Community-Based-Tourism in Lamphun

Community-Based-Tourism
in Lamphun

When you want to become part of a local community that strives to keep traditions alive,
come with us to Lamphun where a village has set up an educational and fun-filled full
day of authenticity and sustainability. This is not your average local tour!

WHY THIS TOUR?

In the true spirit of Lanna hospitality, community-based tourism is one of the more sought-after tour ideas around. In essence, visitors become a part of a local community that prides itself with sustaining ancient, cultural heritage and a traditional way of life.

The community feeling during tours such as this one to the Ban Ta Pa Pao village does not only generate a community-beneficial income but also focuses strongly on transferring these traditions for generations to come. Located in the Lamphun province, this village is one of these examples in northern Thailand.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Community-Based-Tourism in Lamphun

08:30 - 16:00

Guests are warmly welcomed by an English-speaking guide in the morning before making your way down south. Once leaving Chiang Mai’s city centre, the scenery slowly turns into a more local one, filled with roadside villages with ample farmland reaching as far as the eye can see. The leisurely drive towards Lamphun takes approximately 45 minutes. The small historic town of Lamphun is a traditional provincial town off the beaten tourist tracks. Located about 30 kilometres south of Chiang Mai, Lamphun was founded by the rulers of the Mon Kingdom of Haripoonchai and is home to the famous Wat Phrathat Haripoonchai, the oldest and holiest temple in the region.

From this base, you will explore a protected forest, home to spices and herbs that are still used to treat remedies of all sorts and with the assistance of a local guide, learn more about the medicinal values. The local school is very much into teaching how to recycle material such as plastic and paper and you will have the chance to take part in the importance of these environmental-friendly teachings (closed on weekends and public holidays).

Local lunch is served at one of the houses before we move onto Kad Ban Ta, a rural market where one will find hardly any tourists. These markets are the trading grounds for the Ban Ta Pa Pao residents as well as farmers from around the region to sell their produce. We say goodbye to the residents and move back in the direction of Chiang Mai but not before we pay respect to one of the most revered queens of the region – Queen Chamadhevi. The temple that commemorates her work and bravery during the Lanna Kingdom is found at the temple bearing the same name. The 60 stunning Buddha images around the Chedi are among the main attraction points of the temple which makes it a popular site for the local community.

We arrive within the city borders of Chiang Mai in the late afternoon at around 4 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at the home of the host family is included (food only)

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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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