12th December 2014 | Thailand

Thailand: The Golden Triangle

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Thailand: The Golden Triangle

Friday 29th November to 7th December 2019

Click here to register your interest & a member of Gulf for Good will contact you to discuss more: http://www.gulf4good.org/thailand/

This challenge will fundraise for SOS Children's Villages, an organisation that provides care, education, and health services to children who have lost, or who are at risk of losing, parental care. Fundraising will support the renovation of two family houses which currently serve 77 vulnerable children without parental care. We will repair severe water damage, cracked walls and various infrastructural requirements.

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Roam high amongst the hills of Northern Thailand visiting remote hill tribes and villages rarely seen. Cycle along the rural back roads and kayak through the jungle. We will begin and end each day with an invigorating and restorative yoga session. Focusing on body and mind, this promisies to be a unique challenge experience to remember.

LEVEL: This challenge is a MODERATE test of our fitness, achievable by anyone in good health. It is advisable to train for a minimum of 3 months to build a suitable level of fitness and stamina. We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge.

TRAINING: We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge. Registration for this challenge grants you membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT fitness community. Click here to read more about soulFIT.

• A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
• In-country charity visit
• soulFIT membership
• Branded challenge tshirt
• Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good fitness & training activities and hikes in UAE mountains
• Fundraising approval + support with fundraising events
• Pre-challenge briefing & get togethers
• Discount with partner outdoor outfitters
• Safety, medial & equipment advice
• Internal flights & transfers
• Accommodation, food & water
• First aid certified Gulf for Good support team
• In-country medical & vehicle back up
• Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters

No. of participants: Max. 25

TOTAL COST: AED11,500, which includes a minimum charity donation of AED5000

Either pay at once or opt for our easy installment plan below.

Click here to register your interest & a member of Gulf for Good will contact you to discuss more: http://www.gulf4good.org/thailand/

Payment deadlines:

  1. AED1000 (USD275) - Deposit toward Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) due to Gulf for Good to reserve your space on the challenge
  2. AED 2,750 (US $750) - 50% remaining balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good Thursday 29th August 2019
  3. AED 2,750 (US$750) - 50% final balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good Thursday 17th October 2019
  4. AED 5,000 (US $1,360) - Minimum Charity Donation due to International Humanitarian City Thursday, 21st November 2019

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

 International flights
 Tips and spending money
 Kit items
 Drinks (other than water)


Leave behind your day-to-day problems and instead come armed with determination and a sense of humour!

This challenge will only go ahead with a minimum of 10 trekkers. The challenge costs are based on 10 pax or more. 

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.


Click here to register your interest & a member of Gulf for Good will contact you to discuss more: http://www.gulf4good.org/thailand/

Email or call us now on 00971 522 531 909

Each day begins and ends with restorative yoga, for your mind and body, and to complement the challenge of the day.


Day 1: Friday - The Charity Visit!

Arrive in Bangkok, visit the charity we are supporting (SOS Children's Villages) in Bangpoo, then return to the airport to fly to Chiang Mai, where we will be met by our local guides and transferred to the hotel.

During the afternoon we will have a short Chiang Mai city orientation tour, and an insight into general Thai customs and culture.

The evening meal will include a tour briefing in which the tour director will give us details of the ride/paddle/hike logistics, how safety and escort vehicles and boats are positioned and the formation of the trekking group, echelon, paddle train

Finish the day with relaxing yoga.

Overnight at hotel


Day 2: Saturday - Trekking!

Trekking: 10-15 km

Transfer out of Chiang Mai into our entry point for the Mae Taeng valley. Today we will catch glimpses of the Mae Taeng river as we trek. Lunch will be carried with us and early evening will see us come into the hill-tribe village where we will spend the night.

Overnight at hilltribe village, basic communal longhouses with mosquito net


Day 3: Sunday - Trekking!

Trekking: 10-15 km

Today we leave the village and cross into the Mae Taman Valley and early evening sees us arrive at our resort and staging area for the next stage, on two wheels.

