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Overview

Head to a far-flung corner of Thailand for an unforgettable adventure. Spend a day with Asian elephants in their natural habitat, trek through dense jungles to discover hidden waterfalls and dive headfirst into hilltribe culture with a homestay in a Lahu village. This epic escape has it all!

Trip Highlights

Chiang Dao Retreat & Lahu Way of Life

Stay in a Lahu village

Trek high in the mountains to a remote Lahu village, partake in their daily activities and witness their rich traditions.

Explore Thailand’s rugged north

Travel by jeep and on foot through Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park to discover waterfalls amid the dense jungle.

Visit with Asian Elephants

Spend a day at Elephant Nature Park, interacting with the amazing animals and learning about their natural habitats.

Itinerary

1

Chiang Mai – Chiang Dao

Depart your hotel and travel about an hour to the valley of Mae Taeng to one of the most famous Elephant parks in Thailand.

At Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism is promoted. They offer a retirement home for ALL elephants that have previously work hard for tourism entertainment or in the logging industry. Throughout the day you will gain an insight into elephants’ life and their story while spending time with them in a safe area.

Upon arrival at the sanctuary, get changed into traditional clothing, followed by preparing fruits to feed elephants. Enjoy roaming, touching, and playing with them.

Enjoy delicious Pad Thai for lunch at the sanctuary. After lunch, prepare and cook sticky rice mixed with herbal for elephants. Get to learn more about their background, health care, and common behaviors. Have more fun with them in the pool by giving them a bath and mud scrub and taking pictures with them.

After a fun full day with your new gigantic friends, continue to Chiang Dao region for an overnight stay.

Dinner at the resort.

Overnight in Chiang Dao.

2

Chiang Dao - Fang

After checking out, we continue our journey north to a small town of Fang. Get briefed on the rich and interesting history of this forgotten city and get ready for the trek up to Doi Phu Muen, a mountain in the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park. A 4WD brings us to the starting point for the trek just by a waterfall. Trek the trail all the way up to the remote Lahu Village. Local jungle lunch is provided during the trek. (Note: Families with small children (under 6 years old) can continue with the 4WD to the Lahu Village and skip the trekking.)

At the village, get involved in one of the many activities and learn how the villagers are making a living by picking and processing tea and coffee, both of which are organically grown on the mountain. Join in with the locals and learn hands on how this works and the secret behind their success in going from cultivating opium to coffee and tea.  At dinner, the locals will perform a traditional dance before it’s time to go to bed.

Overnight at homestay.

3

Fang – Chiang Mai

Enjoy breakfast with the hosts of the family before returning to Fang. After lunch, take a bicycle ride around the city of Fang or visit the hot springs of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, the perfect place to relax after a night on the mountain. Relax in the Jacuzzi or relax in the sauna as the natural mineral water rejuvenates your body. Lunch is provided at the hotel.

In the afternoon, check out and transfer to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Tours and transfers by private vehicles
  • English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
  • Bike rental during day 3

Our services do not include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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