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Thursday, 12 April 2012 09:24

4 night programmes - option 1

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Our four night homestay includes two nights in the same village, Ban J'Fu J'Ga, where you can spend a morning helping in the fields, or just watching and learning, with the villagers. We have included visits to a local waterfall, traditional dancing, an elephant ride, and a trip in a long-tailed boat.

As well as all of that, add spectacular views, traditional food, and ancient cultures, all combining to make this an unforgettable experience.


Day 1

  • 8.30am Pick up from Chiang Rai
  • Orientation about our organization and hilltribe cultural traditions
  • Trek to Baan Jalae (Lahu hilltribe village, 2.5 hours)
  • Tour the Hilltribe Museum
  • Walk to waterfall and swim
  • Enjoy banana-leaf packed lunch
  • Trek to Baan Yafu (Lahu hilltribe village, 1.5 hours)
  • Dinner
  • Homestay

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Trek to Ban J'Fu J'Ga (Lahu hilltribe, 6-8hrs)
  • Dinner
  • Homestay

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Walk to the rice fields with villagers, and help with the farming
  • Help make lunch
  • Return to the village
  • Dinner and traditional Lahu dancing
  • Homestay (same house)

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Watch and learn some traditional Lahu weaving
  • Lunch & say goodbye
  • Trek down to Kwaevah Dam village (Karen tribe)
  • Cross footbridge to Ban Pak Kiao (Akha hilltribe)
  • Dinner and traditional Akha dancing
  • Homestay

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Walk 30 mins to board a longtailed boat
  • Ride to Ban Ruammit (Karen/Akha/Mien/Lahu mixed hilltribe village)
  • 30 min elephant ride
  • Pickup and drive to Chiang Rai (finish at lunchtime)

Other information

  • Please send us your transport details in advance so we can organise pickup.
  • Filtered water is provided for drinking.
  • Programmes begin at 8.30am
  • Please make sure you have breakfast before pickup

What to bring

  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Sleeping bag
    - not essential as bedding is provided but October - March is winter and quite cold
  • Walking shoes for trekking, and flip flops/thongs for elsewhere
  • Suitable clothing
    - light, cotton clothing that covers your whole body is ideal prevention for sun burn and insect bites
    - sun hat and sunglasses
    please remember to dress modestly for the whole day
    • shoulders and cleavage covered
    • shorts below the knees
  • Daypack
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Money for handicrafts (try to bring small notes, not 1,000B notes)
  • Balance of fee in Thai Baht


  • 1 person 10,000B
  • 2 persons 8,500B/person
  • 3-4 persons 8,000B/person
  • 5-6 persons 7,500B/person
  • 7-8 persons 7,000B/person
  • 9+ persons 6,500B/person
Rates for children
Overnight trips
0-3 years old 20% of adult fee
4-12 years old 80% of adult fee
13+ years old Adult fee

N.B: Count the total number of people in the group (including babies), and then apply the percentage reduction based on the age of each individual

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Last modified on Thursday, 12 April 2012 09:47
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