Small group – Meet the Karen People of Mae Wang
This is a small group tour. This two day/one night hill tribe trekking program introduces you to the Karen people of Northern Thailand and their fascinating culture. Groups are minimum two persons, maximum ten persons.
Total approximate driving time:
Day 1 – two hours
Day 2 – two hours
Great trekking in Mae Wang National Park
Overnight in a village homestay
Karen tribal culture
Bamboo rafting on the Wang River
Meet the Karen People of Mae Wang
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Karen Village
Waterfall and Karen People
Your guide will meet you at the hotel for your two day “Meet the Karen people of Mae Wang” trekking. Here you can find more about the history and background of hill tribe trekking in Chiang Mai. Our first stop will be at a typical Northern Thai local market where your guide will do his shopping for the coming days and will explain some of the local specialities that are for sale here. Continue after this, drive to the starting point of the trek. Today we will walk mostly uphill. We will follow a fantastic mountain trail along a sparkling stream with crystal clear water until we reach a camp beside a waterfall. Here we will stay for a while, enjoying a swim in the fresh pool. Your guide will prepare lunch. After lunch, we will trek further up the mountain to a first Karen village. Here we will stop for a chat and say hello to the many adorable pigs. Then we are set for the final stage to the Karen village where we will spend the night. We will first reach the Royal Project of the village. Your guide will explain about this exciting agricultural project. The last part of our hike leads us through dense forest.
Cooking dinner and village overnight
After arrival in the Karen village where we will spend the night, your guide will introduce you to your host for tonight. You can explore the village while he starts to prepare dinner. You are welcome to help him with cooking. We also encourage you to practice some Karen language with your host after dinner while your guide.
Overnight will be in a house in the Karen village.
Day 2: Karen Village – Chiang Mai
Views and ricefields
Rise with the roosters. Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we will start our descent back to civilisation, the second and last day of your hill tribe trekking. We will walk through the village and stop at local houses to chat with the local people. Then we start trekking. We are still at quite high elevation and are rewarded with great views over the countryside. We pass ricefields and trek through beautiful dipterocarp forest before we reach a pretty waterfall where we will spend some time relaxing, swimming and enjoying nature. After a short walk, we will see our trekking truck parked along the road. We will drive to a private house where we will have lunch.
Bamboo rafting on the Wang River
After lunch, we will drive to a small rafting camp. Our bamboo rafts will be waiting for us. In olden days this was an essential means of transportation for local people. Enjoy a relaxing and, at times, exciting bamboo raft trip for about 45 minutes on the Wang River. After this, we board our trekking truck for the drive back to Chiang Mai. It is the end of your “Meet the Karen People of Mae Wang” tour.
- Transportation by pick up truck
- Accommodation in the village
- One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
- Drinking water during meals
- English speaking trekking guide
- Bamboo rafting (about 45 mins)
- Limited medical insurance
- All drinks except drinking water during meals
- 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 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.
In Huay Khao Lip you will stay overnight in one of these two houses: the Karen homestay of Supot and Nongjao or the homestay of Sawat and Poh.
We have been working for a long time with Supot and Nongjao. They have two children: a daughter and a son. Supot (47) is from Mae Chaem and Nongjao (39) was born in Huay Khao Lip. Their homestay has a great view over rice terraces.
Karen couple Sawat and Poh are old friends of Green Trails. They both were born in Huay Khao Lip. They have two sons. Sawat is 37. Poh is 35. Their homestay is spacious and has a great view on the nearby Royal Project.