House has been a leader in the field of quality eco-adventure treks
for many years. This means that in the areas we favour for trekking
there are no other tourists(i.e. four, three days treks to Inthanon
National Park). We aim to create as little disturbance as possible in
the Hilltribes daily lives. Visitors must respect the dress code, not
offend sensitive local customs and always take any litter back to Chiang
Mai where it can be disposed properly.
Eagle House is a member of the Jungle Tour Club of Northern Thailand.
The JTCNT (with the Tourist Police and the Tourism Authority of Thailand)
controls trekking in Northern Thailand, trekking agencies and their
guides. NOTE the day before departure ,trekkers should supply
Eagle House with a photocopy (non-returnable) of their passport - the
'Identity Page' (personal details) and 'Date of Entry' stamp to Thailand
so that the trek may be registered with the Tourist Police.
HOUSE TREKKING AND SIGHTSEEING GUIDES
All guides are authorized by
the Tourism Authority of Thailand. They have successfully completed the
'Professional Guide Courses' and speak English, Thai and Hilltribe languages.
Eagle House guides can explain about the history, custom and culture of
Thailand, Buddhism, Hilltribe people, the nature, etc.
Design a trek! Treks may be
arranged for any length, any time, anywhere walking only-hard, medium,
easy, with or without elephant riding and bamboo rafting , visit the Hilltribes
of your choice.
TREKKING IS walking from village
to village following scenic local trails. On Inthanon area treks we visit
colourful Hilltribe people, the Karen from Burma and the Hmong / Meo whose
origins are in China. Cosy evenings are spent by the fireside discussing,
learning, exchanging experiences and information with your guide and fellow
trekkers. Delicious meals, cooked by your guide, are eaten by candlelight
as there is no electricity. Overnight in simple atmospheric Hilltribe
TREKS ARE REGISTERED AND APPROVED BY
THE TOURIST POLICE AND THE TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND
DAY 1: Depart 9 am sharp by trekking truck
from Chiang Mai. Drive twenty minutes and stop at a bustling local market
Drive one hour to visit a Buddhist cave with huge caverns, stalacmites
and stalactites. Drive one hour and twenty minutes to a Hmong / Meo Hilltribe
village. The Hmong are well known for their elaborately embroidered colourful
costumes. An easy one and a half hour walk to overnight in the first Karen
Hilltribe village. DAY 2: Elephant riding two hours through gushing rivers and up
mountain trails.Walk half an hour to lunch at a Karen Hilltribe village.
Walk two hours. Overnight with Karen Hilltribe. Occasionally you can see
the Karen women weaving fine cloth on backstrap looms. DAY 3: Walk two and a half hours. Lunch. Walk one and a half hours
to overnight at a Karen Hilltribe raft camp. DAY 4: Exciting bamboo rafting two hours on the meandering Mae
Cheam River. Walk half an hour to the Eagle House trekking truck pick
up. Drive to a magnificent waterfall for swimming. Lunch. Drive to the
top of Doi Inthanon for a view of the whole of Thailand. Return 6 pm to
DAY 1: Depart 8.30 am sharp by truck from Chiang Mai. Drive twenty
minutes and stop at a bustling local market. Drive one hour to visit a
Buddhist cave with huge caverns, stalacmites and stalactites. Drive one
hour and twenty minutes to a Hmong / Meo Hilltribe village. Lunch. Drive
fifteen minutes to a Karen Hilltribe village. Elephant riding two hours
through gushing rivers and up mountain trails. Walk half an hour and overnight
with Karen Hilltribe. DAY 2: Walk two hours. Lunch. Walk two and a half hours to overnight
with Karen Hilltribe in their village or their raft camp. DAY 3: Walk one and a half hours to rafting camp.Exciting
bamboo rafting two hours on the Mae Cheam River. Lunch. Drive to a magnificent
waterfall for swimming. Drive to the top of Doi Inthanon mountain for
a view of the whole of Thailand. Return 7 pm. to Eagle House.
Eagle House highly recommends the four and three day treks to this remote
area. It allows the participant to spend more time observing the extraordinary
village life of an almost bygone era. Walking on the four day trek is
slightly easier than on the three days trek.
Inthanon treks are all inclusive. The guide will provide rucksacks, mosquito
nets, light sleeping bags. From November to February, however, trekkers
are advised to take their own four season sleeping bags since temperatures
can fall to one degree celcius.
* For Inthanon treks there
will be a trek information and orientation meeting the evening before
departure at approximately 6.30 pm. Book early to avoid disappointment.
AND THREE DAY EASY TREKS
These are lead through the
popular Bong Duet National Park. Certain luxuries can be bought on the
way, bottled drinks, snacks, handicrafts.
DAY 1: Depart Chiang
Mai 9.30 am. Drive two hours to the refreshing Mork Fa Waterfall. Swimming
and lunch. Drive to hotsprings, then walk two to three hours and overnight
at a Karen Hilltribe village. DAY 2: After breakfast, walk to the elephant camp about 20 minutes,
then ride elephant 1-2 hours to a Karen Hilltribe village. Lunch. Navigate
the Mae Taeng River for 2 hours on bamboo rafts as far as the Lahu Hilltribe
village, overnight. DAY 3: After breakfast walk 1-2 hours. Visit Akha Hilltribe then
walk hours to a Shan village and have lunch by the river. Return to Chiang
Mai and if time allows, stopping to visit the orchid and butterfly farm.
