Camping in the mountains of Chiang Mai - 2 Days

Trekking + waterfalls + rafting  + Karen Culture Experience +  

4500 THB 2 days 1 night $140

Get off the beaten path and learn how to live in harmony with the jungle. On this private trek you will relax and learn some jungle survival skills from knowledgeable indigenous Karen hill tribe guides. 

Unplug. Reconnect.

Karen people have lived peacefully in the in the mountains for generations, combining hunting, gathering and farming to survive. On this trek your guides will teach you to return to indigenous roots and enjoy the simple pleasures of jungle life. On this Chai Lai Sisters tour you will experience what life is like without wifi, supermarkets, factory farms, and 7-Elevens on every corner.

Trek to waterfalls

Trek to waterfalls

Golo in a bamboo Karen hill tribe house

Golo in a bamboo Karen hill tribe house

“Many people live in a society where they don’t know how to make their own clothes, make their own shelter or get their own food. Knowing how to meet your most basic needs leads to a sense of confidence and well-being - or feeling more sabai. Also food from the jungle is good because it’s all organic!
— Golo, Chai lai Sisters Guide

Trip Highlights Include:

  • Hike scenic trails
  • Visit a remote waterfall
  • Ride and learn to guide a bamboo raft
  • Cave temple meditation
Trek to waterfalls

Trek to waterfalls

Have fun in nature

Have fun in nature

Learn from experts

A hill tribe village might "poor" to you but we feel rich to live in the beautiful natural landscape. Our wealth is not how much stuff we accumulate but how little we need to me happy. The forest provides everything that we need. Karen houses are traditionally constructed from bamboo with roofs made of grass or leaves. Your guide can teach you to make a basic shelter using only these items and a machete. Karen women still know how to make their own clothes completely by hand and without electricity, by weaving on a back loom. It takes time to master but you will have a chance to try it out.

Some of the wilderness skills you can learn:

  • Identify wild edible plants
  • Cook and eat in the jungle
  • Make cooking utensils from banana leaves
  • Identify medicinal plants
  • Find water in bamboo
  • Build a shelter
  • Weave cotton into cloth
On this tour you don’t just have fun, you also you also give jobs to Karen people and we are happy to share indigenous jungle wisdom with you
— Nukul, Chai Lai Sisters Founder

What makes this tour unique?

Chai Lai Sisters is Thailand's first trekking company owned and operated by Karen women. We strive to make the impact of tourism a positive one for both our community and the ecosystem.

NOTE: Karen families want to give their guests the best experience possible. Therefore, homestays tend to be beautiful cabins on the family property rather than actually sharing the family’s own house, where they usually sleep in one room together, on the floor. Similarly, they usually feel shy to eat in front of the guests, preferring to make sure that guests are happy and eat separately afterwards. If you would like to ask the family to join you, feel free to invite them.     

DEPARTURE LOCATION

Any hotel in downtown Chiang Mai, or from the Three Kings Monument

A surplus transportation fee of 700THB may be charged if your pick up location is a significant distance outside of downtown Chiang Mai.

TIME

Coming from Chiang Mai: depart at ~9:00am, return at ~5-pm the following day

This trip is well organized but relaxed. In order to give you the best experience and maximum time doing your preferred activities, there's not a set schedule.  We are flexible to accommodate a different order should you want to spend more time in an activity or change your schedule. The day may feel less structured than what you're used to but rest assured, you'll get a chance to experience everything! Most of the trek starting points are off mountain roads, some of which require 4WD for safety, so we will travel by truck.

The day will start with trekking. Come prepared with your daypack ready with swimwear, a reusable water bottle, bug spray, a change of clothes, camera and trekking shoes. If you are bringing larger luggage, we will store it for you while you enjoy your day and then bring it to the homestay with you.

Watch: meet our guide, Nukul