Learning with the Hmong People of Baan Mae Sa Noi

This is a short action packed program that doesn’t involve much driving. For an overview of our educational tours please have a look here.

Baan Mae Sa Noi, the Hmong village

Introductory lecture before the tour

This trip is a two-day/one-night program that starts with a short introductory lecture of one and a half hours about the Hmong people’s recent history and current situation on Doi Suthep. There are ten Hmong villages around Chiang Mai, and Ban Mae Sa Noi is the most significant, interesting, and scenic. The lecture will take about one hour, after which there is time for questions. Here you can find more about the history and background of hill tribe trekking in Chiang Mai. The talk can take place in the hotel or guesthouse where the group is staying.

Panorama of a village, forests and fields
Ban Mae Sa Noi and Ban Mae Sa Mai villages

Day 1: Chiang Mai – Baan Mae Sa Noi

Agricultural walk

We will depart from Chiang Mai at 0800 by local truck and drive to the Hmong village Ban Mae Sa Noi in Doi Suthep Doi Pui National Park. Our local Hmong guide welcomes us. After a short introduction, we will embark on a walk to the fields around the village. The Hmong have benefitted from agricultural projects initiated by His Royal Highness King Bhumibol. We learn about The Royal Project and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Our local Hmong guide will tell about the traditional medicine of the Hmong people.

A meeting with local students

After lunch, we will walk back to the village. We will have a short language lesson in town, which will be a lot of fun. Next, a meeting with young people from the village will occur during which the students can practice. We will divide into small groups, and students will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with Hmong students. This is an introductory session. Afterward, a student of each group will share their knowledge, after which we will have an evaluation session.

Ban Mae Sa Mai Hmong Village musician performing for tourists
Ban Mae Sa Mai Hmong Village musician


Day 2: Baan Mae Sa Noi – Chiang Mai

Meeting with villagers

After breakfast, we will meet with local people in a question-and-answer session. We will visit the house of the local Shaman and learn about Hmong culture and traditions. Back in the Hmong cultural center, we will evaluate the trip and have a group discussion. After this, we will have our last lunch with fresh vegetables from the fields around the village. We will say goodbye to our Hmong hosts when we have finished our lunch. Then we drive to the nearby nursery of FORRU, the Forest Restoration Unit of Chiang Mai University. Villagers manage the nursery.

Group of students at a tree nursery the mission statement of green Trails
Helping out at the FORRU nursery

Forest restoration of the watershed area

For many years, the village has been working with FORRU to restore the watershed area that provides their fields with water. FORRU has developed the framework species method of reforestation, which has been used to restore the evergreen forest on degraded former agricultural sites, such as some poppy fields. At the nursery, FORRU staff will brief you on this reforestation method. After that, we will get our hands dirty in the greenhouse. Then it is time to drive back to Chiang Mai after a tremendous educational experience with the Hmong people.

We offer several tours to the Hmong villages on Doi Suthep, such as the day tour of the Opium Trail and a two-day/one-night trek. Please look here for a story on the trail from the Hmong village Baan Doi Pui to Baan Mae Sa Noi.

We offer more Chiang Mai School and University tours. On this page, you can find sources of information on ethnic minorities in North Thailand.


What is included?

English speaking guide
Transportation by AC Minibus
Drinking water during meals
Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

Other drinks except for water
 during meals
Personal expenses


Day 1
08.00 – Departure from the hotel
09.00 – Arrival at the village and meet our local Hmong guide
09.30 – Walk to the fields around the village and learn about the royal project
12.00 – Picnic lunch
13.00 – Walk back to the village
14.00 – Meeting with local students and activities at the village
18.00 – Dinner
18.30 – Enjoy a short cultural performance by local people
21.00 – Bedtime. Stay in a local homestay

Day 2
08.00 – Breakfast
09.00 -Meet with local people in a question and answer session, visit local Shaman and learn about Hmong culture and traditions
12.00 – Lunch at the village
13.00 – Visit FORRU project and activities
15.00 – Return back to Chiang Mai
16.00 – Drop off at the hotel

What to bring

T-shirt and shorts for daytime
Long sleeves/Jacket during winter time (Nov – Feb)
Hiking shoes with good grip
Flip flops
Hat or cap
Insect repellent
Small backpack