A Lisu Encounter in Chiang Mai’s Mae Taeng District

A Lisu Encounter in Chiang Mai’s Mae Taeng District

An authentic ethnic minority experience in the Mae Taeng District gives an in-depth look in Lisu life


One of those Chiang Mai regions, we just cannot get enough of. Mae Taeng’s natural beauty radiates from the moment you enter the borders of this Northern Thailand district, ready to guide you through its sites, experience its fresh air, and explore the settlements of the ethnic minorities. The Lisu has been one of the many hill tribes calling this area their home, and with their hospitable character and caring nature for everything living, the birth of the bamboo-thatched rooms of Lisu Lodge was a fact.

Managed and maintained by the Lisu itself, the lodge has been praised for bringing a Community-Based-Tourism project to a broader audience without losing touch of the cherished cultural values of operating a sustainable operation. This award-winning package of 2 nights has been laureled for its authentic approach of nature-based activities and meeting the locals.


Day 1 | 2 Days Mingling with the Lisu | Afternoon Arrival

Day 1

Chiang Mai – Mae Taeng                                                                                                [D]

Said to bring the best of Thailand through your car window, the almost 2-hour transfer from your Chiang Mai hotel to Mae Taeng will give arriving Lisu Lodge guests enough visual awesomeness of what is to be expected during the coming 2 days.

Scattered villages, markets and the occasional panoramic view over the former Lanna Kingdom leading towards Thaton may include a few photo stops. At approximately 2:30 pm, you will arrive at the Lisu Lodge, a community-based tourism project set up to bring guests up and close with the lifestyle of this ethnic minority and indulge in the local activities. After a short introduction of what can be expected, and checking in procedures done, we head out into the nearby village to see of what daily life of the Lisu all includes. Lunch is on own arrangement.

The kind-hearted people of the village eagerly want to show you ‘their’ Ton Lung temple, enjoy a cup of tea at one of the homes or meet the local shaman for a taste of some traditional medicine. After returning to the lodge, a freshly cooked dinner is served, accompanied by an authentic dance performance by local performers. Overnight is at the Lisu Lodge.

Dinner and overnight at the Lisu Lodge

Day 2 | 2 Days Mingling with the Lisu | Afternoon Arrival

Day 2

Mae Taeng – Chiang Mai                                                                                                [B, L]

With the sun rising, welcoming another day in the mountains, breakfast will be served at the lodge.

A locally prepared breakfast the following day is followed by a choice of one of four activities, suitable to anyone’s desires. Guests can pedal beyond the village and explore what more the Mae Taeng can give. Feel more like in need of a moment of relaxation? Not a problem! Skilled therapists offer traditional massages or prepare a steam bath to ease in the feeling of serenity before heading back to your next destinations. If you want to explore the region on your own, the team at the Lisu Lodge has a few pointers where you may head, such as the village of Baan Pang Mai Daeng. Besides taking it on your own, it is highly recommended to be guided by one of the locals during a bicycle tour.

Customers are allowed to choose only one activity during this morning: other activities can be booked and paid on spot, time permitting. Before heading back to Chiang Mai, a Thai set lunch completes this local experience, prepared with ingredients from the lodge’s garden. It will be sad to leave this magical place as your driver starts the drive back to Chiang Mai and your booked hotel. Expect to arrive at the Rose of the North at around 2:30 pm.




  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance of the local Lisu ethnic minority. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation at a local lodge in the Mae Taeng District
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated.
  • 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)


  • 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


  • The accommodation used during this tour is simple accommodation with basic amenities. This may include no air-conditioning (electric fan only), and lack of Wi-Fi, in line with the concept of this soft-adventure experience. The cottage come with warm water and private shower facilities;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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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