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

We're sorry. This tour is no longer available.

5 days
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
2 - 8
Mobile ticket


Venture into the jungle of northern Thailand on a private trek accompanied by an expert guide, round-trip from Chiang Mai! Enjoy three days of trekking near Chiang Dao, a small town set in spectacular mountains. Your guide will take you to visit remote hill tribe villages of the Palong, Akha, Karen and Lahu peoples. You’ll be welcomed into the villages with northern Thai cooking and overnight accommodation in modest bamboo huts. You’ll also have leisure time to explore the vibrant northern city of Chiang Mai before and after the trek.


  • 4x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • 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

What to expect


Day 1: Chiang Mai - Trekking briefing

Pass By: Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai and transfer (on own to Chiang Mai Hotel.
At 18.30, meet with the organizer of tomorrow’s trekking tour in the hotel lobby for a briefing – please bring your passport along.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Wangburapa Hotel

Day 2: Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao

Stop At: Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao
Your trekking guide will pick you up at your hotel or guesthouse. We will drive into the mountains. On the way, you'll stop at the Mae Ma Lai market. Your guide will do some shopping for the coming days. He will take you along and will explain about the different ingredients used in the Thai kitchen.

Then, continue to a riverside camp on Tang River where a bamboo raft will be waiting for you. Your helmsmen will manoeuvre the raft through the gentle rapids. Continue to Chiang Dao where we will leave the main road to drive to an Akha village Ban Huay Hok.

We will start our trek with the first hike of about one hour to the Palong village Pang Daeng Nai, which is part of one of the Royal projects. Here the guide will explain about this interesting agricultural project. Lunch will be at the village. After this visit, we will start trekking to Pang Ho, another Palong village where you will stay overnight. There are only a handful of Palong villages in Northern Thailand. The Palong tribe only recently moved from Myanmar to Thailand. The women wear a distinctive costume mostly in red, with rattan hoops and a silver belt worn around the waist.

Your guide will introduce you to the Thai kitchen and will explain you about all the different herbs we use for the Thai dishes. After that, you can help your guide to cook dinner. After dinner, he will take you to one of the local houses to tell you the stories about the daily life of the Palong and the history of the village.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in village homestay

Day 3: Full day trekking

Stop At: Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao
After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. After breakfast, your guide will show you around the village. He will explain about the village shrine and the ‘huja rawl’, the ‘village heart’. After this, we will start trekking for about two hours to a waterfall where you will have time for a refreshing. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the waterfall.

After lunch, we will continue our trek through the forest about 3-4 hours to another Palong village. Your guide will take his time to explain to you about the natural environment. We will invite you to recognise wild ginger, rattan and the pitcher plant in the forest and tell you all about bamboo and its many uses.

We walk out of the forest into the rice fields to Huay Bong, another Palong village. Once we have arrived in the village, you can rest for a while or spend some time playing with the children. Your guide will prepare your evening meal for you all, and if you like, you can join him to cook dinner. At the campfire after dinner, it’s time to share some more stories with your guide and the local Palong people.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a village homestay

Day 4: Trekking and back to Chiang Mai

Stop At: Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao
After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. After breakfast, we will trek about 1.5 hours to the Karen village Thakilek. Along the way, we will stop at Lahu village Ban Huay Bong where we will visit the fascinating spirit temple and a blacksmith.
After this, we will continue trekking to the Karen village.

After that, drive to the restaurant where we have lunch. Drive back to Chiang Mai by truck. On the way back we will make a stop at an orchid nursery.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight at Wangburapa Hotel

Day 5: Chiang Mai - end of the program

Pass By: Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Free morning. Check out at noon

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Time of tour

08:00 AM

Meeting point

Traveler pickup is offered

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • 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
  • 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


  • Other drinks except water during meals
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
January 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...

Bruce C
June 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...

February 2020

I travelled in a Group of 14 people (including 5 under 10 kids) in Thailand in Genuary. The time we spent in the Chang Mai was an absolute highlight and big parto of it was due to the excellent Guide Narong and the Green Trail Organizations: the excursions were various, very well organized and al...

April 2018

our guide and driver were a great couple of characters, Wanai (guide) had so many interesting things to share with us which made the long journey seem to fly by. It was a non stop experience which was so worth the effort and cost.

Janeen O
April 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. ...

Laurence R
March 2018

We had a wonderful experience with our guider Dui, we saw beautiful places, discovered a lot of precious information on the villages we visit but also on all the wildlife. The cooking is really delicious and do not worry about quantities, it is all the time perfect (and we eat both a lot!!!) We w...

Subscribe to our newsletter

© 2024 TourMega™. All Rights Reserved.
from US$259.52 / per person