Trekking and Karen Culture

1 Day Private excursion

During this excursion, you will discover the Karen people. They are believed to have migrated from Tibet and China and settled mainly in the hills bordering the eastern mountainous region of Burma about two thousand years ago. They are considered the biggest ethnic minority group in Thailand, among the 70 other groups, with an approximate population of one million.

Many Karen fled to Thailand to escape the ongoing war since 1949. The traditional faith of the Karen people is animism, which involves a strong belief in the spirit world. Today, the Karen community comprises animists, Buddhists, and approximately 30% Christians. Religion is central to many aspects of their identity and cultural values.


  • Start around 9:30 a.m. from Chiang Mai Elephant Friends
  • Meet your Karen guide
  • 3 hours trek
  • Picnic by the waterfall
  • Visit the Karen village
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Finish around 16:00, depending on the weather and the group’s pace.
You will walk for 3 hours, and on the way, you will learn about the fauna and the flora with your Karen guide.
On the way, you will stop at a Waterfall. It’s time to rest, picnic, and swim in the freshwater for the bravest.You will reach the Karen Hill tribe village by walking, witness their everyday lives, and learn about their lifestyle, traditions, and culture.
The way back will be by car and bamboo rafting—a great way to end your adventure in lush nature on a shallow river.

Tour includes

  • Transportation from and to Chiang Mai Elephant Friends
  • An English-speaking Karen guide
  • Thai food and water
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Accident insurance

What to Bring

  • A small backpack
  • Hiking shoes
  • A bathing suit and towel if you want to swim in the river
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Money for small purchases such as extra drinks and hill tribe craft
  • A light raincoat during the rainy season (June to September).
  • A photocopy of your passport

From and to Chiang Mai Elephant Friends:

2,300 Baht/person if 2 or 3 guests | 2,100 Baht/person if 4 guests | 1,900 Baht/person if 5 guests | 1,700 Baht/person if 6 guests or more | Children under 12 years old, 1,500 Baht

Deposit for 2 people 3,000 Baht | 3 people or more, 4,000 Baht
You can cancel for free at least 10 days before the scheduled date. The deposit will not be refunded if the cancellation is made less than 10 days before the excursion.

We recommend booking in advance to secure your excursion.

Book via email or Facebook Messenger and pay at the resort.