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18 days in Thailand & Cambodia - Itinerary suggestions needed

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I have written previously requesting help with planning for our family trip to Thailand & Cambodia and had some great suggestions. I am finalizing our plans & would like some help refining our itinerary. My husband & I are travelling with our 17 year old daughter, 26 year old son & his fiance (grad students). My husband, daughter & I have 18 days, the college students only 10 days. We are travelling from 12/12 to 12/31. I have worked out the following itinerary:

12/13 arrive BKK (stay at Chatruim - not yet reserved $90 per nite per room on Agoda)
12/14 Tour BKK (planning on massage for all 5 of us, followed by visit to major sites & long tail boat ride on river)
12/15 BKK - day trip to Ayutthaya & Chatuchak Weekend market
12/16 BKK - lunch at Oriental Hotel, Jim Thompson House &/or Prasat Museum (if they are open on Sunday. If not, switch visit to Ayuthaya to this day)
12/17 Chiang Mai (early morning flight not yet reserved) (No hotels yet - any suggestions?) Tour Chiang Mai, visit night market
12/18 CM - cooking school for my husband & college students. Morning bike tour for my daughter & I at Wiang Kum Kam, followed by visit to orphanage to give gifts to students (the director is a friend of a friend)
12/19 CM - visit Elephant Sanctuary (the girls are keen to work with & wash elephants) (my husband says he spends enough time washing dogs at home! Yoga class for him.)
12/20 Mae Kampong , Doi Inthanon, or Mae Sa Loop with a stay somewhere where we could hike or back to Chiang Mai
12/21 Older kids leave for BKK, hotel near airport & flight back to San Francisco the next morning.
I am not sure what we should do after our older kids leave. My daughter would like to do an overnite trek to some Hill tribes. I'm considering spending one or two nights in Chiang Rai & visiting the Golden Triangle area. If we did both the Hill Tribe trek and an overnight in Chiang Rai, that would take us to 12/23 when we could fly from Chiang Rai to Bangkok & then to Siem Reap (assuming there are no direct flight to Siem Reap or from Chiang Mai to Siem Reap if there is a direct flight)

We would then have from 12/23 to 12/29 to see Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap Lake, do a bird trip with Sam Vasnas at Prek Toal, etc.

My main questions for you Thailand & Cambodia experts is: Are there things I'm not including that I should in the Chiang Mai area? We are hikers and love bird watching, wildlife viewing & exploring nature. While we appreciate cultural activities, we are all happiest when we have our boots on and are tromping through a forest. The kids love biking. We had considered going to Krabi but are not really that enamored with beaches, plus my husband tends to fry in the sun. Does anyone have suggestions for a hilltribe trek they enjoyed & was culturally sensitive. i know there are some good guides & NGO's that support the local communities more than others. Should we stay in Chiang Mai until our older kids leave or should we give them a chance to stay in the country side for a night or two. If so, which areas? Given their short time in Thailand, I am sensitive to their getting the most of their time without moving around a lot.
Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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