A Royal Peek in Sustainable Projects

A Royal Peek in
Sustainable Projects

Thailand’s Royal Family has worked tirelessly for decades in supporting local communities in finding
sustainable means to make a living. Particularly around Chiang Mai, the Royal Projects
at a Hmong settlement and a botanic garden are wonderful examples.

WHY THIS TOUR?

North of Chiang Mai is where true natural beauty can be found. The mountainous regions are not only the home of various hill tribes but also to a large collection of plants, flowers and trees, some of them indigenous to the region.

This half-day venture away from Chiang Mai combines both how local hill tribes have shifted their source of income from their former opium trade to agricultural means. Nearby, a collection of the finest flowers and plants are on display at the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. The garden honours the work done by H.M. the Queen of Thailand in working sustainable and showing the beauty of Thai flora.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Royal Peek in Sustainable Projects

08:30 - 12:00
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13:30 - 17:00

We leave your hotel and head in northern direction to one of the leading Hmong Hill tribe villages, high in the mountains. Quite a number of these indigenous communities have their ancestral roots from southern China. It is not uncommon to see still Chinese traits and cultural elements being proudly displayed at Baan Hmong Nong Hoi Mai. This royal-instilled project is a perfect example of how Hmong culture has blended with Chinese influences. As one of the main Royal Projects surrounding Chiang Mai, and supported by Thailand’s Royal Family, visitors have learned to make use of the fertile soils around their village to cultivate vegetables and fruit sustainably. From various points and season-depending, the slopes around Baan Hmong Nong Hoi Mai form a colourful blanket as ethnic minorities have turned the slopes and fertile landscapes in a patchwork of agriculture and plantations.

We follow the road further to one of the other projects that have been named in affirming the deep respect the Thai people have for their Royal Family. The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden (formerly known as the Mae Sa Botanic Garden) has been primarily set up as a conservation and research centre for Thai flora. It is one of the first botanical gardens in the country that supports education for those keen in pursuing a career in not only the botanical side but also those interested in biodiversity and environmental conservation. Outside of these values, the garden is a fabulous collection of plants, flowers and trees that continue to attract visitors from around the country. Part of the project is the nearby orchid farm where various species of this delicate flower are on display.

This royal-tinted half-day tour comes to an end and we will bring you back to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • 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)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is 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.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • 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.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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