Elephants and Tribal Culture
Day 1: Monday/Thursday
Chiang Mai – Karen Village
Meals: L D
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel for your elephants and tribal culture tour. Our first stop will be at a local market where your guide will do his shopping for the coming days and will explain about some of the local specialties that are for sale here.
Drive the short distance to the starting point of the trek. We will hike to a waterfall where we will rest and have time for a swim. After this we will trek through the forest about two hours to the Karen village Baan Huai Hoi. Here we will have lunch.
After lunch continue trekking for another two hours to another Karen Village Huai Kao Lip. Along the way, stop at another waterfall. Enjoy swimming and relaxing before continue trekking to 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.
Overnight in the Karen village Huai Khao Lip.
Day 2: Tuesday/Friday2
Karen Village – Mae Win
Meals: B L D
Rise with the roosters. Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast. After breakfast we will visit the Royal Project. Your guide explains about this agricultural project and we will work a couple of hours helping the villagers take care of the vegetables that are grown here.
After that, walk to another Karen village, Ban Mae Sapok. We will stop at a pretty waterfall where we will spend some time relaxing, swimming and enjoying nature. Your guide will prepare a delicious lunch, jungle style.
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 truck for the short drive to Mae Win. Enjoy dinner at the guesthouse.
Overnight at Mae Win Guesthouse
Day 3: Wednesday/Saturday
Mae Win (Tong Bai Elephant Foundation) – Chiang Mai
Meals: B L
This morning we will visit the Mae Sapok Waterfall where we will have swim and a morning hike. Drive back to Mae Win where you will be welcomed by the elephant expert of Tong Bai Elephant Foundation. There will be a maximum of 9 persons, including you, participating in the elephant program. The foundation has 4 elephants at the moment in its care.
He will introduce you to the elephants and provide you with specific information about the Asian elephant. After helping feed the elephants and meeting them up-close, you will enjoy your own lunch with Thai specialties.
Afterwards you and the elephants then walk to a river which is the highlight of the day – where you both take a bath! You get to join them, wash them and scrub them.
We will then walk back to the camp before we say goodbye to the elephants and staff of Tong Bai Foundation. You will receive a certificate of participation before we drive back to Chiang Mai.
End of services.