Your half day adventure will begin at the Orchid and Butterfly Farm where you will get to see beautiful array of orchids as well as colorful butterflies. Then we head on over to the Elephant Poo Paper Factory where you can learn how they make paper out of elephant poo fibers. After that, we go to the Chokchai Elephant Camp. Here guests will enjoy many activities such as riding on the elephants, bamboo rafting, elephant shows, and Ox-cart riding.
Orchid and Butterfly Farms- Located near each other in Mae Rim district is a cluster of four orchid and butterfly farms offering you chances to witness the beauties of different types of orchids as well as colorful butterflies. Among the four, Sai Nam Phung Farm is Chiang Mai’s largest orchid farm while the other three: Mae Rim Orchid, Suanbua Maesa, and Bai Orchid & Butterfly also offers beautiful exotic orchids and butterflies. These parks are great for orchid and butterfly lovers.
Elephant POOPOO PAPER Park is an Eco-friendly park and outdoor museum that demonstrates the unique steps involved in making the much talked about paper products from elephant poop fibers. The interpretive walking tour through the lush gardens brings visitors through eight different pavilions explaining each stages of the fascinating process from poo collection to rinsing to final product assembly. Visitors are encouraged to pull up a stool, roll up their sleeves and join in with the talented artisans and guides and participate in the head-turning process. Learning the history of paper covering its invention in China almost 2000 years ago, that spread throughout Asia then expanded to Egypt and the Middle East, followed by Europe and the Americas. This park offers genuine Eco-tourism, rich history and culture, artisans, local crafts, education, fun, and one-of-a-kind shopping.
Chokchai Elephant Camp is located 60 km north of Chiang Mai in a town called Mae Taeng. Just beyond Mae Taeng village is the Mae Taeng River Valley where most of the elephant camps are located and all the outdoor activities are set around it. At the Chokchai Elephant Camp, guests will get to ride on the elephants. Experience a special adventure with elephant ride through the beautiful mountain scenery and over hilly trails through the jungle. After riding elephants, guests will enjoy Bamboo river- rafting, elephant shows, and Ox-cart riding. For the Bamboo Rafting guests can sit back or stand up on a raft made of bamboo and drift down the river amidst all the wildlife and enjoy nature. These traditional bamboo rafts were how locals traveled and carried goods for trade back in the olden days. A raft operator will drive you up the mountain to ride down the river. The rafts are made of long stalks of dried bamboo fastened together by ropes. This traditional raft is stable but be prepared to get wet. While drying off from the rafting, guests can enjoy elephant show where they showcase their talents by drawing pictures, playing sports, and dancing. After the show, you can take a local farmer transportation that is the Ox-cart Ride. You get to ride in a wooden cart that is pulled by a couple of ox through rice fields, tropical fruit plantations, and the jungle before returning to the elephant camp. All guests will enjoy this unique experience.
Karen Long Neck- Big Ear Village (Optional Package) The Karen is a Tribal Group who has historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar (formerly Burma) side of the Thai border. Best recognized for their elongated necks, the Karen women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. While the Karen men are mainly field workers and farmers, the women have a rich history of crafting from wood carving to weaving. Overall the Long Neck Tribes live a rugged, yet simple lifestyle, but the fruits of their labor are colorful and lively.
There are around 40,000 Karen members today, but thousands have fled to Burma over the decades of political unrest. Fleeing to Thailand was a very safe choice for many, but the ones that came are largely illegal immigrants and do not have options for gaining Thai citizenship.
The Karen women put themselves though the neck lengthening routine is simply traditional. While there are some of the women that need to stick with the tradition to make money since they are refugees, there are some woman that do it just to hold onto their heritage.
In the early days of the Long Necks, the practice of the brass rings was started not just for beauty, but also to protect against tigers or wild animal attacks and in some cases even just because the village leader said he preferred it. Today many of the young Karen women are breaking with tradition and it is estimated that the neck lengthening practice only has a few generations of life left. Visiting the Karen Long Neck village will be one of the most exotic experiences you will ever have.
- Round Transportation
- English Speaking guide
- Buffet lunch Lunch Menu
Fried vegetable, Fried chicken, Tom kha Kai, Pad Thai, 1 Thai Dessert, fruit and water etc. What to bring
- Toilet paper
- Swimming suit
- 2 pair of sock
- Mosquito spray
- Beverages Additional Information of the program
- Bring your own sunscreen, toilet paper, towel, swim suites, caps/hats, bug spray
- Elephant show (3 times a day 10:15, 11:15 and 13:15)
- Elephant Riding 40 minutes to visit Lahu,Lisu Hill tribe
- Bamboo Rafting 30 minutes
- Ox-Cart Riding 20 Minutes