Explore the beauty and culture of Thailand's mountainous north on this three-day trek into the jungles surrounding Chiang Mai. You'll head off the beaten path, a rewarding experience that will allow you to get in touch with the people and natural wonders of the region. This region of Thailand has long been known for its fantastic trekking. The chance to interact with the local hilltribes of the area enhances the experience. Along the way you will stay in different villages, learning about the tribe's traditional culture and way of life.
Day 1: Chiang Mai - Mok Fah - Mae Jok
Journey north into the mountains, stopping en-route at the Mae Malai local market to browse the colorful stalls with their exotic products. After a visit to the Mok Fah waterfalls and a tasty picnic lunch, drive to Huay Nam Dung National Park and visit the Shan village of Mae Sae where you'll start your hike to the Karen village of Baan Mae Jok. In the evening, enjoy an authentic jungle dinner hosted by your trekking guide. Overnight in Mae Jok. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Mae Jok - Pa Khaolam
Watch the cool breeze sweep away the morning mist as you enjoy breakfast before resuming your walk toward an elephant camp. Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch at the camp as your elephant is prepared for your journey, which will be led by skilled Karan mahouts. Climb on to your elephant's back and traverse deep into the dense jungle toward the Karen village of Baan Pa Khaolam. Overnight in Pa Khaolam. Includes: (B),(L), (D).
Day 3: Pa Khaolam - Pong Ngan
Today's trek is the most ambitious, but also the most spectacular. The Huai Nam Dang National Park is filled with virginal forests, wildlife, and several streams. Trek through this pristine wilderness stopping for a picnic at the waterfalls before reaching Pong Ngan, a Lahu village, for a unique home stay experience. Overnight in Pong Ngan. Includes: (B),(L), (D).
Day 4: Pong Ngan - Sop Kai - Chiang Mai. After a lazy breakfast, you'll journey on a bamboo raft along the Taeng River to the Shan village of Sop Kai, passing other hill tribe villages along the way. Enjoy a local lunch in Sop Kai before heading back to Chiang Mai in the afternoon, bringing your trekking adventure to a close. Includes: (B),(L), (D).
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