Do something special while in Chiang Mai and join in for a trek. An experienced guide leads the tour through the rugged and beautiful Mae Taeng district. Some parts are done by foot, others on the back of an elephant and on bamboo rafts along the mountain river. Spend the nights in remote small settlements of the hill tribes. This will certainly be an exceptional experience for any traveler.
Pick up in the morning at your hotel. Drive by truck on scenic roads direction north. Stop at the Mae Malai local market and get in touch with the friendly vendors. Continue to the nearby waterfall for a picnic and swim in the refreshing water. Drive on winding roads to Huay Nam Dung National Park. Some vantage points unveil the terrific mountain scenery you are going to explore. The drive ends at a village of the Shan people. Trek for about 2 hours through the jungle before reaching the remote Karen hill tribe village Ban Mae Jok. Stroll through the settlement and watch the daily life. Dinner and overnight stay at the village.
While having breakfast at the village you will see foggy clouds that act like a staging curtain and gradually opens up. This happens especially during the winter time. Trek for about 3 hours to the elephant camp. The narrow trail leads in the shade of huge teak wood trees through the mountain forest. The variety of the flora is astonishing. Relax at the elephant camp while the mahouts prepare the elephants for you. Meanwhile the guide will show his expertise in cooking a simple but delicious meal. After lunch ride on the back of an elephant through the lush jungle to Ban Pa Khaolam. Relax and explore the Karen hamlet. Dinner and overnight stay at the village.
Breakfast at the village, surrounded by the thick forest. Afterwards enjoy a smooth rafting on the river along the tranquil jungle environment. Stop on the way at another Karen village. After about 2 hours you reach a Lahu hill tribe settlement. Explore the small community and get in touch with its citizens. Then return to the bamboo raft for a more adventurous ride. During the following 2 hours you pass several rapids before reaching the Shan village. Lunch at the settlement. Transfer back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.
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Air-conditioned car /van and driver
English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)
Rates include all entrance fees as per program
Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)
Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.
Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.