North Thailand is blessed with year round pleasant climate, rich historical and cultural heritage. Mae Hong Son is the gateway to the hill tribe cultures of the Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Mien. Located amidst stunning mountain scenery stay in comfort at night and during the day travel by 4 X 4 and on foot.
2020 Departure Dates & Costs
Daily based on private group minimum 2
Cost: $ 1,475 USD per person based on twin sharing from Chiang Mai
Single Supplement $ 275
Day 1 : Chiang Mai - Hmong Hilltribe Lodge (L,D)
Leave Chiang Mai by 4WD Land Rover with your private guide to visit a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants in Mae Taeng District. Experience feeding and bathing, and learn about the conservation work that goes on to protect elephants. Continue to visit an Orchid Farm. After lunch, proceed to the Hmong Hill tribe Village at Nong Hoi Mai. Check in at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to discover the many activities in the hill tribe village. B.B.Q. dinner at HMONG HILLTRIBE LODGE followed by a presentation of Hmong dances and songs.
Day 2 : Hmong Hilltribe Lodge - Wat Chan - Pai (B,L,D)
After breakfast, leave Hmong Hilltribe Lodge on rarely used dirt roads via Baan Pa Lan to Baan Pong Kwaw. Visit a farmer's house and a small temple. Continue driving through the forest to Pai. Enjoy beautiful scenery along Huey Nam Dang National Park area, where the road passes. Check-in at BAN KRATING RESORT. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : Pai - Hilltribe Villages - Mae Hong Son (B,L,D)
After breakfast, visit Lahu hill tribes at Baan Look Kao Lahm and Baan Pang Ma Pha. Continue to Lod Cave. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a Karen village at Muang Pam where women are still weaving their clothes. Upon arrival in Mae Hong check in at FERN RESORT MAE HONG SON. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 4 : Mae Hong Son (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to an elephant camp. Enjoy a 45-minute ride on the back of an elephant through the forest and across the Pai River. There you will board a motorized long-tail boat for a scenic journey upriver to the suspension bridge. Continue by 4WD to Pha Sua Waterfall, where a basket lunch will be served. In the afternoon drive to Ban Nai Soi to visit the Khaya (Karen) hill tribe village, home of the Long-necked Padong tribe. The women are wearing numerous brass rings around their elongated necks, which they never take off. Return to the hotel. Dinner at Fern Restaurant in town, overnight at FERN RESORT MAE HONG SON.
Day 5 : Mae Hong Son - Chaing Mai (B,L)
After breakfast, drive uphill to visit Wat Phra Dhat Doi Kong Moo, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over Mae Hong Son on clear days. Visit the Burmese style temples Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang, located next to a large pond in the southern part of town. Shan people, who make up about 50% of the population of Mae Hong Son, built Wat Jong Kham nearly 200 years ago. Wat Jong Klang houses 100-year-old glass paintings and woodcarvings from Burma, which depict the various lives of the Buddha. Get ready for the 5-hour drive back to Chiang Mai with lunch at a local restaurant en route. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, transfer to your hotel or the airport. Flights to Chiang Mai are also available (add $ $ 70)
VISA/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Please note that there have been changes to entry requirements for Thailand. Canadian and U.S. passengers arriving overland into Thailand are permitted to stay for up to 15 days without a Visa. Passengers arriving by air are permitted to stay for 30 days. For stays longer than this, passengers will be required to obtain a VISA in advance.
Extension and other treks and adventures in Thailand can be arranged.
Golden Triangle Tour 5 day: A wonderful adventure that visits the highlights of Northern Thailand including temple adorned Chiang Mai, passage along the Mekong River to the golden triangle where Thailand, Laos & Myanmar meet, and the hill tribe cultures in the region. Seat in coach departures each Tuesday and daily departures on a private basis.
River Kwai adventures 3 day: A range of 3 day adventures await in the rainforests in Kanchanaburi province. Hin Tok River Camp at Hellfire Pass is the latest addition of luxury safari tents built along the Kwai River that offer a unique experience close to nature in true comfort. Daily departures.
We also offer a wide variety of treks in Laos & Vietnam, Please ask for details.