Get a taste of Northern Thai culture in the hills just beyond Chiang Mai. Set off to a Hmong community who will show you the art of coffee making before a light trek to the beautiful Pha Dok Seaw waterfall for a refreshing dip to finish your adventure.
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Today, experience another side of northern Thai culture in the hills beyond Chiang Mai. From the city, set off in the morning to a rural village, Ban Mae Klang Luang, just outside of the city. The locals here are almost entirely from the Hmong ethnic minority group and lead rural lifestyles that have remained largely unchanged for decades. After getting to know your village hosts, roll up your sleeves for a hands-on lesson in the village’s specialty: coffee making!
Follow the lead of your local host and guide through each step of the production process – from roasting, to winnowing and grinding – before sitting down for a tasting. After enjoying a few cups of the local brew, head off next on a gentle, two-hour trek along nature trails flanked by stretches of emerald paddy fields and verdant rice terraces. Along the route, stop at Pha Dok Seaw Waterfall – a perfect place for a refreshing swim during dry season – and arrive at the royal project restaurant for a local lunch of vegetables and fish, and a well-earned rest. By road, head onward to Mae Ya Waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Inthanon National Park - this is your final stop before heading back to Chiang Mai in late afternoon.