The Hmong Experience

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This day tour is focused on the Hmong people, one of South East Asia’s most interesting hill tribes. We will visit the community center of the village of Ban Mae Sa Noi, learn about handicrafts and textiles. We will make a fairly easy two-hour walk to get to know the area and enjoy the marvelous views from the slopes of the famous Doi Suthep. A local Hmong guide will join us for the day. We will also visit the interesting Royal Project compound as well as the tree nursery of FORRU, the Forest Restoration Unit of Chiang Mai University.

 

From: 5,300.00 ฿

Flower and bamboo house with great view Hmong people
View over valley of Baan Mae Sa Noi

The Hmong Experience

Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel for your one-day Hmong Experience. We will drive to the Hmong villages of Ban Mae Sa Noi and Ban Mae Sa Mai, the largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand. These villages are located within the boundaries of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. We will visit the small Hmong community center and meet our local Hmong guide. You can ask him any questions about the daily life of the Hmong people. Our guide will be the translator. We will also try to teach you some easy words in the Hmong language.

Enjoy a local snack before we embark on a beautiful two hours trek on a trail on the slopes of Doi Suthep. A local Hmong guide who will explain about the lush vegetation will accompany us. We will pass huge wild banana trees, giant bamboo and observe a natural water source. We will hike at a leisurely pace. There will be enough time for making photographs and enjoying the natural environment. The views from the village over the Mae Sa Valley are fantastic.

The Royal Project and forest restoration

Ban Mae Sa Noi and Ban Mae Sa Mai have profited from the Royal Project, initiated by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The villages have a very interesting Royal Project compound with greenhouses, which we will visit. Today, it is one of the largest producers of vegetables for the Royal Project marketing division and a research center for herb and vegetable production. The village also has participated in a forest restoration project in cooperation with FORRU, the Forest Restoration Unit of Chiang Mai University.

After the trek, we will enjoy a healthy lunch with ingredients from the Royal Project. After lunch, we will visit the tree nursery of FORRU. Here you will learn about the tree-planting project and have the opportunity to pot some seedlings. It is fun! Before we return to Chiang Mai, we will visit the Mon Chaem viewpoint, which is on the other side of the Mae Sa Valley.

Then it is time to return to Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at the hotel and hope you have enjoyed our Hmong Experience. We also offer a two-day tour with an overnight at this village. For a more challenging day adventure, try out our Opium Trail trek, which is the best Doi Suthep trail.

Highlights

Hmong village Baan Mae Sa Mai

Easy trekking

The Royal Project

Learning about Hmong textiles

Learning about the Hmong language and culture

Lunch with local ingredients

Forest Restoration Project

Mon Chaem viewpoint

Inclusions

What is included?

English speaking trekking guide
Local Hmong guide
Transportation by minivan
Lunch
Drinking water during meals
Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

All drinks, other than drinking water during lunch
Personal expenses
Tips

What to bring

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

Timeline

08.00 – Departure from the hotel
09.00 – Arrival in Baan Mae Sa Mai
09.30 – Trekking
12.00 – Back in the village. Prepare for lunch
12.30 – Lunch
13.00 – Time for questions
13.30 – Drive to FORRU nursery followed by potting seedlings
14.30 – Drive to Mon Chaem
14.45 – Mon Chaem
15.30 – Drive back to Chiang Mai
16.30 – Drop off at the hotel