HA102 - 3 Days 2 Nights
HMONG SOFT ADVENTURE III (HA 102)
(3 Days/ 2 Nights)
This tour program is a must-see for nature lovers, and visitors keen to know more about the lifestyle of the local people and hilltribes. It also encompasses some beautiful off-road perspectives of the countryside and mountain areas.
The highlights include a memorable ride through the rain forest on elephant back; navigating white water rapids by rubber raft on the scenic Mae Tang River, and mountain biking along remote village roads. For those who do not wish the elephant ride (in the same group), a visit to the impressive Chiang Dao Cave provides an interesting alternative option.
DAY 1 (_/L/D)
Pickup from hotels, airport, railway station or bus terminal and depart Chiang Mai in an off-road vehicle. Visit the hilltribe museum (closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) to learn about the hill people in Thailand and the fascinating origins of the seven ethnic groups. They consist of the Hmong, the Yao, the Lisu, the Akha, the black and red Musers and the Karen. Proceed to the local market of Mae Malai, a colourful rendezvous for local village selling their produce. Continue to Ban Mae Taman to trek through the rain forest on elephant back for about an hour. In a pleasant contrast, conclude with a leisurely ride on an ox-cart for 15-20 minutes.
As an alternative to the elephant and ox-cart rides, continue from Mae Malai market to the Doi Chiang Dao Cave, located 70 kilometres north of Chiang Mai city, en route to Fang. Mount Chiang Dao is Thailand’s third highest peak, rising to 2,175 metres. This huge limestone mountain is penetrated by a 14-kilometre network of pitch dark caverns and underground passages. It is lit for one kilometre to allow safe and enjoyable exploration by visitors. The remainder is only accessible and safe with a licensed guide.
Lunch at the local restaurant before boarding an inflatable rubber raft to shoot the white water rapids. Depending on the season the exciting journey lasts about one hour. This ride combines very enjoyable soft adventure with some spectacular views and lovely riverine vistas. Continue by four-wheel drive to Ban Pang Hai, a simple Thai village 850 metres above sea level. Check in at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge for one night. During dinner in the cool mountain air, enjoy barbecued meats, different Thai dishes, salad, pasta, fruits and desserts. To follow, a number of Hmong cultural presentations provide an entertaining and interesting finale to the evening.
DAY 2 (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive to the small village of Ban Mae Pa. From here, ride mountain bikes on dirt roads to reach Ban Palan and visit a small village reservoir. Continue to Ban Pong Kwaw to see an ancient temple, home to some beautiful wall paintings.
Enjoy a picnic lunch and proceed to Hmong Village of Baan Mae Khi. A brief stop is made here, visit the shaman's house and learn about various spirits they believe to exist around them before taking a leisurely trek through the forest and vegetable farms to the Village of Ban Pang Hai. This provides contrasting images of village life by day, and in the late afternoon, the return of weary workers from the surrounding fields. Return to Hmong Hilltribe Lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 (B/L/_)
After breakfast, check out from the Lodge and drive to the Royal Project at Ban Nong Hoi Kao. Observe how the hill people are taught to cultivate vegetables and flowers, instead of growing opium poppies as they did previously. This commendable project also buys product from the hilltribes for sale in their shops. Spend an interesting time admiring the work done here before continuing to admire the fascinating plants at Queen Sirikit’s Botanical Garden and orchid farm.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue to visit the interesting ‘Elephant Poopoopaper Park’ to watch how paper is cleverly made from the fibrous droppings of our jumbo friends. Return to Chiang Mai in the late afternoon.
- Transfer and tours by an off-road vehicle or similar
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fee
- Meals as specified in the programme
- 2 nights’ accommodation in non-air-conditioned room with hot-cold shower at the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge
- Service charge and VAT
- Other meals not mentioned in the programme
- Expenditure of a personal nature
SELLING PRICE: (JOINT PACKAGE TOUR) (MINIMUM 2 PERSON)
- Hmong House Rooms THB 16,400.- per person sharing twin
- Hmong Superior Rooms THB 17,100.- per person sharing twin
- Hmong Deluxe Rooms THB 18,200.- per person sharing twin
- Single surcharge THB 2,000.- per person
Validity: November 01, 2021 – October 31, 2022