Upcountry Escapades



In need of a long weekend escape from the big city?
Keen on enjoying a choice of professionally run adventure and cultural activities?
Consider our new ‘upcountry escapades’ designed with both the family and friends in mind.

By offering both the ‘resort’ and ‘hostel’ accommodation options at the Maekok River Resort & Outdoor Education Centre in Ban Thaton, Chiang Mai, and including several free vouchers or discounts to allow your choice of activities, we have options that suit the needs and budgets of both families and groups of friends.

Programme Dates: (1) October 23rd to 26th 2020. (2) November 19th to 22nd 2020.
(3) December 11th to 13th 2020. (4) December 18th 2020 to January 9th 2021.

On the banks of the Kok River, at the northern end of the Fang Valley, MRVR is located between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The resort is surrounded by mountains that are home to several different ethnic minority groups.  MRVR can be accessed by air via Chiang Mai (+ a 3hr tour/transfer) or Chiang Rai (+ a 1.5hr tour/transfer) or by road from further afield. There are numerous interesting attractions en route. (See. Map.)


Option 1 – The Resort Package Offer
(Price in Thai Baht per Family/Group)

Prices in BahtPackage Duration – Price in Thai Baht per Family/Group
Three nightsFour nightsFive nights
1. Twin / Double6,4007,8508,950
2. With extra bed9,15011,25012,850
3. Family suite (2 adults and one child)10,50012,65014,850
4. Family suite (2 adults and two children)11,75014,45016,750

Activity Package (a bonus for those booking the resort package)Three nightsFour nightsFive nights
Complimentary Onsite Activity Voucher (Archery, Abseiling, Climbing, Confidence Course or High Ropes.)Choice of one activityChoice of two activitiesChoice of three activities
Complimentary Offsite Activity Voucher ( Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Tubing,)Choice of one activityChoice of one activityChoice of one activity
Half-Day English Teaching.Please enquire on application
Additional activities, cooking courses, local tours.25% off advertised rates.

Booking Notes*

  • Quoted rates include VAT.
  • Tourist Authority approved Insurance cover for activities is available at Baht 50.- per person/per day.
  • Accommodation only options are available on request, as are longer stays are of course possible, so please ask about what we can offer!

Option 2. – The MRV Outdoor Education Centre – Hostel Package Offer
(minimum booking of 2 nights.)

Bunk Bedroom (with aircon & 2 bathrooms per dormitory). A minimum charge of two occupants per room applies.Price per person/per night – In Thai Baht – based on the number of occupants sharing the room
Including Thai Breakfast 425400375350325
Including Western Breakfast  525500475450425

The Activities at and from the Resort

The Maekok River Village Resort & Outdoor Education Centre is a well-established and highly regarded provider of outdoor, environmental education and community service programmes to the international schools’ market. The facilities, staff, risk management and safety protocols are all compliant with international best practices. Programmes/activities are supervised by qualified Western and Thai instructors. Public liability insurance is in place.


Onsite activities
All activities are led and supervised by one or more of our experienced instructors
AbseilingLearn the basic skills of abseiling on our 5-metre indoor wall
ArcheryOur indoor 10-metre range is a perfect place to learn the essentials of archery or to develop existing skills
Confidence courseA chain walk, swinging ropes, beam and monkey bars are the four elements used to cross the murky pond
High ropesThis is a great challenge as there are up to 9 elements of varying difficulties on the high ropes course. Also indoors so out of the sun or rain
Wall climbingThere are five pitches of varying difficulty on this 12-metre wall – from a straightforward climb to challenging overhangs
No of people on activity123456
Price per person in Thai Baht400350300275250225

Offsite activities

All activities are led and supervised by one or more of our experienced instructors



Price per person booked for offsite activities

No. of people

Thai Baht

BikingAn accompanied bike ride around the Fang Valley. The route and distance will depend on the cyclist’s level of fitness but the activity will take at least 2 hours. The route avoids main roads for much of the time and traverses the valley via quiet country roads and dirt tracks. This gives guests ample opportunities to observe day to day rural life.









KayakingAccompanied by a guide, guests will kayak from the resort down the Maekok to a riverside village. The river meanders across the valley and gives you ample opportunity to view life along the river as well as the numerous species of birds which inhabit the riverbanks.









HikingWe offer different hikes of varying length and degrees of difficulty. All our hikes explore the natural beauty of the hills and forests and several hikes include visits to hill tribe villagesPrices will depend on the hike selected as well as the number of walkers.
Other Options

Offsite – Local Tours, Volunteer Teaching Opportunities.

Onsite – Cooking Classes Recreational Games (Volleyball etc.)

Prices on request and based on group size.


  • Those with complimentary activity vouchers – may exchange them for any of these activities.
  • Those without activity vouchers are eligible for a 25% discount on listed prices.

Activity Schedule

At the start of each ‘Upcountry Escapade’, an activity schedule (mornings, afternoons, evenings) will be posted in reception. It will display the ‘opt-in’ activities for the duration of the programme. These are based on the preferences as stated on your online booking form.

Activities can also be run for ‘private groups’ on request, and subject to availability.

VWB Appeal

The Maekok River Village Resort, supported by the Volunteers Without Borders Foundation has a long history of providing support for local schools, the area’s only Special Needs Centre, and a further education programme for those in our extended community area.

We welcome any contribution you care to make in support of our initiatives. This could be a simple cash donation to allow us to continue with our community work in these difficult times, or if you have a teaching specialism, and a bit of time on your hands, we can arrange for you to spend time in one of our local schools, or at our Special Needs Centre.

Getting Here

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Upcountry Escapades Enquiry & Booking