Local Experience: (3 Days)

Exotic tribal homestay & nature trek
4.5

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek in the miraculous limestone mountains to see the pre-historic coffin cave
  • Learn about the life of the Black Lahu and Shan people
  • Stay overnight with a local family
  • This is a private tour with a minimum of 2 people

Description

DESCRIPTION

During these three days you will get an experience you will not forget. The first day we will stay in a Black Lahu village where you will be welcomed into the community. We will hike to together with a guide from the village to the Coffin and Coral caves, considered to be sacred sites by the Lahu people. They will explain all about their beliefs and traditions. Afterwards they will show you their rice fields and explain their rotational rice farming system. A jungle lunch will be served on the way and you will have the chance to learn how the local people use bamboo as a cooking utensil. In the evening you have the opportunity to spend time getting to know your homestay family. A ‘facilitator’ will assist in translating. Homestay accommodation in this village is very basic, but the people are wonderful and you will treasure the memory of your stay. Please remember to bring some pictures of home to show your local hosts where you come from.

The next day you will hike through the mountains and beautiful paddy fields. In the late morning, you will arrive at Ban Mae Lana where you will meet your new host family. The Shan or Tai Yai people of Mae Lana are originally from Burma. They have interesting legends, a unique culture and spectacular dance performances. You will have lunch together and then explore Mae Lana village with a local community guide. There are many interesting people to meet, including the herbal medicine man, and local groups who make a variety of handicraft products.

The third day you will have the chance to wake up early to join in the tradition of daily Buddhist merit making by offering food and flowers to the community’s monks. Afterwards a nice breakfast is awaiting you. A 4WD will bring you to one of the biggest caves in the North, Lod Cave. En route you will see beautiful forest and limestone mountain sceneries. Afterwards you can take a bamboo raft and then climb up to see the remaining wooden coffins.

Late afternoon you will be brought back to your hotel.

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned transport and transfers
  • Homestay
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals
  • Local community and cultural activities, cave tours
  • All entrance fees for visits

Price excludes:

  • Additional soft drinks/alcohol
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Domestic and international flight
  • Travel insurance
  • Transportation to and from Chiang Mai

How to get there

You can get to Mae Hong Son by public minivan from Chiang Mai Arcade bus station. Journey time is approximately 4,5 hrs and 250 baht per person.


Local Host

Nutty

Enjoy your trip with Nutty

Hi, my name is Nutty. I earned my nickname because I like taking risks which often result in new traveling routes off the beaten track. I have 15 years experience as a guide and have a deep passion for sustainable tourism and responsible travel. I am a strong advocate of Community-Based Tourism and bringing benefits to small rural villages. Therefore I am collaborating with local guides from different communities and actively involve local villages. I can't guarantee that I will guide you, but then one of my fellow guides of the community will take care of you.

Location:

Mae Hong Son

Address: Mae Hong Son, 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

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

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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.


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