Here is what the outline itinerary looks like :
Pick up from your hotel in Chiang Mai - we'll head out into the lush sub-tropical countryside of Chiang Mai - visit to an ethical elephant sanctuary - spend the morning here, bathing and feeding elephants - learn about how the mahouts take care of them - after a local lunch, option for bamboo rafting - then we will continue our journey north - on the way we will stop to explore local life (roadside markets, areas of natural beauty etc.) - Visit a traditional Shan (ethnic minority village), learn about the Shan people and see their traditional woven textiles and weaving - then visit the Karen and Kayan Long Neck tribe - You will have the chance for cultural immersion, with a Kayan Long neck family, and to learn about their way of life as refugees in Thailand - Option for short trek with a village guide to learn about the local ecology, and how the Karen live and farm - enjoy learning to cook traditional dishes together over a local-style fire pit for dinner - O/n in the village at a homestay
After breakfast at the homestay we will depart the village - drive up Doi Angkhang mountain, a cluster of peaks and valleys that form a mountain range that borders Myanmar - Enjoy the stunning vistas on the way up. Doi Angkhang is home to colourful minorities such as the Palong and Lahu hill tribe - Visit their villages, where these ethnic groups still live in bamboo stilt houses and hold belief in the spirit world - We will have the chance to talk to them and learn about their culture and way of life - Visit an outlook point which overlooks the mountainous Thai-Myanmar border - Optional visit to the Royal Agricultural Project Station - Descend Doi Angkhang, option to stop at a local waterfall where you can play in the waters - Drive back to Chiang Mai, other activities/ attractions can be included upon request on the way - Drop off at hotel in Chiang Mai.
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