Tribes, Elephants and Sticky Waterfalls Family Adventure
Day 1: Chiang Mai- Palong village
Your guide and driver will meet you at 0800 at your hotel for your Tribes, Elephants and Sticky Waterfalls family adventure. You will drive to the north to the Mae Sa Valley. First stop will be an animal friendly elephant camp. You will learn about the Asian Elephant and its current status as endangered species. At this camp there is no show and no elephant riding. You will also get safety instructions before you meet the elephants upclose. Although in captivity elephants are still wild animals and you have to be careful in their presence. You will change into a traditional Thai farmers tunic which is very comfortable. Then you will meet our elderly elephants and get close to them. You will learn to make grinded grass which you will later feed to the elephants. You will also visit the elephant cemetery and the place where the elephants rest at night time. Elephants love herb balls and you will learn how to make them. Feed them to the elephants which is really great fun. Then you will bathe with an elephant. Elephants love to bathe and it is a lot of fun to share this with an elephant. Feed bananas to our elephants. Then it is time to say farewell to your elephant friends.
Market visit and Trekking
By this time you will be hungry. We will have a Thai lunch at a local restaurant. We can accommodate all food preferences so please inform your guide. After lunch we will continue to a local market where your guide will do some shopping. You can join him or explore this interesting market on your own. Drive to the start of our afternoon hike. The trail through the forest is relatively easy. Enjoy the views and the sounds of nature. We will walk about two 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. Our destination will be a Palong village.
Fun activities for the young
After arrival in the village the children can participate in fun activities in the village. These can vary from picking fruit, collecting vegetables for dinner, feeding the pigs or taking part in sports with children from the village. Then it is time for a cooking course. Your guide will teach you how to cook in a wok on a wood fire.
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. This tribe is known as Palong or Palaung but they call themselves Dara-Ang. Overnight will be in one of the village houses.
Day 2: Palong village – Chiang Mai
The second day of your Tribes, Elephants and Sticky Waterfalls Family Adventure. After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. Villagers will organise a small local market. If you want to can buy some souvenirs. 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’. The Palong women are amazing weavers. We will introduce you to the weavers. 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 our short hike to a Lahu village where our van is waiting for us. We will pass through the garden of Sukhum. 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. At the Lahu village we will visit an interesting spirit temple. We drive a short distance to a Karen village The Karen are another of the ethnic minority groups. They migrated centuries ago from China. We sit down and drink a cup of tea before we drive to a local restaurant in Phrao for lunch.
The Sticky Waterfalls
The “Sticky Waterfalls” is our next stop. These falls are locally known as Buatong Waterfalls. The falls are located in the forests of the Sri Lanna National Park. Crystal clear water cascades over the limestone rocks. The limestone is not slippery. On the contrary: you can easily walk up and down the falls. This has given it the nickname “Sticky Waterfalls”. Visiting these falls is the perfect ending of your trip. We will spend a couple of hours at this wonderful place. Relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. After this we will drive back to Chiang Mai. We will drop you at your hotel at around 1700. It is the end of your Tribes, Elephants and Sticky Waterfalls Family Adventure.