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Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek

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icon5 days  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Set out from Chiang Mai to trek through northern Thailand’s mountainous jungle on a three-day private tour. With an experienced guide by your side, you’ll explore the area around Chiang Dao, visiting Karen, Akha and other remote hill tribe villages, dining on (and if you like, helping prepare) northern Thai cuisine, and bedding down in bamboo huts. You’ll even have time to enjoy Chiang Mai and its offerings at your own pace with sightseeing tips catered specifically to your interests.
  • 4-night northern Thailand private tour with three-day trek round-trip from Chiang Mai
  • Strap on your backpack and follow your expert guide into the jungle near Chiang Dao
  • Stay overnight in two Palong villages and visit several more
  • Identify the ingredients used in northern Thai cooking at a local market and in the forest
  • Take a mini-cooking class from your guide and have the option to help prepare meals
  • Enjoy free time in Chiang Mai with sightseeing options tailored to your interests
  • Chat with locals as your guide translates

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Interact with multiple hill tribes, including one of Thailand's rare Palong villages.
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2 nights accommodation at Wangburapa Grand Hotel (or similar category hotel) and 2 nights accommodation at local guesthouse in Palong village
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Bamboo rafting
Two overnights in a local village house
Limited medical insurance
English speaking guide
Breakfast (4)
Dinner (3)
Lunch (3)
Other drinks except water during meals
Tips
Personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • On the first night, bring your passport and meet with local operator at 6:30pm at the hotel lobby for a briefing
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Itinerary may be adjusted due to weather conditions
  • Backpack may be provided upon request
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Green Trails Thailand

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Authentic Experience in Chiang Mai: Palong Villages Stay and Chiang Dao Trek.

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This tour was definitely one of the...
Janeen O
, Apr 2018
This tour was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. The hiking is fun and the mountain scenery very nice, and while the trail was somewhat challenging at times, anyone who is reasonably fit should be fine. I am in my 60s and had no problem with the pace or the condition of the trails. It was interesting to stay in the villages and see how the hill tribe people live. The accommodations were very rustic, but I slept surprisingly well under the mosquito net in the huts. The guide cooked the meals and he made me wonderful vegetarian dishes as I had requested. The raft trip at the beginning of the tour was rather touristy and not too interesting, but it did give us a short break to what otherwise would've been a long drive getting to the trail head. Overall, the knowledge and helpfulness of the guide was excellent and I would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to escape to the countryside for a few days.
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Excellent trip. Semi challenging...
adrian B
, Jan 2017
Excellent trip. Semi challenging walking in parts but nothing extreme. Great to visit the villages, still feels a little genuine hill living.
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All was well organized. The hotel in...
Twiggo
, Jul 2016
All was well organized. The hotel in Chiang Mai is luxury and located in the old city centre. On the day before the trip our guide met us at the hotel for a short briefing. The next morning we drove by car to a market where he bought some food, after that we went to the river rafting which was more a smooth gliding without rough water at all. I wouldn't miss it. They offer some extra activities like elephant riding or meeting a tiger in a cage. You have to pay for it extra but they don't force you to do it. My tipp: don't do it! These elephants look like they don't like their job. I felt very sorry and sad about these poor, suffering animals : We continued to a village about 50km north of Chiang Mai. From here our walk began. Our guide was awesome! He grew up in this region and knew all the people and a lot about nature. All villagers are very kind, friendly and helpful. The food they prepare is delicious! Because this is an adventure trip you have to bring a certain level of fitness, proper trekking shoes, insect repellent, etc... You get in touch with the nature and rural people very closely. It is absolutely worth it!
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the tour was well planned and the...
rgbrown
, Jan 2016
the tour was well planned and the guide on the tour was very well educated on the tour that we went on. accommodation with the local villages was excellent and the mixing with the local people was fantastic. the meals and snacks that were provided were also fantastic. overall, I would recommend this tour 100.
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I had a great time hiking and...
Bruce C
, Jun 2015
I had a great time hiking and staying at local villages around Chiang Dao north of Chiang Mai. There was only myself and my guide, Lek, on the trip so the we were able to hike/walk at my pace. Accommodation was VERY basic as expected but more than compensated by the amazing scenery, tasty food and the hospitality of everyone we met. A peaceful few days and a thoroughly enjoyable trip that I have no hesitation in recommending.
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If you seek an intimate look at...
Jackson G
, Apr 2015
If you seek an intimate look at rural village life and don't mind hours long hikes through beautiful terrain, then you will love this hike! I happened to be the only one on this tour with my guide, he spoke great English and provided an inside glimpse into village life. You stay in a large bamboo hut similar to camping, blankets and pillows, and mosquito nets are provided, but bring a sleeping bag. There are outdoor showers fenced for privacy, so bring your own towel. If you want to help make dinner, just ask, you'll enjoy a mini cooking lesson. Be sure to bring some spare toilet paper with you on the hike just in case you need to use it. You will be carrying your entire backpack for the entirety of the trip, so pack wisely. You can leave a small amount of items stored at the hotel if you need to. I forgot the name of the hotel, but it was pretty nice, maybe 2 or 3 stars. The tour company can provide a backpack and sleeping bag as well if you don't have one. The bamboo rafting and orchid tour are the only touristy parts of the tour. Otherwise, be ready to immerse yourself in their culture. Highly Recommended!!!
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