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Experience the merging of the past into the present and discover unique opportunities for adventure. Understand and enjoy the world under your feet, while you allow your senses to take in the beauty that the mountains in the northern part of Thailand, the source of different rivers and natural diversity, have to offer. Lush hills and virgin forests are scenic backdrops that will make your trekking by foot or on the elephant back a truly memorable experience.
During this holiday, you will be staying in a bamboo cottage, with a headman family.
Start an exciting trip by driving up to the northwest of Chiang Mai. You will stop at Mae Ma Lai local market to buy ingredients that will be necessary for your class. You will be introduced to the Thai herbs and the required cooking ingredients. Proceed on a long snaky road for 1 hour and 30 minutes to Shan Village, passing beautiful mountains and staircase farmland. You will have a simple lunch at the village. After lunch, start hiking for 3 hours to Lahu Village, where you will stay overnight with a headman family. You can chit chat with the villagers or enjoy learning to cook Thai food with the tour guide. Then, enjoy those foods for dinner, relax, or find a chance to sing or dance with the hill tribe people.
Wake up to a beautiful morning in a very green surrounding, before having breakfast in the mist. After breakfast, you will hike for 2 hours to the village of the Karen, the biggest tribal group in Thailand, to observe their culture and a mode of living. Continue walking to a beautiful waterfall to enjoy swimming and have lunch at the fall. After lunch, continue trekking under the shade of the trees along the stream to the elephant camp, where you will be taking a jungle taxi (elephant ride) to the camp fire on the bank of the river. Enjoy swimming in the river and get another Thai cooking lesson with the tour guide. To end the day, you will enjoy dinner and have a nice evening at the camp.
Before breakfast, you can take a bath in the warm river. Today, you will have the opportunity of going on a fun and challenging white-water rubber boat trip, along the exciting rapids, for an hour. Then, jump on a bamboo rafting experience for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The trip ends at the Shan Village. After all the fun, change into your dry clothes and have lunch. You will be driving a truck to the village of the Akha, which is the most primitive tribe. After that, you will be heading back to Chiang Mai.
This holiday will take place in the northwest of Chiang Mai, also known as the Thailand’s Shangri-la. Experience the merging of the past into the present in Chiang Mai, where people are proud of the city’s 700 years history. Chiang Mai was founded by King Mengrai in the year 1296. Its rich traditional heritage and unique culture is a perfect foundation for the development of the city.
The city is filled with sights and charms found only in the picturesque northern region of Thailand. The original layout still exists as the nest square, surrounded by the moat, with vestiges of the fortified wall and its four main gates, offering prime access to the old town.
Chiang Mai is called The Rose of the North, as it is well-known for the beauty of the city and the residents, who are warm, gracious, and congenial, providing authentic hospitality; making visits memorable and meaningful. Chiang Mai city, with its fascinating indigenous cultural identity, such as architecture, traditional values, festivals, handicrafts, and cuisine, is a prime location in its own right.
The presence of hill tribes and their wealth of unique cultures, enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. The mountains in the northern part of Thailand are the same range or the extension of the Himalayas. It is the source of different rivers and natural diversity. A center for trek into the mountainous northern area and home of the hill tribes, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, and Pai offer unique opportunities for adventure.