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Hill Tribe Trekking in Thailand

Hill Tribe Trekking in Thailand is on a lot of travellers' hit lists, but this one is just a little bit special. During your stay, you will learn the customs of Thailand’s hill tribes, talk with village shamans and spend the nights in rustic comfort in lodges built from the forest in traditional style. Rafting, mountain biking, and learning to cook hill-tribe style are all part of this trek overflowing with a lifetime’s experiences.

Private Trek Classic 2 days

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About half a million of Thailand’s population are members of small, culturally and often ethnically distinct tribes, mainly living in the mountainous Northern area of the country near the Burmese border. The incredible diversity of these peoples’ ways of living, their beliefs and traditions, and - most immediately noticeable to even the most casual traveller - their dress, conspire with the extraordinary natural beauty of the region to produce a place of unrivalled density and richness. This is superbly rewarding country for the trekker; a journey replete with unforgettable destinations.

There is too much on offer on this trip to do more than give a cursory overview here; plenty of hiking, of course, and guided mountain biking too, but then there’s also the inflatable river rafting… And that’s just the transport! You’ll visit five major hill tribes in the region, both in village settings and at the lodges where you’ll stay overnight, each of which is run by members of a different tribe. You’ll have the chance to learn about herbs from the villagers, and to speak with the local shamans about their beliefs. You’ll be given cooking lessons, Lanna Tribe style, and find out about how rice is farmed and the importance of bee conservation in the area. You can learn to carve fruit and vegetables or relax and enjoy a herbal steam bath or massage. There’s just not enough space on this page for a complete itinerary!


You should arrive at Lisu Lodge about 10 am. After a welcome drink and an orientation, you will drive in a local truck to the area near Pha Mieng. Start walking along the jungle trails to the remote village of Hmong Pha Mieng (1h 30 minutes). Meet the inhabitants of this small hill tribe village in the jungle.
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest.
After lunch, you will walk to the top of the mountain (1h 30 minute) where the Red Lahu Village of Pha Daeng is located. Continue walking along a mountain ridge to the Lahu village of Kup Kap (1 hr), from where you have a spectacular view overlooking the Mae Taeng district and Chiang Mai town glittering at night in the distance.
Dinner and overnight at Lahu Outpost, modeled after Lahu hill tribe house.
Amenities provided: mattress, pillow, bed linen, blankets, towels, mosquito nets, western-style toilets and hot water shower rooms.

After an early breakfast, we go on a one and a half hour walk down a steep jungle path passing by the Huay Sadharn Waterfall. Transfer by local truck to the rafting station. Enjoy rafting down the river for about 45 minutes.
Return to Lisu Lodge by local truck with stop en route at Tea plantation - Stop off to relax and enjoy a magnificent landscape at our tea plantation where you will be led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the process of growing and harvesting tea as well as vegetation propagation to produce tea seedlings at the nursery, whilst teaching you how to pluck tea leaves and enjoy a cup of fresh-roasted tea. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.
Upon arrival, a welcome drink will be served. Guided by a Lisu villager, walk from Ton Lung temple to visit the herbal garden. Then continue through the village with a stop for a cup of tea at the village shaman’s house. Chat with the Lisu shaman and learn about his life, beliefs, curing rites and Lisu traditions.


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Lahu Outpost

Chiang Mai & the North

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Price guide

Price rating 3

- Simple comfortable lodge
- Base for trekking


Getting there

You need to get to Chiang Mai. Direct flights are available to Bangkok from most major UK airports, then you can make your way to Chiang Mai, by bus, plane or train. We an organise tailor-made travel in Thailand, please ask for a quote.

Price includes

Includes meals and activities as specified.

Not included
Transfers between Chiang Mai and Lisu Lodge / Khum Lanna - these can be arranged

You may also like to budget for optional expenses, such as purchases at the local market, alms giving, drinks and for telephone or laundry services.

Is it for me?

The trekking in this tour is moderate and accessible to all in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. Trails can be rough or slippery depending on weather conditions. Long ascents/descents. 2-3 hours walk per day, without much carrying.


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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • We just got back from our trip and it was wonderful...It's really hard
    to adjust back to real life!

    We had a great trip and the trek was wonderful. Jatoo, our guide, was an
    extraordinary guy, his English was very good, he knew the area very
    well, he told us a lot about Thailand and he was a riot over all! I
    think he made a big difference to our experience.

    I'd rate the overall experience at 4. I think it'd be helpful to be a
    little more detailed in the requirement up front, as we thought the trek
    was walking around the forest but it was a bit more than that. We
    thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, so the last day, the bike ride fell a
    little short of expectations, we woke up really early and wished that we
    did a bit more at the end. I'd certainly recommend it to my friends and
    we'll look at other tours that you arrange in the future.

    MissingOyaEcevitt reviewing Hill Tribe Trekking in Thailand on 11 May 2011

  • .The trekking experience was great (i.e. day 1 and 2) would rate that a 5, Day 3 was a 4, Day 4 was a 3. Some elements of the trip such as the dancers at Lisu lodge was not really necessary as we prefer to see the Lisu tribe in their village rather than a forced dance in the lodge. Also, the bike trip on day 4 was too short. I think you should look at extending this trip and rearranging some of the other activities.

    Having said these, I must point out that we had an excellent tour guide (Jatoo). I would recommend him to all my friends. He was very knowledgeable, and never got tired of our detailed questions.

    Overall my main disappointment was that apart from the Lahu Outpost, the "rules" did not allow Jatoo to have dinner with us. I find this very strange at this day and age. This decision should be left to the guide and the visitors, not the owners of the lodges.

    Hope these comments help. We had a wonderful time and saw the best part of Thailand.
    Thanks for your help.

    MissingOzgaUste reviewing Hill Tribe Trekking in Thailand on 11 May 2011

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

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