Day 1: Arrival Chiang Mai. Stay - Chiang Mai
Day 2: Travel south to visit the Lawa (Lua) Tribe. Wiang Tha Kan – visit ruins of an 8th century walled city, Ban Rai Phai Ngam – visit a cotton weaving village. Visit Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest mountain of Thailand. Stay - Overnight in Hod
Day 3: Full day visiting the remote village of the Chang Mor Lawa tribe and meeting healers and villagers. We will use 4 wheel drive vehicles to access the village. Stay - Overnight in Hod
Day 4: Travel through farmland countryside, small villages and elephant centres to a remote Karen Village Mae Sa Pok. Here we will overnight at the affiliated Kings Project, set up to provide alternative agricultural income to replace opium growing. In the afternoon when they return from their fields meet the village healers and villagers. Join villagers for dinner and dancing whilst village musicians entertain. Stay - Mae Sa Pok – King’s Project. (Very simple dormitory accommodation)
Day 5: Drive through remote villages and the beautiful scenery of Northern Thailand before arriving in Chiang Dao district. Visit the Hmong Village of Buak Jan to meet the herbalists, bone blowers and shaman. The Hmong are famous for their indigo Batik and intricate cross-stitching on their clothing. It is usually possible to meet and talk with villagers working on these tasks whilst visiting the village. Stay - Chiang Dao District – Rim Doi Resort
Day 6: Visit the Red Lahu village of Huai Ja Khan and walk the village before joining with the healers in the village square.
Join the village Shaman at the Village Wat (temple) for explanation of the ceremonies and objects you will see including this evening’s “Full Moon Ceremony” for community health and good luck. The Red Lahu enjoy dancing and it is an important part of each ceremonial occasion. Stay - Chiang Dao District – Rim Doi Resort
Day 7: Visit Maetaeng Elephant Camp, home to over 40 elephants. You will be able to see an elephant talent show, take a ride on an elephant and relax on a bamboo raft ride through beautiful scenery along the Mae Taeng River. Visit Wat Tuang Luang which specialises in providing herbal medicines and cures prepared from local herbs and items collected from the jungle. The Wat has herbal saunas, wet steam infused with a variety of herbs, and these are very invigorating and excellent at assisting detoxification. You will have the opportunity to experience an herbal sauna if you wish to. Stay - Mae Rim – Botanic Resort
Day 8: Visit the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens. Beautifully designed and maintained this is an ideal place to explore the two pavilions of herbal plants and visit some of the other excellent displays. Continue to Wat Pa Miang. A most beautiful human being, Abbot “Phra Wichian”, founded this remote Wat. His radiance, warm welcome and charismatic ways may truly be the most important X factor in the free treatments he offers to all comers. Stay - Chiang Mai
Day 9: This morning is a chance for you to learn a little more about Thai cuisine. Your Thai cooking class teacher will introduce you to the principles of Thai cooking and together you will create a delicious Thai lunch to share and have some new cooking skills to take home. In the afternoon visit the Wat Doi Saket. The most prominent feature of the Doi Saket Temple is the giant golden sitting Buddha (Phra Buddha Pathimakorn). The interior walls of the temple are decorated with modern spiritual murals, painted by Khun Chaiwat Wannanon. This is unusual as modern art is not usually featured in Buddhist temples in Thailand. The temple also houses a Buddhist monastic school. Stay - Chiang Mai
Day 10: AM A reviving two hour Thai massage to work out any aches and pains you may have picked up from travelling.
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