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.

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 Option)

Room type Price in Thai Baht (discounts available on direct bookings.)
Twin/Double Bedroom1500
Twin/Double Bedroom + Extra Bed2000
Family Suite (2 adults + 1 Child.)3250
Family Suite (2 Adults + 2 Children.)3750

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 Hostel Option)

(minimum booking of 2 nights.)

The Outdoor Education Centre and the Hostel that traditionally houses our visiting school and university groups is located in one corner of the resort. The hostel accommodates up to 130 people in 3 blocks of 6 x 8-bed air-conditioned bunk rooms, each with two western bathrooms en suite.

The hostel is also being used with a 6 person maximum per bunk bed room to accommodate groups of friends attending our Upcountry Escapades at budget rates.

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 Breakfast425400375350325300
Including Western Breakfast 550525500475450425

Booking Notes*

  • Room rate includes VAT + Asian breakfast.
  • 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.

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.

Activities Options

Onsite activities

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

ActivityDetailsTimePrice for all activities
No. of peopleBaht
AbseilingLearn the basic skills of abseiling on our 5 metre indoor wallMaximum of one hour per activity1500
ArcheryOur indoor 10 metre range is a perfect place to learn the essentials of archery, or to develop existing skills2700
Confidence courseA chain walk, swinging ropes, beam and monkey bars are the four elements used to cross the murky pond3900
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 rain41100
Wall climbingThere are five pitches of varying difficulty on this 12 metre wall, from a straightforward climb to challenging overhangs51250
Buy two activities and receive a 25% discount

Offsite activities

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

No. of peopleBaht
BikingAn accompanied bike ride around the Fang valley the route and distance taken depending upon the level of fitness, but taking at least 2 hours. The avoids main roads for much of the time and traverses the valley via quiet country roads and dirt tracks, giving guests ample opportunities to observe day to day rural life.11170
KayakingUsing kayaks from the resort paddle down the Maekok to the riverside village accompanied 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 river banks.12015
HikingWe offer a number of different hikes off varying length and difficulty. All explore the natural beauty of the hills and forests and several take in hilltribe villagesPrices will depend on the hike selected as well as number of walkers.

Additional Activities
Thai Cooking Lessons, Volunteer Teaching, Local Tours, Recreational Games – are all available on request.

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