Local Experience: (3 Days)

Karen hill tribe homestay & nature trek
4.5

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience a real eco-trek to the highest spot in Mae Hong Son
  • A traditional Karen homestay in a non-touristic area
  • Enjoy the wonderful river in the middle of the forest and a hidden waterfall
  • Duration: 3 days
  • This is a private tour with a minimum of 2 people

Description

DESCRIPTION

We will start these three days with a beautiful drive along mountain roads up to Ban Huai Hee, the village where we will stay overnight. You will be warmly welcomed by your homestay family and will sleep in their traditional hill-tribe hut. You will get the opportunity to trek along their forest trails and learn how they use the forest in a sustainable way. You can reach the highest point in Mae Hong Son, Doi Pui, at 1,722 meters above sea level, see the wild-orchid conservation area and may see how the Karen villagers traditionally cook their rice. At night you can spend time in the company of your local family before settling down for a good night’s sleep in the relaxing atmosphere of the hill-tribe village.

Village life starts early. Wake up and enjoy the morning activities before having breakfast and then packing your belongings for your downhill trek to Ban Huai Goong village. On the trek members of the village community will accompany us as the trek continues along the beautiful mountain paths. We will have lunch in the jungle only making use of the materials that nature provides us. After lunch we continue our trek until we reach Ban Huai Goong. On arrival you will meet your second homestay family.

The final day you can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast and start packing for your next trek to Pha Bong Dam where your journey will come to an end. The trail starts from the village and follows the path of Mae Samat River and then goes up-hill to a waterfall. This part of the trail is covered in beautiful bamboo forest. After another enjoyable jungle lunch we will continue our trek through the beautiful forest along the Mae Samat River. In the late afternoon we will arrive in Pha Bong Dam where transportation will be awaiting us.

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned transport and transfers
  • Homestay
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals
  • Trekking and participating in cultural and community activities
  • 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


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

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a. References

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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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