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Pai Karen Village Foraging Adventure

Tour guide:

Wanpen

Wanpen is a bridge between Westerns and the rural people of Northern Thailand. With a deep afinity for those who still live a traditional way, she understands them and can help to show you what life is like for those still predominantly unaffected by the modern world.    

Pai Karen Village Foraging Adventure

8 People Maximum (Private Tour)

8 People Maximum (Private Tour)

Foraging Food Menu

Foraging Food Menu

8h00 (Day 1) - 18h00 (Day 2)

8h00 (Day 1) - 18h00 (Day 2)

English/Thai Language

English/Thai Language

Licensed Guide and Villagers

Licensed Guide and Villagers

Outside Pai

Outside Pai

From USD $80 Per Person

From USD $80 Per Person

Pai Karen Village Foraging Adventure

Tour guide:

Wanpen

Wanpen is a bridge between Westerns and the rural people of Northern Thailand. With a deep afinity for those who still live a traditional way, she understands them and can help to show you what life is like for those still predominantly unaffected by the modern world.    

Ever woken up one morning and thought about jacking it all in to go native in the forest? Ever dreamt of a simpler way of life away from that commute and the daily grind? Ever wondered if other people in the world might just be more satisfied than you with less? Well wonder no more. We can't offer permanent solutions to life's ills, but we can whisk you away to spend some real time in the real world with really cool folk.

The Karen hill people have been living the way they do since well before most of the world was discovered. Although they've adopted some modern conveniences, you won't catch them posting selfies on Facebook or uploading photos of their dinner to Instagram, and they seem happier for it. For these people life is about the changing of the seasons, their animals and crops, hunting and gathering in the forest, their relationships and time spent in good company. So, join them and they'll show you how to survive and thrive in the landscape of Northern Thailand. Learn where to forage for food, how to build and set traps to find a source of protein and how to cook delicious meals you won't find in any restaurant in the known universe. 

This trip isn't for the squimish, it's not for the fussy and there are no guarantees (except that you'll have a jolly good time and you'll make it out alive, we promise). When all's said and done, we'll take you to a hot spring on the journey home so you can have a good long soak and think about which life you'd prefer to return to. Can't say fairer than that now, can we?

Pai Karen Village Foraging Adventure

What's included on this tour

Pick up/drop off at a Chiang Mai or Pai hotel with a 2-hour transfer to the forest

English speaking guide for the duration of the trip 

Meet the Karen village tribe and their semi-wild buffalo herd  

Forage in the forest for food to cook (trip includes all meals) 

Learn to make animal traps and bamboo rice steamers

Sleep local style in a private stilted cabin in the village

Pai Karen Village Foraging Adventure

Sample Menu: The wilderness is a necessity of the human spirit

Pick up from your hotel at 8h00 and head to the hills.

Pick up from your hotel at 8h00 and head to the hills.

Stop en route at a local market to buy provisions and stretch your legs.

Stop en route at a local market to buy provisions and stretch your legs.

Arrive at the track to the village and meet the Karen Hill Tribe in their beautiful village.

Arrive at the track to the village and meet the Karen Hill Tribe in their beautiful village.

Head off into the rice fields and prepare to go foraging .

Head off into the rice fields and prepare to go foraging .

get up close and personal with the tribes semi-wild buffalo herd.

get up close and personal with the tribes semi-wild buffalo herd.

Help net some fish and crabs in the river flowing down from the mountains.

Help net some fish and crabs in the river flowing down from the mountains.

The villagers will show you how to find edible insects.

The villagers will show you how to find edible insects.

wild herbs, spices and chilli.

wild herbs, spices and chilli.

FULL MENU
Jungle roots, fruits and vegetables.

Jungle roots, fruits and vegetables.

Mushrooms during the wet season.

Mushrooms during the wet season.

And even honey if you get really lucky.

And even honey if you get really lucky.

Enjoy lunch in a raised barn on stilts in the rice fields.

Enjoy lunch in a raised barn on stilts in the rice fields.

Where the villagers will brew fresh tea with leaves picked straight from the trees.

Where the villagers will brew fresh tea with leaves picked straight from the trees.

Trek back to the village.

Trek back to the village.

Where they'll show you how they make and set traps to hunt.

Where they'll show you how they make and set traps to hunt.

Learn how to make a bamboo rice steamer and cook with it.

Learn how to make a bamboo rice steamer and cook with it.

Learn to dispatch, pluck and prepare a chicken (or someone can do it for you).

Learn to dispatch, pluck and prepare a chicken (or someone can do it for you).

Make dinner with the village women using the foraged ingredients and meat.

Make dinner with the village women using the foraged ingredients and meat.

To produce a delicious and authentic Karen curry from scratch.

To produce a delicious and authentic Karen curry from scratch.

Sit down with your guide and the villagers to eat the meal.

Sit down with your guide and the villagers to eat the meal.

After dinner sample some cooked insects and homebrew moonshine like a real local.

After dinner sample some cooked insects and homebrew moonshine like a real local.

Sleep in your own private village hut on stilts.

Sleep in your own private village hut on stilts.

Wake up to a hearty breakfast cooked over an open fire inside a village hut.

Wake up to a hearty breakfast cooked over an open fire inside a village hut.

Check your traps to see if you've got the knack to be a hunter and learn to cook field mice for lunch.

Check your traps to see if you've got the knack to be a hunter and learn to cook field mice for lunch.

Sit down for a traditional rural Thai meal with the villagers and relax in the sun.

Sit down for a traditional rural Thai meal with the villagers and relax in the sun.

Take a wander around the village to see life as it is for this hill tribe before you say goodbye.

Take a wander around the village to see life as it is for this hill tribe before you say goodbye.

Head home stopping en route to have a dip at a local hot spring.

Head home stopping en route to have a dip at a local hot spring.

Arrive back at your hotel feeling refreshed and with a deeper understanding of Thai culture.

Arrive back at your hotel feeling refreshed and with a deeper understanding of Thai culture.

How to book

To join the tour, hit the 'Book Now' button below, select your date, and secure your tour with your card. Special requests or private bookings, contact us.

Meeting point

You'll be picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai or surrounding area, returning to the same location at the end of the second day. 

What to expect

This tour is designed for adventurous hunter-gatherers with an interest in learning to find and cook the local way. The overnight adventure is split into several activities, the first day dedicated to foraging and learning how to make traps with cooking later in the evening. Sleep privately in a comfortable village hut and share breakfast with the villagers in the morning. The second day involves collecting your traps, more cooking and lunch before returning to Chiang Mai via a hot spring to freshen up. The village itself is beautiful and the people warm and welcoming. They don't speak much English, but your guide does and she'll be with you every step of the way.  

What to bring

The adventure can be as easy going or as strenuous as want it to be. You should bring a sturdy pair of shoes for walking in the jungle, a backpack for your personal items and swim wear for the hot springs. Everything else will be provided, just don't forget your camera! 

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