Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek

5 days,Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai

Explore the vibrant colours of Chiang Mai, trek through Northern Thailand, meet the friendly locals, learn about the Karen tribe and witness their traditional weaving

Trek through the hills surrounding Chiang Mai and meet the local people, known collectively as hilltribes, who have made their homes on these slopes. They have lived in peace and without modern conveniences for many years; a visit to these traditional communities is like travelling back to a simpler time. Learn about jungle food and the local way of life. After all that exertion, recline on a bamboo raft and float downriver, giving the friendly locals a wave as you drift past them going about their daily lives.

What's Included

  • 3-day trek. Karen village visit. Elephant bathing and feeding. Bamboo rafting. Free time to explore Chiang Mai. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. (Allow USD50-75 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (2 nts), basic huts (2 nts, multi-share).
  • Open pickup truck, van, trekking, raft.
  • Local trekking guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 5. Please note this trip runs often in order to provide maximum flexibility when choosing dates. It's possible your group size will be fairly small.
Day 1 Chiang Mai

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-4 Hilltribe trekking/Karen village (3B,3L,2D)

Trek through rugged forest and experience the wonderful diversity of this region, each village with its own language, belief system, styles of dress and traditions. On Day 2, spend time in a Karen tribe village. Here, observe and learn about traditional basket-weaving and scarf-making. Feed and bathe the village's elephants. On the journey back to Chiang Mai, enjoy a well-earned break from trekking with a bamboo raft float downriver.

Day 5 Chiang Mai (B)

Depart at any time.

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