Small Group – Mae Wang Trekking and Cycling adventure
This is a small group tour. During this three day Mae Wang trekking and cycling adventure you will enjoy beautiful nature, waterfalls, tropical forest and meet the tribal people who call this enticing area their home: The Karen. This trekking takes place in the Mae Wang trekking area.
You will cycle first half a day through the lowlands, passing seldom visited Lanna style temples and abundant fruit plantations.
You will enjoy staying two nights in a tribal village, learn about local culture and food, hiking through the forest of the Mae Wang National Park and make a wonderful bamboo raft trip on the Wang River.
Mae Wang Small Group Trekking and Cycling adventure
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Karen village
Your guide will meet you at the hotel. Start of 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 beautiful dolls are being produced.
We pedal to a village that specializes in the production of Saa 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 Takan dating back to the 12th century. Here our bike ride finishes. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before we drive to the starting point of our trekking. This afternoon we will walk mostly uphill and are rewarded with magnificent views.
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.
Day 2: Karen village – Karen Village
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 trek deep into the Mae Wang National Park, first along a broad trail but later along narrow forest trails.
Look out for wild ginger, tree ferns and orchids.
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.
Day 3: Karen Village – Chiang Mai
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.
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.
On the way back we will stop at a beautiful market before we drop you off at your hotel or guesthouse.
End of your Mae Wang small group trekking and cycling adventure.
- Transportation by pick up truck
- Two nights accommodation in the village
- English speaking trekking guide
- Two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners
- Good quality bicycles
- Bamboo rafting (about 45 minutes)
- Leaflet with practical information
- Donation to temple
- Limited medical insurance
- All drinks
- Personal expenses
- 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 (not bigger than 500 Thai Baht and plenty of 100 Thai Baht notes). This is for souvenirs, drinks and tips.
In Huay Khao Lip you will stay overnight in one of these two houses: the Karen homestay of Supot and Nongjao or the homestay of Sawat and Poh.
We have been working for a long time with Supot and Nongjao. They have two children: a daughter and a son. Supot (47) is from Mae Chaem and Nongjao (39) was born in Huay Khao Lip. Their homestay has a great view over rice terraces.
Karen couple Sawat and Poh are old friends of Green Trails. They both were born in Huay Khao Lip. They have two sons. Sawat is 37. Poh is 35. Their homestay is spacious and has a great view on the nearby Royal Project.