Discover the beautiful and scenic Chiang Dao just north of Chiang Mai. Enjoy trekking, cycling and staying in a treehouse village.
These 3 days of trekking will take you into an area known as Chiang Dao, an area full of Asian delights and rarely visited by outsiders. Visit the third highest mountain in Thailand, with its lush tropical jungle reaching up to its rugged limestone peaks, Chiang Dao is a breath of fresh air to escape to from the city. Meet Lahu Hill Tribe people often referred to as “The Hunters” going about their daily business, in a laid back and relaxing manor that is at times mesmerising. You’ll also visit a Shan Hill Tribe village school and stay in “The Tree House” a wooden and bamboo structure with a thatched roof, set high in the treetops of the Mae Mae Shan Hill Tribe Village. You’ll ride a bicycle through rice paddies seeing farmers working in the local rice field as they have done day in day out throughout the generations. This trekking adventure is two and a half days of trekking and half a day of cycling, so you will need to be fit, and keep in mind that the reward will be worth the effort because the sights and experiences this trek offers will never to be forgotten. This trip offers both adventure and relaxation in a well-balanced way, trekking during the day and relaxing in the evening at some of the most remote and beautiful locations in Thailand.
Day one begins at your hotel, from where you will be picked up and taken for a leisurely one hour ride to the starting point, with a brief stop on the way to visit a local Thai market, where your guide will buy supplies for the journey ahead. There is usually an opportunity to mingle, with locals as they shop buying local produce from local farmers.
The trekking begins at the bottom of the Chiang Dao Mountain. From where you will trek up to a remote Lahu Village that is surrounded by lush green rain forest high up the Mountain. Once at the village you will have time to recover from the climb, catching your breath as you survey the village, take in the views, and watch the Lahu villagers go about their daily lives. Here you will be shown to a traditional Lahu house which has been allocated for use by us for this night where you can relax and will sleep the Lahu way. As you wait for the evening meal, which will be cooked by your guide you can explore the village and may wish to visit one of the local village shops.
After a good night rest day 2 begins
For day two a full breakfast will be needed and is provided in the village before the day of trekking begins. You will tread along jungle paths that have been walked by the Lahu people for generations, but are rarely walked on by outsiders. Most of these pathways are a single narrow dirt track snaking through thick jungle and bamboo forests. Around midday you’ll begin to hear the tantalising tinkle of fresh cool running water as we come to a water fall in the jungle, you may like to sample the cool water over your face to refresh or take a swim. We’ll stop for lunch here and relax while the fresh vibrant jungle life surrounds you and fills your senses with the intoxicating atmosphere.
After lunch, being fully refreshed we trek up the mountain to our overnight destination which is “The Tree House”, set high in the tree tops at the top of the mountain with an open hearth at its centre, you will have time to experience mountain valley views over villages and rivers that few people ever chance to see. The evening will be taken up with a feast made up of local dishes and cooked by local Shan Hill Tribe people from the village below. All bedding needs are supplied, so after a night sleeping in heavenly comfort, day 3 will be waiting for you.
Day 3 starts with breakfast in the tree house.
After which your guide will take you to a local school for hill tribe children, most of these children board at the school because their home villages are too deep in the jungle to travel to and from school each day. After visiting the school we take a two hour stroll downhill to a point where we will be picked up and taken for a short drive to the cycling starting point. From here you will ride along the flat river valley plains passing rice fields being worked by locals. The cycling is reasonable easy as you travel along paved and un-paved roads and paths until reaching the final destination for the day the Ban Ben Temple which is a beautiful sight to see, with its ornately carved Lanna style Teakwood shines, drum room, Monks living quarters, and mythical serpents standing guard to sacred areas. Take your time here and look around this outstanding monument to Thai culture, religion and craftsmanship.
The final leg of this trekking adventure is the ride from here back to your accommodation in Chiang Mai.
What to take with you, clothing t-shirts and shorts for the hot day time traveling, but these leave your legs and arms exposed to the sun and mosquitos . So also pack, long trouser or track suit bottom that can be worn at night and on days when it’s not so hot. As you are going to be going into rain forest, plan for rain. In the Mountains the evening can get cold so make sure you have a jumper or light coat for the evenings. Hiking or Trekking boots are ideal or good rubber soled fully enclosed runners will usually do. Sandals and flip flops are not recommended for day time tracking, but are good for the evening when you want to rest your feet.
Your hotel in Chiang Mai can look after your main luggage. They are used to taking care of it.
During the 4 days you will be provided with 10 meals and we can cater for vegetarians but need to be informed beforehand.