Your guide will meet you at the hotel for your one day Chiang Dao hilltribe trekking.
Our first stop today will be at the local market at Mae Malai. Your guide with take you around and explain you about the herbs and vegetables, used in Thai cooking as well as the strange kinds of food and the other local products you can find here. Proceed to the rafting camp. Don’t worry, this is not wild water rafting, this is bamboo rafting, you’ll see it’s a relaxing experience. While the helmsman maneuver your raft down the stream, you have time to look around and enjoy the scenery, the sun, and the sounds of the birds.
After that we will continue to Chiang Dao. Here we will leave the main road proceed further into the countryside where we will stop at a Karen hilltribe village.
The Karen tribe is the biggest of all the tribes living in Thailand. We will walk around the village and you will see some the villagers with their traditional dress.
After this visit we hike to a nearby Lisu village. For many generations the economic livelihood of the Lisu people has been based upon the cultivation of the opium poppy. Some of these people have given up this trade, and are now seeking to supplement their income through the sale of skillfully produced crafts.
After this we will continue to an Akha village. Every Akha village is distinguished by their carved wooden gates, presided over by guardian spirits.
Afterwards, walk through the jungle for about one hour to Pang Dang Nai, a Palong village. Your guide will show you around the village. He will explain about the village shrine and about the ‘huja rawl’, the ‘village heart’ as well as about the Royal Project.
After this walk, we will get back into our truck and head back to Chiang Mai where we will arrive late in the afternoon. We can make a stop at an orchid nursery on the way back. We will arrive back in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. End of your Chiang Dao hilltribe trekking.