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  • Location:Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Opium Trail Trek Including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Hmong Village Tour

Visit two Hmong communities in Northern Thailand — Doi Pui Village and Ban Mae Sa Mai Village — on a 4-hour trek along the old opium trail. A local Hmong guide accompanies you and your private guide between villages, informing you about the natural landscape and the local people who once grew opium on the slopes of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Visit Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, the FORRU tree nursery and a Hmong museum, and enjoy a Thai picnic lunch. Your private day trip from Chiang Mai includes round-trip hotel transport by private air-conditioned vehicle.


  • Full-day opium trail tour from Chiang Mai
  • Drive to the Hmong village of Doi Pui
  • View Phra That Doi Suthep Temple with a private local guide
  • Embark on a 4-hour trek through Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
  • Visit Ban Mae Sa Mai, Northern Thailand’s largest Hmong community
  • Thai picnic lunch and FORRU project donation included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle

What You Can Expect

Opium Trail Trek Including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Hmong Village Tour

Old Opium Trail Trekking Tour from Chiang Mai

At 8am, meet your expert guide and driver upon hotel pickup in Chiang Mai and board your private vehicle for the drive to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Before the crowds arrive, stop at Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, located near the top of Mt Suthep.

Built in the 14th century, the Buddhist monastery offers onlookers a breathtaking sight of traditional Thai architecture and richly decorated murals and shrines, including a replica of the Emerald Buddha. Ascend the 300 steps to the temple for a majestic view over Chiang Mai.

Continue to Doi Pui Village, a Hmong community close to top of Doi Pui. Your guide will tell you about the turbulent history of this community — from past opium cultivation to present-day tourist attraction. Walk around the village before meeting your local Hmong guide, who will accompany you on a hike to the Hmong village of Ban Mae Sa Mai, located in the Mae Sa Valley.

Embark on a 4-hour trek along a nature trail on the slopes of Doi Suthep, passing wild banana trees and natural water features as you glimpse magnificent views through the thick foliage of the forest. Walk at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to stop for photographs and discuss the natural environment. Your local Hmong guide will provide a leaflet for plant and tree identification, and inform you about the history of opium cultivation on the mountain. You’ll learn about the Royal Project aimed at convincing local people to grow fruit trees and other cash crops instead of opium.

After a trek uphill you will arrive at an open area with fantastic views on both sides of the mountain. Stop briefly to look at a footprint of Buddha before enjoying a Thai picnic lunch at a scenic spot.

When you reach the Hmong village of Ban Mae Sa Mai, the largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand, you’ll find few visitors in marked contrast with Doi Pui Village. Learn about the interesting local project of FORRU, the forest restoration unit of Chiang Mai University, supported by your included donation fee. You’ll visit the small Hmong museum and the FORRU tree nursery before returning back to Chiang Mai.

Customer Reviews

Jos T

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This trek was just the sort of one day trek we were after, a break from the city and a look at the local villages. The best part was the trek itself and the lovely guide chai.. We didn't see as much of the villagers themselves as much as we had liked, but a good day out.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

It started out late but it was an excellent trip. Both guides were very informative about plant life. Not sure if this was because I'm a doctor but it was great.

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