Thailand Hilltribe Trek

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Special Tour 5 Days Availability: 2018-03-20
Chiang Mai, Thailand Asia

Experience Chiang Mai and village life on this trek through northern Thailand

Pull on your walking boots, stretch those leg muscles and take to the hills on a classic trek through Thailand’s hilltribe country. Walk along winding jungle tracks and through green fields, observing what life is really like for villagers in this remote area, and sleep in traditional bamboo huts at night. Make friends with welcoming tribespeople as you hike through this remote region where each tribe has its own distinct language, style of dress and religion and learn the secrets to jungle survival from those who know best. Stay on a few extra days to explore ancient temples in Chiang Mai – there are over 300! If you’re after a short city escape and the chance to experience the real Thailand away from the tourist crowds, then this trip is just the ticket.

 


Start
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Destination
Thailand
Theme
Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Physical rating
Grade 3 (may include light hiking. moderately challenging)
Ages
18-39
Group size
Min 2, Max 15

4 NIGHTS

Hotels 2N, Homestay 2N

9 MEALS

4 Breakfasts

3 Lunches

2 Dinners

 

TRANSPORT

Private Vehicle, Songthaew


WHAT’S INCLUDED

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

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    • Discover real Thai countryside and its people with a 3-day trek into the hills of Northern Thailand

    • Stay in atmospheric bamboo huts in different hilltribe villages each night

    • Uncover Thailand’s rural charm as you hike and bike thought scenic hilltribe areas
    • Explore remote villages, help prepare evening meals, and feast on traditional hilltribe cuisine

    • Meet and chat with friendly villagers and discover more about their unique cultures

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

MEALS

    • 4 BREAKFASTS

    • 3 LUNCHES
    • 2 DINNERS


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WHAT’S INCLUDED

ACTIVITIES

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      • Optional Experiences and free time
      • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

      • An expert Lead Traveller and local trekking guides

      • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
      • Hilltribe village visit Aand 3 days trek

      • Chiang Dao Cave visit
      • Get the heart pumping on an active adventure tour from Chiang Mai

      • Hill tribe Cultural Dancing show

 

Is this trip for me?

  • Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 1 person, so there may be instances where you are the only person on the trip.
  • This trip includes treks of moderate difficulty of 4-5 hours on Days 2 and 3 and requires you to carry your trek pack and any additional personal items required for two nights. Therefore a good level of fitness is required to maximise your enjoyment of this trip.
  • There are 2 nights spent in hilltribe villages in bamboo stilt houses on this trip. Conditions are basic with shared facilities, but this is truly an unforgettable experience!

IMPORTANT NOTES

1. Complimentary airport arrival and departure transfers are included with this trip. Please advise your flight details at time of booking.
2. This trip may be operated by one of our local partners in Thailand and therefore you may be joined by other travellers during activities.

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6 pm. If you arrive early, take a hotel business card with you and head out to explore charming Chiang Mai or just laze by the pool.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information

An airport arrival transfer is included and is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Carabiner Adventures. Please provide your arrival details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel to organise this transfer.

Day 2: Hilltribe Trek

Early this morning, leave Chiang Mai with your local guide by songthaew and head north (approximately 3 hours). At Mae Malai market stock up on snacks and water for the trek, then continue on to Chiang Dao Caves. Explore a set of five interconnected caves, thought to expand more than 12 kilometers into Doi Chiang Dao Mountain. After Lunch, take a short drive to an Aha village called Baan Huay Go, the start of the trek. he first 2-3 hours of the trek is along an easy undulating path, through agricultural farmland and fields of corn. Cross through a bamboo forest, surrounded by a beautiful landscape of limestone mountains. You’ll then arrive at this evening’s destination, a Palong (though they prefer the term Dara Ang) village called Baan Pang Daeng Nai. Around 58 families live in this self-sufficient economic village, strongly Buddhist people who migrated to Thailand in the early 1980s. Enjoy dinner cooked by your host, then take a walk around the village to interact with the locals, perhaps checking out the local naturally dyed clothes. You’ll stay in a bamboo stilt house, surrounded by an organic vegetable farm, with shared facilities. Conditions are basic, but this is a truly unforgettable experience!

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai – Guided bike ride
  • Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep Temple visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Bamboo Hut homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hilltribe village visit
  • Hilltribe – 3 days trek
  • Chiang Dao Cave visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Accommodation in the bamboo stilt house will be multishare with mattresses on the floor, blankets, pillow and mosquito nets provided. There are shared bathroom facilities with a western style toilet and an Asian style squat toilet and a wet room for bucket and scoop bathing.
Day 3: Hilltribe Trek

Prepare for another action-packed day exploring the hill tribe areas. Today’s trek will take around 4-5 hours. Make your way through agricultural land, jungle, and then climb a hill through a bamboo forest to reach a lookout (approximately 2.5 hours). Enjoy a quick rest and admire the view across the beautiful scene of Chiang Dao below. Descend for around 45 minutes to a well-deserved lunch in a beautiful setting. Enjoy noodles, vegetables, and fruit – maybe using some chopsticks that a porter has shaped from bamboo along the way. After lunch, continue your trek for another hour to the Dara-Ang (Palong) Village of Baan Pang Hor, your base for the night. Relax and rest your legs, then explore the village on a walk. There are around 120 Buddhist families in the village, which has a primary school and a temple, and tonight you’ll enjoy a cultural treat – a dancing show (Palong dance) by the local children. You will stay in a bamboo stilt hut again tonight with shared facilities.

Accommodation
  • Bamboo Hut homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hilltribe Cultural Dancing show
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Accommodation in the bamboo stilt house will be multishare with mattresses on the floor, blankets, pillow and mosquito nets provided. There is no electricity so a lamp or candle will be provided. There are shared toilets both Western style and Asian squat style and a basic wet room for bathing.
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Enjoy a natural animal wakeup call around 8 am this morning, try and chat with the locals and discover more about their culture, then get some fuel – maybe pancakes or French toast! – on-board for today’s walk. Then it’s the start of your last day of trekking, and an easy walk to finish it off. Spot the local agricultural practices as you trek through farmland for the last 2 hours of the trek, before meeting your driver at the village of Baan Pang Dang Nok. Drive 40 minutes before stopping for lunch, then continue back to Chiang Mai (approximately 2 hours), arriving around 3 pm and checking into your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the city. Maybe take a scenic, winding drive up a mountain (around 45 minutes) to one of the country’s most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and sweeping views of the city make this a most memorable experience. Maybe head out for a final celebratory meal as this Hilltribe Experience comes to an end.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep temple – THB50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 5: Chiang Mai
This adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. A transfer to the airport for your departure flight from Chiang Mai is included.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

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