The village is set in the midst of a largely untouched forest and is the base of Flight of the Gibbon, the first zipline in Chiang Mai province.
Community Based Tourism in Ban Mae Kam Pong was initiated in 1999. It was developed in response to the decline of demand for fermented tea production and as an alternative source of income for local villagers. According to the village headman, as poverty is still a main problem in the area, there is a need to generate jobs and income for villagers in order to prevent them from illegal forest encroachment. With assistance from external organizations, both from the government and non-government organizations, Community Based Tourism was first implemented in April 1999. Activities include village sightseeing, cultural shows and homestay.
This has been very successful and provides the community with extra income.
There are now more than 20 homestay houses in Mae Kam Pong. If you have more time, it is definitely worth staying overnight in Mae Kam Pong.
Duration of this Tour: 1 Day
Departure Time: 7:30
End Time: 5 – 6 pm
Difficulty Level: easy
Nature Trail to Mae Kampong
Your guide will meet you at the hotel. It’s a beautiful drive to Mae Orn. We will stop at the San Kampaeng market to buy the ingredients for our lunch and fruit of the season. We will continue to Mae Kam Pong.
Upon arrival in Mae Kam Pong we will be met by some of the villagers and our local community guide. You will learn about the history of this remarkable village and make a beautiful trek around the village. Most villagers are engaged in growing bai miang, a kind of plant that can be processed into tea. Apart from bai miang, they also grow coffee and aromatic mushrooms. Other villagers are making handicrafts such as decorated pillows filled with tealeaves, rattan baskets and bamboo furniture.
Various walks are possible around Mae Kam Pong. Our program is flexible and will be adjusted according to your wishes. Lunch will be either in a homestay in the village or a picnick lunch along the way, depending on the program. A traditional massage is available.
Late in the afternoon we return to Chiang Mai.
Price per person in THB:
- 2 persons = 3,700 THB per person
- 3 persons = 3,000 THB per person
- 4 persons = 2,600 THB per person
- 5 persons = 2,400 THB per person
- 6 persons = 2,200 THB per person
- 7 persons = 2,100 THB per person
- 8 persons = 2,000 THB per person
- Transportation by private AC car
- Accommodation as indicated
- English speaking guide
- Sightseeing as indicated
- two kinds of fruit of the season
- Thai snacks
- Drinking water
- Entrance fees