North Thai Hilltribe Itinerary

Visit the traditional hilltribe healers of North Thailand and learn of their herbal, spiritual and energy healing methods. Whether you are a healer or just have an interest in other cultures this is an uplifting experience.

During the journey we visit remote North Thai hilltribe villages and Buddhist Wats (temples) meeting our hosts on person-to-person levels and sharing knowledge and experiences. You do not need to be a healer to be welcomed with genuine pleasure by our friends into their hilltribe villages and Wats (temples).

An exciting 10-day eco adventure visits hilltribe villages, meets with villagers and traditional hilltribe healers, explores some of the stunning scenery of North Thailand and is inclusive of meetings with hilltribe healers, elephant and raft riding, Thai cooking lesson, Thai traditional massage, transport, accommodation and meals.

Hilltribe Healers Itinerary

Indicates meals included: Dinner (D), Breakfast (B), Lunch (L)

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Day 1 (D)

Arrival: Transfers from Chiang Mai airport or train station to the tour hotel will be provided.

PM: Late afternoon tour briefing at the hotel.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight: Chiang Mai – Hotel Montri or similar.


Day 2 (B, L, D)

Breakfast: Hotel

AM: This morning we travel south travel south to visit the Lawa (Lua) Tribe in the southern Highlands of Chiang Mai province.

During the day we explore some of the sights along our route such as:
Wiang Tha Kan – visit ruins of an 8th century walled city, Ban Rai Phai Ngam – visit a cotton weaving village

Lunch: On route

PM: Visit Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest mountain of Thailand. Known for its bird life, waterfalls, stepped agricultural terraces and vibrant hilltribe life.

Dinner: Restaurant in Hod

Overnight: Hod – Star Home Hotel


Day 3 (B, L, D)

Breakfast: Hotel

Day: Today is a full day visiting the village of the Chang Mor Lawa tribe and meeting healers and villagers. We will swap to four wheel drives for the drive over the rough tracks up the mountain to the remote village.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the village

Dinner: local restaurant in Hod

Overnight: Hod – Star Home Hotel


Day 4 (B, L, D)

Breakfast: Hotel

AM: This morning we will make our way through farmland countryside, small villages and elephant centres to a remote Karen Village Mae Sa Pok. Here we will overnight at the affiliated Kings Project, set up to provide alternative agricultural income to replace opium growing.

The village is in a stunning location, nestling beside a river.

Lunch: On route

PM: Visit Mae Sa Pok and meet village healers and villagers. Join villagers for dinner and dancing whilst village musicians entertain.

Dinner: Mae Sa Pok

Overnight: Mae Sa Pok – King’s Project. (Very simple dormitory accommodation)

Click on the link for information about the Royal Project Thailand. The Royal Project Foundation has responded to His Majesty’s initiative to help the hill tribes to help themselves in growing useful crops which enable them to have a better standard of living.


Day 5 (B, L, D)

Breakfast: King’s Project Mae Sa Pok

AM: Drive through remote villages and the beautiful scenery of Northern Thailand before arriving in Chiang Dao district.

Lunch: On route.

PM: Visit the Hmong Village of Buak Jan to meet the herbalists, bone blowers and shaman. The Hmong are famous for their indigo Batik and intricate cross-stitching on their clothing. It is usually possible to meet and talk with villagers working on these tasks whilst visiting the village.

Late afternoon continue to Rim Doi Resort at Chiang Dao.

Dinner: Hotel

Overnight: Chiang Dao District – Rim Doi Resort


Day 6 (B, L, D) Sat 1 Sep

Breakfast: Hotel

AM: Time to relax and explore the natural beauty of the area.

Lunch: Restaurant in Chiang Dao

PM: Visit the Red Lahu village of Huai Ja Khan and walk the village before joining with the healers in the village square.

Join the village Shaman at the Village Wat (temple) for explanation of the ceremonies and objects you will see including this evening’s “Full Moon Ceremony” for community health and good luck.

The Red Lahu enjoy dancing and it is an important part of each ceremonial occasion.

Dinner: “Khantok Style” dinner in the village.

Overnight: Chiang Dao District – Rim Doi Resort


Day 7 (B, L, D)

Breakfast: Hotel

AM: Visit Maetaeng Elephant Camp, home to over 40 elephants. You will be able to see an elephant talent show, take a ride on an elephant and relax on a bamboo raft ride through beautiful scenery along the Mae Taeng River.

Lunch: Local restaurant.

PM: After lunch we continue to Wat Tuang Luang. This Wat specialises in providing herbal medicines and cures prepared from local herbs and items collected from the jungle.

The Wat has herbal saunas, wet steam infused with a variety of herbs, and these are very invigorating and excellent at assisting detoxification. You will have the opportunity to experience an herbal sauna if you wish to.

In the late afternoon we meet with Abbot Phra Kro Wisuthi, visit the Wat dispensary and herb gardens. This Wat specialises in herbal preparations that they supply to other healers.

Dinner: At Hotel

Overnight: Mae Rim – Botanic Resort


Day 8 (B, L, D)

Breakfast: Hotel

AM: This morning we visit the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens. Beautifully designed and maintained this is an ideal place to explore the two pavilions of herbal plants and visit some of the other excellent displays.

Lunch: On route

PM: Continue to Wat Pa Miang. A most beautiful human being, Abbot “Phra Wichian”, founded this remote Wat. His radiance, warm welcome and charismatic ways may truly be the most important X factor in the free treatments he offers to all comers.

Time will be spent with Phra Wichian both formally and informally. This is a very special experience with a very special healer.

Return early evening to Chiang Mai.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Overnight: Chiang Mai – Hotel Montri or similar


Day 9 (B, L, D)

Breakfast: Hotel

AM: This morning is a chance for you to learn a little more about Thai cuisine. Your Thai cooking class teacher will introduce you to the principles of Thai cooking and together you will create a delicious Thai lunch to share and have some new cooking skills to take home.

Lunch: Thai Cooking School

PM: Visit the Wat Doi Saket. The most prominent feature of the Doi Saket Temple is the giant golden sitting Buddha (Phra Buddha Pathimakorn). The interior walls of the temple are decorated with modern spiritual murals, painted by Khun Chaiwat Wannanon. This is unusual as modern art is not usually featured in Buddhist temples in Thailand. The temple also houses a Buddhist monastic school.

During the afternoon we will also have an opportunity to meet with a Buddhist Abbot from the temple.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Tha Nam restaurant overlooking the river and old town

Overnight: Chiang Mai – Hotel Montri or similar


Day 10 (B)

Breakfast: Hotel

AM: A reviving two hour Thai massage to work out any aches and pains you may have picked up from travelling.

Lunch: Not Included

PM: Tour concludes. Departure transfers to airport or train station from the hotel (afternoon only).

Please Note: Due to the nature of the tour, the weather, road conditions, and prevailing safety factors, the route and itinerary may vary to those published but the content of the tour will remain similar. The final decision of the actual itinerary will be made by the tour operator’s staff on the day of the tour.

Our next tour departs from Chiang Mai – IJNT7 – 27th August 2012.


Tour Includes:

  • itinerary as detailed.
  • Accommodation as specified in local hotels and/or simple dormitories. Hotels approx 3 star, clean and very comfortable.
  • Meals as specified. Mostly Thai food.  some western foods at breakfast depending on hotel.
  • Transportation by minibus and/or four wheel drive.
  • Local guide and interpreter throughout.
  • Thai cooking class.
  • Two hour Thai traditional massage.

Cost: AUD$2,487.00 per person Costs are in Australian dollars.
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