Cultural Immersion - In Comfort!
You will stay at a very traditional Hmong village and really take part in village life. The hiking is absolutely awesome. A special local Hmong guide will accompany you on the hike and explain about the history of these tribesmen and their interaction with their environment.
On your way to enjoying magnificent vistas, you will drive what used to be Opium fields. This crop now banned in Thailand was replaced through royal programs. This is a cultural immersion tour. You get involved with the locals, collect seeds of trees which benefits the tree planting program of the village and participate in and learn about local life in this village for two days of cultural immersion. We drive back through the Mae Sa Valley. If time allows we can add one or two attractions here.
Please know that while in the village, a strict dress code is enforced and the use of alcohol during the homestay is not allowed. The Hmong are a traditional people. If you are a couple sleeping together, they may ask if you are married. You only will eat meals with ingredients that are available in the village. Don’t worry, the food is always enjoyable.
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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
Our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 0730. Drive to Suthep Mountain. Time of departure is flexible but we advise a very early departure, preferably around sunrise. First we will visit Wat Doi Suthep before the crowds arrive. Walk up the 300 steps up to the temple from where you have a majestic view over Chiang Mai. We continue to Doi Pui Village, a Hmong community, close to top of Doi Pui. Your guide will tell you about the turbulent history of this community. In the past the village was involved in opium cultivation. Nowadays the village is a major tourist attraction on Doi Suthep. We walk around the village before we meet our local Hmong guide who who will accompany us on our hike to the Hmong village Ban Mae Sa Mai in the Mae Sa Valley. This hike will take about five hours including stops. We start hiking through the forest. The local Hmong guide will tell about the flora and about the history of opium cultivation on this mountain. You will also be stimulated to recognize certain plants and trees in the forest with the tree and plant leaflet we will provide you with. If you want you can collect tree seeds that will be delivered at the FORRU* tree nursery of Ban Mae Sa Mai. After a walk uphill we will arrive at an open area with fantastic views on both sides of the mountain. We will stop briefly to look at a footprint of Buddha before enjoying a picnic lunch at a scenic spot. We will continue through the forest to the Hmong village Ban Mae Sa Mai.
Early rise with the roosters. You will engage in a morning activity with the villagers at sunrise. You will go out into the fields and work on planting or harvesting vegetables. Return to your house and enjoy a local breakfast. After breakfast there are several hikes possible around the village. You can either make a walk through the watershed forest of the village or hike to the FORRU reforestation plots and vegetable gardens of the village. We will also visit the Royal Project, located on the edge of the village and the small Hmong museum. We will have a last lunch in the village before we will visit Mae Sa elephant camp at 1430. This camp has three shows per day and allows elephant riding. We will do something different today. You will meet a couple of young elephants and their mothers. Your guide will give you information about the plight of the Asian elephant which is an endangered species. The camp also has a small information centre which we will visit.
You can make pictures of the elephants and pose with them. We have brought some fruit with us that we will feed the elephants. The elephants will enjoy your visit. At 1530 we will continue to Elephant Poopoo Park. There are no elephants here. The Poopoopaper company produces recycled and odorless paper products from dung from elephants and other animals. You can see the whole process during a self guided tour. They have great souvenirs here as well.
Drive back to Chiang Mai.
Good to Know
About this Tour
Private Tour, not join in basis. Duration of this Tour: 2 Day/1 night. Departure Time: 08:00 End Time: 7 - 8 pm. Difficulty Level: easy but with a bit more hiking. Transportation: Minibus. Accommodation: Village homestay
Hmong Village Dress Code:
Please note that a strict dress code is enforced in the village and the use of alcohol during the homestay is not allowed. We only will eat meals with ingredients that are available in the village. Don’t worry. You will enjoy the food.
What You Should Bring:
Hiking shoes with good grip Sun creamHeadgear Insect repellent (DEET medicated) Sun glasses Small backpack
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Guest cancelling within these time periods, fees will apply as follows:
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