Huay Puling Village is located in Mae Hong Son Province, North of Thailand. It is a place known for its mountains and rich natural resources.
You will get to experience trekking through 4 villages! The first stop is Ban Nam Hoo Village which is a small village surrounded by a beautiful mountain. The next stop is Hauy Hee Village, which is a place where the Karen people have lived for around 200 years. Huay Tong Kaw Village is the next stop and you will see a waterfall about 150 metres high!
This is a long, tiring but rewarding hike. It has been designed for people who are experienced hikers. The trip will include approximately 5-7 hours of hiking per day and this will be on steep mountainous terrain (approximately 45-55 degrees).
- Trek through 4 villages
- 5-7 hours of hiking daily
- Soak in the beautiful scenery
- Trek through a wild orchid reserve
- Learn about the unique way of life of the hill tribe communities
- Visit a 150-metre waterfall!
- Swim at a local swimming spot
DAY1: Hike to Huai Hee Village (-,L,D)
Trek Distance: 5 kilometres | Duration: 5-6 hours trek
We will pick you up in the early morning at your hotel and head to the trail in a 4wd truck.
Then you have to hike up and down into the valley of Ban Nam Hoo. Some path of trail is very steep terrain and has a narrow path. You will have to concentrate while walking through the different layers of forest with the Karen people.
You will hike up the steep mountain, which is 1,650 metres above the sea level. There are variety of wild orchids along the trail up to mountaintop and beautiful scenery on the top.
Huai Hee Village is reachable by road yet the first Karen village to successfully set up community-based tourism (CBT). They use this to promote their relationship with the surrounding ecosystem to the outsiders and supplement their income. Their livelihood remains primarily based on rotational farming on surrounding mountain slopes with more than 200 years of settlement history.
Dinner and stay overnight at Huai Hee Village Homestay
DAY2: Hike to Doi Pui the highest summit in Mae Hong Son (B,L,D)
Trek Distance: 9-10 kilometres | Duration: 5-6 hours trek
Enjoy breakfast at the homestay and then meet your local guide. Begin your trek along a beautiful forest reserve where you can take this opportunity to learn about the way of life of the Karen people and also their wise use of natural resources.
Then you will trek to your destination, which is the highest point in Mae Hong Son “Doi Pui” at 1,722 metres above the sea level.
Here you will eat your lunch, which has been prepared by your host family.
After lunch, you will trek through the wild orchid reserve area. Then we will return to the village. You will get to see the full process of Karen rice cooking.
Dinner and relax at your homestay.
DAY3: Hike to Ban Huai Tong Kaw(B,L,D)
Trek Distance: 11 kilometres | Duration: 7-8 hours trek
After breakfast, say goodbye to the villagers and start walking along a gravel road for 2 kilometres. You will then walk for 9 kilometres along the trails that lead you to Ban Huai Tong Kaw and then you will descend into a river valley and back up into the steep mountains. Ban Huai Tong Kaw is a good place for visitors to explore the Karen culture. Huai Tong Kaw is reachable by road yet the villagers have tried to preserve their traditional knowledge. This is still a home to blacksmiths, herbal gurus, spiritual leaders, ritual singers and sword dancers. This village also has a waterfall that is approximately 150 metres high.
Dinner will be served at your homestay. After dinner there is an optional activity of Sword Dance at the village centre.
Stay overnight at Haui Tong Kaw village homestay.
DAY4: Hike to Huai Kung Village (B,L,D)
Trek Distance: 10-11 kilometres | Duration: 6-7 hours trek
Hike down into the Valley of Mae Samad River and visit the biggest waterfall in Mae Hong Son. This part of the hike has many river crossings and steep terrain. If you want to just wet your feet the water level is about 1 metre deep.
The village of Huai Kung is a small Buddhist village that has no direct road access. The village is situated nearby Mae Samad River, which is 380 metres above sea level. They call this village “Baan Lek Nai Pa-Yai”, which means small village situated in the ancient or primary forest that limits the amount of tourists and money in the village.
The villagers are dependent on the freshwater fish, hunting game, paddy rice farming and gathering forest products for their food security. Huai Kung Village is a very good place for swimming and they will serve you a lot of fish!
DAY5: Hike down to Pa-Bong Village (B,L)
Trek Distance: 9-10 kilometres | Duration: 5-6 hours trek
For the final day there will be a more relaxed hike down into the valley of Mae Samad River. You will be walking into a mixed deciduous forest, where there is a lot of teak wood, bamboo, and redwood. It takes about 4-5 hours to hike to Pa-Bong Village and after that drive to the Fern Resort in about 30 minutes.
Noted: During June – November trail from Ban Huai Goong will be switched to the trail that read to Ban Nam Hoo Hai Jai because of the high water level.
This program will be a part that could be generated community development fund of CBT Ban Huay Hee Village, Ban Huai Tong Kaw Village, Ban Huai Kung Village, and Ban Pa-Bong Village to ensure that every traveler’s spending goes to support local people and reducing rural-urban migration.
English speaking tour leader 1 pax
National Park Entrance fees
4 nights homestay with Karen family (2-4 pax per family)
- mattress, pillow, warm blanket and mosquito net
- Toilet (squat toilet) and shower usually outside (warm water not available)
Meals Plan (B,L,D) total of 13 meals
The local guide from community
Tour activities; trekking to the summit of Doi Pui, visit rotational farming, observe local culture such as Karen hand weaving cloth natural color dye