All in the Family: Hill tribes and Elephants
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This is a private tour. You will experience elephants up close and explore the jungle of Northern Thailand. We have included lots of fun educational activities on this trip. They will help cooking, get their hands dirty working in the fields and meet the mountain people of Thailand. Your visit to the elephants will contribute to their welfare. Your overnight in the Karen village will benefit the local people.
Total driving time:
Day one: two hours
Day two: two hours
Comfortable and safe private transportation
Great elephant Experience
Karen Tribal Culture
Overnight in a Karen homestay
Safe bamboo rafting on the Wang River
All in the Family: Hill tribes and Elephants
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Karen Village
Meet the Elephants
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 0800 for your two days “All in the Family: Hill tribes and Elephants” tour. Our first stop will be at a typical Northern Thai local market where your guide will do his shopping for the coming days and will explain some of the local specialities that are for sale here. Drive to Mae Wang and onwards to Mae Sapok, our first destination of today. This trip takes place in the Mae Wang area.
Here we will visit an elephant camp which we carefully selected. You will join a half-day elephant activity. Others will join you. It is not private. Your activity today includes preparing a treat for these majestic animals. You will also feed them a self-made delicacy.
Change to a typical Thai farmer’s dress and join them in their favourite activity which is playing in the water. There are plenty of photo opportunities. You will learn about the Asian elephant, an animal which is unfortunately under threat of extinction. We will enjoy lunch at the camp.
A gentle Trek to the Karen Village
After lunch, it is a short drive to the starting point of the trek. This afternoon we will walk mostly uphill. We will follow a high mountain trail along a sparkling stream with crystal clear water until we reach a camp beside a waterfall. Here we will stay for a while, enjoying a swim in the cold pool. After this, we will trek further up the mountain to a first Karen village. Here we will stop for a chat and say hello to the many pig. Then we are set for the final stage to the Karen village where we will spend the night.
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 will be in a local house.
Day 2: Karen Village – Chiang Mai
Trekking and Royal Project
Rise with the roosters. Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we will start our descent back to civilisation, the second and last day of your hill tribe trekking.
We will first visit the Royal Project of the village. Your guide will explain about this exciting agricultural project. The late King Bhumibol has initiated the Royal Projects to improve the life of the tribal people of Thailand. The kids will learn something about local agriculture and will get their hands dirty, helping the local people for half an hour.
Then we will descend from the mountains to the lowlands. We pass rice fields 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 minivan parked along the road. Drive to the private house where we will have lunch.
Bamboo rafting on the Wang River
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. The Wang River streams to the Ping River. In the days when the roads were of poor quality rivers were a primary means of transportation. Local people used bamboo rafts to transfer people and goods this way. There are some small rapids in the rainy season but nothing to be worried about. The river is not deep. It is safe for children and a lot of fun. We will provide lifejackets. Please wear them. Have a look at our bamboo rafting policy.
After this, we board our van for the drive back to Chiang Mai. It is the end of your “All in the Family: Hill tribes and Elephants” tour.
- English speaking guide
Transportation by AC minibus
Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast
Drinking water during meals
Coffee and tea
Limited medical insurance
Bamboo rafting (about 45 mins)
Use of sheetbag or sleeping bag
Use of Mosquito net
Use of Backpack (on request)
Toilet paper & Soap
A flashlight is provided in the village
- Other drinks except drinking water during meals
- 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.