Rural northern Thailand at its most beautiful and adventurous, the Mae Hong Son province. A province which until the 1960s could only be reached by elephants. This trip will show you the lovely villages of Pai and Mae Hong Son. You will visit the highest mountain in the country, villages of several mountain tribes originally from Burma, the famous Tham Lot cave and a waterfall and back to Chiang Mai via a hardly used route. A great experience with the most scenic views.
Minimum 2 people
Car or minivan
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Solo travellers, please check the FAQ section of this tour.
We make an early start from Chiang Mai and first visit an orchid nursery and a local market. Then into the mountains towards Pai, on our way a visit to a beautiful Karen mountain village and hot springs. We spend the night in the pleasant town of Pai. Pai sits in a valley on the banks of the Pai River. It’s known for its nearby gorges, hot springs and waterfalls, and the famous Pai Walking Street at night with lots of stalls for food and shopping.
In the morning we visit the beautiful Tham Lot cave in Soppong and a Lisu and a Lahu mountain village. Then we continue on to Mae Hong Son, en route we visit the beautiful temple at Doi Kong Mu on top of the mountain. Then, the village of the Padong Long Necks and we end the day in Mae Hong Son (town), where we spend the night. The Mae Hong Son area is a remote, mountainous province bordering Myanmar (Burma). It is sparsely populated, ethnically diverse and home to hill tribes such as the Shan and Hmong.
We continue the Mae Hong Son route and drive to Khun Yuam and onward to Mae Chaem at the foot of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. We go all the way to the top of the mountain (2565 meters) where there is a radar station (no photos!) and take a walk through a moss forest, which is special because of the altitude. 5 kilometers below the top we stop at 2 beautiful pagodas that were built for the occasion of the 60th birthday of the king and queen respectively. We end the tour with the beautiful Vachirathan waterfall. We return in Chiang Mai late in the 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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