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

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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
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Hotels (2 nts), basic huts (2 nts, multi-share).

Day 1Chiang Mai

Arrive at any time.

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

Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.

Day 3Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam(1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to learn about traditional basket weaving and scarf-making. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.

Day 4Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai(1B, 1L)

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

Day 5Chiang Mai(1B)

Depart at any time.

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