Trek the Mountains of Huay Nam Dang

Price per person in THB
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  6,300  4,8004,0003,9003,6003,3003,100

This private two-day trekking gives you a chance to explore the beautiful Huay Nam Dang and Mae Taeng area. Because your trip takes place in the Huay Nam Dang and Doi Pui/Doi Suthep National Parks you will contribute to the protection of these parks. By staying in the Karen village you will support the local people and make them proud of their traditions and culture. The trip ends with a fabulous bamboo rafting down the Mae Taeng River. We consider this one of our Chiang Mai jungle trekking and forest bathing tours.

Total approximate driving time:
Day 1 – two hours
Day 2 – two hours

From: 6,300.00 ฿

Trees with a view of mountains and forests North Thailand flora Huai Nam Dang
Huai Nam Dang National Park vista

Day 1: Chiang Mai- Karen Village

Mork Fah Waterfall and Hot Springs

Your guide will meet you at the hotel at 0800. Drive to Huay Nam Dang National Park for your two-day Huay Nam Dang trek. This national park has been a popular trekking destination since the start of hill tribe trekking in the early 1970s. We have done this trek many, many times with groups and individuals, see our testimonial and feedback page.

Our first stop will be at Mae Malai, where your guide will do his shopping for the coming days. He will take you along and will explain the different ingredients he will be using for dinner. Continue to the Mork Fa waterfall, where you can have a swim and relax. This waterfall is actually part of the Doi Suthep Doi Pui National park. Enjoy a local lunch at a roadside restaurant. After lunch, we will continue to the Pong Duad Hot Springs, where we will start trekking.

Trekking and village overnight

We will hike for about four hours through the dense tropical forest. There is enough time to rest, to take pictures and enjoy the wonderful surroundings. When we arrive at a plateau with giant pine trees, we are rewarded with magnificent views over the endless mountain scenery. The pine tree, by the way, is the Pinus Kesiya.

In the late afternoon, we arrive in the Karen village where we will spend the night. After arrival, you can relax, explore the village or learn some Thai cooking by helping your guide prepare the dinner. He will explain the herbs and ingredients he uses, and he will teach you how to cook a delicious meal in a wok on a wood fire. After dinner, your guide will take you to one of the village houses to meet some of the villagers. He will try to teach you a couple of words in the Karen language, such as “tablu”, a greeting, and means thank you as well.
We will spend the night in the Karen village. You will sleep on a mattress with a mosquito net. We provide a sleeping bag or sheet. You can compare it to camping…..For some pictures of a typical overnight, go here.

Family rafting on the Mae Taeng
Bamboo rafting on the Mae Taeng River

Day 2: Karen Village – Chiang Mai

Great bamboo rafting

After breakfast, we will trek for about one hour to the Mae Taeng (Taeng River), where our bamboo rafts are waiting for us. Depending on the season, there are some exciting rapids in this river. We will provide life jackets, of course. Please wear them and read our bamboo rafting policy. Enjoy a wonderful bamboo raft trip along the Mae Tang River to a Black Lahu village. Here we will stop for a while and walk around the village. After this, we will get back on our raft and continue a wonderful trip through the jungle.

Enjoy the view of the lush green jungle on both riverbanks. Bamboo rafting was an essential means of transportation in the old days. Our destination will be a Shan village where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will drive back to Chiang Mai by trekking truck. We will drop you at your hotel at around 1600. Here your Huay Nam Dang Trek ends. We hope you had a great time.

We also offer a three-day trek to the Huay Nam Dang National Park.


Mae Malai local market

Huay Nam Dang National Park

Hot Springs

Beautiful Mork Fah Waterfall

Fantastic forest

Overnight in a village homestay

Amazing views

Karen culture

Bamboo rafting on the Mae Taeng (Taeng River)


What is included?

Transportation by trekking truck
Accommodation in the village
Experienced English-speaking trekking guide
Bamboo rafting (about 3-4 hours)
One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
Drinking water during meals
Coffee and tea
Entrance fee
Limited medical insurance
Use of sheet bag or sleeping bag
Use of Mosquito net
Use of Backpack (on request)
Toilet paper & Soap
A flashlight is provided in the village

What is not included?

All drinks except drinking water
Personal expenses


08.00 – Departure from the hotel
09.00 – Visit a local market
09.45 – Visit the Mork Fah waterfall. Time for a swim.
10.30 – Drive to the Pong Duad Hot Springs
12.00 – Lunch at a local restaurant before arriving at the Hot Springs
13.00 – Shortstop and relax at the hot springs
13.30 – Start hiking about three to four hours to Karen village
16.30 – Arrival at Karen village where we stay overnight
17.00 – Help your guide cook dinner
18.00 – Dinner at the village before free at leisure

Day 2
08.30 – Start hiking for about one-a-half hours to the rafting camp
10.00 – Start bamboo rafting about two to three hours
11.00 – Short stop to visit a Lahu village
13.00 – The raft trip ends at a Shan village. Lunch at the village.
14.00 – Drive back to Chiang Mai
16.00 – Drop off at the hotel

What to bring

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 hat or 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.