Small Group – Mae Wang Trekking and Cycling adventure

Difficulty
60%

This is a small group tour. During this three-day Mae Wang trekking and cycling adventure, you will enjoy beautiful nature. You will visit waterfalls, hike through tropical forests and meet the tribal people who call this enticing area their home: The Karen. Your overnights will support local people.

Total driving time:
Day one: two hours
Day two: none
Day three: two hours

Please note: this trip only departs on Thursday and Sunday

From: 4,700.00 ฿

Map of Mae Wang district with attractions
Map of Mae Wang Trekking and Cycling Adventure

Day 1: Chiang Mai – Karen village

Great cycling through the countryside

Your guide will meet you at the hotel. Start your Mae Wang small group trekking and cycling adventure. He will transfer you to the starting point of your bicycle trip, which is along the Ping River. We cycle along the river to the Chiang Mai Doll Museum. It houses a stunning collection of dolls from all over the world as well as a small factory where they produce beautiful dolls.

great cycling San Patong
great cycling

Ruins of Wiang Tha Kan

We pedal to a village that specializes in the production of Sa Paper. This paper is made of the bark of the mulberry tree, and you will witness the process. We continue to the ruins of Wiang Tha Kan dating back to the 12th century. Here your bike ride finishes. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before we drive to the starting point of our trekking. Here you can find more about the history and background of hill tribe trekking in Chiang Mai. This afternoon we will walk mostly uphill and are rewarded with magnificent views.

Overnight in Karen Village

After arrival in the Karen village where we will spend the night, your guide will introduce you to your host for tonight. You can explore the village 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 while your guide. Overnight in the Karen village.

sleep in a village house
Overnight in the village

Day 2: Karen village – Karen Village

Trekking in Mae Wang National Park

Your guide will prepare breakfast. This is the second day of your Mae Wang small group trekking and cycling adventure. After breakfast, we will visit the village before we start trekking. We will hike deep into the Mae Wang trekking area, first along a broad trail but later along narrow forest trails.
Look out for wild ginger, tree ferns, and orchids.

Jungle lunch

There is plenty of time for stops during which your guide will tell you about the trees and plants around you. We will enjoy a “jungle lunch” in the forest.
After lunch, we will trek further until we reach another Karen village. Here we will take a break until we descend to the Karen village where we will spend the night. You can relax and walk around the village. Then it is time for dinner. Overnight in the Karen village.

Two women waving in a ricefield
Karen women in a good mood

Day 3: Karen Village – Chiang Mai

Morning Trekking through the forest

Rise with the roosters. Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we will start our descent back to civilization. We pass ricefields and trek through beautiful dipterocarp forest before we reach a pretty waterfall where we will spend some time relaxing, swimming, and enjoying nature. After a short walk, we will see our trekking truck parked along the road. Drive to the private house where we will have lunch.

Bamboo Rafting

After lunch, we will drive to a small rafting camp. Our bamboo rafts will be waiting for us. Enjoy a relaxing and, at times, exciting bamboo raft trip for about 45 minutes on the Wang River. After this, we board our trekking truck for the drive back to Chiang Mai.
It is the end of your Mae Wang small group trekking and cycling adventure.

Mae Wang bamboo rafting
bamboo rafting

Highlights

Highlights:

Delightful bicycle ride through typical Lanna countryside

Chiang Mai Doll Museum

Wiang Takan ruins

Waterfalls

Jungle trekking

Great food

Karen tribal culture

Two overnights in homestays in Karen villages

Bamboo rafting

Inclusions

What is included?

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

What is not included?

All drinks
Personal expenses
Tips

Timeline

Day 1
08.00 – Departure from hotel
09.30 – Start a bicycle ride with a stop at the Chiang Mai Doll Museum and Saa paper place
11.30 – The bike trip ends at Wiang Tha Kan
12.00 – Departure from Wiang Tha Kan and lunch at a local restaurant
13.00 – Stop at a local market
13.45 – Start hiking to Karen village with a stop at a waterfall
16.00 – Arrival at the Karen village, relax before you can help your guide cook dinner
18.00 – Dinner at the village
19.00 – Meet local people and free as leisure

Day 2
08.00 – Breakfast
09.00 – Visit the village
09.30 – Start hiking with a stop on the way
12.00 – Picnic lunch on the way
15.00 – Arrival at the Karen village, rest and relax
16.30 – cooking for dinner
18.00 – dinner

Day 3
09.00 – Visit and walk around the village
10.00 – Start hiking about 2-2.5 hours
10.00 – Stop and relax at the waterfall
12.00 – End of the trekking and meet the driver
12.30 – Lunch at a local restaurant
13.30 – Start of the bamboo rafting
14.15 – End of the rafting trip and relax
14.30 – Drive back to Chiang Mai
16.00 – Drop off at the hotel

What to bring

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