Return by 5 pm.
DAY 1: Depart Chiang Mai 9.30 am and drive 20 minutes to the market
town of Maemalai where the guide will buy fresh provisions for the trek.
Drive to Mork Fa Waterfall for swimming and lunch. Drive to Mae Sae and
walk one and a half hours to hot springs; have a healthy hot medicinal
shower. Walk two hours to a Karen Hilltribe village and overnight there.
DAY 2: Walk 40 minutes to the elephant camp. Then elephant riding,
one and a half hours to the Lahu Hilltribe village. Bamboo rafting two
hours to Sobkai Shan village. Lunch. The trekking car will meet the group
and the journey back to Chiang Mai will take about two hours. If time
allows we will visit the orchid and butterfly farm on the way. Return
by 5 pm.
**Three and two day treks in Bong Duet National Park do not include mineral
water or soft drinks, these may be bought on the way. Boiled water is
available on request.
GENERAL TREK INFROMATION
Thailand has three seasons, March - June, hot and dry, July - October,
hot, humid, wet (in the North, however, it tends to rain late in the afternoon
for a short time, and in the middle of the might so you can always get
out and about), November - February, cool and dry. Treks are run twelve
months of the year, each season bringing a cornucopia of fresh beauties,
fragrant flowers in vibrant colours to see in the jungle.
Eagle House welcomes trekkers of all ages in good health, but we must
be informed of any disabilities, phobias, allergies etc. Thailand has
a tropical climate so wear a hat, use a high factor suncream and drink
plenty of fluids regularly. Supplement your diet with electrolytes to
prevent dehydration. On longer treks participants have ranged from age
3 to age 84!
TREK GROUP SIZE
Minimum seven persons, maximum twelve persons. Private treks may however
be arranged on request. Our guests find it stimulating to be in a group
with people of different nationalities and backgrounds. All have in common
their love of nature and a great interest in all things 'Thai' - social,
overnight in the simple bamboo homes of the Hilltribes. Showers are taken
in waterfalls or rivers, your bathroom is the jungle. You will be awoken
by the dawn chorus and the sound of the rhythmical beat of the Hilltribe
women husking rice.
FOOD ON THE TREK
Hearty meals are provided. For example, a western style breakfast of brown
toast, butter, jam, eggs / fruit / pancakes and tea or coffee. Lunchtime:-
perhaps stir fried noodles, noodle soup, fruit. Dinner:- choices of a
variety of tasty dishes and locally grown rice for you to devour. Snacks,
fruits and other items en route.
INCLUDED IN THE TREK
Loan of small rucksacks, light sleeping bags, blankets, mosquito nets
(Inthanon area only). Food (vegetarians can be catered for), boiled water,
tea, coffee and snacks. Food porter. Bamboo rafting, elephant riding,
accomodation and transport to and from Chiang Mai. An English speaking
Eagle House Guide will accompany the trekkers during the whole trek. Free
use of store room for luggage while away on trek. Truck and trek accident
insurance. Treks are payable in advance in Thai Baht only, no refunds
can be made. We recommend leaving your valuables in the Eagle House safe
(there is a nominal fee for this), a receipt is given and your valuables
are put in envelope which is sealed and signed by you. It is impossible
to break this seal.You can also leave your valuables in your hotel safe.
You only need a few hundred Baht with you on the trek and it will make
less of a difference between you and the local Hilltribe people.
TO BRING TREKKING
High factor suncream
First Aid Kit
/ Walking shoes
Towel and Sarong(ladies)
Flip flop / Sandals
Small rucksacks, light sleeping bags(Inthanon treks), mosquito nets (Inthanon
treks) and blankets are provided by Eagle House. From November to February
it is the cool season and you should bring your warmest clothes and your
own four seasons sleeping bag for the chilly nights.
Please leave all items of value sealed in our safe. Valuables are sealed in an envelope which you must sign. It is impossible to tamper with the seal. A receipt will be given for the safe. You are responsible for all your belongings and valuables on the trek. Take about B1,000 with you, you can buy some handicrafts along the way and bottled drinks. It will make you feel more at home with the Hilltribes as the only difference between you and them is that you have a camera and they do not.
Labled luggage may be left in our supervised store room while you are on an Eagle House trek only. Eagle House takes no responsibility for loss or damage to luggage items. We have never had any problems with luggage and don't intend to start.
OF NORTHERN THAILAND
The Karen are the largest Hilltribe
in Thailand numbering approximately 300,000. They originally come from
Burma where there are still 4.8 million of them living there. They are
renowned for their fine weavings.
HMONG or MEO
Hmong come from Southern China.
In Thailand there are 70,000 of them. They are famous for their intricate
embroideries and indigo tie dyeing.
MUSER or LAHU
The Muser originate in Yunnan
in South West China, there are still 250,000 of them left there. In Thailand
their population is 55,000 and in Burma 150,000.
The Akha come from South West
China and can be recognised by their elaborate silver headdresses. There
are 28,000 of them living in Thailand.
YAO or MIEN
The Yao originate in Southern
China where there are 1.3 million today. In Thailand there are 40,ooo
and in Vietnam 200,000. They can be recognised by their finely embroidered
The Lisu originally come from
Eastern Tibet. There are 24,000 living in Thailand today.