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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lisu Lodge Adventure

2 Days | Farm Visit, Rafting and Eco Lodge

Your adventure will begin with a cycling tour in a scenic countryside of Chiang Mai. Stop at an organic tea plantation to discover how tea is grown, processed and transformed in a traditional way from tea leaves to tea cups. Then, enjoy white water rafting and a picnic lunch. The tour also includes a visit to an Akha village where you will have a chance to chat with the village shaman. Stay overnight at Lisu Lodge where your Lisu hill tribe hosts will make sure you have a good night sleep.

Right for You?

Duration

2 Days / 1 Night

Travel Style

Active Adventure and Cultural Immersion

Languages

Thai, English and Other Local Language
Some of the staff at Lisu Lodge will speak English and be able to help translate when visiting local communities

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Small Towns/Villages and Quiet Area

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Available

Lisu Lodge

Locally Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$163/person

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Speaks: Thai, English and Other Local Language

Highlights

  • Stay at the beautiful Lisu Lodge set amidst the rice paddies
  • Get a real taste of local life in the Lisu and Akha villages
  • Bike and whitewater rafting adventures

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Upon your arrival at the Lisu Lodge (9 am) you will be welcomed with a refreshing traditional drink. Then, following a cycling tour around the village (13 kilometers or 8 miles). En route stop at a tea plantation where you will be led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the process of growing and harvesting tea as well as vegetation propagation to produce tea seedlings at the nursery, whilst teaching you how to pluck tea leaves and enjoy a cup of fresh-roasted tea.

Then you will continue cycling to a rafting station. After a healthy picnic lunch on the bank of the river, you will go on an exciting ride, about 45 minutes of white water rafting that takes you a Thai country village. (Remark: During the summer, which usually starts in April and lasts a few months, they will switch from inflatable raft to bamboo raft.)

From there you return to Lisu Lodge by local truck. On the way back you will stop at the traditional Akha village for a chat with the shaman (spirit doctor).

Upon returning to Lisu Lodge, enjoy your visit to the rice paddies. Walk with your guide through rice paddies where they work together with the villagers to grow rice without the use of pesticide and insecticide. You will learn and participate in the various stages of rice cultivation in northern Thai style.

In the evening, you will enjoy Thai dinner and watch Lisu traditional dance show before retiring to your room for the night.

After breakfast at the lodge, spend the rest of your stay at leisure. Depart for your next destination when you are ready.

What's Included

Lodging

1 Night Eco Lodge

Guide

Local guide (not bilingual) and Bilingual guide

Room

Private Room and Private Bathroom

Food

Some meals included (see itinerary)

Transport

Hike, Walk and Other local transport

Traveler Reviews

If you've been here, please tell us about it!  
Dave

Unique stay just outside Chiang Mai!

I loved this short getaway! The lodge is beautiful and so peaceful - it's your home base while you go on a variety of nearby adventures that are all run with locals from the Lisu and Akha communities. We did the easy bike ride to the tea plantation and got to meet the local Shaman. I'd definitely go back to explore more of the adventures! All the people I met were super friendly, the food was great and just loved the feel of the place. Overall, it's a great way to escape traveler-filled Chiang Mai and experience some of the unique cultures of norther Thailand!

October 2015

Your Local Host

Lisu Lodge

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Lisu Lodge is managed as a partnership between Asian Oasis (a travel company focused on sustainable tourism, offering a collection of unique travel experiences in northern Thailand) and the local Lisu community. The Lisu migrated from southern China and Tibet in the early 20th century and have found a home in Chiang Mai province. The local community has been involved in the development and operations of Lisu lodge from the beginning. The staff members of the lodge consist mainly of people from the Lisu hill tribe village and a portion of all proceeds earned are shared directly with the village.

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive, Get picked up (extra $), Taxi and Tuk Tuk
Located in Mae Tang District, Chiang Mai, Lisu Lodge is about 40 minute drive from Chiang Mai city. You can reach the lodge by driving or creative use of local transport. The Lodge can also arrange pick ups in the city/airport in their private truck (for a fee).