Chiang Mai, Thailand

Authentic Northern Thailand

with Samart

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Get an in-depth experience of the Karen tribe culture; visit a working village to learn about daily lives of this hill tribe minority, teach children in the local school and work in the fields to learn about Lanna agriculture!
Also included on this trip: bareback elephant riding and bathing, bamboo rafting, cycling in the countryside, jungle trekking, visit to a local waterfall.

Area: Mae Wang | Fitness level: Average

On the first day of this adventure, I take you cycling along small village roads and past fruit farms, rice paddies, seasonal crops and waterways in a non-touristic area of Mae Wang.

In the evening, I teach you to prepare traditional northern Thai dishes during a cooking class at Spicy Villa eco-lodges high in the mountains. You use freshly picked ingredients from our organic farm to cook your dishes.

On your second day, during a hike over rice paddies, I explain traditional farming methods and you are welcome to join the workers in the fields and get a hands on experience.

Then we visit a traditional Karen hill tribe village and you spend time with the villagers and learn about their daily lives. You even spend a night with them as their guest and visit their school where you get a chance to teach the kids some English.

On the third day, some fun and adventure! We finish the tour with a visit to a local elephant camp and bamboo rafting!

I will pick you up at your accommodation in Chiang Mai and take you back at the end of the trip. You will spend a night in either a private or a family bungalow at Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges and another night with Karen people in their village.

Price stated here is price per person for a group of 4 travelers. Inquire about pricing for different group sizes or solo travelers, couples etc.

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My name is Samart, you can call me Joe. I was born in northern Thailand, in a mountain town of Mae Hong Son. For eight years, I was a Buddhist monk, then I left the monastery to study tourism in Chiang Mai. After graduating, I got a job as a tourist guide for a company in Bangkok and worked with them for several years, but I wanted to move back north, and I returned to Chiang Mai in 2010. Since then I have been showing travelers around the northern Thailand and I have built Spicy Villa bungalows in the mountains of Mae Win. I believe in sustainable travel that helps local communities and I like to organize trips that are authentic and teach travelers about local culture. Full profile Leave a Review