Chiang Mai Village Community Trek
CHIANG MAI VILLAGE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE
“Make a difference.”
To start your experience, ride a bamboo raft through gentle rapids to a forest landscape scattered with traditional thai villages. Over there, your main task would be to assist the villages to embark on a new agricultural community project and teach English at one of the village community schools. You will also get the chance to play with the local children through sports, songs, dance, and games, learn how to cook traditional thai dishes and discover the many interesting stories of the Palong tribe. Depending on the season, you might also be asked to do hands-on activities on a working farm or a tea plantation. When you are not busy helping out in the village, your guides will bring you out on walks across picturesque rice fields, forests, and waterfalls.
Land cost : $588 (Based on min 6 pax)
Note: Our dates are flexible and all trips can be customised to suit the group’s needs.
Join in Date: 11-17 Dec 2019
Day 2: Chiang Mai / Pang Deng Nai ~ Pick up from hotel in Chiang Mai and transfer for Bamboo raft to Akha Village and trekking to Palong Village Pang Deng Nai
Day 3: Pang Deng Nai / Pang Hoo ~ Help out in Royal Projects & Trek to Pang Hoo
Day 4: Pang Hoo ~ Spend morning time at the village school and afternoon help out in the farm
Day 5: Pang Hoo / Huay Pong ~ Trekking through the forest and learn the natural environment.
Day 6: Huay Pong / Chiang Mai ~ Trekking to a Karen Village and transfer back to your hotel
Day 7: Hotel – Airport
Itinerary (Subject to changes)
Day 1: Chiang Mai Arrival
Pickup from airport and transfer to hotel. Day is free at leisure.
Overnight: 3-star Hotel
Day 2: Chiang Mai – Pang Deng Nai (L D)
Pick up you from hotel in Chiang Mai around 9.00 AM and drive to the north into the mountains. On the way you will stop at the Mae Ma Lai market for some shopping of your meals in coming days. Your guide will explain about the different ingredients that is used in Thai kitchen and about 5 different typical Northern Thai ingredients/ dishes/ specialties that make this market so special.
We continue to riverside camp where a bamboo raft will be waiting for you. Your helmsmen will maneuver the raft through the gentle rapids. After that, we will make a short ride to an Akha village where we will start our trek to the Palong village – Pang Deng Nai, which is part of one of the Royal projects.
Dinner and relax time.
Overnight at Pang Deng Nai homestay
Day 3: Pang Deng Nai - Pang Hoo (B L D)
Start your day by exploring around the village. Here the guide will explain about this interesting agricultural project and we will do some work in the Royal project.
After lunch, we will start trekking to Pang Hoo – another Palong village where you will stay overnight. There are only a handful of Palong villages in northern Thailand. The Palong tribe only recently moved from Myanmar to Thailand and they wear a distinctive costume mostly in red with rattan hoops worn around the waist.
Your guide will introduce you to the Thai dishes. After that you can help him to cook the dinner. After dinner he will take you to one of the local houses to tell you the stories about the daily life of the Palong and about the history of the village.
Overnight in Pang Hoo homestay
Day 4: Pang Hoo (B L D)
Spend the morning at village school by teaching English through a song or play a sport or art.
Afternoon Community services activity (farm work or tea planting depend on season you arrives).
Dinner and relax time
Overnight in Pang Hoo homestay
Day 5: Pang Hoo - Huay Pong (B L D)
After breakfast, we will start trekking through the forest for about 1.5 – 2 hours to a waterfall where you will have time for a refreshing dip. (** This is a small waterfall which has not much water. So you cannot swim here. **) Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the waterfall. After lunch we will continue our trek through the forest for about 3-4 hours to another Palong village. Your guide will take his time to explain you about the natural environment. We walk out of the forest into the rice fields to Palong village Huay Pong.
Once we have arrived in the village you can rest for a while or spend some time playing with the children. Your guide will prepare your evening meal, and if you like you can join him to prepare dinner. At the campfire after dinner, it is time for you to share some stories with your guide and the local Palong people.
Overnight in Huay Pong homestay
Day 6: Huay Pong - Chiang Mai (B L)
After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. After breakfast we will do some work at the village before trek about an hour to a Karen village – Thakilek.
Lunch will be at the village or restaurant depends on timing on that day. Drive back to Chiang Mai by truck. On the way back we will make a stop at an orchid nursery.
We will drop-off at your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Overnight 3-star hotel
Day 7: Depart Chiang Mai
Morning, check out and transfer to airport.
7 Days Chiang Mai Village Community Trek
Tour Code: THA-CMVCT07
LAND Cost per person in SGD (Prices is subject to changes)
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- All private transfer as per itinerary by car or van
- 2 nights twin share in a 3-star hotel in Chiang Mai
- Village homestay for 4 nights
- Service of English speaking station guide from Day 2-6
- All meals as per itinerary
- All entrance fees on tour
- Bamboo Raft
- Briefing prior departure
- 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries before tour departure
Price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets+ taxes
- Personal belongings and expenses
- All personal items, clothing and trekking equipment, (headlamps, camera’s, personal toiletries, etc.)
- Tipping to the guides
- All drinks
- Visa fees
- Any compulsory and peak surcharge (normally during New Year periods)
A deposit of $200 per person is required to confirm your booking and balance amount to be paid at least 30 days prior your departure.