Overnight with the Palong People – a family adventure
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This is a private tour. During this tour, you will meet the Palong people and spend the night in their village. As this is a private tour, we will adjust the pace to your wishes and needs. Our guides have lots of experience working with children and will make this an educational and fun experience for them.
Highlight of this tour:
Authentic local market
Flexible and convenient jungle trekking
Palong tribal culture
Visit to local school
Lahu village and spirit temple
Buatong aka “Sticky” waterfalls
Overnight with the Palong People – a family adventure
Day 1: Chiang Mai- Palong village
Your guide and driver will pick you up at 0800 at your hotel for your Family trekking Adventure. You will drive to the north into the mountains near Chiang Dao. First stop will be a local market. Your guide will do some shopping for the coming days, and he will take you along and explain all about the different ingredients he will be using for meals during the trek. Then, enjoy a river trip by bamboo raft. Your helmsmen will manoeuvre the raft through the gentle rapids. We will provide life jackets. Please wear them and have a look at our bamboo rafting policy.
Continue to a Palong village where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will start trekking. The trail has a few steep hills, but most of the trek is relatively easy. All together we walk about two hours with many stops along the way. Your guide will explain about specific trees and plants in the forest. There will be time for taking pictures.
Garden of Sukhum
After arrival in the village, the children will participate in activities in the village. These will vary from picking fruit, collecting vegetables for dinner, feeding the pigs and taking part in sports with children from the village. You will visit the garden of Sukhum. Many varieties of fruit, herbs and vegetables are growing in his backyard. It will depend on the season, but you will see bananas, jackfruit, guava, papaya, longan and many other varieties. You will see mountain rice and bamboo, that is edible. We will pick some of the ingredients for our dinner in this garden.
The parents can relax, explore the village or learn some Thai cooking by helping the guide prepare the dinner. He will tell you about the herbs and ingredients he uses. After dinner, your guide will take you to one of the village houses where you will meet some of the villagers. The Palong are originally from Myanmar and escaped to Thailand in 1984.
Overnight will be in one of the village houses.
Day 2: Palong Village – Chiang Mai
After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. Start of the 2nd day of your Chiang Dao Family Trekking Adventure. After breakfast, your guide will show you around the village. He will explain about the village shrine and the ‘huja rawl’, the ‘village heart’.
Then we will visit the local school. The children will donate pens and paper to the school.
After this, we will say goodbye to the villagers and start trekking for about 1.5 hours to the Karen village Thakilek. Along the way, we will stop at Lahu village Ban Huay Bong, where we will visit the fascinating spirit temple and a blacksmith.
Enjoy the Sticky Waterfall
After this, we will continue trekking to the Karen village. After that, drive to the restaurant where we have lunch. Drive back to Chiang Mai. The next stop will be the Buatong Waterfall. This beautiful waterfall is also known as the sticky waterfall. We will spend time here to relax and bathe in the crystal clear water of these falls.
The rocks on which the falls flow are limestone and not slippery. You will see other people climb on the falls. You might want to try it, but please be careful! Drive back to Chiang Mai. We will drop you at your hotel at around 5 pm. It is the end of your Chiang Dao Family Trekking Adventure.
- English speaking guide
- Private transportation by A/C vehicle
- Accommodation in a local house
- All meals during the trek (two lunch, one breakfast and one dinner)
- Drinking water
- Coffee and tea
- Limited medical insurance
- 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 water
- 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 toiletries
- Personal medication
- Fully charged batteries or even an extra battery for your camera.
- 1000-1500 Thai Baht per person in small notes (not bigger than 500 Thai Baht and plenty of 100 Thai Baht notes). This is for souvenirs, drinks and tips.
You will stay overnight in either of these two houses: Lung Boon House or Lung Chai House. We have been working with Lung Boon and his wife Ya Ma for a long time. Lung Bun is 56 years old and Ma Ya 42. They moved to Thailand in the 1980s. They have four children who were all born in Thailand.
Lung Chai and his wife Tui were also among the first settlers in this area. They have five adult children. Lung Chai is 60 years old and his wife Tui 52. We have a long relationship with Lung Chai and his family.