Adventure into the serene jungle of Northern Thailand, take in the stunning of the Mekong River, and culminate with a beautiful visit to a local hill tribe village.
Houi Mak Leim National Park and Hot Spring Trail
After an early breakfast, depart the Tented Camp by boat, and drive past Chiang Rai city to Houi Mak Leim National Park and Hot Springs. The first part of the hike is uphill through beautiful natural surroundings to visit Ban Ja Jor, a Lahu hill tribe (Mu-Ser) village. The Lahu women are highly skilled in embroidery, whereas the men are highly skilled hunters. Hike for an hour through the countryside to Ban A-Pae, an Akha hill tribe village, entering through the spirit gate revered by the Akha tribe, and pass by the Akha giant swing, used for New Year celebrations, harvest festivals and other ceremonies. Akha women wear a distinctive colourful costume, including a heavy headdress decorated with real silver beads.
Next, a short hike through the village takes you to the Huay Keaw waterfall, and on through groves of towering bamboo and tea plantations to a Chinese village where you will rest at a tea terrace and try the local brew. After all the exertion, it’s time to take a dip in the natural hot spring waters close to the banks of the Kok river, before your waiting car drives you back to the Tented Camp.
Time: Approximately 6-8 hours
Price: THB 13,000
Doi Sa Ngo Trail
Enjoy the fantastic view of Doi Sa Ngo, formerly an opium market but now the home of the Akha hill tribe. The village, built in traditional Akha style, is approximately a 90-minute hike up through the foothills and along a dirt road. Enter the village through the spirit gate and admire the stunning view of the Mekong River, paddy fields and surrounding valleys from a height of 760 metres (2,493 feet) Doi Sa Ngo is a 30-minute drive from the Camp and is a great way to gain an insight into the simple yet beautiful lifestyle of the local communities.
Time: Approximately 3 hours
Price: THB 7,000