Karen Hill Tribe Homestay

Adventure along mountain roads by 4WD with magnificent views from the top of the mountain. Experience a real eco-trek to the highest spot in Mae Hong Son and then a traditional Karen homestay in a non-touristic area. Enjoy the river in the middle of the forest and a hidden waterfall.

Physical Grading: (out of 5)
Culture Shock: (out of 5)
Accommodation: 2 nights' homestay
Transport: 4 wheel drive
Activities: Trekking, homestay
Meals included: 2 x B, 3 x L, 2 x D

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Day 1: Mae Hong Son - Doi Pui - Hill Tribe Village   (-/L/D)

 

After breakfast at your hotel you will meet your guide and depart to Ban Huai Hee by using one of our especially adapted 4-wheel-drive trucks, travelling through beautiful mountain scenery seen to its advantage in the soft morning light. We will take a well deserved break at the top of Doi San Fa viewpoint, with ample time for taking some memorable photographs of the scenic valleys and beautiful morning mist around Mae Hong Son. Afterwards, we continue driving on an off-road trail to our final destination, Ban Huai Hee village.

Upon your arrival we will meet the CBT (Community- Based Tourism) members of Ban Huai Hee and be introduced to your host family, with whom you will be spending the night in their traditional hill-tribe hut. In the late morning you can spend some time discovering the local nature as you trek along the beautiful forest conservation trail. During your trek, take this opportunity to learn how the Karen people live and continue to use the knowledge and teaching of their ancestors to utilise and conserve the natural resources around them. Finally, reach your destination at the highest point in Mae Hong Son, Doi Pui, at 1,722 metres above sea level.

 After lunch overlooking the scenic valleys and rice fields of Mae Hong Son, continue to enjoy the trek through the wild-orchid conservation area and arrive back at your host village in the late afternoon. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to see how the Karen villagers traditionally cook their rice. This full process of rice cooking will make you appreciate and admire the efforts that the villagers undertake in order to maintain their traditional way of live. Spend the evening in the company of your local hosts and exchange stories and family pictures before settling down for a good night’s sleep in the relaxing atmosphere of the hill-tribe village.

Day 2: Treeking to Ban Huai Goong - Homestay Ban Huai Hee Village   (B/L/D)

 

Village life starts early, so wake up and enjoy the morning activities before having breakfast and then pack ready for your downhill trek to Ban Huai Goong village. On the trek you will be accompanied by members of the village community while the trek continues along the beautiful mountain paths and through the areas used for rotational farming  and where you will stop to learn how Karen people cultivate their rice and vegetables.  “Go native” and enjoy your lunch in the jungle using only the materials that nature can provide. Then continue your afternoon trek along the beautiful mountain trail until reaching Ban Huai Goong.

On arrival you will meet your second host family with whom you will stay the night and say goodbye to the members of the Ban Huai Hee village who have accompanied you on your journey. This is the time to relax and enjoy the company and warm atmosphere of your host family. Exchange stories an photos so as to learn about each other’s way of life and family history.

Day 3: Pha Bong Dam - Waterfall - Mae Hong Son   (B/L/-)

Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast and start packing for the final stage of your trek to Pha Bong Dam where your journey will come to an end. The trail starts from the village and follows the route of the Mae Samat River and then goes up-hill to a waterfall. This part of the trail is goes through a beautiful bamboo forest. If you are a bird lover the morning is the perfect time to visit the waterfall, as the birds will be singing and on full display. On arriving at the waterfall you can take a break and enjoy the beautiful sounds of nature.

After another enjoyable jungle lunch, during which you can see how Karen villagers use the bamboo forest around them to make useable and sustainable cooking tools, you will continue and enjoy your trek through the beautiful forest along the Mae Samat River. In the late afternoon you will arrive at Pha Bong Dam where transport will be waiting to take you back to your hotel


Prices

Group Size

Price Per Person in Thai Baht

Persons

10,500

4 Persons

6,750

Persons up

5,500

Single room supplement

On request


Services and Additional Notes

Services included:

•             Private air-conditioned transport and transfers

•             Home stays as mentioned in the programme

•             Local English-speaking guide

•             Meals as mentioned in the programme

•             Trekking and participating in cultural and community activities

•             All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the programme

 

Services not included:

•             Additional soft drinks/alcohol

•             Personal expenses

•             Tips for guide and driver

•             Domestic and international flights

•             Travel insurance

 

 

Please be advised:

In some villages you may not be allowed take pictures of people and some places may be out of bounds to visitors. If you wish to take photographs or are unsure whether an action is appropriate, please ask your local guide for advice.

 

Responsible mind:

The villagers’ income from tourists is to help support the community and preserve its way of life. We have designed our tours to provide them with job opportunities and a sustainable way of maintaining their cultural heritage and to offer an alternative to illegal activities like mineral exploration, deforestation and hunting wildlife.


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