A Charming Exploration of Phrao

A Charming Exploration
of Phrao

Phrao sets itself apart from other destinations within close vicinity of Chiang Mai because
of its verdant landscape, filled with natural wonders and charming villages. A day
out and about in Phrao and you will find yourself lost in rural hospitality.


Charming, picturesque and giving visitors a slice of authentic Thailand – that’s Phrao in a nutshell. Thai country life as it was known before Chiang Mai gained status as the gateway to the north has been something deeply cherished by generations of Phrao residents, supporting its natural treasures and conserving their way of living.

The scenic ride into the north-western direction from Chiang Mai moves along the wide-open spaces of green fields and quaint little villages, dotted against the northern Thai horizon. A venerable lifestyle, yielding authenticity from all corners of the small town of Phrao, awaits and welcomes curious guests who require getting a sense of the beauty of pure country-style living in Thailand.


A Charming Exploration of Phrao

08:30 - 16:00

An early morning departure from your hotel in Chiang Mai, accompanied by your English speaking guide, heads into northern direction, away from the city life that is Chiang Mai. For the coming 100 kilometres, the landscape slowly transforms into the wide spaces of Chiang Mai’s rural region. We may include a stop to admire the green vistas for a photo stop and get inspired for what lies ahead once we enter Phrao.

We commence our morning with relaxing – and perhaps a bit of exploration – at the Buatong Waterfall. As one of the leading sites of Phrao, its slowly cascading stream of small streams into a 100-metre long slope makes for an excellent stop. The cool and pleasant climate, with climbing opportunities to obtain a better vantage point and created by these falls, also is home to the Rainbow Spring – a natural phenomenon where sunlight hits the dew drops from the waterfall and creating a rainbow effect over the pond.

Enjoying the peacefulness and fresh air of the Buatong waterfall, we continue our Phrao quest towards Baan Luang, a small village that forms an accessible example of how the people of Phrao live in harmony with nature and meet every visitor like a friend. Chances that you are greeted by the head of the village are pretty large, affirming his appreciation of making it to Phrao. A simple yet delicious lunch is included before guests can explore Baan Luang by bicycle or by e-Tax car, a local vehicle used widely in Phrao.

The tour does not only give you an up and close look into the lives of its residents: a visit to a folk life museum showcase the habits and culture of these hospitable people in detail. Time to leave Phrao and the fantastic folk of Baan Luang and with your guide, you head back to Chiang Mai.




  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • Use of a bicycle or E Tax Car during the tour in Baan Luang
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • A home-hosted lunch at the village is included (food only)


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Sand, dust and water 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.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.


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