Day 1: Chiang Mai – Karen Village
Your trekking guide will pick you up around 09:00 at your hotel or guesthouse for your Chiang Dao Classic Trekking in Depth. You will drive to the north into the mountains. On the way, you’ll stop at the Mae Ma Lai market. Your guide will do some shopping for the coming days. He will take you along and will explain about the different ingredients used in the Thai kitchen. After that, drive to Keng Keud, enjoy an elephant ride before we have lunch.
After that, drive to Chiang Dao Cave. Visit the cave. Lunch will be at a restaurant in front of Chiang Dao Cave. After that we will drive to the Red Lahu Pang Tong village where will start trekking. We will walk about 2,5 hours this afternoon until we arrive at our final destination of today, the Karen village of Pha Lai. This area has five difference tribes which are Lahu, Palong, Akha, Lisu and Karen. You will visit some of these for the next coming day. Your guide will introduce you to the Thai kitchen and will explain you about all the
different herbs we use for 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 Karen and about the history of the village.
Day 2: Karen Village – Palong Village
After breakfast this morning we will start trekking to Lisu and Akha village in the area of Pha Lai. It the second day of your Chiang Dao Classic Trekking.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the forest. After lunch we will continue our trek through the forest to the Palong village Mae Jon. Your guide will take his time to explain you about the natural environment. Walking today will be around 5-6 hours. Arrive at the village later in the afternoon.
Your guide will prepare your evening meal for you all, and if you like you can join him to prepare dinner. At the campfire after dinner, it’s time to share some more stories with your guide and the local Palong people.
Day 3: Palong village
It the third day of your Chiang Dao Classic Trekking. After breakfast this morning we will start trekking for about two hours through the forest to a waterfall where you will have time for a refreshing swim. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the waterfall. After lunch we will continue our trek through the forest 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 for you all, and if you like you can join him to prepare
dinner. At the campfire after dinner, it’s time to share some more stories with your guide and the local Palong people.
Day 4: Palong village – rafting – Chiang Mai
After breakfast we will trek about an hour to a Karen village Thakilek.Most of the Karen lives in eastern Burma. They have been fighting for an independent state for many years. Thailand has a significant Karen population. After a short rest we’ll travel by truck to a riverside camp where a bamboo raft will be waiting for you. Your helmsmen will manoeuvre the raft through the gentle rapids. After the raft trip we will drive to the Mae Taeng area where we will have lunch. After lunch you will make an elephant ride of about 45 mins. Enjoy the ride and the views.
Drive back to Chiang Mai by truck. On the way back we will make a stop at an orchid nursery. We hope you enjoyed your Chiang Dao Classic Trekking in Depth.
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