Our Trekking Partner: Chai Lai Sisters

How do tourists impact the places they visit?

Eco-travel is not only about your carbon footprint, it is also about people. Community based tourism can ensure your adventure in Thailand is a respectful exchange with the indigenous communities you visit. Learn how.

Why invest in women?

In most societies in Asia, males tend to hold more public, social and financial power than females. If families can farm enough rice to sell, the income is usually given to the father of the family to manage and spend. When women and girls earn an income, they re-invest 90% of that income back into their families.

Chai Lai Sisters enables women to earn money for themselves and their families. This means that husbands and fathers see economic benefits and will therefore prioritize education for their daughters in turn. When girls are educated, they are equipped with the courage and self-confidence to better themselves, their families, their communities, and ultimately the next generation. They learn how to prevent illness and improve overall health, build and maintain infrastructure, manage personal and professional relationships, understand and advocate for basic rights, and secure a livelihood.

Educated girls are also more likely to marry later and have fewer children. All over Southeast Asia today, there is widespread acceptance of spousal abuse and women are highly stigmatized for divorcing or separating from their husbands. This means many women continue to stay in abusive or unfulfilling relationships. Our goal is to help break that cycle through compassionate eco-tourism.

Is it Safe for Female Travelers?

Traveling in remote parts of the world is thrilling, but it also comes with a great deal of vulnerability. Reports of sexual harassment and worse are unfortunately not uncommon for female travelers around the globe. Our goal, therefore, is not only to empower our female tour guides but also our female travelers. All women should have the right to feel safe and comfortable, wherever they are. Chai Lai Sisters brings women together to create a circle of female trust, security and safety.

Why Trek with with locals?

All of our tour guides and mahouts are indigenous people from Northern Thailand and Burma. When you choose to travel with us, you not only get an immersive experience of hill tribe life, you also support the protection and evolution of indigenous culture. Locals guides who know the secrets of the jungle and mountains better than anyone and they can invite you to their villages. With their expert guidance, you can travel off the beaten track to remote hilltribe villages, swim in hidden waterfalls and explore lush jungles, and experience firsthand some of the most glorious views Thailand has to offer.

How does my trek impact the Environment?

For every trek, we plant three trees in the jungle, helping preserve the biodiversity of this important temperate rainforest.

Great Value

Our affordable tours employ local ethnic minority people, and pay fair wages to everyone - from our drivers, to the elephant caretakers, to the tour guides themselves.

Customizable Private Tours vs Large group tours

Any of our tours can be customized to fit the needs, interests and schedule of your group. We have multiple trekking options and are more than happy to adapt our tours and elephant experiences to suit you. Just ask us!

What guests are saying

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 Chai Lai Sister's guides on their Karen cultural identity in Thailand

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