Tribes, Rivers and Elephants Family Adventure
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This is a private tour. We can adjust the trip to your requirements. This tour is suitable for children that are minimum 5 years old.
Comfortable and safe private transportation
Mae Malai local market
Whitewater rafting on the Taeng River
Chiang Dao Cave
Flexible and easy trekking
Dara-ang (Palong) tribal culture
Dara-Ang textiles and weaving
Overnight at a local homestay
Great Elephant Experience
Tribes, Rivers and Elephants Family Adventure
Your guide and driver will meet you at 0800 at your hotel for your Tribes, Rivers and Elephants family adventure. Your tour will take place in the Chiang Dao trekking area. You will drive to the north into the mountains near Chiang Dao. Our first stop will be the Mae Malai local market. Your guide will do some shopping for the coming days, and he will take you along and explain all about the different ingredients he will be using for meals during the trek. We will continue to Kaeng Keud where you will start your whitewater rafting trip on the Mae Taeng (Taeng River).
After the necessary instructions, you will board the rubber boat and brave some exciting rapids. Great fun. After this exhilarating adventure, we will drive to the Chiang Dao Caves. We will explore this beautiful limestone cave before we have lunch in a local restaurant in front of the cave. After lunch, we will drive to the start of our trek. The trail has a few steep hills, but most of the trek is relatively easy. All together we walk about two hours with many stops along the way. Your guide will explain about specific trees and plants in the forest. Of course, there will be enough time for taking pictures. Today our final destination is another Palong village.
Meeting the Palong people
After arrival in the village, the children can participate in fun activities in the village. These can vary from picking fruit, collecting vegetables for dinner, feeding the pigs or taking part in sports with children from the village. You will visit the garden of Sukhum. It is an educational visit. Many varieties of fruit, herbs and vegetables are growing in his backyard. It will depend on the season, but you will see bananas, jackfruit, guava, papaya, longan and many other varieties. You will see mountain rice and bamboo, that is edible. We will pick some of the ingredients for our dinner in this garden. Then it is time for a cooking course. Your guide will teach you how to cook in a wok on a wood fire.
He will explain about the herbs and ingredients he uses. After dinner, your guide will take you to one of the village houses where you will meet some of the villagers. The Palong are originally from Myanmar and fled to Thailand in 1984. This tribe is known as Palong or Palaung, but they call themselves Dara-Ang. Overnight will be in one of the village houses.
Day 2: Palong Village – Chiang Mai
Visiting a local school
The second day of your Tribes, Rivers and Elephants Family Adventure. After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. Villagers will organise a small local market. If you want to can buy some souvenirs. After breakfast, your guide will show you around the village. He will explain about the village shrine and the ‘huja rawl’, the ‘village heart’. The Palong women are incredible weavers. We will introduce you to the weavers. Then we will visit the local school. The children will donate pens and paper to the school. After this, we will say goodbye to the villagers and start our short hike to a Karen village where our van is waiting for us. The Karen are another of the ethnic minority groups in Thailand. They migrated centuries ago from China. Most of the Karen live across the border in Myanmar. They have fighting for autonomy against the government for decades.
We sit down and drink a cup of tea before we continue to Chiang Dao to have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we will continue to Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, an animal-friendly elephant camp. Before you meet the elephants, you will get a safety briefing. You will change into traditional clothing and prepare fruits for the elephants. Then you will meet the elephants. There is an opportunity for taking as many pictures as you want. You will walk with them to the river. They love playing in the water, and you can bathe with them. Be ready to become dirty and wet! There will be fruit of the season as well as coffee or tea. Then it’s time to say goodbye to your elephant friends. Take a shower and change back into your clothes. We will drop you at your hotel at around 1730. It is the end of your Tribes, Rivers and Elephants Family Adventure.
- English speaking guide
- Private transportation by airconditioned vehicle
- Accommodation in local house
- All meals during the trek
- Drinking water during meals
- Coffee and tea
- Rubber boat whitewater rafting (about 30 mins)
- Limited medical insurance
- Use of sheetbag or sleeping bag
- Use of Mosquito net
- Use of backpack (on request)
- Toilet paper & soap
- A flashlight is provided in the village
- Other drinks except drinking water during meals
- Personal Expense
- Short sleeve shirts for the day time (bring a spare one, just in case)
- Long sleeves for the evening (especially in the winter Nov – Feb it can be a bit cold)
- Shoes with good grip (especially in the raining season from May – Sep)
- A cap
- Flip flops
- Your personal toiletries
- Personal medication
- Fully charged batteries or even an extra battery for your camera.
- 1000-1500 Thai Baht per person in small notes (not bigger than 500 Thai Baht and plenty of 100 Thai Baht notes). This is for souvenirs, drinks and tips.
You will stay overnight in either of these two houses: Lung Boon House or Lung Chai House. We have been working with Lung Boon and his wife Ya Ma for a long time. Lung Bun is 56 years old and Ma Ya 42. They moved to Thailand in the 1980s. They have four children who were all born in Thailand.
Lung Chai and his wife Tui were also among the first settlers in this area. They have five adult children. Lung Chai is 60 years old and his wife Tui 52.