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.
Hotels 2N, Homestay 2N
Private Vehicle, Songthaew
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
Explore remote villages, help prepare evening meals, and feast on traditional hilltribe cuisine
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Lead Traveller and local trekking guides
Hilltribe village visit Aand 3 days trek
Get the heart pumping on an active adventure tour from Chiang Mai
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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