|1||Depart UK||Overnight flight to Bangkok|
|2||Arrival day||Arrive into Bangkok and settle into the city||L|
|3||Bangkok||Essential sightseeing in the capital||B|
|4||Bangkok to Nang Rong||Visit producers of stainless steel homeware. Overnight Nang Rong||B D|
|5||Nang Rong to Surin||Discover temple complex and traditional village silk production||B L|
|6||Surin||Village visit to community making Khmer jewellery beadwork||B L|
|7||Surin to Khon Kaen||Visit weaving centre providing employment to rural women||B|
|8||Khon Kaen to Sukhothai||Travelling north we pass through the national park||B|
|9||Sukhothai to Lampang||Sukhothai historical park and afternoon visits to Lampang ceramics groups||B L|
|10||Lampang||Visit to the government sponsored Elephant Conservation Centre||B L|
|11||Lampang to Chiang Mai||Visit Karen tribal communities to discover traditional weaving and silver work||B|
|12||Chiang Mai||Visit Y Development, WEAVE foundation and enjoy cultural dinner||B|
|13||Chiang Mai||Morning visit to Thai Tribal Crafts & Lanna Cafe. Afternoon sightseeing||B D|
|14||Depart||Overnight flights back to UK||B|
Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
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Forget the Thailand of the mass tourism brochures! This trip will introduce you to a land rich in culture, beauty and diversity seldom seen by those who think only of its beaches and bars.
Thailand is a country rich in cultural and ethnic diversity. It has a remarkable heritage of ancient crafts of all kinds. Setting off from Bangkok, this tour takes us north, through some stunning areas seldom visited by tourists and where you will have a real opportunity to appreciate authentic Thai life and meet the craftsmen and women working with ThaiCraft, Sang Arun, and Y Development.
ThaiCraft Association which works with nearly 100 communities around the country, was set up by Stephen and Suwadee Salmon who have been involved in fair trade for many years. Your guides from ThaiCraft will take you through stunning landscapes, and ancient temples and sanctuaries to meet producer groups making an array of beautiful crafts.
In addition to the wonderful cuisine and scenery, this trip gives you a unique opportunity to visit a huge variety of rural villages and to meet and get to know a whole host of fair trade producers.
“The holiday surpassed all my expectations”
“Overall I would like to say thank you for setting up these wonderful tours which give us ordinary westerners a chance to live in another country and culture for two weeks. It was so much more than a holiday, I feel doors and windows have been opened into, not another world but another facet of my world, linked by trade and the skills of ordinary people. The memories I have will not only sustain me over the next year, but have also raised my consciousness of the richness and diversity of human life”
“One of the big advantages of this trip was travelling with people who so clearly know and love Thailand and the Thai people. I felt I learnt not just about the country, but also an insight into the culture and history of South East Asia”
“Enlightening variety of projects, very humbling to see the skills used by producers as part of their everyday work. The visit to the silk weaving producers of Ban Na Pho was my favourite. I love textiles and the creative side of colour and patterns, it was wonderful to see this all happening in practice”
“The day in the Raitong village, the paddy fields, and meeting the school children was magical”
“The briefing day was a useful introduction to Thailand and it was good to meet my travelling companions”
“Always helpful and enthusiastic, no question was too small and the commitment of staff in the UK certainly influenced my decision to go on this trip”
“Meals were always good and some outstanding. Suwadee could always be relied on to order a fantastic spread and give us information about the food. A really good introduction to different types of Thai food from different regions”
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Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities
50% meals included
3 long road transfers
8 producer visits including 2 Traidcraft suppliers
1 visit to a development project
8 tourist visits
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