When most of us think "Thailand," we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.
Connect with local Black Lahu and Shan communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.
Days : 6
Price : From AED 1,476*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Basic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 3 - Average
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Transfer into the jungle highlands of northwest Thailand with a lunch stopover in Pai. Meet your local hosts and lend a hand making dinner using regional products and traditional cooking methods. Included Activities: Ban Jabo Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 260km)
Walk to the fields surrounding the village to learn about (or even opt to help out with!) local farming practices before visiting a prehistoric wooden coffin cave. Dine on a typical jungle lunch. In the afternoon, learn about the local education system with a visit to a school. Learn about the Lahu culture and traditional activities. Try bamboo weaving, make a Lahu bag and learn how to play a Lahu instrument. Opt to help out with dinner preparation. Included Activities: Ban Jabo Homestay Prehistoric Wooden Coffin Cave Visit
Walk to another hilltribe community in the area to learn about the Shan people, the local masters of irrigation and wet rice farming. Enjoy the views and take in a new way of life in the community before walking back to Baan Jabo. Additional Notes: It is always an option to spend all day in the Baan Jabo community, skipping the walk. Included Activities: Ban Jabo Homestay Hilltribe Walk
Say goodbye to your local hosts and buy any last minute hand-crafted goods before transferring back to Chiang Mai for a final evening with the group. Included Activities: Ban Jabo Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 260km)
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. Most travellers prefer to carry a softbag or rolling bag of small to medium size can be suitable. If you have combined this trip with another G Adventures trip (basic or standard) we recommend you to travel with a backpack. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.
While staying in the hilltribe village, the group will be split into groups of 2 and 3, with each group staying in a different home. Beds are on the floor; all bedding and a mosquito net are provided.
In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.
Documents: •Passport (with photocopies) •Travel insurance (with photocopies) •Airline tickets (with photocopies) •EUR cash •Credit or debit card (see personal spending money) •G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier •Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required Suggested Items: Rain gear Rain jacket or poncho Umbrella Warm clothing Fleece jacket or warm layer Hat Gloves •Light fleece top •Windproof/waterproof jacket •Swimwear •Towel •Sun hat •Sturdy walking shoes •Sunblock •Sunglasses •Toiletries (biodegradable) •Watch or alarm clock •Earplugs •Water bottle •Money belt •Day pack for daytime excursions •First-aid kit Any required prescription medication Insect Repellent Optional items: •Playing cards or other favourite games •Reading/writing material •Backpack cover
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights