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Chiang Mai

Private Tour: Full-Day Authentic Hill Tribe Villages in Chiang Mai

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This private tour explores remote authentic hill tribe villages in Chiang Mai, such as the Hmong and Karen, in an ethical way.  Get of the city, and travel into the lush countryside of Chiang Mai, enjoy the nature and explore local life along the way. Travel with a local hill tribe guide, who will open up cultural doors for you to learn about hill tribe culture and way of life, in a non-intrusive and responsible way.
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    Samoeng Forest
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Hilltribe Villages
    Stop: 3 hours -
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Visit local hill tribe villages in Thailand on this immersive full-day private tour
  • Explore Baan Tong Luang and other nearby villages by 4WD vehicle
  • Customize your itinerary to your liking with your private guide
  • Learn about the Karen, Hmong, Palong, and Akha tribes and their way of life
What to Expect
Greet your guide and depart from your hotel as you head out toward the sub-tropical countryside surrounding Chiang Mai. Enjoy a scenic drive through hillside forests as you venture off the beaten path to discover authentic hill tribe villages. Visit a traditional Karen hill tribe village, where villagers reside in bamboo stilt huts. Receive an invitation to their homes and have the opportunity to cook a traditional lunch together. Learn about Karen culture as you stroll through the village with your guide. Then, if you wish, take a short stroll around the surrounding rice fields and farmland and discover how the Karen utilize their habitat. Finally, opt to discover the many villages of Baan Tong Luang. Explore daily life for various hill tribes such as the Hmong, Lahu, Lisu, and Long Neck. Enjoy meeting villagers and potentially participate in activities like farming, weaving, handicrafts, or visiting the local school. After your tour, head back to Chiang Mai where your tour concludes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city, Chiang Mai airport, Chiang Mai train station, Chiang Mai bus station. For pick up from other locations please contact us


  • Chiang Mai Intl Airport, Chiang Mai Thailand
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Your hotel in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Airport or Chiang Mai Train Station
  • Professional local guide and driver
  • Transport by private vehicle, 4x4
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Insurance
  • Private transportation
  • Petrol: fill up tank and pay at the petrol pump (at the end of the tour), approximately 800 Baht
  • Food: We'll cook lunch together over handmade fire. Please pay villagers directly 250bt/adult
  • All entrance fees for optional activities
  • Baan Tong Luang village - Entrance ticket (optional activity) 500 Baht
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Pick up time from your hotel is 8am and we finish in the late afternoon. The timing is flexible though, please contact us about this
  • We specialise in visiting authentic villages and personalised experiences. So we can't guarantee what you'll see and do in the village. But you'll have the chance to meet villagers, be invited into their homes and to see how they live in an respectful way
  • The itinerary is an outline only, and is flexible. We can customize the trip
  • Optional visit to Baan Tong Luang village (where you can see the Long neck women, Palong, Lahu, Hmong, Lisu hill tribes). This is a touristic village, but it provides the chance to see a variety of hill tribe groups, which would otherwise be difficult to see in 1 day. The ticket for this is an additional cost. You can decide about this on the day, with your guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We have a non-inclusive price, as our local fair pay policy to ensure villagers receive 100% profits from their services
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Amazing day with our tour guide Anan! Melissa was helpful and very responsive while communicating about the tour. The tour exceeded our expectations and we enjoyed every moment. It was authentic, cultural, and very informative. I highly recommend!
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Pat, our guide, and Sam, our driver, were very friendly. We liked that we would stop at local, non-touristy, markets and coffee shops. The Villages were amazing. Seeing where these tribes really live was amazing. Then they cooked the food we picked up at the market. Pat does
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My husband and I booked a one day private tour through Melissa who was fabulous. Our guides were Pat and Daeng who were perfect from start to finish. Both were informative, warm and funny. We had lunch with the villagers and got to see a small glimpse of their daily life - a
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I really recommend this tour company for a unique and memorable experience. Went with our two young children and was safe and organised. The lunch at the hilltribe village was excellent and our guide Winai was knowledgeable on lots of different topics. A real highlight of our
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Words are not enough to explain how amazing the whole day really was! Melissa was such a helpful 1st contact person to organize our tour. Nothing was missed for what we had hoped to experience on our tour! Our guide was Tony and driver Daeng. They were just fabulous. They were
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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