Overnight with the Palong People – a family adventure
Day 1: Chiang Mai- Palong village
Your trekking guide will pick you up at an appointed time 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 maneuver the raft through the gentle rapids.
Continue to a Karen 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 2 hours with many stops along the way. Your guide will explain about certain trees and plants in the forest. There will be time for taking pictures.
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. This is an educational visit. Many varieties of fruit, herbs and vegetables are growing in his garden. 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 explain 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 fled 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 about 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 very interesting spirit temple and a black smith. 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. This waterfall is located in a beautiful forest setting. 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.