From Fair Trade to Culinary Rituals
Delight in a culinary, cultural and environmental exploration from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Meet with fair trade and agricultural cooperatives to learn about the social realities of Thai and Burmese communities. Take culinary lessons and participate in the fun Chiang Mai Food Festival. Witness amazing cultural rituals and performances and explore the breathtaking temples. And of course visiting Thailand is not complete without connecting with wildlife on an elephant safari.
Tour Dates: Sample itinerary for late Sept. – Oct.
Day 1: Bangkok
Arrival in Bangkok, transfer to the hotel where you will have an orientation meeting and dinner.
Day 2: Bangkok
Enjoy a guided city tour and then meet with a fair trade cooperative. In the evening enjoy dinner and cultural performance.
Day 3: Bangkok
Explore the arts with a culinary lesson in traditional Thai cuisine. In the afternoon enjoy discussions with conservation and agricultural cooperatives. Meet with UNICEF officials and student groups to learn about anti-trafficking projects and awareness campaigns.
Day 4: Bangkok
Today, we will visit a Burmese community working in the food processing industry and learn about their struggle to survive in Thailand. In the evening, enjoy a cultural show.
Day 5: Depart for Chaingmai
Activities on this day TBD.
Days 6-11: Chiang Mai and Chian Rai
Enjoy several days in this region. Activities in Chiang Mai will include meeting with rural cooperative members, culinary lesson, visits to hill-tribe villages and temples, an elephant and participating in the Food Festival. While in Chiang Rai, enjoy historical site visits, meet with NGOs on conservation, fair trade and human rights. On the last evening, enjoy a closing dinner and traditional dance performance.
Days 12: Bangkok-Home
Today, take an early morning flight back to Bangkok and return home.This adventure is suitable for travelers who live an active lifestyle, enjoy good health and mobility, are comfortable participating in 4-6 hours of daily physical activities and sightseeing.
Group size of 10-11
Group size of 14-15
Group size of 20
$2395Price is subject to slight change
The price includes
• All confirmations in the program
• Double room accommodations
• Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach as well as transfers for group as appropriate, in addition to all other land and water transportation.
• Global Exchange/EcoArts Tour trip representative to accompany the group through the whole touring period and/or English speaking, tour guide(s) to accompany the group throughout the touring period.
• Preparatory reading materials
• Admission and fees to museums, program activities and lessons
• Honoraria for conservation and arts professionals and donations to organizations
• Global Exchange annual membership fee of $35 (this amount is tax deductible)
• Two meals a day
• Philanthropic and carbon offset donations to One Million Lights and Native Energy
The price does NOT include
• Extra baggage fees
• Expenses of a purely personal nature
• Room service charges
• Gratuities to the bellboys, waiters, guide and driver
• Extra Beverages and one meal a day
• Travel Insurance (We strongly advise that each participant arrange for their own travel insurance)
Reserve Your Space
Deposit: A $400 non-refundable deposit (that is included in the total tour cost) and registration forms are required from each tour participant.
Final payment: The remaining balance, health and liability forms are due no later than 45 days prior to departure.If you plan on attending this tour but need an extension for the payment deadlines, please let us know and we will do our best to work with you on an alternative.