Indigenous hill-tribe experience in Mae Taeng, Lisu Lodge
The weather in Thailand starts to get chilly. The best time to experience the fresh crisp air without the scorching heat and humidity in Chiang Mai is from November to February. We are in December and our children are into their winter break holidays.
Chiang Mai has always been one of our bucket list of destinations to visit. Beloved by temple spotters, coffee connoisseurs, cultural geeks and nature seekers, Chiang Mai is indeed a rich melting pot of different cultures traced backed to its early Lanna Kingdom roots when it was once independent.
An all inclusive tribal experience.
From guided hill-tribe village walk, mountain trekking, ox-cart ride to bamboo rafting.
Our first stop in Chiang Mai was Mae Taeng and we were putting up at a traditional lodge. The lodge is a community-based project set to create awareness for and to preserve the cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes. Originally from Southern Tibet, they had migrated to escape turmoils from home and eventually calling Northern Thailand their new home.
The private compound, comprising of a total of 5 lodges with each housing 4 guest cottages, was overlooking the lush green fields stretching out to the mist-shrouded mountains. All lodges were built in traditional hill-tribe style with straw thatched roofs and supported by bamboo pillars. All lodges and cottage guest rooms were embellished with woven rattan floorings, teak wood windows and doors fitted with rustic latches. The interior of the guest rooms was a gleaming display of brightly hued furnishing reflecting the traditional styles of hill tribe homes. Although built with tradition in mind, all guests rooms are equipped with amenities best suited for western comfort and safe for young children to explore the vicinity.
Aside from being such a beautiful sanctuary providing a refuge from the daily grind of modern world demand, a wide variety of adventure and cultural experience activities are also available. We tried out their 3hour mountain trekking with the kids led by a local village guide, bamboo rafting on gentle white waters and ox cart ride during our 3-days stay. The activities were a hit with our 6-year-old and 3-year -old children. More adventurous activities are also available at the lodge for older kids and adults.
In addition, the curated village walk as part of a complementary activity to our stay was among one of our highlights. We were accompanied by a local guide who showed us the hill tribe villagers' way of life, their beliefs and their traditions