Pristine Village in the Valley

Mae Kampong Community, Chiang Mai

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  • The picturesque Northern Thai village of Mae Kampong is nestled in the hillside, 1,300 meters above sea level and surrounded by forest. Mae Kampong is hidden within a valley ensuring a pleasant climate all year round.

    A small stream meanders through the village of little wooden houses. It’s well known for the warm northern Thai hospitality and a model for strong community management.Cultivating tea is a traditional occupation for Northern Thai, highland people. Mae Kampong village is surrounded by tea plantations which successive generations have woven into the verdant natural landscape. Tea trees grow alongside Arabica coffee, herbal medicines and the stunning natural forest.

    Activities

    • Trek through the pristine forest and nature trail built by the locals
    • Learn how coffee and tea are cultivated and how it ends up in our cups
    • Make your own Miang, a local snack that will surely have you asking for more
    • Wake up early and join locals in offering alms to monks
    • Relax at your homestay and request a traditional Thai massage session
    • Enjoy the welcoming ceremony Lanna dance
    • Join the musical performance and get ready to learn some local dance moves

    Useful facts

    What’s Included?
    • Four total meals and beverages
    • Homestay accommodation with local host family (each room sleeps 5)
    • Basic activities fees
    • Local Guidebook by Local Alike
    • Accidental coverage insurance
    • Local community guide (English speaking)
    What’s excluded?
    • Lanna Cultural Performance (65 USD per show)
    • Pick-up and drop-off from major Chiang Mai points of interests ( Refer to pricelist)
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Repeat of certain activities
    Complete Amenities
    • cell service
    • mosquito net
    • electricity (220v)
    • comfy mattress
    • postal service
    • shared toilet
    Quick Notes
    • These are suggested activities within the community. The guideline itinerary can be subject to change or switch due to weather, access, local events, guests’ fitness and time management. Substitute indoor activities will be provided if the main outdoor activities cannot run properly
    • All additional activities are not included in the standard package price. Additional cost as listed below will be charged
    • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in a Local Alike trip, therefore we include it in our standard package.
    Travel Tips
    • Community based tourism is highly flexible and these are merely suggested things to do. Talk to us and let us know how we can help you craft your once-in-a-lifetime experience at Mae Kampong.
    • Mae Kampong is open all year. Tea harvesting happens between May to November. This community gets very lively during Thai holidays like Songkran or New Year and may not be suitable for those seeking a quiet getaway.
    Meet Pho Luang Phrom Min, our field expert.
    The pioneer leader in community-based tourism

    A strong community leader. He brings CBT to the village with very well-organized management. Now, Mae Kampong village can manage the increased revenue from tourism to develop the community without waiting for the budget from government.

    Pick-up and drop-off point

    Additional pick up from

    Chiangmai’s point of interest ( Bus or train station, airport, city’s center)
  • Guideline Itinerary

    Day 1

    MORNING

    Pick Up

    Pick up from Chiang Mai bus station, railway station or airport.

    Welcome Ceremony

    Arrive at Mae Kampong to a ceremonious performance by the village elders. Participate in the auspicious event by introducing yourselves and get ready to know your local friends.
    NOON

    Trekking

    Trek to the Mae Kampong waterfall and/or the Doi Mon Lan for a breathtaking view of the area. (Trekking distance and difficulty is up to traveler, please consult with your local guide for more information)

    Traditional Thai Massage

    After trekking, it’s time to relax your body and soul with a session of Thai massage. Select from a range of massage styles, from herbal treatment to full body oil massage.
    EVENING

    Lanna Style Dinner and Homestay Tour

    Take a tour of the neighborhood and settle in at your host’s dining room for a home cooked feast prepared by them. The night will be light and calm -- a great opportunity to introspect.

    Cultural Show Performance (additional fees)

    After dinner is a great time to gather around for the traditional music and dance performance by the locals.

    Day 2

    MORNING

    Making Merit and Alms Giving

    This is a Buddhist community so daily alms giving to monks is a common way for locals to start their mornings. The act of alms giving or sharing food to passing by monks is one of the most fundamental practices of Thai Buddhists.
    NOON

    Explore Mae Kampong

    Another time to enjoy the picturesque Mae Kampong community. Your host or local guide will lead you past little wooden houses, people and forest.

    Agro Tour

    visit plantations where coffee beans and tea leaves are grown. On top of that, you’ll get to join the little workshop to learn how Miang is made. Miang is a famous local snack that always gets people asking for more.Mae Kampong also boasts a hydro-energy project, take the time to understand how rural villagers make use of technology to improve their ways of lives.

    Farewell

    Leave behind lasting memories and feel inspired by the local Mae Kampong way of life. Exchange contacts and be sure to send back photographs and postcards. You’ll be able to purchase souvenirs made at Mae Kampong only!

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