The Karen People of Doi Inthanon

 

Price per person in THB
2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
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This is a private tour. The Karen of Doi Inthanon is a two-day tour during which you will get to know the Karen people of the village Ban Mae Klang Luang in Doi Inthanon National Park. The Karen have been living here for more than 100 years. They have their own culture, language, and traditional dress. For two days you will enjoy their hospitality and learn about their daily life. The village is located in a beautiful area of the park.

From: 7,900.00 ฿

The Karen people of Doi Inthanon

Day 1 Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Ban Mae Klang Luang

The Roof of Thailand

Your guide and driver will meet you at 8 AM at your hotel for your tour titled “The Karen People of Doi Inthanon”. We will drive to Doi Inthanon National Park. Our first stop is the spectacular Vachirathan Waterfall, which is the most popular waterfall in the park. Please note that you can’t swim in these waterfalls. After this, we will continue to the summit of Doi Inthanon and visit the shrine that contains the ashes of the 7th ruler of Chiang Mai, King Inthawichayanon, after who the park was named. Very close to the summit we will hike the short Angka Nature Trail with some beautiful ferns.

The Royal Chedis

After this, we will visit the two chedis that were constructed in honor of his majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Then it is time to drive to the Karen village Ban Mae Klang Luang. Along the way, we will stop briefly at the market where the Hmong people sell their agricultural products from the Royal Project.

Lunch in the village

After arrival in the village, we will have lunch at the local Fah Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious meal with a Karen touch. We will introduce you to the village where you will spend the night in a local homestay. After lunch, we will go to the homestay where you will meet your Karen host. We settle into our bungalow before we walk to the village temple, which is on a forested hill.

The trail is short but very nice. Between the hardwood trees, you will find coffee plants. The temple is an unusual and remarkable building, unlike other temples you have seen on your trip. Next to the assembly hall is a statue of a resting elephant with a Karen mahout (elephant handler). This statue is related to the history of the village. Your local guide will tell you the story.

Getting to know the villagers

Then we will continue to explore the village and its surroundings. We get to know Somsak, who runs the village coffee shop, and learn about the process of coffee cultivation and brewing. This coffee shop is the social center of the village it seems. Villagers are coming and going and Somsak serves tea and coffee the whole day. We will teach you a couple of words in the Sgaw Karen language.

Karen women are great weavers

After this, we will visit the small weaving shop and admire some of the exquisite textiles the Karen women produce. The terraced rice fields around the village are very beautiful in the season but the Karen people also grow flowers and corn in the vicinity. The landscape is very scenic and the forests are lush and pristine. After a bit of rest and relaxation, we enjoy a dinner of Karen specialties in the Fah Restaurant after which there is time for stories. Overnight will be in a local homestay.

Day 2 Doi Inthanon – Chiang Mai

The gibbons of Doi Inthanon

If you are an early riser you can join your guide on a walk to an area where white-handed gibbons have been spotted. You have to be lucky. Sometimes you can hear the characteristic call of the gibbon just after sunrise. These elusive animals avoid human beings as much as possible but we have seen them occasionally. There is a family of three animals but the Karen people have told us there are more in the deep forest. We hope that you will be able to spot these magnificent animals. It would be the perfect start of the second day of  “The Karen people of Doi Inthanon”.

The Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail

After breakfast, we will drive a short distance to the starting point of the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. The people of Baan Mae Klang Luang manage the trail and also our guides. It is a lovely trail that descends along the Pha Dok Siew waterfall with bamboo bridges and walkways. It is a wonderful hike. After the waterfall, the trail is mostly flat and easy and leads us back to the village with fine views of rice paddies and mountainous landscape.

The Mae Klang Waterfall

Back in the village, it is time to relax a bit or enjoy a cup of coffee at Somsak’s shop. We will enjoy a last lunch at the restaurant before we depart.  Our last stop is the Mae Klang Waterfall, named after the Mae Klang River. We will spend some time here swimming and relaxing before it is time to go back to Chiang Mai.

In the late afternoon, we will drop you off at your hotel in Chiang Mai. We hope you have enjoyed our “the Karen people of Doi Inthanon tour”…

Highlights

Comfortable and safe private transportation

Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Pha Lat

The first section of the Monk’s Trail

Summit of Doi Inthanon, highest mountain of Thailand

Three different nature trails suitable for everyone in reasonable shape:
Angka Nature Trail
Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail
Pha Dok Siew Waterfall nature trail

Wachirathan waterfall

Karen village Mae Klang Luang: great coffee!

Doi Inthanon National park

Thailand’s highest point

Comfortable overnight in a village lodge

Karen tribal culture

Hmong Royal Project market

The Mae Klang Luang Temple

Inclusions

What is included?

English speaking guide
Transportation by AC minibus
Two lunches, one dinner, and one breakfast
Drinking water during meals
Limited medical insurance

What is not included?

Other drinks except for water during meals
Personal expenses
Tips

Timelines

Day 1
08.00 – Departure from hotel
08.45 – Arrival Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
09.45 – Visit the temple
10.15 – Arrival Wat Pha Lat
Wat Pha Lat visit
10.45 – Walking the Monk’s Trail down
11.30 – Drive to Galae restaurant
11.45 – Early light lunch
12.30 – Drive to Doi Inthanon
14.00 – visit Mae Klang Waterfall
15.00 – visit Vachirathan Waterfall
16.00 – Arrival Baan Mae Klang Luang
Visit the temple
16.30 – Check into Mae Klang Luang Hills bungalow
Free time
18.00 – Dinner

Day 2
06.00 – Early breakfast (time depends on the sunrise)
07.00 – visit the summit of Doi Inthanon and a short walk
07.30 – start hiking Kew Mae Pan for 2,5 hours
10.00 – end of the hiking
10.30 – visit two chedis
11.15 – Visit the Hmong village Khun Klang and the Royal Project
12.00 – Lunch at a local restaurant
13.00 – Start the Pha Dok Siew trail
15.00 – End of the hike. After coffee drive back to Chiang Mai
17.00 – Drop off at the hotel

What to bring

Long sleeves/Jacket during wintertime (Nov – March)
Hiking shoes with good grip
Sunscreen
Hat or cap
Insect repellent
Sunglasses
Raincoat
Small backpack