Chiang Mai Educational Tour
This tour highlights different aspects of Chiang Mai. Students will travel by bicycle taxi and bicycle and learn about the history of Chiang Mai. They will also learn about a unique initiative to preserve the samlor, a traditional bicycle taxi, for Chiang Mai. Forests play an important role to fight climate change. Students learn about forest restoration on Doi Suthep. Then focus will be on the ethnic minorities of North Thailand. During a two-day immersive trip, students learn about the lifestyle, traditions and language of the Dara-Ang and other tribes. For an overview of our educational tours please have a look here.
Day 1 Chiang Mai
History of Chiang Mai
Today you will learn about the history of Chiang Mai. You will ride a bicycle and will be driven around in a traditional bicycle taxi. Your guide will meet you at the hotel at 0800. Transportation today will be a conventional songtaew, Chiang Mai’s public vehicle. Drive to Wat Loi Kroh where are our samlors are waiting. The samlor is the traditional bicycle taxi that was introduced in Chiang Mai in the 1930s. Meet your driver. Each person will have his/her samlor. We take off on our Heritage & History Tour. We ride past the former outer city wall to our first stop: the Lanna Ancient House.
Kad Luang: the Warorot and Ton Lamyai Markets
Then we cross the famous Iron Bridge to the east side of the Ping River. Next, we will pass the First Christian Church, founded in 1867 by American reverend Daniel McGilvary. We continue our ride through backstreets to Wat Kate, a temple that houses a fascinating museum. From here, we will visit the colourful Warorot Market and Ton Lamyai markets. We explore these charming markets. Your guide will explain the typical Northern specialities that are for sale here. You will visit a Chinese shrine and hear the story of the Chinese settlement in Chiang Mai. The Warorot Market is now the centre of Chiang Mai’s Chinatown.
McKean and Wiang Kum Kam
We say goodbye to our samlor drivers. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we continue to McKean Rehabilitation Center. American missionary Dr James McKean founded this centre in 1908 as a leper colony. The land was donated by the ruler of Chiang Mai. McKean has many historical sites and an interesting museum. McKean has become a rehabilitation centre for elderly and physically disabled people.” We will walk around before we start biking. It is excellent for cycling as there is almost no traffic on compound that is blessed with many 100-year old trees until we reach Wiang Kum Kum, the “Atlantis of Chiang Mai We cycle through this ruined city and visit some of the sights before we head for Wat Chedi Liam. Here our tour ends. You will board our songtaew that will bring you back to the hotel.
Overnight at the Eco Resort
Day 2 Chiang Mai
Learning about Forest Restoration on Doi Suthep
The second day of our Chiang Mai Educational Tour. Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 0800. Drive to Doi Suthep, the mountain that overlooks Chiang Mai. First stop will be the shrine of Kruba Srivichai, the monk whose followers constructed the road leading to the temple in 1935. Continue to the nursery of FORRU, the Forest Restoration Research Unit of Chiang Mai University. A representative will introduce us to their work and the Framework Tree Species Method. Then you will learn about the design and function of the nursery. After this, we will embark on an educational nature trail. The highlight is a giant fig tree.
Wat Doi Suthep
We will enjoy a delicious Thai lunch before we walk up the 300 steps leading to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s most famous temple. Your guide will explain about Buddhism and the importance of this temple for Chiang Mai people. Enjoy the fantastic view of Chiang Mai before we descend to Wat Palad, the so-called jungle temple of Chiang Mai. Drive back to Chiang Mai.
Overnight at the Eco Resort
Day 3: Chiang Mai – Pang Daeng Nai – Mae Chon
Tribal Immersion in Chiang Dao
We will depart from Chiang Mai at 0800 by local truck and drive to Chiang Dao district. We will first briefly visit the Lisu and Akha people who also live in this district. After a short explanation and demonstration of traditional dress, we will start our hike at the Dara-ang village Pang Daeng Nai. This village has a royal project office that we will visit.
Hike to Mae Chon village
The walk to Mae Chon takes about an hour. After our arrival, there are several activities such as traditional weaving, helping to prepare dinner and pounding rice. The village shaman welcomes us with a ceremony. After dinner, there will be language lessons, fun games and cultural exchange with young people from the village. Overnight in a village house.
Day 4: Mae Chon – Huay Pong – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, we will meet with local people in a question and answer session. Next, we will go into the field where we will work for an hour. The activity depends on the season, but it could be tree planting, corn planting or corn harvesting. After a visit the local church and Buddhist temple, we will walk for an hour to Huay Pong, a village where Dara-ang and Red Lahu people are living together. At the house of Lung Keng, we have lunch after which we will take half an hour to evaluate the trip.
Finally, we will visit a blacksmith workshop and a fascinating Lahu spirit temple. Then it is time to drive back to Chiang Mai where we will drop you off at the Eco Resort.
Day 5: Chiang Mai
End of the Chiang Mai Educational Tour
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel. They will transfer you to the airport or railway station for your onward trip.
Transportation in a songtaew
English speaking guide
Three overnights in the Eco Resort
One overnight in the village
Four lunches, three dinners and four breakfasts
Limited medical insurance