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Authentic hill tribe experience in thailand

Mae sariang (mae hong son), Thailand

  • Local women in Mae Sariang
  • The surroundings of Mae Sariang Thailand
  • Chatting with a local hill tribe in Mae Sariang
  • Preparing the food with a hill tribe in Mae Sariang
  • Dinner with the hill tribe family in Mae Sariang Thailand
  • Local women in Mae Sariang
  • The surroundings of Mae Sariang Thailand
  • Chatting with a local hill tribe in Mae Sariang
  • Preparing the food with a hill tribe in Mae Sariang
  • Dinner with the hill tribe family in Mae Sariang Thailand


The Activity

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn the Lawa hill tribe way of life
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of our hill tribe homestay
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the Lawa hill tribe
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Minimum number of people is 2 and maximum is 6

DESCRIPTION

We will depart Mae Sariang town to visit Karen and Lawa hill tribe villages. You can enjoy the magnificent views as we drive up a windy mountain road 1,200 m above the sea level.

As soon as you arrive at the Lawa hill tribe village, you will meet your homestay family. Our local guide will take you for a walk around the village. You can observe and learn about Lawa hill tribe way of life and culture. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the village or at the local temple. Visit the mountain temple, where you can learn about Buddhism and meditation. Enjoy the tranquil location and mountain panorama from the temple rooftop.

A few kilometers further off road you may see women pounding rice, cutting firewood or weaving. Visit the village school where you can observe classes. Optional activity is to visit the village silversmith where you can learn to make a silver ring. If it is farming season, we can take you to join in the farming such as planting or harvesting rice. If you are lucky you may catch a village celebration such as a spirit festival or wedding.

Experience the warmth and hospitality of your host family, prepare a traditional evening meal together and enjoy cultural exchanges. Stay overnight at the hill tribe homestay.

Note the homestay conditions are basic. There is electricity but no running hot water. There is simple bedding with a thin mattress, blanket and mosquito net. Bathrooms are located underneath the stilt house.

We follow the natural rhythms of village life, so sights and activities change accordingly. A 2d/1n tour will give you a taste of hill tribe life, but for a deeper cultural experience we recommend extending this to 3d/2n.

Price includes:

  • Homestay
  • Meals
  • Tour service
  • Local guide (basic – intermediate English)
  • Simple bedding, blankets and mosquito nets are supplied

Price excludes:

  • Food and drinks (it is normal to pay for your guide and driver when eating together, they will take you to try local food)
  • Optional activity – Silversmith workshop
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Transportation

How to get there

You can get to Mae Sariang by public minivan from Chiang Mai Arcade bus station leaving at 9am, 10am, 12noon, 2pm, and 5pm. Journey time is approximately 3.5-4hrs, and it costs 215 baht per person. Transportation can be arranged, just let us know!

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Meet Pat

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 while 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.


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I had the opportunity to visit the Karen hill tribes in Mae Sariang, which was the perfect way to get a one-on-one experience with them to learn about their local customs and hear their stories. The whole experience spanned for 2 days and included several hours of hiking, lunch and dinner with the locals and host family (actually, everyone is like family there), and quality interaction time with many of the people we met along the way. For me it was a great experience and a highlight of my time here on the north of Thailand.

16 Sep 2014

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