This trip begins with a 3.5 hour ride from Chiang Mai north to Thaton, but the long journey promises to be worth every minute. The first stop includes a visit to the Hmong hill tribe village, followed by lunch at local restaurant. You will then embark on a 30 minutes boat trip along the Mae Kok River to Baan Mai before continuing by mini van to visit three more hill tribe villages, Akha, Palong and Long Neck Karen.
This last tribe is one which shows great interest to all who come and visit. Women of this tribe wear brass rings on their necks and limbs. The number of the rings increases according to their ages. Their shoulder blades are pressed lower and lower while their necks seem to be longer and longer. Upon returning to Thaton, you will visit Wat Thaton, which is situated on the top of the hill providing panoramic views of local villages, the Mae Kok River and the many abundant forests on the mountain range. If time permits, a stop at a local market will take place on the return trip to the hotel.