Hill Tribe Treks
The mountain peaks of Northern Thailand are part of the range of mountains that extends from Tibet, Northern Myanmar, and Southwest China. It is crisscrossed by rivers, waterfalls, verdant valleys, hill tribe villages, exotic flora, and fauna. It also has more National Parks than any other region in Thailand. It is in short, a trekker’s paradise. There are many variations of treks of various levels to cater to every type of hiker.
Since the majority of travelers have limited time, we have selected 3 different types of hikes here:
5 days with Mae Hong Son
3 days mostly Chiangmai
3 days mostly Ching Rai
These of course can always be modified per clients’ preferences.
Chiang Mai - Pai - Mae Hong son
With trekking - elephant riding -bamboo rafting - boat trip – biking (5 days)
Mae Hong Son, originally the isolated, mist-covered province, has become a wonderful place for those who love wandering off the beaten track. Hiking from one hill tribe village (and one ethnic group) to another is a unique experience. There are many tribal ethnic groups living in Mae Hong Son such as Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Lisu, Lawa, etc. They share animist beliefs and honor numerous forest and guardian spirits. Each tribe has its own distinctive ceremonial attire, courtship rituals, games, dances, agricultural customs, dialects, aesthetic values, and hygienic habits.
Travel by an air-conditioned van to Pai via Mae Rim and Mae Malai with short visits at the bustling Mae Malai Market, Mok Fa Waterfall, lovely Pong Dued Hot spring, and the River Pai Bridge- the death railway built in 1942. Overnight at Tha Pai Spa and Campgrounds, a resort located on 40 beautiful acres of land, alongside Pai River. Accommodation is limited to 15 rooms and several tents. Each room has a balcony and bathroom, which is equipped with a shower with hot mineral water. Facilities at the resort include an outdoor hot mineral water pool, spa, jogging trails, boating, and hiking. Herbal sauna and Thai traditional massage are available (cost is not included).
A day for hiking and trekking. Visit a Lisu village, and hike for 3 hours to LodCave famous for its stalagmites and stalactites. Picnic lunch is on route. In the afternoon, hike further to a Karen village where you will have dinner and camp overnight. (total 6 hours hike)
Continue hiking to PhiMan Cave for about 3 hours. PhiMan Cave contains many ancient teak coffins. Lunch will be served near the cave. Afternoon hiking for about 2 hours to visit Shan Village, and another 2 hours to visit Black Lahu village where the hiking program end. From now onwards, travel by an air-conditioned van to Mae Hong Son with a short visit at Fish Cave. Overnight at Ban Sak Suay, a beautiful teak house. Hot dinner will be served here. (Total 7 hours hike)
The day for a variety of activities. Visit some Thai Yai styled temples, followed by boating for 1 hour to visit the Long-Neck people. On the return travel by boat (30 minutes) to a Karen camp for 1 hour elephant ride. Return to Ban Sak Suay by boat and van for overnight.
Tour ends in Mae Hong Son.
Please contact us for updated rates.
Rates include: 4 nights’ accommodation at resorts/guesthouse (twin-share), 13 meals, an air-conditioned minibus/van for transfer, admission fee to all sightseeing places, all activities mentioned in the program - hiking, elephant riding, bamboo rafting, boat trip etc. an English-speaking guide, travel accident insurance ( 500,000 baht / person)
Things to bring warm clothes in Winter ( November - February.), rain gear in the Rainy Season ( July- October) long pants and long sleeve shirt and shoes for trekking/hiking, short pants and shirt and wet shoes for rafting, pants for biking, towel and toiletries, sunglasses, hat, personal medicine, insect repellant, flashlight, small backpack for carrying necessary things while trekking.
Itinerary: Due to the nature of the tour, the weather, road condition, local circumstance, prevailing safety factors, the route and itinerary may vary to those published but the content of the tour will remain similar. The final decision of the actual itinerary will be made by the tour operator's staff on the day of the tour.
Hiking at DoiInthanon National Park
Lanna Thai Village Life in the remote Mae ChaemValley
Soft Whitewater Rafting at Obluang National Park
Elephant Riding at Mae Wang
Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest peak (2,565 m.) in Chiang Mai Province, is a National Park with diverse vegetation and the habitat of more than 446 kinds of wildlife particularly 364 kinds of wild birds. There are several famous trails to explore. Karen and Hmong tribesmen dwell in isolated villages in this area.
The remote valley of Mae Chaem offers a local temple in Lanna Thai Style of art, and Cottage industries of hand-woven clothes, or you may want to try a herb sauna.
