Day 1: Visit the highest point in Thailand
This is a private tour. Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 0800 for your in-depth three-day trekking Forests and Tribal Culture of Doi Inthanon. We leave Chiang Mai in the southern direction towards Doi Inthanon National Park. Doi Inthanon is with 2,565 meters elevation above sea level, the highest mountain in Thailand. The mountain is the source of many rivers and is an important watershed area. Forest types include moist, evergreen, pine, and mixed deciduous forests. The park supports the most significant number of bird species of any site in Thailand. We will visit the spectacular Vachirathan Waterfall.
The summit of Doi Inthanon
We will stop at a local market to buy supplies, after which we will continue to the summit of Doi Inthanon. After a brief forest walk around the mountain, we will descend and stop at the two pagodas erected in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand. We continue to Meo Khun Klang, a Hmong village part of a Royal Project.
After lunch, we will drive to the start point of trekking. We will trek through the dense forest. Your guide will explain the different forest types in Northern Thailand. We will continue our trek today to the White Karen Village. It will take approximately 3 hours.
Dinner and overnight will be in the village, where your guide will tell you the fascinating history of the local people. For information on the Green Trails village Homestays, please have a look here.
Day 2: From Karen village to Karen village
Full-day trekking through the forests of Doi Inthanon
Your guide will prepare a delicious breakfast for you. After breakfast, we will continue our trek. Walking today will be around four to five hours. In the morning, we will walk mainly downhill to the White Karen village. You will have time to look around the community and practice your language skills while your guide prepares lunch. After lunch, we will walk up and down through the forest until we reach the Karen village of Huay Khao Lip. This is a small and quiet village. Your guide will ask you to assist you with the preparation of dinner tonight. He will explain the herbs and ingredients he uses. After dinner, you will visit a village house to get to know some of the villagers. Overnight in the village.
Day 3: Baan Huay Khao Lip – Chiang Mai
Morning trekking through the forests of Doi Inthanon
After early morning breakfast, we will say goodbye to the village and trek uphill for one hour. Then it is another hour downhill to a pretty waterfall where we will spend some time relaxing, swimming, and enjoying nature. After this, we will continue to the Karen Village Baan Mae Sa Pok. After lunch, we will drive the short distance to the start point of a relaxing bamboo raft trip on the Mae Wang River. Bamboo rafts were, in the past, an essential means of transportation, and roads were abysmal and sometimes totally impassable in the rainy season. Enjoy a relaxed rafting trip. It is not a dangerous river, but we will ask you to wear a life jacket to be safe.
After our bamboo raft adventure, it is time to drive back to Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at the hotel at the end of the afternoon and hope you enjoyed our three-day trekking Forests and Tribal Culture of Doi Inthanon