Many activities in Chiang Dao
Day 1: Chiang Mai- Palong village
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 0800 for your Rafting, Waterfalls, zipline, and Hilltribes of Chiang Dao Tour. We recommend you turn off your phone and enjoy your digital detox for a couple of days. We will drive to the Mae Taeng area. The first stop will be at the market of Mae Malai, where you can join your guide on his shopping spree for the coming days. It is one of our favorite markets. Then the real adventure will start.
After having been briefed about your upcoming adventure, you will enjoy an exciting whitewater raft trip by rubber boat on the Mae Taeng River. We continue with a zipline adventure. After a brief instruction, you will get your helmet and harness. You will fly along the zipline from tree to tree and across the Mae Taeng River. There are 17 stations on this zipline. It doesn’t get any better. Then it’s time for lunch.
After this, we will drive to Chiang Dao for our hike to the village where we will stay overnight. Here you can find more about the history and background of hill tribe trekking in Chiang Mai. The trek will lead us through the forest. Your guide will explain some of the trees and plants we will encounter along the way.
The Palong aka Dara-Ang
We will spend the night in a village of the Palong people, as they are generally known. They call themselves Dara-Ang. They migrated from Myanmar about 40 years ago. The Palong people have beautiful textiles and traditional dress. You will have time to walk around this picturesque village. Try to learn counting in the Palong (Dara-ang) language…
You can also learn some Thai cooking by helping your guide prepare the dinner. He will tell about the herbs and ingredients he uses. After dinner, your guide will introduce you to the Palong culture. Overnight will be in one of the village houses. You will sleep on a mattress with a mosquito net. We provide a sleeping bag or sheet. You can compare it to camping…..
Day 2: Palong Village – Chiang Mai
Morning trek to Lahu village
After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. After breakfast, your guide will show you around the village. He will explain about the village shrine and the ‘huja rawl’, the ‘village heart’. After this, we will say goodbye to the villagers and start trekking for about 1.5 hours to a Karen village. The Karen is another hill tribe minority. They have migrated to Thailand from Myanmar as well. Along the way, we will stop at Lahu village where we will visit the fascinating spirit temple and a blacksmith. At the Karen village, our morning hike will end. Our van will be waiting for us.
The Sticky Waterfalls
We will drive to the Buatong Waterfall. We will have lunch at a local restaurant at Phrao before we visit the Buatong Waterfalls. The falls are in the middle of a lush tropical forest. If you have the right shoes with you, you can walk on the sticky limestone of the falls. These falls are also known as the “Sticky Waterfalls”. You can swim and relax until we head back for Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at the hotel after your Rafting, Waterfalls, Zipline, and Hilltribes of Chiang Dao Tour. Oh! And don’t forget about the zipline.