Day 1 Chiang Mai - Doi Inthanon National Park - Nature Walk - Hmong Karen Hilltribes.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai to begin the tour Overnight ( in cabins) at the Karen Ecolodge.
Day 2 Doi Inthanon - Mae Chaem - Ob Luang
Overnight at Khao Krailas Resort / Forest Cottage
Day 3 Ob Luang - Hiking - Whitewater Raft - Elephant Riding - Chiang Mai.
Late afternoons return to Chiang Mai.
Accommodation: 2 nights (one night at the Ecolodge, one night at Khao Krailas or Forest Cottage)
7 meals (2 breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
transportation by air-conditioned van/minibus
All activities mentioned in the program : nature walk, village tours, herbal sauna, rafting.
An English speaking guide.
All admission fees.
Travel accident insurance: 500,000 baht per travaler
Things to bring:
Pants and long sleeve shirt and sandals for rafting
Long pants & long sleeve shirt & shoes for hiking
Sarong or clothes for herbal sauna
Warm clothes in Winter (November - February), rain gear in Rainy Season (June - October)
Itinerary: Due to the nature of the tour, the weather, road conditions, and prevailing safety factors, the route and itinerary may vary to those published but the content of the tour will remain similar. The final decision of the actual itinerary will be made by the tour operator's staff on the day of the tour.
Chiang Rai Karen and Lahu Tribal Lifestyles on Mae Kok River
Chiang Rai offers lush green mountains and diverse hill tribes. The hill tribes here have abandoned opium in favor of fruit, vegetable and flower farms which can be found in the most remote corners, since they are now accessible by road. A trip to these communities offers a chance to explore both the agriculture and the ethnic diversity that has always been a major part of Chiang Rai's charm.
This program starts with a boat trip on MaeKokRiver in the morning, passing beautiful scenery, and a chance to observe hill tribe lifestyles the banks of the river. Our first overnight stop is at the Karen village of Ban Kwae Wua Dam. (Home stay with 2 persons in a house). Here you can join the Housewife's Group for hand weaving and dyeing, and watch the Karen Sword Dance, or try a nature walk into the Karen's ConservationForest and plantation. Dinner Karen style will be arranged at home.
After breakfast with the host, the farewell ceremony will be arranged by a senior member of the tribe to bless all visitors with a safe and healthy trip. We start with an easy walk along the banks of the Kok River for 8 kms. to Ban Pha Kwang. After lunch travel by boat ( about 45 mins.) to Lahu Village at Ban Ja Kue. On arrival, a warm welcome ceremony will be arranged at the Lahu Cultural Center. Overnight home stay (2 persons per house) In the evening, you will have a great time for cultural exchange. Dinner involves sitting on a mat and having wonderful Lahu Kantoke food.
Explore the village and surroundings, the fruit orchards, terrace rice fields, and neighboring village. Picnic lunch will be provided on the banks of KokRiver in Ban Huay Rin. After lunch travel by boat (10 mins.) to visit another Lahu village, Ban Ton Pueng and its plantation heading back to Chiang Rai by boat (2 hours ). You will arrive in Chiang Rai at approximately 5.30pm.
Things to bring : - pants and shirt and sandals for rafting, long pants and long-sleeved shirt and shoes for hiking, warm clothes in Winter (November - February.), rain gear in Rainy Season (June - October), personal medicine, sunscreen, flashlight, and sunglasses.
The price includes: 2 nights home stay in Karen Lahu villages, 1night. Dormitory in Hmong village, (1 night) at Karen Ecolodge, 13 meals (local Hmong, Karen, Lahu Thai style), visits transfer by a private air-conditioned minibus/van, boat fee, admission fee, all activities as mentioned in the program, an English-speaking guide local guides, travel insurance( 500,000 baht / person), and donation to the people's organizations in the villages.
The price excludes: drinks, personal expense, or any air fares. Things to bring warm clothes in winter (November - February), rain gear in the rainy season ( July - October), long pants and long sleeves shirt and good hiking shoes, shorts and tevas /sandals for bamboo rafting , a towel and toiletries, slippers, sarong/clothes for taking a shower, hat, personal medications, insect repellant, sunscreen and flashlight.
Note the hill tribes you are visiting are interested in where we come from - so do bring mementos, small souvenirs for "show and tell" and as gifts.
Itinerary: Due to the nature of the tour, the weather, road condition, local circumstances, prevailing safety factors, the route and itinerary may vary to those published but the content of the tour will remain similar. The final decision of the actual itinerary will be made by the tour operator's staff on the day of the tour.