This trek is our classic trek where there will be a lot of walking in an area hardly ever visited by other groups due to the distance from Chiang Mai. You have to carry your own sleeping equipment and the facilities in the villages where we spent the night will be basic, but what an experience. You will stay in 2 different hill tribe villages and 1 night we will stay in a jungle camp, with limited facilities. Survival instinct is required. On this trek, we will also go bamboo rafting.
Minimum 2 people
Car or minivan
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We leave from Chiang Mai early in the morning for a 3-hour drive. After lunch, the trek starts and we walk for about 3 hours to a Lisu village. Here we will spend the night, among this colorful tribe. The Lisu hill tribe is a highland tribe, originally from southwest China. They drifted into North Thailand from Burma. The Lisu women wear distinguishing brightly colored tunics over long pants. The tribe keeps livestock and cultivate corn and vegetables, and they trade regularly. Lisu don’t usually live in stilt houses, unlike other hill tribes.
Today we walk about 3 hrs 30 min. In the morning we visit a waterfall in the middle of the jungle. We can take a swim here before we continue our trek through rice fields and plantations and have lunch at a farmer’s house. After lunch, we walk on to a Karen village where will spend the night in a hill tribe house. The Karen are one of the largest hill tribe groups in Thailand. They live in forests and highland areas, doing (subsistence) rice farming. They plant the crops according to the seasons and the soil conditions of the area. The food they produce is for personal consumption, not for sale to others. They are deeply connected to the cycles of nature and traditionally build simple houses on stilts.
A total walking distance of 3 hrs today, first to a hill tribe village where we will have lunch and try the local food. Then onward to the location of our unique jungle camp where we will spend the night. The river is close to the camp and you can take a swim (or bath). A campfire is planned for the evening.
In the morning we will board bamboo rafts and cruise down the river to go to Sop Kai, for lunch and the trip back to Chiang Mai. On the way, we will make a stop at a Lahu and Akha village before we arrive in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. Here ends your tour, you have the option to take the night train or evening flight to Bangkok or stay longer in Chiang Mai or you can extend your holiday differently, all up to you.
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