3-Day Chiang Mai-Pai-Mae Hong Son by 4WD

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit the impressive Wat Doi Suthep
  • Wander through the fascinating Hill Tribe Museum
  • Take a trek through vegetable plantations to Ban Nong Hoi Mai Village
  • Discover the picturesque Mok Fah Waterfall
  • Enjoy lunch at a local Thai restaurant

tour details

You’ll begin your tour with a visit to Wat Doi Suthep before continuing to the King’s Winter Palace, the Khun Chang Kien coffee research project & Baan Khun Chang Kien Village. The rest of your day will be spent discovering Thailand’s hill tribe culture at the Hill Tribe Museum, the Ban Nong Hoi Mai hill tribe village and the King’s Royal Project Centre. The following day you’ll experience beautiful landscapes including the Mok Fah Waterfall, jungle-covered valleys and the Tham Lod Caves. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll continue to Mae La Na passing though Ya Pa Nae Red Lahu Village on the way. Highlights during the remainder of your tour include Mae Hong Son, Wat Doi Kong Moo, a bustling morning market, an exciting elephant ride and a long tail boat ride along the Pai River.

Pick up at your hotel in Chiang Mai and drive to the mountain temple of Wat Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai. Continue up the mountain, passing the King's Winter Palace of Phuping to turn onto a rough dirt road to visit the Khun Chang Kien coffee research project and the White Hmong village of Baan Khun Chang Kien. Return to Chiang Mai and proceed to Hmong Hilltribe Lodge and visit the highly interesting Hill Tribe Museum (closed for renovation until further notice) en route. After lunch, take a one-hour trek though orchards and vegetable plantations to the Hmong Village of Ban Nong Hoi Mai. Gain some experience about the Hmong Hill Tribe and learn about their ways of life. Then continue by car to the King's royal project center in Ban Nong Hoi Kao and observe how the hill tribes are trained to grow vegetables and fruits. The center also acts as their buying agent and cold storage for their products. Return to the HMONG HILLTRIBE LODGE for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, drive 45-minutes south to Mok Fah Waterfall. Enjoy a short walk through the jungle-covered valley to the falls. Take a refreshing plunge in large natural pool and pause for soft drinks near the waterfall. Then, drive west on glorious back-roads with views of high mountain ranges and forests. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Soppong and visit the huge caves of Tham Lod. A small river winds through the caves, which we will partly explore on foot as well as on bamboo rafts. We exit the caves and take a 20 minutes walk back to the car park, then drive to Mae La Na, passing though the Red Lahu village of Ya Pa Nae. We continue along spectacular dirt roads along a high mountain ridge to visit the village temple, then continue to the Shan village of Mae La Na and onto Mae Hong Son. Explore the charming city and its Burmese style temple, Wat Doi Kong Moo. Dinner and overnight at FERN RESORT.
Visit the busy morning market in town, then return to your resort for breakfast. Visit an elephant camp and enjoy a 45- minute elephant ride through the jungle and across Pai River. Then take a long-tail boat along the pretty Pai River to visit the Longneck (Karen) village close to the Myanmar border. Transfer back to Chiang Mai (5-6 hours drive) with lunch en route at a local restaurant.


Our package tour prices are inclusive of -

  • Transfers and tours by air conditioned 4-wheel drive with English-, German or French speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat fees
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Accommodation in non-air conditioned room with hot/cold shower at the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge and air-conditioned room with hot shower at Fern Resort
  • Service charges and VAT


Not included are -

  • Other meals than mentioned in the program
  • Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners
  • Optional tours, and expenditures of a personal nature


Note: Slight deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions and room availability.
    Tour code: CNXDBPMH

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