08:00 hoursDepart from Chiang Mai to travel to Mae Chaem District
10:00 hoursOn the way we travel over Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain towering 2,565 meters above sea level. We enjoy fine views on the drive to the summit and marvel at the summit stupa, which contains the remains of King Inthawidhayanon.
If time permits (& depending on the season) we visit Vachirathan Waterfalls, reachable by a short trail from the parking area. Vachirathan's waters tumble down a granite escarpment, creating a beautiful misty veil.
Please note a national park fee of THB 300 is payable locally and not included in the package price.
13:00 hoursAfter time for some lunch (payable on spot) continue to our Karen village in the Mae Cham Region. We will break the journey on one of the most scenic parts of the journey with the chance to buy some local honey and strawberries.
The scenery in this part of Thailand is absolutely stunning as the road winds itself towards Mae Hong Son District.
16:00 hours In the middle of the afternoon we arrive at our Karen Hill Tribe Village of Huai Phak Kood. The village's location is incredibly picturesque, with rolling hills and fields of crops providing the backdrop.
The village is home to local mahouts who take care of four elephants living in the nearby forest. Along with the elephants, the mahouts previously worked in commercial elephant camps close to Chiang Mai. With the support of the Mahouts Elephants Foundation,
along with their Elephants, they are now able to return to the village, their preferred place to live. The tribe are generous, friendly and hospitable, and after leaving your bags at the charming homestay you will be given a tour of the local village,
visiting the local school and have the chance to try your hand at weaving colourful fabrics and baskets.
19:00 hours Dinner this evening is served in one of the villager's homes. Sit down on cushions on the floor with your local hosts and families to enjoy a typical authentic Karen meal over an open fire.
Tonight's accommodation is in a local homestay. This is a wonderful and truly memorable experience to live like the villagers in an authentic homestay. Whilst a comfortable homestay please be aware that bathrooms are shared and there is no air-conditioning.
Accommodation at Huai Phak Kood Karen Village (Homestay)