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Unique Experiences:
Explore the Northern countryside aboard a local Songteaw.
Pitch your tent in a campsite managed by a Karen Community.
Enjoy a friendly local BBQ by the campfire.
Hike through the jungle to a hidden waterfall.
Participants:
Up to 16 travelers may book this trip. This trip departs with a minimum of 4 travelers.
Type of Transportation:
Chiang Mai Gate Hotel to Mae Wang Camping by Private Songteaw.
From Mae Wang to Chiang Mai by Private Songteaw.
Type of Accommodation:
2 nights in camping tent in Mae Wang
Age Policy: Adults: 12 to 99 years of age
Children: 7 to 11 years of age
Infants: Prohibited
How to get here:
Make your way to The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel for 09:30 where we’ll relax and get to know each other over some coffee or tea..
Included in Price:
Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Accommodations: 2 nights in a camping tent
Transportation: Chiang Mai to Mae Wang by Songteaw and Mae Wang to Chiang Mai by Songteaw
Miscellaneous: English-speaking guide
Excluded from Price:
Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
Tips & Gratuities
Compulsory & Peak Season Surcharges

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Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai to Mae Wang

Our team will pick you up from The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel at 10:00 and transfer you to Mae Wang, around 45 minutes from the city by songtaew, where the WeCamp adventure starts.
First stop is a remote hill-side Temple where we’ll make merit for the adventure ahead and learn about the lives of the monks living in this ideal location. Then we travel on by songtaew through small farming communities getting a real sense of how people live in this part of the world.
Enjoy a tasty lunch at a laid-back rural family restaurant and then it’s time to head North up through the valley enjoying the winding roads and the feeling of getting further and further away from urban life. 
Stopping to explore the valley of Mae Sapok where we’ll enjoy the views across rice terraces, water buffalo relaxing in fields and hike through the forest to a fantastic waterfall before heading high into the mountains up superb winding roads.
Next stop is a giant Buddha image towering out of the forest giving incredible views and a stunning and mural inside and then we’ll arrive at our WeCamp site which will be our base for the next two nights.
Our WeCamp site is right in the heart of Karen Hill Tribe country and you’ll be greeted with a traditional Karen welcome before relaxing and enjoying the natural surroundings.
In the evening we’ll cook and eat together with the community and sit around the campfire enjoying fantastic Karen mountain food and sharing stories and perhaps even a little bit of local moonshine! A superb opportunity to learn about Karen history and culture and to enjoy the hospitality of the community.

Meals: Lunch, BBQ Dinner
Accommodation: Camping tent
Transportation: Chiang Mai Gate Hotel to Mae Wang Camping by Private Songteaw


Day 2: Mae Wang

Start with day with a local mountain breakfast and freshly brewed coffee from the mountains before we hike into the forest to explore the local area. 
Led by members of the local community who know the mountains like the back of their hands, you’ll learn about the different plants the community use, look for animal trails and even learn about the environmental challenges facing the mountain communities in the never ending battle between urban demands and the wishes of the community to preserve their heritage and environment. The hike takes around a couple of hours but is at a gentle pace with lots of stops to learn and explore and even gather food for later this evening.
Lunch is eaten in a clearing in the forest next to a small stream and then walk down to the local Karen village where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the lives of the community up here in the mountains. This is a real Karen community and a million miles from a tourist trap – in fact nothing here is designed for tourists and this is a great opportunity to interact and learn about life without the pretence one finds elsewhere. 
We’ll then enjoy a great feast in the local village, learning a few more wonderful mountain menu’s, with the community before heading back to the camp to enjoy another evening sitting around the campfire and enjoying a truly unique experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping tent


Day 3: Mae Wang to Chiang Mai

Another tasty and filling mountain breakfast to set you up for the day before we transfer by songtaew through stunning mountain roads to the start point of our hike today. 
Walking through the foothills of Doi Inthanon accompanied by a local forest expert we pass through towering forest, track along rivers, enjoy superb waterfalls and even stop for a swim in a cool (that’s temperature) pool deep in the forest. 
We’ll have lunch in a forest clearing before finally walking through the rice terraces into the community of Mae Khlang Luang where we can enjoy traditional mountain coffee in a laid back Karen coffee shop – Starbucks eat your heart out, this is how you really do coffee.
There’s time to explore this lovely community and take in the views over the rice fields and forest all around before transferring back to Chiang Mai city to end the trip. We’ll arrive in Chiang Mai by around 16:30 dropping you off either at your hotel, the airport or train station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping tent
Transportation: From Mae Wang to Chiang Mai by Private Songteaw

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