The Waterfalls of Mae Wang Trekking
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Karen Village
Trekking to the Waterfalls of Mae Wang
This is a private tour! Your guide will meet you at 0800 at your hotel for the two-day “Waterfalls of Mae Wang Trekking.”
Here you can find more about the history and background of hill tribe trekking in Chiang Mai. Your trekking takes place in the beautiful Mae Wang Trekking area. Our first stop will be at a typical local Northern Thai market. Here your guide will do his shopping for the coming days and explain some local specialties for sale. After this, we will continue to the starting point of our trekking.
The Mae Puai and Robert Waterfalls
We will follow a lovely mountain trail along a sparkling stream with crystal-clear water. Soon we reach a small camp next to our first waterfall: the Mae Puai Waterfall. Here we will stay for a while, enjoying a swim in the fresh pool. Your guide will prepare a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, we will trek further up the mountain to another, more remote waterfall. This waterfall is called the “Robert Waterfall,” allegedly named after a Karen guide who discovered this cascade. It is time for another dip in the cool, sparking water of the Robert Waterfall.
After this, we continue to the 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 this exciting agricultural project. The last part of our hike leads us through dense forests.
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 prepares dinner, and you are welcome to help him cook. We also encourage you to practice some Karen language with your host after dinner.
Overnight will be in a house in the Karen village.
Day 2: Karen Village – Chiang Mai
Great views, ricefields, and more waterfalls of Mae Wang
Rise with the roosters. Your guide will prepare a hearty breakfast. After this, we will walk through the village and stop at local houses to chat with the local people. Then we start trekking into the forest towards our first waterfall of the day. This waterfall is called Huay Khon. It is time for our first dip of the day in the cool water. We take our time at this lovely natural place before we proceed through the forest to our next waterfall: the Mae Wang Waterfall.
More cascades in the forests
We are still at a pretty high elevation and are rewarded with great views over the countryside. We pass rice fields and walk through the 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 on the Wang River. Here are our bamboo rafts waiting for us. Bamboo rafting was an essential means of transportation for local people. Roads were non-existent so the river was an ideal alternative. Enjoy a relaxing and sometimes exciting bamboo raft trip on the Wang River, which will take about 45 minutes in the dry season. In the rainy season, the trip will be shorter because of the strong current. After our bamboo rafting adventure, we board our trekking truck to drive back to Chiang Mai. It is the end of your waterfalls of Mae Wang trekking. If you are interested in an elephant experience in this area please have a look at this trip.