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Thailand Hiking, Hill Tribe and Cloud Forest Trekking at Doi Inthanon National Park Chiang Mai

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1 to 3 days trekking in cloud forest visiting waterfalls and hill tribe villages away from the normal
tourist crowds.

There are many things you can do with your guide and villagers during their daily routine. If you wish you can work at the village fish farm, learn how to weave, work in the fields, roast coffee beans and much more.

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As this is a private tour with local Karen hill tribe guide, you will have lots of time to discuss with your guide the local hill tribe life and the surrounding forests. You will meet his family and partake in daily life. Your guide will also discuss with you the different trails and their difficulty and you can then decide which trail to hike and for how long. Your guide is also a bird watching expert so seeing colorful rare birds is possible. The bungalows are owned and run by the local village so you will be involved with them during the entire time. This can all be discussed with your guide once you arrive at the bungalows in the park. The itinerary below can be changed to meet your desires.

Learning to weave in the Karen village Doi Inthanon Thailand Harvesting rice in the Karen village at Doi Inthanon Thailand
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Day 1
Hiking to fallsWe will meet in Chiang Mai and depart by private air conditioned mini van for Doi Inthanon National Park. We will visit the summit of the highest mountain in Thailand. We then take a short hike through the real cloud forest. You will enjoy a Thai lunch at a restaurant along a beautiful stream. We then travel by vehicle to another trail for a beautiful 3 hour easy trek to a beautiful waterfall where you can swim inthe cold water if you wish. Your guide will show you the different edible plants and medicines.

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All you can eat Thai food dinner at the bungalowsWe then go to your bungalow near a Karen Hill Tribe village. Here your local guide and his family will make an all you can eat The food dinner for you. After dinner you will have a camp fire in front of your bungalow. The bungalow has hot shower and western style toilet. (L,D) (OPTION: Return to Chiang Mai)

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Day 2
Tigerhead Mountain summitThis morning after breakfast at the bungalows we depart by vehicle High in the mountains above 2000 meters where you start your 6 hour trek through the forest to Tiger Head Mountain. We will take lunch with us to eat at the summit with spectalular vistas. We then travel along a beautiful stream with many waterfalls then visit the Karen hill tribe village. Return to the bugalows for the evening. (B,L,D) (OPTION: Return to Chiang Mai)

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rice field at Doi Inthanon Thailand during Chiang Mai Thailand hiking and trekking tour
Day 3
This morning after breakfast at your bungalow we tour the Karen hill tribe village and visit the school.

We then visit a Hmong Hill Tribe Market then have lunch the visit the Royal Project and learn about the agricultural project that helps hill tribe farmers. visit another waterfall, gardens and the Hmong Hill Tribe village.

Plowing rice paddy at Doi Inthanon Thailand Planting rice in Karen village Doi INthanon Thailand

You can then work with your Karen guide picking and roasting coffee, feeding fish at the trout fish farm, learn weaving with a back strap loom, plant or harvest rice in the fields. Help cook and have lunch with the villagers Return to Chiang Mai. (B,L)

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Village school, weaving, coffee roasting, fish farm, working the fields video

Accommodations:

Private bungalows with fan (air conditioning not needed because of the cool temperatures), 2 queen sized beds in each room, western style toilet with hot shower, fresh clean large bath towels, shampoo, soap, in room coffee and tea. 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows and triple rooms available.
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Doi Inthanon Bungalow
2 Bedroom Bungalow with porch
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About Baan Mae Klang Luang Village at Doi Inthanon National Park:

Ban Mae Klang Luang is an ethnic community of Karen (or Pa Paa Ka Yor in ethnic Karen). The fourth highest peak of Doi Intanon (Intanon Mountain) is in the boundary of this village. This peak is situation at an elevation of 1,88l meters above sea level. The forest landscapes in Ban Mae Klang Luang area is coniferous forests alternate with hill evergreen forest. Important flora found in this area is the triple colored "Poo Ka Dueng" rhododendron. Apart from the view of lush green forests, a beautiful 360 degree vista at the peak is magnificent.

The community-based eco-tourism management(CBT)model/approach of Ban Mae Klang Luang and of the network in the other 3 villages is through the "Community-based Eco-tourism Club." The CBT Committee is set up in each of the 4 villages; i.e., Ban Mae Klang Luang, Ban Paa mon, Ban Nong Lom, and Ban Ang Kaa Noi. The CBT Club is operated as cooperatives, which community members are the share holders and receive dividends yearly. All of these communities offer a wide range of eco-tourism activities. These include indigenous museum, nature learning tour through trekking along nature trial, a home-stay service, bird watch in its natural habitat through the application of local wisdom of Pa Paa Ka Yor (ethnic language of Karen). The network had also established necessary ground rules for both the tourists and the villagers to observe.

Mae Klang Luang is situated on the way to Doi Intanon, just before reaching its peak. A view of the terraced hillside of this village is so magnificent that the tourists cannot resist stopping the car to get a full view or to take photos of the beautiful scenery. As accommodation facilities in Doi Intanon National Park became increasingly crowded with Thai visitors, particularly during holiday seasons or during the transition period of season change from rainy season to cold season. Reservations for accommodations can be made only through the CBT members and shareholders.

All Thailand Experiences is a member of CBT and shareholder in the bungalows. All dividends from the shares go toward the school lunch program in the villages.

The learning processes of eco-tourism management involve the following steps:

  • 1) Development of knowledge in eco-tourism;
  • 2) Analysis of potentials in eco-tourism development, and preparation of work plan and development approaches;
  • 3) Community preparation for eco-tourism development processes;
  • 4) Implementation of eco-tourism development activities/processes;
  • 5) Monitoring and evaluation of community-based eco-tourism management and operations in the community;
  • 6) Revising and making adjustment for further development.

All of these steps make the whole development cycle, from initial development to adjustment and improvement for further development according to the most current situation of eco-tourism in each community. Most importantly, community members must be involved in each and every step of its development, management, and operations.

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