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Hill Tribe Treks in Mae Hong Son
Tour Overview :
Mae Hong Son, originally the isolated, mist-covered province, has become a wonderful place for those who love wandering off the beaten track. Hiking to visit local people and hilltribes from one village and one ethnic group to another is a once in a lifetime experience. There are many tribal ethnic groups living in Mae Hong Son such as Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Lisu, Lawa, etc. They share animist beliefs and honor numerous forest and guardian spirits. Each tribe has distinctive ceremonial attire, courtship rituals, games, dances, agricultural customs, dialects, aesthetic values and hygienic habits.
The program start in Chiang Mai, travel by an air-cond. van to Pai via Mae Rim and Mae Malai with short visits at lively Mae Malai Market for buying something to drink & eat, lovely Pong Dued Hotspring, and the River Pai Bridge- the dead railway built in 1942. We stay at Mon Krating Resort,
The second day is a day for hiking /trekking. Start with driving to visit Lisu village, and begin to hike for 3 hrs.to Lod Cave . Caving with flashlight to view the array of stalagmites & stalactites. Picnic lunch on route. In the afternoon, hike further to Karen village for 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight camping in the Karen village or at a Karen Guesthouse.
The third day, continue hiking to Phi Man Cave for about 3 hrs. Here are many ancient teak coffins to observe. Lunch will be served near the cave. Afternoon hiking about 2 hrs. to visit Shan Village , and another 2 hrs. to visit Black Lahu village where the hiking program end. From now onwards, travel by an air-cond. van straight to the township of Mae Hong Son with short visit at Fish Cave . The third night stay at Ban Sak Suay or Ruen Namkhang, the nice Thai beautiful teak house.
The 4th day is the day for variety of activities. Begin with driving to visit some Thai Yai style of temples, followed by boating for 1 hrs. on Pai River to visit the Long-Neck & Long-Ear Karen. On the way back take a boat trip about half an hour. to visit Karen Elephant Camp for elephant riding about 1 hrs. Picnic lunch on the bank of the river before taking a boat (20 minutes) and van return to Ban Sak Suay or Ruen Namkhang.
The last 5th day is the free day for you to discover Mae Hong Son. After breakfast, the guide will lead you to the downtown of Mae Hong Son, then free for your own discovery. The guide will meet you again at mid-day, and pick you up for lunch at the restaurant in the town. After that transfer to Mae Hong Son Airport for flight back to Chiang Mai, arrive the hotel about 16.30 hrs.
Departure Date : Daily
Tour Inclusion : 4 nights accommodation (3 nts. at resorts (twin-share), 1 nt. at Karen Guesthouse/tent), 13 meals, an air-cond. minibus/van for transfer, visits , excursion, admission fee to all sightseeing places, all activities mentioned in the program - hiking, elephant riding, boat trip etc. an English speaking guide, travel insurance (baht 1,000,000 / person)
Tour Exclusion : drinks, personal expense,air ticket : Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai,
Remark : Things to bring : warm clothes in Winter ( Nov.- Feb.), rain coat in the Rainy Season ( Jul.- Oct.)long pants & long sleeves shirt & shoes for trekking/hiking, short pants & shirt & wet shoes for rafting, pants for biking, towel & toiletries, sunglasses, hat, personal medicine, insect repellant, flashlight, small backpack for carrying necessary things while trekking
Day by Day Itinerary :
Date 1 : Chiang Mai - Pai
Chiang Mai - By air-cond. van to Pai - On the way visit Pong Dued Hotspring & The River Pai Bridge - Overnight at Mon Krating Resort (L,D)
Date 2 : Pai - Pai
By van to visit Lisu village - Hike to Lod Cave & Karen village - Overnight in tents or guesthouse at Karen village (B,L,D)
Date 3 : Pai - Pai
Karen village - Hike to Phi Man Cave for caving - Hike to Shan & Black Lahu villages - By van to Fish Cave - Check in Mon Sai Mork Resort (about 1 km. from the township of Mae Hong Son), or Rom Thai Guesthouse (a small, but nice guesthouse in the township of Mae Hong Son) for overnight (B,L,D)
Date 4 : Pai - Pai
Temple tours - Boating about 1 hour to Long-Neck & Long-Ear Karen villages - Boating for half an hour to Karen Elephant Camp - Elephant Riding about 1 hr. - Boating about 20 minutes - By van to Mon Sai Mork Resort or Rom Thai Guesthouse - Overnight at Mon Sai Mork Resort or Rom ThaiGuesthouse (B,L,D)
Date 5 : Pai - Chiang Mai
Free morning for your own discovery of Mae Hong Son - Transfer to the airport for late afternoon flight return to Chiang Mai (B,L)