Duration of the tour
- Start from Chiang Mai city at 08.30 AM
DAY 1 Pick up passengers from hotels, airport, railway station or bus terminal in
Chiang Mai. Depart Chiang Mai by 4-WD Land Rover or similar to visit the hilltribe museum
and local market in Mae Malai. Then continue to Ban Mae Taman of Mae Tang to ride an
elephant for an hour follow by a ride on the ox-cart. After a picnic lunch, embark on the
inflatable rafts for an adventurous journey down the rapids in the white-water and scenic
Mae Tang River for about an hour (the trip can be more or less dependable on the season).
Continue by four- wheeler to Ban Pang Hai - a simple village situated 850 metres above sea
level. Check in at the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge for barbecue dinner with cultural presentations
DAY 2 After breakfast, drive to a small village of Ban Teen Doi where you take a
short stroll to Ban Mae Pa. Get into action by mountain biking to Ban Palan. Visit the small
village reservoir and continue biking to Ban Pong Kwaw where there is an old temple with
beautiful wall paintings. After a picnic lunch, drive by car to Ban Pok, Ban Pang Kwai and
Ban Nong Hoi Mai on the mountainous roads. Then get into action again by trekking or
mountain biking from Ban Nong Hoi Mai to Mae Khi village, where you can have coffee or
tea in the Hmong’s kitchen. Return to Hmong Hilltribe Lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 After breakfast, depart on a full day excursion to Pai via Ban Wat Chan. The
journey takes you through countless steep hills, forests and hilltribe villages. Short stop at
Luang Mae Saab Cave. Lunch in a local restaurant at Wat Chan. Continue by car over rolling
terrain to Pai and check in at Pai Hotspring Spa Resort for dinner and overnight. The rest of
the afternoon is at your leisure to explore the town until dinner or after dinner. However, if
time permits and guests wish to see more temples, there are two temples worth visiting.
They are Wat Hua Na known for local arts in the rice field and Wat Nam Hoo where water
coming out from the Buddha image’s head.
DAY 4 After breakfast, depart Pai for Mae Hong Son. On the way, visit Lod Cave
where the river runs through the cave from one side of the mountain to the other.
Continue to Ban Rak Thai for lunch. Ban Rak Thai known for its Yunan dishes and Chinese
teas. It was also the settlement of former Chinese Imperial Army, known as Kok Min Tang,
which fought against the Communist Army and refused to surrender and returned to China.
After lunch, drive to Ban Nai Soi to visit the Khaya, known as long-necked Padong Tribe. On
the way, a brief stop is made at Phu Kloann Country Club, famous for its health treatment
and therapeutic. Dinner and accommodation at Golden Pai Resort.
DAY 5 Visit to early fresh local market and observe the local making merit by offering
food to monks. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, tour the Mae Hong Son city,
visit Wat Phra Thart Doi Kong Moo for a panoramic view of the valleys, and Wat Jong Kham
and Wat Jong Klang, Burmese-style ancient temples. Lunch at Bai Fern Restaurant. After
lunch, depart Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai by 4-WD Land Rover.
The prices are inclusive of:
1. Five days an off-road vehicle or similar vehicle for entire programme.
2. Five days English speaking guide.
3. Lunch every day.
4. Elephant riding, ox-cart riding and white water rafting on day one.
5. Tea break at a Hmong kitchen on day two.
6. Mountain bike on day two.
7. Four dinners.
8. Four nights’ accommodation incl. ABF for clients and guide.
9. Bamboo rafting and storm lantern at Lod Cave.
10. Entrance fee for visit long-neck Karen village in Mae Hong Son on day four.
11. Food offerings for monks.
12. Fruits and drinking water.
13. Admission fee for Hill tribe museum (Closed on Monday)