A tour of Northern Thailand uncovering the age old traditional values and customs of the Mae Hong Son hilltribe. Through jungle treks, homestays and joining your host family on excursions, you will learn about the close knit community values, visit local Coffin caves, a Shan Village called Baan Mae Lana, and enjoy a jungle lunch in a bamboo forest, learn how the local people use bamboo as a cooking tool.
- Explore Mae Lana village with local community guides, enjoy a Shan dance and local dinner
- Take the opportunity with the host family to go to Baan Mae Lana Temple to make offering to the monks
- Visit Lahu people's fields, rotational rice farming system, and understand how the local people live in harmony with the forest
- Tips for driver
- Drinking water and cold towel
- English speaking local guide
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
- Basic homestay accommodation with local breakfast
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Camera/video entrance fees
- International and domestic flights
- Meals other than mentioned above
- Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips, etc)
- Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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In the morning, depart Mae Hong Son town for Baan Jabo, a Black Lahu village where we are welcomed to the community by local guides who are members of the Baan Jabo Community Based Tourism Group. After an orientation, we hike up the mountain to visit local coffin caves, considered to be sacred sites by the Lahu people. Our local community guides will explain about local beliefs and how to behave in the caves; and show us their fields, rotational rice farming system, and how the local people live in harmony with the forest. (Note: From Baan Jabo to the Coffin Caves, it takes about 3 hours trek, walk and explain.)
We will enjoy a jungle lunch en route in the bamboo forest area. We will have the chance to learn how the local people use bamboo as a cooking tool… a tasty jungle food, and even a building material!
In the evening, we will spend time getting to know our homestay families. Homestay accommodation in this village is very basic, but the people are wonderful and you will treasure the memory of your stay. Please remember some pictures of your home to show your local hosts where you come from.
Overnight in Baan Jabo Community.
After breakfast, we will walk down to Shan village called Baan Mae Lana where we will meet our host families and check in to our new home stays. The Shan or Tai Yai people of Mae Lana are originally from Myanmar. They have interesting legends, a unique culture and spectacular performance.
We will have lunch together with our homestay families. After lunch, we will explore Mae Lana village with local community guides. There are many interesting people to meet, including the herbal medicine man, and local groups who make a variety of products.
We will have dinner with our host families. Afterwards, we will enjoy a Shan dance performed by local students who have revived their traditions.
Overnight in Mae Lana Community.
Wake up early this morning to experience the Shan offering. Shan people always make an offering to the monks at the temple. So take this opportunity to join your host family going to Baan Mae Lana Temple to make offering to the monks.
Afterwards, return home for breakfast and prepare to travel to Mae Hong Son. Arrive in Mae Hong Son by lunch time. Transfer to airport for flight or extension in Mae Hong Son.