Overnight at the Mae Ping Resort


Day 4: Monday - Cycling (from Mae Ping to Chiang Dao: 80km)

An early rise and after breakfast before we do our bike fitting.
Departure on the main road for a few kilometers, before turning onto little used roads.  

We eventually arrive at the Chiangdao caves and Buddhist sanctuary, for a visit and lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we continue North on small roads, with a few rolling hills, riding through forest, passing a few hill tribe villages and more hills! There are some off road sections. Our last part is a downhill, which leads to the Chiangdao Hill Resort for our overnight stop. This resort has basic facilities, but the jungle setting is fantastic, amongst limestone mountain formations.

Dinner overnight at the Hill Resort


Day 5: Tuesday - Cycling (from Chiang Dao to Thaton: 95km)

This stage is all tarmac road, with a few hills. Heading north, we will be in the forest to start with, soon tackling a 5km moderate uphill, before a great, rewarding downhill! We continue then in the valley passing Chaiprakarn, Fang and Mae-Ai districts, riding on small back roads, before we reach Thaton. The valley ride is mostly flat, passing many villages. Many rice fields cover this area and the main plantations grow lychees and mangoes.

Overnight in a simple hotel in Ban Thaton



Day 6: Wednesday - Kayaking (25km downstream)

This morning we take to the river. After a short visit to the village, we will have a basic skills session and safety briefing on kayak use, after which we will begin our journey downstream, led by the river guides. Lunch will be carried aboard the escort boat and we will stop on the riverbank to eat before returning to our single and double kayaks to paddle to our riverside campsite, arriving in the late afternoon.

Overnight at Jungle camp under tents, on the riverbank


Day 7: Thursday - Kayaking (30km downstream)

Today is a full day of paddling, stopping at another river beach for lunch. We will have the chance to observe the riverside villages and small boats that make up the river traffic, before paddling into a riverside Hotel in Chiang Rai, late afternoon.

Overnight at Rimkok hotel, located on the bank of the Maekok River


Day 8: Friday - Cycling (Chiang Rai to Chiang Saen and Golden Triangle 85 km)

Returning to our bikes for the last leg, we will cycle from our hotel along the river. Then the road turns into countryside, traversing rural villages and plantations, eventually reaching a small artificial lake in Chiang-Saen. We will continue cycling to reach the point of the “Golden Triangle” and our overnight destination. This is the end of the challenge and we will form up for a group shot as we ride through the arrival arch.

This great final stage will be followed by a gala dinner in peaceful surroundings in the heart of the mystic Golden Triangle. We will stay tonight in a well-deserved comfortable hotel to finish this great challenge.

Overnight at Golden Triangle Hotel


Day 9: Saturday

There will be some free time in the early morning to explore the Golden Triangle at our leisure. We can stroll around or visit the interesting Opium museum. We will then take a coach transfer to Mae-Sai, the Burmese border and visit Thailand’s northern-most point and the interesting local market with lunch at local restaurant.

Subject to the border opening conditions at the time, it might be possible to cross into Burma (border pass fees 10$ extra).

Transfer by vans/coach to Chiang Rai airport (CEI) for the flight to Bangkok and your onward journey.

SOS Children's Villages (https://www.sos-childrensvillages.org) is an international, non-governmental, social development organisation that provides care, education, and health services to children who have lost, or who are at risk of losing, parental care. They help vulnerable families care for their children and they work to prevent the breakdown of parental care. When children can no longer live with their own families, they provide quality alternative care in SOS families. 


This challenge will support the SOS Children's Village located in Bangpoo, Thailand with the renovation of two family houses. This village was constructed in 1971 and currently serves 77 vulnerable children without parental care in 11 loving, caring SOS families. No renovation work has been carried out on the family houses since their construction. Work is needed to repair severe water damage which has resulted in cracked walls and water leakage, among other needs.


Please note that this challenge will support the priority needs of SOS Children's Villages at the completion of the challenge, which may vary from the above. We promise to keep you updated with any changes.