A great days' hike in the hills with everything you wish for: Fantastic views, untouched jungle, rice-fields, babbling mountain streams and good paths
Refreshing swim in a beautiful waterfall
Get to know the Karen hill-tribe culture stopping to chat to the friendly villagers.
Enjoy a full day visit to Mae Wang; hiking in the hills, refreshing swim in a beautiful waterfall and learning the Karen hill-tribe culture.
Far less developed than Mae Taeng or Mae Rim areas, Mae Wang District is located south-west of Chiang Mai and north of Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain. It is a stunningly beautiful area, especially during the monsoon when the rice fields are green and the rivers full. Hiking is perfect way to introduce the friendly Karen people who live on the mountain tops and their fascinating culture. Total hiking time is approximately 4 hours through tropical deciduous forests of Mae Wang National Park with its views, trails along the river and many waterfalls.
Pick up from Chiang Mai hotel at 08:00hrs and entering Mae Wang district, stop at Bam Kad market to buy your own packed lunch consisting of fried rice and veg, Chiang Mai sausage and fruit amongst other choices. Continue driving past rice fields and rivers up into the hills arriving near the summit at a Karen village around 10:30 hrs. After a refreshment stop at a Karen home, hike through tropical deciduous forest to another village pausing to chat and learn more about their culture and traditions before continuing onto a large waterfall with a pool. Stop here for a swim and lunch around 12:30 hrs. The afternoon is a 2-3 hour downhill hike on a good trail following a clear river cascading down the mountain to finish at a Thai village in the valley near the Mae Wang River. Optionally at the end of the hike, drive to a small rafting camp to start a relaxing bamboo raft trip for about 45 minutes on the Wang River. (Time depends on season/water level The drive back to Chiang Mai is 90 mins.
Total hiking time of max 4 hours, and perfect for families with children over 8 or 10 years. - Good hiking shoes required.