Northern Thailand Hike & Homestays

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This trek offers travellers an unparalleled insight into the rich biodiversity, cultures and customs of Thailand's northern hinterlands


Duration: 8 Days
Starts in: Thailand
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Join Chiang Mai

You will be met upon arrival at the Chiang Mai Airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: White Boutique Hotel & Spa - Deluxe room or similar

Chiang Mai-Pai to Lod Cave then to Mae Hong Son

Your guide will meet you in the morning and you will make the overland trip to Mae Hong, passing through one of the most beautiful mountain highways. We will have a lunch break in the Pai district. This afternoon, we continue to visit one of the largest caves in the North of Thailand, The Lod Cave. Lod Cave contains three main chambers, first is “a giant pillar cave” with its height of 21 metres, second is a “doll cave” which contains different kinds of stone formations which look like a doll! The doll cave also contains an ancient wall painting dating back 2,000 years. The third is a “coffin cave”. Take a bamboo raft from the doll cave then climb up to see the remains of a wooden coffin, approximately 2,000 years old before we return to the entrance. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Mae Hong Son where we check in at The Fern Resort. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. This evening dinner is at the Fern Restaurant. Overnight: Fern Resort - Deluxe room or similar

Hike to Huay Hee Village

An early Morning start from your hotel. We will transfer to the trail head by 4WD. We will hike up and down into the valley of Ban Nam Hoo. Some paths of the trail are very steep and narrow. We will walk through the different layers of forest with the Karen peoples learning about the evergreen forest. Then hike up the mountain to the highest point at 1722 metres above the sea level. There are a variety of wild orchids along the trail to mountain top and beautiful scenery from the summit. Huai Hee village is accessable by road. Meet the first Karen village to successfully set up community based tourism (CBT) to promote their relationship with the surrounding ecosystem. Their livelihood remains primarily based on rotational farming on the surrounding mountain slopes. With more than 200 years of settlement history, the population of the village is less than 150. Visitors stay in pairs with their home stay family. Overnight: Homestay with Karen family Trek distance: ~9-10km Duration: 5-6 hours

Hike to Doi Pui, the highest summit in Mae Hong Son

After your breakfast, we will explore more nature along the beautiful conservation forest area. During your trek, you'll have the opportunity to learn how the Karen live as well as their sustainable use the natural resources of the area. Then reach your destination at the highest point in Mae Hong Son “Doi Pui” at 1,722 metres above the sea level. Enjoy a local Karen jungle lunch (prepared by your host family) then trek through the wild orchid conservation area. Late afternoon, return to the village. Overnight: Homestay with Karen family Trek distance: ~9-10km Duration: ~5-6 hours

Hike to Ban Huai Tong Kaw

An early morning start today. After breakfast say goodbye to the villagers and start walking along the gravel road for about 1 kilometer. Then 17-18 kilometres along the trail walk to Ban Huai Tong Kaw to descend into a river valley. Ban Huai Tong Kaw is a good place for visitors to explore the Karen culture. Huai Tong Kaw is reached by road, yet the village has tried to preserve their traditional knowledge. The village is still home to blacksmiths, herbal gurus, spiritual leaders, ritual singers and sword dancers. The highlight in this village is a spectacular waterfall approximately 150 metres high. Our after dinner activity is a sword dance at the village center. Overnight: Homestay with Karen family Trek distance: 17-18kms Duration: 7-8 hours

Hike to Huai Kung Vilage

Hike down into the Valley of Mae Samad River. Visit the largest waterfall in Mae Hong Son. We have many river crossings and steep terrain to cover. The water level is about 1 meter deep in parts. The village of Huai Kung is a small Buddhist village that consists of approximately 10 households with no direct road access. The village is situated nearby the Mae Samad River, 380 metres above sea level. They call this village “Baan Lek Nai Pa-Yai”. It means 'small village situated in the ancient forest'. The villagers are dependent on fresh water fishing in addition to hunting game, paddy rice farming and forest gathering. Huai Kung Village is a great spot for swimming where we will enjoy a fish dinner. Overnight: Homestay with Karen family Trek Distance: 14-15kms Duration: 6-7 hours

Hike down to Pa-Bong Village

A more relaxed 20km hike down into the valley of Mae Samad River, followed by more river crossings and steep terrain. Your boots will get wet again. We are walking into a deciduous forest which consists of a lot of teaks woods, bamboos, and red woods. It takes about 4-5 hours to hike to Pa-Bong Village where we will meet our drivers to head back to The Fern Resort. Please note: During June-November, the trail from Ban Huai Goong will be changed to the trail that leads to Ban Nam Hoo Hai Jai. This is necessary due to the higher water levels. Overnight: Fern Resort - Deluxe room or similar Trek distance: 9-10kms Duration: 5-6 hours

Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, trip concludes

Visit a longneck Karen village at Ban Huai Seau Tao. See local lifestyles of the exotic Padong tribe or known as Longneck Karen who originally lived in Myanmar and then moved to Mae Hong Son about 25 years ago. Afterwards, visit beautiful Shan style temples. One of which is located on the hilltop;“Wat Phra That Doi Kong Moo” overlooking the valley village. The next temple is located by the lake. Named; “Wat Jong Kum-Jong Klang”. The roof edge is decorated with the hand crafted zinc sheeting. Also visit a mini-museum which contains old wood carving dolls originally from ancient Myanmar. Lunch will be at a local Thai restaurant. In the afternoon, we transfer to Mae Hong Son airport, and fly back to Chiang Mai where the trip concludes. Note: The flight from Mae Hong Son (HGN) to Chiang Mai (CNX) will be around 17.05-17.45.

Additional Information

Join us on this remarkable adventure exploring the pristine forests of Thailand's northern hinterlands near the border with Myanmar. Reviving an ancient trade route, the program offers travellers an unparalleled insight into the region's rich biodiversity, cultures and customs. Our journey starts from Khun Khan National Park with its lush jungles and unspoilt forests along the little known Old Elephant Trail. This trek offers travellers an unparalleled insight into the rich biodiversity, cultures and customs of Thailand's northern hinterlands but with the construction of a road in the 1950s, the trail was abandoned. After years of solitude, the trail is now the perfect route for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Traversing over ridgelines and through forest covered hills and mist-enveloped mountains, travellers will trek through some of Thailand's most remote natural areas and be rewarded with sweeping panoramas of lush forests and wildlife-spotting opportunities in the mountains. Evenings on the trek are spent amongst the locals providing an opportunity to learn about traditional culture and a life style unchanged for generations.


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