Local Living Thailand—Hilltribe Experience

Thailand · about Escorted or Guided Tour

When most of us think “Thailand,” we think bustling Bangkok, fresh and spicy Lanna cuisine, and flamboyant Buddhist temples. This trip introduces you to a side of Thailand that few see, partnering you up with a local hilltribe for an all-access glimpse into (very) rural life. Explore the village and the jungle that surrounds it, study ancient farming techniques, try your hand at bamboo-weaving, and learn about daily life in the hills from your more-than-welcoming hosts. Bangkok, schmangkok – head for the hills and discover what everyone else has been missing.

What's Included

Three-day homestay with a local hilltribe and all activities as listed in the itinerary. Transport between destinations and included activities.

Highlights

Connect with local Black Lahu and Shan communities, savour home-cooked Thai food, experience local culture hands-on, learn about local hilltribe customs from those who live and breathe them.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our CEOs (Chief Experience Officer). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Group Size Notes

Avg 10, max 14

Transport

Private vehicle, walking.

Solo Travellers

Accommodation

Basic hotel (2 nts), local homestay (3 nts)

About Accommodation

While staying in the hilltribe village, the group will be split into groups of 2 and 3, with each group staying in a different home. Beds are on the floor; all bedding and a mosquito net are provided.

Joining Hotel

Arrival Complications

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time)
From outside Thailand: +66 2 381 5574
From within Thailand: 02 381 5574

After hours emergency number
From outside Thailand: +66 87 049 6074
From within Thailand: 087 049 6074

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. Most travellers prefer to carry a softbag or rolling bag of small to medium size can be suitable. If you have combined this trip with another G Adventures trip (basic or standard) we recommend you to travel with a backpack. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.

Checklist

Documents:
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•EUR cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Suggested Items:
Rain gear
Rain jacket or poncho
Umbrella
Warm clothing
Fleece jacket or warm layer
Hat
Gloves
•Light fleece top
•Windproof/waterproof jacket
•Swimwear
•Towel
•Sun hat
•Sturdy walking shoes
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries (biodegradable)
•Watch or alarm clock
•Earplugs
•Water bottle
•Money belt
•Day pack for daytime excursions
•First-aid kit
Any required prescription medication
Insect Repellent

Optional items:
•Playing cards or other favourite games
•Reading/writing material
•Backpack cover

Laundry

Laundry facilities not available while visiting the hilltribe community.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

Thailand: Most nationalities including Australian, New Zealand, British, Canadian, American, Belgian, Swedish, German, Dutch and Danish passport holders do not require a visa for a stay of 30 days or less. If staying in Thailand for more than 30 days, you will be required to obtain a tourist visa in advance.

Spending Money

Money Exchange

Money can be exchanged while in Chiang Mai at hotels or banks.

Emergency Fund

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in all international and domestic tickets.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the physical ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Trip Specific Safety

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Medical Form

A Couple of Rules

Travel Insurance

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Local Dress

In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.

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Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD30-40 for meals not included.

Meals Included

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: ATHL, ID: 22953

Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Mai

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Chiang Mai/Ban Jabo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Transfer into the jungle highlands of northwest Thailand with a lunch stopover in Pai. Meet your local hosts and lend a hand making dinner using regional products and traditional cooking methods.

Included Activities:
Baan Jabo Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 260km)

Day 3: Ban Jabo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk to the fields surrounding the village to learn about (or even opt to help out with!) local farming practices before visiting a prehistoric wooden coffin cave. Dine on a typical jungle lunch. In the afternoon, learn about the local education system with a visit to a school. Learn about the Lahu culture and traditional activities. Try bamboo weaving, make a Lahu bag and learn how to play a Lahu instrument. Opt to help out with dinner preparation.

Included Activities:
Baan Jabo Homestay
Prehistoric Wooden Coffin Cave Visit

Day 4: Ban Jabo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk to another hilltribe community in the area to learn about the Shan people, the local masters of irrigation and wet rice farming. Enjoy the views and take in a new way of life in the community before walking back to Baan Jabo.

Additional Notes:
It is always an option to spend all day in the Baan Jabo community, skipping the walk.

Included Activities:
Baan Jabo Homestay
Hilltribe Walk

Day 5: Ban Jabo/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

Say goodbye to your local hosts and buy any last minute hand-crafted goods before transferring back to Chiang Mai for a final evening with the group.

Included Activities:
Baan Jabo Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 260km)

Day 6: Chiang Mai (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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