Forests and Tribal Culture of Doi Inthanon
Day 1: Visit the highest point of Thailand
At 8:30 am you will be picked up by your guide and driver for your Doi Inthanon Trekking in depth. We leave Chiang Mai in southern direction towards Doi Inthanon National Park. Doi Inthanon is with 2,565 meters elevation above sea level the highest mountain of Thailand. The mountain is the source of many rivers and is an important watershed area. Forest types include moist evergreen forest, pine forest and mixed deciduous forest. The park supports the largest number of bird species of any site in Thailand. We will stop at a local market to buy some supplies after which we will continue to the summit of Doi Inthanon. After a brief forest walk around the summit we will descend and stop at the two pagodas that were erected in the honour of the King and Queen of Thailand. We continue to Meo Khun Klang, a Hmong village, that is part of a Royal Project.
At the spectacular Wachirathan Waterfall we will have lunch.
After lunch we will start trekking. We will trek through dense forest. Your guide will explain about the different forest types of Northern Thailand. We will continue our trek today to the White Karen Village of Ban Khun Puai. 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.
Day 2: Ban Khun Puai – Karen Village
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 in the village 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 Huay Hoi Village. 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: Karen Village – Chiang Mai
After an early morning breakfast we will say goodbye to the village and trek uphill for almost 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 in the village we will have time to look around before start to make our way back to Chiang Mai. It is the end of your Doi Inthanon Trekking in Depth.
End of the program.