Enjoy trekking and cycling, temple visits and staying in a hill tribe treehouse village.
08:30 - 17:30 (Next Day)
Two Days of Trekking and Cycling in the Chiang Dao Region
Take a night out with a difference staying in the remote tree house village on Mount Chiang Dao. Visit Mae Mae Shan Hill Tribe village and meet the children attending school there from various ethnic groups in the area. Trek through largely untouched rain forest and bamboo vine jungle to take a swim in the cool clean waters of a totally natural waterfall. Treat your taste buds to the thrill of authentic Hill Tribe delicacies and traditional Thai food. Visit one of the largest active Buddhist temples in the Chiang Mai region. Cycle through Rice paddies and Fruit farms being cultivated mostly by hand in the traditional way.
The first Day - This two day and one night trekking and cycling adventure begins when we pick you up from your hotel or wherever you are staying in Chiang Mai. As this is a privately conducted trekking tour for you, your friends, family or work colleagues, we will arrange a date and day which fits best with your itinerary. You’ll have your own English speaking and TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) trained and certified trekking guide taking care of you and able to answer all your questions throughout the trek. After we pick you up, we drive out of Chiang Mai towards Doi Chiang Dao for about one hour until we come to a marketplace where we stock up on provisions for our journey and then continue on to our trek starting point in Chiang Dao.
We begin our trek gradually moving upwards through tropical jungle full of unusual bird and animal life living amongst a dazzling variety of native plants and flowers. Within a relatively short time we arrive at a tranquil watering hole with a gentle waterfall cascading over smooth limestone rock formations. We’ll stop here for a break and you can take a swim in the crystal clear mountain waters if you like. After this break, we continue on up the mountain side through the rainforest jungle, taking time to stop for lunch and rest breaks occasionally as they are needed.
Depending on the climate and the group’s fitness level we will reach Mae Mae Shan Hill Tribe Village around mid to late afternoon. Here we’ll find our accommodation in the tree tops. It’s called “Tree house Village” and is a wooden and bamboo structure with a grass thatched roof. It is purpose built in the traditional style set on stilts to provide a platform at the level of the treetops for taking meals and relaxing over an open hearth set in the centre. The sleeping areas are set one level above this and consist of private and shared rooms. From this height there are unmatched panoramic views out over the Chiang Dao and Ping river valleys. Sleeping here above the trees on the mountain top surrounded by the sounds and scents of the jungle and the gentle breeze rustling the tree tops provides for a truly unique experience.
The Second Day – Waking up feeling refreshed and ready for what the day has to bring, we’ll have breakfast and then visit the Mae Mae Village School to meet the children and learn a bit about the lifestyle and culture of these wonderful people. After this we’ll begin our morning trek following a mountain stream moving down the mountainside for about two hours winding up at our rendezvous with the pick up truck which will then take us to the starting point for the cycling leg of our trek. Here we stop for lunch, take a break and prepare for the next experience which will be a bicycle ride along the river flats and through some of the rice paddies in the flood plains of the Ping River.
Being towards the end of our two day adventure, this part of the trek is relatively easy going and relaxing, following some sealed roads and the terrain is mostly flat. Usually you can look around and enjoy the scenes of Asian farming being carried on in the same way that it has been for hundreds of years. We’ll also pass through a few small villages and fruit orchids following some dirt roads and the occasional irrigation bank through rice paddies. Along the way we’ll visit Wat Ban Den which is a real Thai Monastery with Monks living and learning there. You’ll see some beautiful Wihans or Shrines here which are designed in the traditional Lanna style. They are made of teak wood with gilded hand carved entrances and stairways protected by mythical serpents.
Reaching the end of our cycling leg, we will be met and taken back to your accommodation in Chiang Mai by pick up truck. This is truly one of the most beautiful parts of Thailand and taking this trek allows one to experience it in a very unique way that few people ever have or will.
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