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Authentic Hill Tribe & Rice Terraces Tour 3D2N Trip

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 Days 2 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people




Discover the authentic Karen hill tribe villages nestled in the lush forests of Chiang Mai. We will visit non-touristic hill tribe villages, in small private groups so the experience is kept highly authentic and personalised. Enjoy an intimate cultural immersion experience with the Karen hill tribe, learn about and share daily life in the village, in a natural and responsible way.

Visit the rolling rice terraces of Pa Pong Piang, learn about how rice is cultivated and enjoy some of the most scenic landscapes in Chiang Mai.

Sample Activities
– Optional short trek through forest and farmland
– Visit waterfall
– Visit village school
– Visit to Baan Tong Luang village
– Visit an Ethical Elephant Camp

– This tour starts+ends in Chiang Mai. We can pick up+drop off at your hotel/airport/train station in Chiang Mai
– The itinerary is an outline only, it is not fixed, this leaves opportunity to explore local life along the way
– Includes an overnight at a Karen hill tribe homestay in a remote village
– Conditions are basic (very little electricity, no hot showers, simple bedding in a stilt house)
– We follow village life, rather than village life following us, so we cannot guarantee what activities you will see in the village. But you will have the chance to meet villagers, be invited into their homes and to see how they live in an ethical and respectful way
– Includes an option to visit Baan Tong Luang village (where you can see the Long neck women, Palong, Lahu, Hmong, Lisu hill tribes). It can provide an educational and all-round insight into a wide variety of hill tribe groups. You can decide about this on the day, with your guide
– This tour can be customised. Please contact us for more details

ATTENTION : Published price is only estimated budget, the final price will be confirmed after discussion with tour service provider.

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  • Experience the Karen hill tribe way of life. Stay overnight at a Karen Hill Tribe homestay, Cultural immersion, Nature & Scenery, Scenic Rice Terraces of Pa Pong Piang


Day 1

Pick up from hotel - We will head out of the city (approx 45mins drive) into the forested outskirts of Chiang Mai - options to visit an ethical elephant camp and/or Baan Tong Luang (Long Neck village) - Visit to an authentic Hmong hill tribe village - learn about the ethnic Hmong people and aspects of Hmong life (traditional embroidery and their migration from China). Then we will continue into the sub-tropical countryside, our drive will take us through lush forested mountains - stop to visit aspects of local life such as roadside markets and admire the forested landscape views along the way. We will venture off-road in order to reach a remote Karen hill tribe village. Upon arrival at the village we'll meet some of the villagers, and have the chance to walk around the village and learn about Karen way of life (ie; weaving handicraft and traditional stilt bamboo homes). Using seasonal and local ingredients such as herbs and ferns, we will cook a traditional dinner together over a handmade fire - O/n in the village at a Karen Hill tribe homestay

Day 2

After breakfast - optional short trek through the rice fields and forest surrounding the village - your guide will show you the flora and fauna - learn about how the Karen farm and live with nature (ie: how they hunt, and forage for bamboo shoots). Time to depart the villages and head to Doi Inthanon Mountain and National Park - as we drive up, stop to visit waterfalls and royal pagodas along the way. At the summit there is a short nature trail - descend Doi Inthanon and then we'll go off-road for a short distance in order to reach the remote Pa Pong Piang rice terraces - enjoy the stunning landscapes of tiered rice terraces - admire sunset over the rice terraces - o/n guesthouse at Pa Pong Piang

Day 3

After breakfast, walk to explore the nature and beauty of the rice terraces before departing Pa Pong Piang. For the rest of the day, we can customise this to include sights or activities that you are interested in (ie: temples, handicrafts, markets etc.) please let us know and we can personalise the trip for you. Drop off at your hotel in Chiang Mai.


  • - Accommodation
  • - Transportation
  • - Mentioned activities
  • - Support guides
  • - Meals
  • - Drinking Water
  • - Insurance
  • - Personal Expenses
  • - Tips

Tour's Location

Chiang Mai, Thailand


What is the best time of year to visit?
Winter (Nov-Feb) This is tourism high season. Tourists prefer to visit during these months due to the all round pleasant weather conditions and as the temperature drops by a few degrees.
Rainy season (May-Sep) Whilst many people avoid rainy season, in our experience its one of the best times to visit. The rain often comes in short downpours, but is rarely severe or prolonged enough to interfere with travel. There are also many advantages to visiting during this time; the nature and scenery is at its most lush green, and with fewer tourists around.
Summer time (March-April) This is the least preferable time to visit, as temperatures reach the mid-late 30 degrees celcius. This is also the season when farmers burn the fields and forests, so air quality is bad and visibility of mountain views reduced by haze.
Why don't you have an all-inclusive price ?
This allows for flexibility in the tour, so you can choose accommodation/ restaurants/ activities. Each tour is unique, and we can customise them depending on your preferences.
This is also part of our local pay policy, whereby you pay local businesses and our homestay families directly for their services. They benefit directly from your visit , and do not pay us any commission for us taking you there.
We understand that you would like to have a rough idea of how much a total tour will cost, before signing up for one - so we're always happy to provide an estimate of what the exclusions are and total tour cost.
Do I need to book hotels beforehand?
During high season (Nov-Feb) it is recommended to book hotels beforehand, especially if you want first choice. Throughout the rest of the year it is not as necessary unless there is a special festival such as Songkran (Thai New Year) or Loi Kratong (Light festival). For accommodation during our tours, we will handle hotel reservations.
Is it recommended for kids?
Northern Thailand is a fantastic destination for kids, as it offers something for all ages. From soft adventure and outdoor activities, opportunities for cultural exploration, nature and animals, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The hilltribehomestay in particular is a great educational and cultural experience for children, and an enriching experience for all the family.
Is Malaria a problem?
Malaria only exists in specific rural zones along the Thai/Myanmar border most of which are very remote, and not easily accessed by tourists. We do not visit any malarial zones on our tours
What are facilities like at the homestay?
Facilities at the homestay are be basic, with running electricity but no hot water. For bedding, thin mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets are provided. In villages the bathroom is often located underneath the house, with a vat of water and squat toilet
What can I bring for my homestay family?
It is very nice of you to want to bring a gift and anything will be appreciated by your homestay family. We recommend that your guide take you to buy something from the local market here, and you can also bring a small gift from home, maybe something that symbolises your home country.
What will I need to bring?
– All travel items can be purchased easily and cheaply in Chiang Mai, so you don’t need to bring every essential with you. Insect repellant, sunblock, common drugs are all widely available here.
– For the hilltribe homestay you don’t need to bring a lot, but you may want to pack; insect repellant, small flashlight, light warm clothing, gift for the homestay family (your guide can take you to buy fruits/snacks at a local market on the way).
– Bedding and mosquito nets are provided at the homestay, so you do not need to bring sleeping bags unless you wish
– During the winter months (Nov-Jan), early morning and night time temperatures can drop to as low as 8 celcius, so please bring warm clothing and a light jacket.
How long do I need in northern Thailand?
We are often asked how much time is enough for northern Thailand? Our personal answer would be ‘never long enough’. However if your time is limited, we suggest at least 2 days to cover the basic sights of Chiang Mai city, although you could easily spend a week here and not have covered all that it has to offer. If you want to explore the countryside beyond Chiang Mai, 3 days is recommended for Chiang Rai province, and 5 days for Mae Hong Son.
Will there be atms?
There are many atms in Chiang Mai city, and also in the towns we travel through on our tours. So it’s possible to access cash along our trip
– During rainy season, waterproof jackets are recommended
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