Local Experience: (2 Days)

Authentic hill tribe experience in Thailand
4.5

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn the Lawa hill tribe way of life
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of our hill tribe homestay
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the Lawa hill tribe
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Minimum number of people is 2 and maximum is 6

Description

DESCRIPTION

We will depart Mae Sariang town to visit Karen and Lawa hill tribe villages. You can enjoy the magnificent views as we drive up a windy mountain road 1,200 m above the sea level.

As soon as you arrive at the Lawa hill tribe village, you will meet your homestay family. Our local guide will take you for a walk around the village. You can observe and learn about Lawa hill tribe way of life and culture. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the village or at the local temple. Visit the mountain temple, where you can learn about Buddhism and meditation. Enjoy the tranquil location and mountain panorama from the temple rooftop.

A few kilometers further off road you may see women pounding rice, cutting firewood or weaving. Visit the village school where you can observe classes. Optional activity is to visit the village silversmith where you can learn to make a silver ring. If it is farming season, we can take you to join in the farming such as planting or harvesting rice. If you are lucky you may catch a village celebration such as a spirit festival or wedding.

Experience the warmth and hospitality of your host family, prepare a traditional evening meal together and enjoy cultural exchanges. Stay overnight at the hill tribe homestay.

Note the homestay conditions are basic. There is electricity but no running hot water. There is simple bedding with a thin mattress, blanket and mosquito net. Bathrooms are located underneath the stilt house.

We follow the natural rhythms of village life, so sights and activities change accordingly. A 2d/1n tour will give you a taste of hill tribe life, but for a deeper cultural experience we recommend extending this to 3d/2n.

Price includes:

  • Homestay
  • Meals
  • Tour service
  • Local guide (basic – intermediate English)
  • Simple bedding, blankets and mosquito nets are supplied

Price excludes:

  • Food and drinks (it is normal to pay for your guide and driver when eating together, they will take you to try local food)
  • Optional activity – Silversmith workshop
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Transportation

How to get there

You can get to Mae Sariang by public minivan from Chiang Mai Arcade bus station leaving at 9am, 10am, 12noon, 2pm, and 5pm. Journey time is approximately 3.5-4hrs, and it costs 215 baht per person. Transportation can be arranged, just let us know!


Local Host

Pat

Enjoy your trip with Pat

Sawasdee khrap! (Hello!) My name is Pat. I am Shan (Tai yai), an ethnic minority from northern Thailand. It has been my lifelong mission to work towards a better quality of life for hill tribes and locals so that they enjoy the same social & economic rights as people in the lowlands while maintaining their unique cultural identity and values.

I have been a tour guide for over a decade and I saw how tourism, if conducted responsibly, could generate supplemental income and help local communities. So the idea of a homestay and hill tribe village tours led by local guides came about. Tourism also gives locals a chance to proudly showcase their wonderful culture and way of life and preserve age-old traditions and customs.

I believe that cultural exchange can be a memorable life-long learning experience for locals and travellers. And therefore, I invite you to join us and experience the cultural and natural beauty of my homeland. I am working with a group of local guides from the different communities. Either myself or one of them will guide you.


Location:

Mae Sariang

Address: Mae Sariang, Thailand


FAQ

1. How do I know if a local can be trusted?

We have incorporated several measures to ensure safe and trustworthy experiences:

a. References

We ask every local for references, like experiences from volunteers and/or travelers, NGO's and government bodies.

b. Quality check

We have verified information such as name, address, social profiles, phone number, payment details and description of experience.

c. Frequent contact

We had contact with the locals frequently by phone and/or email

d. Review system

The local can be reviewed after an experience, giving you greater confidence in the experience.


2. Do the locals speak English?

In general they speak English, but in some cases people didn’t receive proper English education. In those cases there will be an English-speaking guide available.

3. How much time does a local have to respond to my booking request?

Locals have 48 hours to officially confirm or reject booking requests. You will be updated via email about the status of your request.

4. How do I know a reservation is confirmed?

Once your request has been officially confirmed, you will receive an email notification from the local with all the necessary information

5. What happens if my reservation request is rejected or expires?

If your reservation request is rejected by the local or expires, no charge is made for the reservation and you are free to book with another local.

6. When do I need to make the payment?

As soon as your booking is confirmed the money will be captured from your account. The money will be paid to the local hosts once the experience has taken place.

7. How does the Tripcultr payment system work?

When submitting a booking request to a local, you provide your payment details and the payment method may be authorized for a charge. If the booking request is rejected or expires we do not complete the charge and any authorization is released.

8. What payment methods do you offer?

For the payment I Like Local supports several payment methods. Options may include:

Major credit cards and pre-paid credit cards: Visa, MasterCard.

9. Where do I find my receipt or itinerary for my booked activity?

Once you have a confirmed booking, your billing receipt and itinerary will be automatically emailed to you.

Your itinerary contains a lot of useful information about your reservation, such as the date and time of the activity, the number of people, the address, telephone number and email address of the local, and I like Local’s contact information.

10. How can I get in contact with a local?

As soon as your booking is confirmed by the local, which will be within 48 hours after your booking request has been sent, you will receive your itinerary by email. On this itinerary the telephone number and email address of the local are mentioned and you can arrange meeting point or pick-up location.

 


Alterations & cancellations

Can I cancel my booking and do I receive a refund?

You can cancel a confirmed booking at any time up to the moment of the activity. When cancelled more than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the local experience date you will be refunded, except for the service fee.

When cancelled less than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the activity no refund of the paid amount will take place

How do I alter a reservation?

If you want to change a reservation you can send the local an email with your request. In case you encounter any problems you can contact us via sales@tripcultr.com

How do I cancel a reservation?

To cancel your reservation send an email to sales@tripcultr.com. By cancelling the reservation, please note that you are initiating the cancellation and will be noted as the party responsible for the cancellation.

For what circumstances is a guest eligible for a refund?

We understand circumstances come up that affect travel plans. Depending on the case, a refund may be authorized outside of the cancellation policy and you may be given a full refund, meaning the local will receive no payout.

If you are cancelling due to extenuating circumstances, we will reach out to the local right away to explain the situation.

Extenuating circumstances cases will be contingent upon the reservation being cancelled prior to the check in date and upon you contacting Tripcultr to provide proper documentation where valid. Only the cases found in the Tripcultr policy will be considered.

 

Please know that if you cannot provide the proper documentation, we will not be able to give you a refund for your reservation.

Types of documentation can include: notes from a medical professional on hospital letterhead explaining why you should not travel, a jury duty summons, a valid obituary or death certificate, etc.

Will I get my money back if a local cancels or doesn’t show up?

In case the local cancels the booking you will receive the total amount paid.

How do I get a refund?

Refunds are issued for many reasons. For each situation, certain conditions may apply (see below). Just send us an email with the reason you would like to get a refund together with proof if required. We will then process your request and email you the outcome.

Once you receive notification that you'll be receiving a refund, it takes 5-7 business days to be reflected on your statement after which we process them. Some refunds issued to international credit cards occasionally take up to 30 days to be reflected. Refunds issued to PayPal accounts occur within 24 hours.


Reviews

Traveller Name: Norbert

Rating: 5

Date: 17-Sep-2014

I had the opportunity to visit the Karen hill tribes in Mae Sariang, which was the perfect way to get a one-on-one experience with them to learn about their local customs and hear their stories. The whole experience spanned for 2 days and included several hours of hiking, lunch and dinner with the locals and host family (actually, everyone is like family there), and quality interaction time with many of the people we met along the way. For me it was a great experience and a highlight of my time here on the north of Thailand.

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