You're in Thailand, so mai pen rai—no worries! Bike an oxcart path among lush rice paddies. Admire an ornate Buddhist temple in a jungle-filled valley. Relish a homemade curry. Stare at jagged limestone hills that haven't changed for a thousand years. Ask yourself, "Is it Tuesday?" It doesn't matter because you're in Thailand. Mai pen rai.
1-2 Receive a blessing from the village elders and visit with the resident monk Spin into the countryside past thriving rice and garlic fields, and stands of papaya and teak Learn from a local gardener how to plant and harvest rice Get a behind-the-scenes look at how traditional Thai dishes are prepared.
3-4 Bike gorgeous backcountry lanes through remote villages, where schoolchildren rush out to greet you Visit Tap Tao Caves, a tranquil oasis where monks come to pray and leave offerings at the many Buddha shrines Beneath the white Buddha, offer alms to monks at sunrise A scenic descent leads to the trading center of Fang and temple-rich Thaton.
5 Float in longtail boats down the Maekok River Pedal on narrow lanes past small villages into vibrant Chiang Rai Embark on a culinary adventure, wandering the streets of Chiang Rai and sampling some of Thailand's unique delicacies and delicious street food.
6-8 Experience a fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures Bike alongside the Mekong River on the Laos and Myanmar border, passing tobacco fields and rice paddies on the way to the ancient Burmese kingdom of Chiang Saen Dared to taste durian yet? Try this pungent fruit and other interesting local snacks Relax poolside, indulge in a massage or spin to the spectacular Chom Kitti temple Browse Sop Ruak's market for a refreshing Thai iced tea and one-of-a-kind handicrafts.