Chiang Dao Trek and Tribal Experience

Explore the wild, mountainous jungles of northern Thailand with this three-day tour. In the hills above Chiang Dao, visit a training centre for young elephants and join these amazing creatures as they take their morning bath. Float through the forest on a bamboo raft, exploring the local flora and fauna including an amazing array of orchids and butterflies. Then travel north to the national parks, hot springs, and waterfalls around Fang, and stay the night with a Lahu hill tribe for an incredible and authentic experience.

Touring style: Professional English speaking guide and driver, private basis.

Best time to trek: November to February when days are dry with plenty of sunshine. December and January are the busiest months. Rain falls between May to October.

Prices are seasonal, twin-sharing and include accommodation, breakfast, transfers and tours with a professional English speaking guide.

Starts from:

GBP 345 per person, Standard Class Hotels

International and domestic airfares are additional

  • Visit with Asian Elephants Spend a day at Elephant Nature Park, interacting with the amazing animals and learning about their natural habitats.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Chiang Dao Trek and Tribal Experience at a glance
  • Day 1: Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao
  • Day 2: Chiang Dao - Fang
  • Day 3: Fang - Chiang Mai
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Day 1: Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao

Meet your local guide and driver at your hotel to visit one of the most famous elephant parks in Thailand.

Elephant Nature Park is a unique project set in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. Established in the 1990s their aim has always been to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants where you can volunteer and visit to help. The Park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals.

Continue to Chiang Dao region for an overnight stay.

Distance and journey time: 88 km, 1.45 hrs

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Day 2: Chiang Dao - Fang

After checking out, continue your journey north to Fang. Take a short trek up to Doi Phu Muen, a mountain in the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park. Trek the trail all the way up to the remote Lahu Village. Local jungle lunch is provided during the trek.

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 a homestay.

Distance and journey time: 52 km, 1 hr

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Day 3: Fang - Chiang Mai

Enjoy breakfast with your host 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.

Transfer to Chiang Mai or Chiang continue with your Thailand adventure

Distance and journey time: 143 km, 2.45 hrs

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