This wonderful day tour focussed on social sustainability will take you to a local village in Northern Thailand to learn about its community and culture. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and embrace the beautiful Chiang Mai countryside.
This community of local artists and artisans sits at the convergence of three rivers in the shadow of a steep mountain – a truly idyllic location.
The tour begins around 8:30, when our expert local guide for the day will pick guests up from their Chiang Mai hotels.
From there, it’s a drive to Pa Tung east of the city, where we visit a shrine to pay homage to Luang Pu Lar’s incorruptible figure – the guide will help explain the significance this holds for local Thai people. While at the temple, visit the small onsite antique crockery museum to explore the history of local handicrafts.
From there, we continue learning about local artisans with a workshop sharing the locals’ expertise with fabrics as we get to participate in a DIY Batik dyeing activity.
On a jam-packed day of activities, the next stop is a visit to a mulberry orchard, where they serve mulberry dishes year-round. Guests get a herbal, mulberry-based drink for refreshment but can also shop for other products here. The mulberry-infused som tam (spicy Thai salad) is delicious.
From the orchard, we head to the organic farm, where we will learn all about the community’s organic farming techniques while picking fresh ingredients for lunch. Get busy in the vegetable plots and earn that lunch!
After lunch, there’s still time for more activities as we head to the Chiang Mai Art Museum on the way back to the city, showcasing an art collection featuring some of the best Thai artists from across the country.
All along the way, the local guide will help you get to grips with community life in the Chiang Mai countryside. Head back to the city enriched and educated, having supported a village and its sustainability efforts.