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.
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.
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.