Spend a night in a Lahu hill tribe village on this Chiang Mai trek to the Mae Tang area. Really get to see the hill tribe ways as well as getting to know your fellow trekkers a whole lot better! Also get the chance for some elephant feeding and take on the white water rapids on the Mae Tang River. This is an excellent trip to sample what Northern Thailand has to offer and a great opportunity to overnight in a real Lahu hill tribe village.
WHAT TO BRING:
You will be collected from your Chiang Mai hotel or guest house and we will proceed to drive towards the Mae Tang area. On route we will stop by at the orchid and butterfly farm where you can drop in to see the colorful Thai orchids and butterfly species. Our next stop on route will be at Mae Malai Market where our guide will buy some fresh food supplies for the trip into the hills. Before embarking on the trek we will take lunch at a Shan village then commence the first leg of the trek which is a good 2.5 hour hike up challenging trails to a picturesque Black Lahu village situated on a mountain top. On route we will stop for a rest at a small jungle waterfall. The Lahu village will be the destination for the night where you can spend late afternoon and evening in the village and kick back and relax after the days trek. Your guide will prepare your evening meal and you can spend the rest of the evening relaxing with your fellow trekkers over a few drinks.
Simple bamboo dorm accommodation in Black Lahu village
The mornings up in the hills are refreshingly cool which you will appreciate before working up a sweat with the mornings trek. Breakfast will be had in the village before we embark on the mornings trek towards the waterfall. Trekking time will be around 2 hours and at the waterfall we can take a break for a refreshing swim. The trek will then proceed towards the river through the jungle and hill tribe farmland in the foothills to the elephant camp. Here at the camp you will have lunch and will get to spend half an hour interaction time with the elephants and get to feed them. After lunch it will be time to proceed to the river for the white white water rafting trip. You will get to raft around 5km of some great rapids (the best an biggest rapids can usually be found in the wetter months between may and November) but the rafting is still fun all year round. The river calms in the lower stretches and here will will change to bamboo rafts where you can kick back and relax while the great scenery passes you by or feel free to pick up a pole and try piloting the raft yourself! Our day will finish with the boarding of the transport for the drive back to Chiang Mai
ELEPHANT UPDATE Dec 2016: A choice is now offered of elephant feeding or elephant riding. If you prefer not to ride elephants you can take the choice to feed them instead
Departures: DeparturesThis trek departs daily.
Elephants and elephant welfare: Elephants feature on this tour please read the following information:
Riding: The operator of this trek allows the elephants to be rodeSeat: A double riding seat is strapped to the elephant to allow riding
Bull hook: The elephants are controlled with a bull hookShow Elephants are not trained to perform tricks
Chaining: The elephants are occasionally chained to control their location
If you in disagreement or are sensitive with the any of the above practices (control with bull hook, chaining or riding with seat etc) we do suggest that you choose a different trek which is elephant free or includes elephant care/interaction instead of the riding.
Transport: You will be picked up directly from your hotel or guest house. Transport to and from the trek will be by seated and covered pick up truck. At the end of the trek you will be dropped off at your hotel or guest house.
Accommodation: Accommodation is basic and will consist of a thin mattress and a sleeping bag/or blankets. You will stay in simple bamboo accommodation in a Lahu village. Washing and toilet facilities are also basic and situated outside the main accommodation. All bedding is provided, either blankets or sleeping bags so there is no need to carry your own into the jungle.
Group: This is a Group join in tour and you will join a group of up to 13 persons
Trekking Guides: All guides are English speaking and TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) trained and certified. Many guides used are natives of the area you will trek in and know the areas very well.
Baggage: you will only be required to take a day pack on the overnight trek. For your main baggage you will not take this on your trek. We suggest leaving your main baggage at your hotel or guest house while on the trek. Because of the trekking scene in Chiang Mai nearly all guest houses and hotels have some form of luggage storage where they can take care of you bags.
Meals: During this trek you will be provided with 4 meals. Lunch and dinner on the 1st day and breakfast and lunch on the 2nd day. Please have breakfast before you are picked up on your first day. Take one bottle of water with you, you will have the opportunity to buy further supplies from hill tribe villages along the way. You may also want to bring a few snacks to keep your energy levels up.
Insurance: We provide accident insurance for this tour to cover medical bills up to a maximum amount of 100,000 baht.
Safety: Trekking in this part of Thailand is very safe and accidednts are very rare but still safety is always a priority. A limited amount of accident insurance is provided to cover some medical bills in case of an injury but it is advised that you have your own comprehensive accident insurance. Before commencement of the white water rafting you will have a safety briefing.
What to wear: Wear light clothes as trekking in this part of the world can be hot and sweaty work. Shorts, T shirt and a sun hat are ideal. Long trousers are OK as they will protect your lower legs more but will be hotter to wear. Although hiking boots aren’t a necessity at least a sturdy pair of running shoes should be worn. Some people trek with sandals but they do leave your feet open to be scratched by vegetation also flip flops (thongs) aren’t appropriate as they don’t provide enough support. In the rainy season from April to October bring a rain coat. Bring a change of clothes for after the rafting. Please be sensitive about your dress in the hill tribe village short and t shirts are OK but nothing to revealing please.
What to bring: A small rucksack/day sack, shorts and T shirt for trekking (long trousers if you prefer), A change of clothes (shorts & t shirt) especially useful in the wet season to change into at the end of the day, warm jumper/fleece for cool season, Walking shoes, socks, swimming suit, small towel/sarong, insect spray, sun cream, raincoat (rainy season), some toilet paper, one bottle of water. Some money for drinks and hill tribe crafts. Bring a change of clothes to change into after the whitewater rafting…..You will get wet! No bedding or sleeping bags are required as we supply all the necessary sleeping equipment.info icon Pick up and drop offFree pick up and drop off is included to and from any Chiang Mai city hotel. Sorry we can not pick up from out of town resorts.
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