeded my expectations, they rustic don't gt me wrong, but offered more than I thought.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • All the Details Planned for Me, Always Wanted To Go, Destination
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • I had an opportunity to visit a friend in Hong Kong and always wanted to do an REI tour. Thailand Multi adventure worked out perfectly.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • Getting to see Thailand off the beaten path. Away from the crowds. Not to mention Pan and Sontea our guides and the awesome food.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • DO it!! It was the best trip I have ever taken.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fantastic trip, and guides!

                      By MikeD

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Accommodations
                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

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                          Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

                          I was part of the holiday 2011 Thailand Multisport group and loved it. I learned so much about the people of northern Thailand, and there was plenty of time to explore. Most importantly the trip was highly organized, and I never had to worry about logistics. The lead guide, Pan, was fantastic, he took care of all of the details but was never in the way, and very flexible if our group wanted to do any spontaneous excursions. Highly recommended trip!

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • Active, learning about a new culture, and meeting new people joining me on the trip.
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • Hiking the mountains around Chiang Mai, and of course the food.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • Follow the suggested gear pack list, and train.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Trip of a Lifetime

                          By Tutor

                          from Philadelphia, Pa.

                          About Me Casual Adventurer

                          See all my reviews

                          Pros

                          • Accommodations
                          • Activity Level
                          • Exceeded Expectations
                          • Food
                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guides
                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

                          • Quality Equipment Provided

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

                            The thai food prepared by the guides was outstanding! The sleeping pads supplied at the Longhouses were a bit thin. Bring a flashlight or headlamp for one of the longhouses and the cave.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • Location and Multisport
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • The guides, Pan and Aun
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Bring trekking poles and a bike gel seat

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing trip!

                            By Jon Langdon

                            from Kaneohe, Hawaii

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Thailand Multisport:

                                While you don't have to do much to make Thailand an amazing experience the guides went above and beyond to ensure that we enjoyed our time there. Mr Pan and Farook were knowledgable and fun to be around. If any of my friends or family expressed interest in going to Thailand not only would I suggest this trip I would probably go with them.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • It was closer than Europe and the itinerary appealled to me. The added plus was that it ended in Phuket and I could go diving before coming home.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Staying at the tribal villages. It's really peaceful up there.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Bring lightweight long pants. There's a lot of humid hiking in the jungles.

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                                For guests booked on our Thailand Multisport trip, we invite you to enjoy the tropical islands and sandy beaches of Southern Thailand by reserving our Southern Thailand Kayaking Extension.


                                Activities:
                                Sea kayaking

                                Join us for our Southern Beaches Extension, a perfect compliment to our trip in the North, to experience some of the world's most beautiful beaches on the Andaman Sea coast. Kayak along dramatic limestone cliffs, beneath rocky overhangs to hidden lagoons, caverns and islands.

                                Highlights include:

                                • Kayaking past giant limestone mountains
                                • Swimming in the warm Andaman Sea
                                • Two nights in a seaside resort on Phuket’s famed west coast
                                • Two nights fully supported beach camping on a beautiful island
                                • Hanging out on support boat enjoying the sea breeze, fresh seafood and a cold beverage
                                • Exploring hidden lagoons and sea caves by kayak and foot

                                Days: 5

                                Price: $1,499

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                                Trip Dates:
                                2014

                                Jul 15–19
                                Aug 12–16
                                Oct 14–18
                                Nov 4–8
                                Nov 18–22
                                Dec 2–6
                                Dec 16–20
                                Dec 27–31 - H
                                Jan 6–10

                                H = Manadatory holiday supplement applies.

                                Trip Dates:
                                2015

                                Jan 27-31
                                Feb 10-14
                                Jun 23-27
                                Jul 14-18
                                Aug 11-15
                                Oct 13-17
                                Nov 3-7
                                Nov 17-21
                                Dec 1-5
                                Dec 15-19
                                Dec 26-30 - H
                                Dec 29-Jan 2 - H
                                Jan 5-9, 2016

                                H = Manadatory holiday supplement applies.

                                2014/2015
                                REI member: $1,499
                                Non-member: $1,650

                                Additional Fees:

                                Single supplement: $299
                                Holiday supplement: $250

                                • Total Days: 5
                                • Group Size: 4-16
                                • Activity Level:3-4


                                Day 1
                                For those continuing on to the Southern Beaches Extension, a flight to Phuket brings us to the stunning Andaman Sea. Upon arrival, we are met by our local guide and transferred to our beach front resort. After check-in, we have time to relax, have a cocktail or a dip in the ocean, and then enjoy a fantastic dinner. Breakfast and dinner included.

                                Note: Internal flights are not included.

                                Days 2 & 3
                                Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before exploring Phang Nga Bay by sit-on-top kayaks. Our support boat ferries us from one kayaking site to another, maximizing our ability to kayak areas of fantastic scenery consisting of sea caves, sea stacks, hidden lagoons and extraordinary limestone cliffs. The scenery is dramatic and the beaches are unbelievably inviting. There's some time for snorkeling (when conditions permit) and swimming as well. The support boat follows us, carrying all our gear and providing added comforts such as wonderful cooks who prepare amazing meals! We spend the next two nights camping on a beautiful island.

                                Kayaking: 3-4+ hours both days.
                                Note: Kayak guides do the paddling into sea caves due to safety issues and for preservation of the fragile ecosystem.

                                Day 4
                                Another glorious day of supported sea kayaking! We'll paddle around a small island into a secluded lagoon, then return to the pier in Phuket on our support boat (1-2 hour ride). Once at the pier, we'll transfer (approx. 1 hour) to our hotel that is situated on one of Phuket's pristine beaches. Tonight it's a celebration dinner with your guides and some time to explore Phuket on your own. All meals included.

                                Kayaking: 3+ hours.

                                Day 5
                                After breakfast, we transfer to the Phuket airport. All airport transfers, regardless of flight time, are included today. Or, extend your stay in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Meals on your own today.

                                Included
                                Two nights resort hotel; 2 nights beach camping; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bi-lingual guides; 1 and 2-person kayaks; motorized support boat; airport transfers.

                                Not Included
                                International airfare to/from Thailand; internal flights in Thailand; meals as noted on itinerary; cost of passport; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guides.

                                Qualifications
                                This trip extension is rated Moderate Plus [3-4] and will be enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys kayaking. You should expect to sea kayak 3-5 hours on three days and 2-3 hours on one day. The kayaking is done in protected waters.

                                Days: 5

                                Price: $1,499

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