Opium Trail Trek Including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Hmong Village Tour

Chiang Mai Thailand

$75.00

Take a privately guided walk on an old opium trail in Northern Thailand, where you’re accompanied by a local Hmong guide between mountain villages. You’ll visit the Hmong communities of Doi Pui and Ban Mae Sa Mai, and learn about the people and plants of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, whose slopes once supported a prolific opium trade. Your full-day private tour includes a stop at Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, the FORRU tree nursery and a Hmong museum, plus a picnic lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minibus.

Meet your guide during hotel pickup in Chiang Mai and get comfortable in your private minibus for the drive to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Your first stop is Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, a 14th-century Buddhist monastery that houses an Emerald Buddha replica. Arrive before the crowds for a look at the ornate murals and classic Thai design, and climb the 300 steps for a panoramic view over Chiang Mai.

Hear about the complicated history of the local Hmong community en route to Doi Pui village, where you’ll meet up with a Hmong guide to accompany you on a hike to Ban Mae Sa Mai village, the largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand.

The 4-hour trek to the Mae Sa Valley follows a leisurely pace along a nature trail, taking you through dense forest past wild banana trees and water features, and includes photo stops. Learn some plant and tree identification, and hear about the opium cultivation once prevalent in the region, which now supports fruit trees and other agricultural projects. Eat a Thai picnic lunch at a scenic spot and get a glimpse of an alleged footprint of the Buddha.

Upon reaching Ban Mae Sa Mai, you’ll find few visitors in marked contrast with Doi Pui. Learn about the forest restoration project of Chiang Mai University called FORRU, which your included donation fee supports. Visit the FORRU tree nursery and a small Hmong museum before your private vehicle transports you back to Chiang Mai.

Important Information

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • FORRU donation
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Transportation via air-conditioned minibus

Exclusions Additional beverages (available for purchase)

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended
  • T-shirt and shorts are recommended attire for daytime travel; long-sleeved shirts or jacket for the evening. Travelers should also bring a hat, sunglasses and insect repellent
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