• Tour code: 5942CEI03
  • Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Meet members of Northern Thailand’s hill tribe villages and stop for tea at a Mae Salong tea plantation on this private day trip from Chiang Rai. You’ll benefit from the personalized attention of a private guide who brings you up close and personal with rural life in the region. Learn about the traditional garments, customs and festivities of each hill tribe and hike along a mountain path near the Thai-Myanmar (Burma) border. A picnic lunch and round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle are included.


  • Private tour to hill tribe villages and a tea plantation in Mae Salong from Chiang Rai
  • See Akha, Yao, Shan, Lahu and Lisu hill tribe villages
  • Learn about the traditional garments unique to each hill tribe
  • Become familiar with rural village life in northern Thailand
  • Walk along a gorgeous mountain trail near Mae Salong
  • Sample the oolong teas at Choui Fong Tea plantation

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Private Tour: Hill Tribe Villages and Tea Plantation from Chiang Rai

Private Tour: Hill Tribes of Chiang Rai Including Shan Tribe

Depart your hotel in the morning and settle inside your private vehicle for the scenic drive along winding roads into the jungle-clad mountains north of Chiang Rai. Make the acquaintance of local hill tribes at an Akha and a Yao village, which you’ll visit with your guide who describes the differences between traditional languages, garments and daily customs.

The village of Thoet Thai is next, where you’ll discover elements of Shan culture and religious practices at a Shan temple. Here, your guide regales you with tales of Khun Sa, the infamous drug lord who used the locale as his headquarters until the Thai army eradicated most of the opium trade by the early 1980s.

Stop for a picnic lunch after enjoying the view at a vista point. Then travel onward to the Chinese Haw village of Phaya Prai. From here, set out on a mountain trail for a walk near the Thai-Myanmar border and hear more about Northern Thailand’s shift from opium poppy cultivation to tea production.

Back in your vehicle, continue on to Mae Salong for a tour of the Choui Fong Tea plantation, situated nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level. Stroll the tea fields while you learn about tea cultivation from your guide, and savor the taste of oolong tea in the plantation’s tearoom. If you'd like to bring some tea home with you, it’s available for purchase in the gift shop.

Complete your full-day tour with a drive to the Akha village of Laoma before your driver returns you to your Chiang Rai hotel.

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