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Lawa hill tribe homestay in thailand

Mae sariang (mae hong son), Thailand

The Activity


  • Learn the Lawa hill tribe way of life
  • Learn to weave cotton
  • Help your host family with daily chores
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of your host family
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Minimum number of people is 2 and maximum is 5


Our Lawa hill tribe homestay is located in a village nestled in the mountains of northwest Thailand (1,200m). The remote and scenic location is surrounded by green mountain landscapes and is an area few foreigners visit. The journey starts from Mae Sariang town.

At our homestay you will experience daily hill tribe life and learn about the Lawa people. We encourage cross-cultural exchange, so our host family is eager to learn from you too. It will give you a taste of hill tribe life, but to get the most out of the experience we invite you to stay for a few days more. This will give you time to dive deeper into their local way of life and create a stronger connection with the family. Be prepared to come as a guest and leave as a friend.

At the homestay you may find yourself;

  • Walking through farmland, picking ferns and herbs
  • Playing witch children at the village school
  • Helping your host family with daily chores
  • Helping to prepare food
  • Learning to weave cotton

There are some seasonal activities such as rice planting and harvesting, and if you’re lucky, you may catch a village celebration such as a wedding or a spirit festival.

Accommodation is basic, but your homestay family will do their best to make you feel at home. There is electricity, no running hot water and simple bedding. Bathrooms are underneath the stilt house. Meals will be homemade food shared with the family. Typical hill tribe food consists of lots of homegrown rice, green leafy vegetables flavored with wild herbs and chilies.

Price includes:

  • Homestay
  • Meals
  • Activities

Price excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Transport to and from Mae Sariang town

How to get there

You can get to Mae Sariang by public minivan from Chiang Mai Arcade bus station leaving at 9am, 10am, noon, 2pm, and 5pm. Journey time is approximately 3.5-4 hrs, and it costs 215 baht per person. We can help arrange transportation as well, just let us know!

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Sawasdee khrap! (Hello!) My name is Pat. I am Shan (Tai yai), an ethnic minority from northern Thailand. It has been my lifelong mission to work towards a better quality of life for hill tribes and locals so that they enjoy the same social & economic rights as people in the lowlands whilst maintaining their unique cultural identity and values.

I have been a tour guide for over a decade and I saw how tourism, if conducted responsibly, could generate supplemental income and help local communities. So the idea of a homestay and hill tribe village tours led by local guides came about. Tourism also gives locals a chance to proudly showcase their wonderful culture and way of life and preserve age-old traditions and customs.

I believe that cultural exchange can be a memorable life-long learning experience for locals and travellers, and therefore, I invite you to join us and experience the cultural and natural beauty of my homeland. I am working with a group of local guides from the different communities. Either myself or one of them will guide you.


Thailand is already a popular tourist destination so to find those local places isn’t easy, but in this place you can still experience the local Thai life. I stayed 2 days with the Lawa Hill Tribe in the hills of Northern Thailand. I filmed during the harvest season and the whole village was helping with the harvest. Such a beautiful thing to see. With the heath and steep hills it is a very hard job. Winai, the local guide from the village, drove me around in the area. I could see he was proud on his culture and loved to share it with others. Although he was a bit insecure about his English, it was good enough to talk and exchange our cultures. I found out he also loves photography. Therefore he understood at what places to stop to make a picture. The host family was in one word amazing. Jom the host mom was a fun woman joking all the time. The kids where very friendly and Dom the son was a joyful boy. Later on they told me that he went on his own to the temple to meditate as a young boy. When I asked him what he wanted to become he said ‘Doctor’ I asked him why, ‘Because I want to help people’. I was very impressed about this answer and realised that although they are not rich in terms of money they definitely are rich in a spiritual way. Don’t expect a 5 star accommodation, but a basic home full of hospitality. Enjoy a stay with this incredible family!

19 Nov 2014

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$ 234.43 p.p.
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$ 234.43 p.p.