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Doi Inthanon Trek Tour: Explore the Elephant Jungle with Mahouts

Duration: Flexible
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  • See a beautiful herd of rescued elephants living semi-wild in the forest, foraging and socializing naturally, while helping care for the elephants..Experience the rich traditions of Karen culture..Learn about elephants from experienced 5th- and 6th-generation mahouts.
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On day 1, you will be picked up from your hotel and drive 4 hours through the beautiful Doi Inthanon National Park with the option to stop at Wachirathan waterfall for lunch and check out the Royal Twin Pagodas on Doi Inthenon Mountain, some of the most beautiful in Thailand! On arrival, your host family will greet you and introduce you to the local Karen culture. Residing in a homestay, you can see for yourself how your hosts live and work; sharing stories, foraging for vegetables and cooking and eating together. Villagers are also happy to demonstrate skills such as weaving brightly colored cloth and basket-making. After dinner, there will be an opportunity to take part in a welcome ceremony with your host family and meet and chat with elders from the village.On day 2, you will embark on a 2-3 hour trek through the forest to Mahouts Elephant Foundation's campsite. Bags can be left here; you will then head out into the forest with the mahouts to find the elephants. Accompanied by our expert English and Karen speaking staff, you will learn how to track elephants in the forest and observe the natural behavior of elephants living in family groups. Discover the benefits of free foraging for elephants, the different types of vegetation they eat, and why this is critical to their wellbeing. Meals will be prepared by the mahouts using traditional cooking methods utilizing the ample bamboo to create cooking pots, plates, cups and even utensils! That evening you'll camp out at Mahouts Elephant Foundation's beautiful bamboo base camp surrounded by the rich wildlife of the forest. Specially created jungle hammocks or tents are provided. On the morning of day 3, you'll likely be woken by the sound of gibbons. Early risers have the option to wander down to the river and spend some time watching the wildlife, maybe even catch a glimpse of a wild gibbon! After breakfast, you'll have the option to trek again with the mahouts to find the elephants. The afternoon provides time to relax and enjoy the peaceful pace of life in the village: read a book in a hammock overlooking the mountains, have afternoon tea with your homestay family, or explore the local area. On day 4, you will have the chance to try cotton or bamboo weaving and try your hand at making a bag or basket. Other activities are available depending on the season, such as joining your host family as they harvest rice at the paddy fields. Later, depart back to Chiang Mai.
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