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Private Tour: Full-Day Authentic Hill Tribe Villages in Chiang Mai provided by Thailand Hilltribe Holidays Private Tours

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

Private Tour: Full-Day Authentic Hill Tribe Villages in Chiang Mai
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About
This full-day private tour of Chiang Mai explores the hill tribe cultures of Northern Thailand. Learn and interact with the Karen, Hmong, Palong, and Akha tribes in a respectful and responsible way. Explore the Baan Tong Luang village and remote sites by 4WD vehicle. Get to know a unique culture and interact with locals on this immersive full-day tour.
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  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9179P5
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Professional local guide and driver • Transport by private vehicle, 4x4 • Hotel pick up and drop-off • Insurance • Private transportation
Exclusions
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
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Traveller 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
Airports:
Chiang Mai Intl Airport, Chiang Mai Thailand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Professional local guide and driver • Transport by private vehicle, 4x4 • Hotel pick up and drop-off • Insurance • Private transportation
Exclusions
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
Departure details
Traveller 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
Airports:
Chiang Mai Intl Airport, Chiang Mai Thailand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h 30m
Additional information
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 travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Most travellers 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
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Samoeng Viewpoint
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Hilltribe Villages
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
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LucyHudec
66 contributions
Very good trip to see real hill tribes
Feb 2020 • Friends
I put lot of effort to choosing the right company for our hill tribes trip and to be honest, trip with Thailand Hilltribe Holidays was even better than I expected.
Our driver, Sam, drove safely and did not use the phone while driving :) Car was comfortable.
Our guide, Surachian(Surichian?), was very good and cheerful. Good english.
Firstly we visited a camp with about 8 tribes, and eventough it was a comercial camp, we did not felt like a walking wallet (like in other countries in similar places). We bought souvenirs and give some money for photos, but we did not feel pushed. The tribe people were smiling, nice and were not bothered to take photos.
Then we made a stop in Hmong village and did a little walk through. This village is quite advanced (electricity, hard road). Then we moved to Karen village to see real life of little less developed people. We even visited a home of one family and a grandma tried to teach me how to sew their wonderful cloth. It was nice to compare real life of two different tribes.
Finally we did a stop in a beautiful Mae Sung cave with bats and a temple inside.
Overall I consider this trip very worthy spent money.
Written 25 February 2020
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Jeff T
7 contributions
Relax and flexible nature trail
Feb 2020
Our guide Winai and driver Diew were pleasant who organised a relaxing and flexible trip. There were no rush at he places we visit as we spend longer at site we like and a quick look at those that needed less time. Highlight was the honour to have meals together at the Karen village where both Winai and Diew help to prepare.
Written 19 February 2020
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bev
1 contribution
Overall good experience but overpriced
Jan 2020
Make sure to read their description properly. Overall, it was good experience but having to pay for the extra cost (gas, food..etc) I found to be a bit overpriced compared to other experiences I had while in Chiang Mai. There's other experiences that includes gas and food. I also found the organization and structure of the activities to be lackluster. There wasn't a set schedule or itinerary. It was more of a free flow and if that's what you like, then this could be good for you. However for us, we didn't know exactly what to do, so we were hoping they would have a schedule/activity planned for us.
Written 1 February 2020
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I agree... please make sure you read our tour description fully and correctly !!  If you are looking for a package all-inclusive tour, with fixed program and structure, then this won't be for you. If you're looking for something more 'authentic' and non-touristy, whereby we are discovering local life as it REALLY is...unstaged.. behind the scenes..then this is for you.  We have an outline itinerary which we follow, but it's kept loose, so that we can personalise each trip for each groups interests. For example, some groups are more interested in photography or trekking or handicrafts etc. and so our guides will personalise the trip along the way accordingly. Each group and each trip is unique. That's why we only offer private tours, and these are more costly than group tours. Pricing wise, we do clearly state what this trip includes and excludes. Retrieving this booking history, you requested to cancel this trip (after you had read properly the tour desctiption and price), however as it was less than 24hrs before the trip was due to commence, any cancellation would have meant no refund, so you decided to continue with the tour.  I'm sorry that our trip wasn't suited to you, but hope you still had a good time in Chiang Mai. 
Written 3 February 2020
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Adam91
Vancouver, Canada56 contributions
A Memorable Side of Thailand
Jan 2020
Go beyond the temples, the streetside food stands and the sandy beaches to see another side of Thailand. This isn't a polished and packaged commercial Disney-experience. It's an authentic snapshot of life in a rural village that left us with some lasting memories. Unlike many others we researched, this is an honest and ethical tour. Get out of Chiang Mai and spend a day with the Hill Tribe tour.
Written 15 January 2020
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JoAnn R
Clarks Summit, PA98 contributions
The best day of my three months in Thailand!
Jan 2020
I was craving a more authentic experience to learn about the hilltribe culture than what I could access around Chiang Mai. So very glad my research led me to this company on my visit to Chiang Rai. I had an amazing day with Anan.
When booking the tour, Melissa was very easy to work with, and clearly spelled out the details. Anan and his driver picked me up at my hotel in Chiang Rai on time. The vehicle was comfortable for the roads we traveled on (some were an adventure!) When he asked me what my priorities for the day were, we revised the schedule to skip the tea plantation and do more villages...I got to visit five tribes in all. When he realized I was interested in textiles and taking pictures, he made sure we saw some wonderful weavers and knew where to stop for great photos.
Anan has such a friendly and easy going manner that when we visited a village it didn’t seem intrusive at all. I was the only visitor at each stop we made. He is very knowledgeable about the area and speaks good English. It was wonderful to visit his village, meet his family, and eat the delicious lunch his wife cooked for us. To top off an already fabulous day, at our last stop they were celebrating Lahu New Year, where many villages gather one day a year. What a visual feast!
To reserve a spot, you will pay the company a deposit by PayPal, and give the balance to your guide in cash. You will also pay any admission fees ( if there are any), pay for lunch for the guide and driver, and fill up the gas tank on the way back into town. For me it added up to 750 baht extra. The price of the day was worth every penny for such a unique and memorable experience with wonderful people.
Written 13 January 2020
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alltjone
Nashville, TN4 contributions
Amazing!!!! Take this tour!
Dec 2019
So amazing! This was one or our favorite parts of our whole vacation in SE Asia. Yu and Chai were amazing guides and really helped us to understand their culture and everyday life as members of the Karen Hill Tribe. We stopped at markets, shared snacks, saw a New Years celebration at another village, ate lunch at Yu's village (which was amazing and delicious!), and they took us hiking through the rice farms and jungle. It was simply wonderful.
Written 4 January 2020
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vlad
5 contributions
So happy we did this tour!
Dec 2019 • Friends
Chai, our guide, and Yu our driver made this trip so memorable. They are jolly, informative and just great guys. We had lunch in Yu's village with his grandparents... Just amazing.

