Karen Culture and Elephant Experience
Day 1: Wednesday/Saturday
Chiang Mai – Mae Win (Tong Bai Elephant Foundation)
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel, you will join the others for the elephant program. Drive to Mae Win where you will be welcome by the elephant expert of Tong Bai Elephant Foundation. There will be a maximum of 9 persons, including you, participating in the elephant program. The foundation has four elephants at the moment in its care.
Introduction of Tong Bai Elephant Foundation
He will introduce you to the elephants and provide you with specific information about the Asian elephant. After helping feed the elephants and meeting them up close, you will enjoy your lunch with Thai specialties. Afterward, you and the elephants trek to a river. Here the elephants will take a bath. You can join them, wash them and scrub them.
We will then walk back to the camp before we say goodbye to the elephants and staff of Tong Bai Foundation. Then, we will drive the short distance to our guesthouse. Enjoy dinner at the guesthouse on own cost.
Overnight at Mae Win Guesthouse
Day 2: Thursday/Sunday
Mae Win – Karen Village
After breakfast, your hill tribe adventure begins. Drive the short distance to the starting point of the trek. We will hike to a waterfall where we will rest and have time for a swim. After this, we will trek through the forest for about two hours to the Karen village Baan Huai Hoi. Here we will have lunch.
Trekking to Karen village
After lunch, we continue trekking for another two hours to another Karen Village Huai Kao Lip. Along the way, stop at another waterfall. Enjoy swimming and relaxing before continue trekking to a Karen village. After arrival, your guide will introduce you to your host for tonight. You can explore the community while he starts to prepare dinner. You are welcome to help him with cooking. We also encourage you to practice some Karen language with your host after dinner. Overnight in the Karen village Huai Khao Lip.
Day 3: Friday/Monday
Karen Village – Chiang Mai
Rise with the roosters. Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we will visit the Royal Project. Your guide explains this agricultural project, and we will work a couple of hours helping the villagers take care of the vegetables. After that, walk to another Karen village, Ban Mae Sapok. We will stop at a pretty waterfall where we will spend some time relaxing, swimming and enjoying nature. Your guide will prepare a delicious lunch, jungle style.
After lunch, we will drive to a small rafting camp. Our bamboo rafts will be waiting for us. We will provide life jackets. Please wear them and have a look at our bamboo raft policy. Enjoy a relaxing and, at times, exciting bamboo raft trip for about 45 minutes on the Wang River. After this, we board our truck for the drive back to Chiang Mai. Thanks for joining our Karen Culture and Elephant Experience.