Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience

From$399USD
6 days,Chiang Mai to Chiang Mai
ATHL

Connect with local Black Lahu and Shan communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.

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When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.

What's Included

  • Three-day homestay with a local hilltribe and all activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Transport between destinations and included activities
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners. (Allow 40-60USD for meals not included.)
  • Private vehicle, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Avg 10, max 14
  • Basic hotel (2 nts), local homestay (3 nts)

Day 1Chiang Mai

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Chiang Mai/Ban Jabo(1B, 1L, 1D)

Transfer into the jungle highlands of northwest Thailand with a lunch stopover in Pai. Meet your local hosts and lend a hand making dinner using regional products and traditional cooking methods.

Day 3Ban Jabo(1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk to the fields surrounding the village to learn about (or even opt to help out with!) local farming practices before visiting a prehistoric wooden coffin cave. Dine on a typical jungle lunch. In the afternoon, learn about the local education system with a visit to a school. Learn about the Lahu culture and traditional activities. Try bamboo weaving, make a Lahu bag and learn how to play a Lahu instrument. Opt to help out with dinner preparation.

Day 4Ban Jabo(1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk to another hilltribe community in the area to learn about the Shan people, the local masters of irrigation and wet rice farming. Enjoy the views and take in a new way of life in the community before walking back to Baan Jabo.

Day 5Ban Jabo/Chiang Mai(1B, 1L)

Say goodbye to your local hosts and buy any last minute hand-crafted goods before transferring back to Chiang Mai for a final evening with the group.

Day 6Chiang Mai(1B)

Depart at any time.

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