Thailand: Nature, Culture and Wellness
Enjoy the Hmong experience as you learn about the culture and nature that makes the community so unique.
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
You will have the night at your leisure.
Following breakfast in your hotel, you will go on an excursion to visit two of the most famous Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Experience Wat Trimit with its Golden Buddha, Wat Po, with its massive reclining Buddha and ‘Chedi of the Kings’ as well as The Grand Palace including Wat Phra Kaew.
This afternoon, lunch will be served at Supattra River House Restaurant. Following lunch, travel by long-tail speedboat on the picturesque Chao Phraya River and Klongs (canals) of Thonburi. Stop to visit the Temple of Dawn.
You will have the evening at your leisure.
This day, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Bangkok Airport. Upon arrival at the Chiang Rai airport, you will be transferred to your Lodge located on Ban Kiew Karn in Chiang Khong.
While you check in, you will be served a traditional local herbal juice. You will have the remainder of the day at your leisure.
During the evening, you will enjoy dinner at the lodge, along with entertainment watching traditional Hmong tribe dances and performances.
Following breakfast, participate in an informative presentation about Hmong and Lahu tribes and the Golden triangle area. Special to this area of Thailand are the giant catfish (locally known as Pla Buck) – the world’s biggest fresh water fish found in the Mekong River. You’ll be amazed at the size that these fish grow. Learn about the people who live alongside the Mekong River and who depend on it for their livelihood.
You will then tour the Hmong and Lahu hill tribe villages, which includes a visit at the “Shaman’s” house of the Hmong. Drink tea with the shaman and discover why the fireplace is so important in the house to the Hmongs and why they bury the placenta and umbilical cord of their newborn babies.
Enjoy lunch on a charming river terrace with panoramic views out across the Mekong River and Laos. Following lunch, there is a chance for you to experience how to make Hmong batik handkerchief with village ladies of the Hmong tribe. Alternatively, you can learn how to make and set animal traps.
Afterwards, you can help villagers plant trees and the herbal plant nursery project. The project is dedicated to His Majesty the King to commemorate his 84th birthday, which was on December 5, 2011. The main objective of the project is to improve the quality of life of local people by educating them on how to grow vegetables and the importance of the eco-system in their village.
You will have the evening at your leisure and enjoy dinner at the lodge.
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred by car to Chiang Rai airport for your onward flight to Bangkok. Once in Bangkok you will be connected to your flight home or onto your next Willing Foot destination.
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