I wholeheartedly recommend this tour. Melissa helped us book it and was professional and made a last minute booking very easy
Written 25 December 2019
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Sophia N
Misawa, Japan10 contributions
A must do while in Chiang Mai
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!
Written 7 November 2019
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bsearched
Raleigh, NC117 contributions
Great Hill Tribe Tour, but could be better
Oct 2019
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 really care about these tribes and you hand the money directly to the tribe for lunch. Pat doesnt take any money for lunch, it goes all to the Tribe.
What could be better? I thought we were going to spend time with the villagers and have a chance to ask them questions (using Pat as the interpreter), talk about their lives, find out more about them and their village directly from them. However, you basically walk around the village and not really interact with the few villagers that were actually there. Also, Pat had a lot of political opinions that he continually talked about that didnt have anything to do with our tour. I wasnt interested in hearing about his opinions. I would much rather be discussing the villages themselves and how they live.
Written 4 November 2019
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Sarah F
Coventry, UK26 contributions
Best day trip of our holiday
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 side of life that we would never have experienced had we gone on one of the many tourist trap ‘authentic’ village trips that are available. We had a truly amazing and unforgettable experience and I would highly recommend booking.
Written 6 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Definitely 5 stars !
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Truly cultural experience
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See the north through the eyes of the locals
Best tour I’ve ever had. My wife (Chinese) and I (USA) went on the 5 day loop tour. The guide (Winai) and driver (L
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Unforgettable Day
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A great experience!
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Unique experience
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The Perfect Family Friendly Adventure in Northern Thailand
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Tour guide and all excellent
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This tour absolutely deserves 5 stars. Anan, our guide, and Sam, our driver did a fantastic job, they were so kind
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Very good
We had a great time with this tour. Annan was extremely knowledgable and very interesting as he knew lots of the hi
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Absolutely unique experience catered to your interests
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