Tag Archives: Ban Mae Klang Luang in Doi Inthanon National Park

Tribal woman talking
Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail Karen guide explaining

Ban Mae Klang Luang

Ban Mae Klang Luang is a S’gaw Karen village in Doi Inthanon National Park. It is a community of the White Karen people. The Karen people have been living on Doi Inthanon for more than 100 years. There are other Karen villages in the vicinity such as Ban Nong Lom and Ban Phamon. Ban Mae Klang Luang though is the most popular Karen village for tourists. What started out as a Community Based Tourism project has grown into a popular destination for domestic and international visitors.

Homestays and small lodges

The village started with homestays but many homestay owners have constructed bungalows. Some of these have magnificent views over the rice fields. Coffee has become the most important cash crop. The village has become famous for its delicious coffee and now attracts more and more visitors.

Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail

At least ten years ago villagers started developing a nature trail that descends along the beautiful Pha Dok Siew Waterfall. This waterfall in the Klang River cascades down and has at least 10 steps of which only several can be visited. We hiked the trail about 10 years ago, then in 2018 and again in October 2020. People of the village maintain the trail and also are guides. This gives the villagers some extra income.

Fantastic trail and waterfall

The Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail is really a fantastic trail. It starts up, near the park headquarters and takes you down to the village. It is not a circular trail. Most of the trail is down but it is not easy. Bring good shoes. Most people in reasonable shape should be able to do the trail in under two hours. You can read more in our article about Doi Inthanon Tours and Trekking.

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