Meet and greet the Akha people of Chiang Rai


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This is a private tour. This tour starts and ends in Chiang Rai. Our tour Culture and Traditions of the Akha People tour is for people who enjoy an active and fun tour to an ethnic minority village in the mountains of Chiang Rai. You will be the guest of a family of the Akha ethnic minority. They will show you around their village, welcome you to their home, teach you some words in their language, introduce you to traditional weaving and textiles, and, finally, show you how to cook lunch on a wood fire. Your tour supports the family. In the afternoon we hike to the Huay Sai Waterfall.

From: 4,300.00 ฿

An active Akha Cultural Tour

The Akha Loimi of Chiang Rai

This is a private tour. Your guide and driver will meet you at 0800 at your hotel in Chiang Rai for your Akha Cultural Tour. We will drive to the boat landing on the Kok River, and board the local boat to the Karen village Baan Ruammitr. Enjoy the refreshing ride and the scenery. Baan Ruammitr is a settlement that has an elephant camp where, unfortunately, elephant rides are offered. Our vehicle is waiting for us to take us to the Akha village Baan Apha. After a short ride, we will arrive at the village. Today we are the guests of an Akha Lomi family. The village’s original location was much higher in the mountains of Chiang Rai province until the government forced the people to move to the current location.

Welcome to Baan Apha

Upon your arrival, it is time to relax, enjoy a cup of tea, and look around. Your guide will introduce you to your hosts, welcoming you in a short ceremony. The Akha have the most distinctive traditional dress of all hill tribes in Thailand, so your host will show you the typical dress and explain it. We will ask you to try your hand at stitching some Akha embroidery. During this activity, you will also learn some words in the Akha language, such as “gulung guma deh,” which means “thank you.” If you want, you can try the traditional dress and be an Akha for a moment. After the cultural lessons, it is time for a short cooking course in the Akha kitchen.

Cooking lunch the Akha way

This kitchen has no gas stove or oven but only a wood fire. Your host will teach you to prepare a delicious meal on a wood fire in a wok, a deep round-bottomed cooking pot. You will learn to manage the fire under the wok. You can compare it to cooking in the jungle. We will cook the rice in bamboo. On the menu will be one specific Akha dish we would like you to taste. Let’s see how it goes. Usually, the result will be delicious, but you never know. You will see that you don’t need a modern kitchen to cook a good meal. After lunch, it is time to sit around the table, have a cup of tea, and ask any questions you have for our host.

An active Akha Cultural Tour

After our hearty lunch, it is time for a hike. We say “gulung guma deh” to family members before we embark on our hour-long hike to the Huay Mae Sai Waterfall. It is a pleasant walk through the forest. During the walk, you can practice your newly acquired Akha language. The Huay Mae Sai waterfall is a pleasant place to relax. If you want a dip, you can enjoy the natural environment and reflect on the day. Our vehicle is waiting for us to bring us back to Chiang Rai.

On the way back, you will notice a giant statue on your left side. It is the statue of Kuan Im, the Goddess of Mercy. If you haven’t visited Wat Huay Pla Kang, the statue’s site, we can stop here for a short while. Then we will drop you off at your hotel in Chiang Rai. We hope you enjoyed your Akha Cultural Tour.

Waterfall in the jungle
The Huay Mae Sai Waterfall


Boat trip on the Kok River

Visit the Akha people

Learn about Akha textiles

Learn about Akha language and culture

Cooking lunch with the Akha people

Hiking to a waterfall

Huay Mae Sai waterfall

Wat Huay Pla Kang


What is included?

English speaking guide
Transportation by truck

Songtaew traditional trekking truck Chiang Mai Green Trails transportation
Songthaew traditional trekking truck

Three-hour program provided by the Akha family
Drinking water during meals
Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

Other drinks except for water during meals
Personal expenses

What to bring

T-shirt and shorts for daytime
Hiking shoes with good grip
Flip flops
Hat or cap
Insect repellent
Small backpack


08.00 – Departure from hotel
08.15 – Boat ride on the Kok River
09.00 – Ban Ruammitr
09.30 – Arrival at the village
10.00 – Start the cultural tour
14.00 – Start hiking to Huay Mae Sai waterfall
16.00 – Drive back to Chiang Rai
17.00 – Drop off at the hotel