2 Days Homestay in Phrao

2 Days Homestay in Phrao

Phrao has retained its authentic look, feel and ubiquitous friendliness for a one-of-a-kind experience

WHY THIS TOUR?

There is little not to like about Phrao, one of the authentic alternatives to escape Chiang Mai for an out-of-the-ordinary homestay experience of an area that holds tight to treasured values, the pinnacle of Thailand’s hospitality, and nature at its finest. Set around 100 kilometres outside the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, the area is well-known for its fertile, U-shaped valley that dominates the Sri Lanna National Park.

 The simplicity of this homestay tour is also the strongest asset and a decisive factor when heritage and authenticity peak on your requirement list of travel needs. Keeping a low profile on the tourism trail, Phrao has turned into a homestay paradise in North Thailand for guests that truly want to explore the country’s authentic side. Your 2 days local experience will be guaranteed filled with ample smiles.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 2 Days Homestay in Phrao

DAY 1

Chiang Mai – Phrao                                                                                                            [L, D]

Your homestay adventure starts with an 8:30am pick-up from your accommodation in Chiang Mai by your English-speaking guide and driver. The 100+-kilometre drive in north-eastern direction may not see an amplitude of tourism sites along the way, but with nature changing slowly once reaching the outer rim of Doi Chang Dao with its vast farmlands, you’ll realize that something truly rural is about to commence.

We start the morning with one of the larger waterfalls in the area: the Buatong Waterfall may see visitors from all nations heading over to this place of serenity and its impressive 100-metre slopes due to its natural beauty. We continue to Baan Luang at Phrao, where we are warmly welcomed by the village chief and your host for the night. A locally-prepared lunch will be served at your host’s home before we commence with exploring the area by bicycle (or local vehicle for guests who do not prefer to bike around).

A simple local lunch is served at a farm house

One of the village’s pride and joy is a small folk museum where attributes and depictions of their culture and lives in the mountains are cherished. Before dinner is served, you will have ample time to explore the village at your own pace. The night over is spent a the host’s home (very basic accommodation)

Dinner and overnight at a homestay project in Phrao

Day 2 | 2 Days Homestay in Phrao

DAY 2

Phrao – Chiang Mai                                                                                                          [B, L]

Rise and shine! Following in the daily rhythm of the locals, the morning is reserved in donating alms to the few monks that live around the village. This daily routine has a deep spiritual meaning and partaking in this practice is something that one once has to experience. You head back to your village for a simple breakfast at your hosts’ family home. Part of the deeply-woven cultural aspects of the inhabitants lies in the preservation of handicraft. Guests can choose to learn the finer skills of either clay doll making or get the hang of making robe from bamboo; both serve as decorative items and your hand-made results will turn into the perfect souvenir of your Phrao stay. Finally, to round off your homestay program, a quick lesson in Northern-style cooking like the locals are far from the lessons learned when taking part in one of the more commercially-tinted cooking classes.

Lunch is included at the village.

It will be time to say thank you to your hospitable host family, and all those who contributed to this experience of a life time. Via Mae Taeng, with a stop at the stunning Wat Baan Den, we return back to Chiang Mai and your booked accommodation.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • Accommodation at a homestay project in Phrao
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • The accommodation used during this tour is simple accommodation with basic amenities. This may include no air-conditioning (fan only), lack of Wi-Fi and/or warm water, in line with the concept of this soft-adventure experience.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurants.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control.

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