Thai Country Living, Chiang Mai (3D2N)

Chiang Mai, Thailand
3 Days 2 Nights
English, Thai

About the trip
History & Culture Gastronomy Local Wisdom
Nestled in a valley ringed by mountains on three sides and surrounded by orchards and rice fields, it is a tranquil, off-the-beaten-track country resort that harkens back to an earlier time. This is Thai country living in traditional northern Thailand. What is it like to live a simple, natural life in rural Thailand. This tour will take you into the heart of this lifestyle, from cooking sumptuous Thai meals, to riding to the market for ingredients, visiting a temple, and chatting with locals.
  • cooking class
  • Learning about the history of rice cultivation, the types, the equipment used in the past and the future needs.
  • The opportunity to collect herbs and vegetables from the garden and use these in your cooking class.
  • Visiting morning market by bicycle.
  • Cycling trip
Day One

16:00 Pm.  Arrival at Khum Lanna to be greeted by our local Lanna people. A tasty welcome drink (herbal tea or fruit juice from the garden) will be served. We will give you a briefing and propose a choice of activities for you to decide how you want to spend the afternoon.
 

16:30 Pm.  You will receive a “Thai Recipe Book” that explains many delicious recipes, plus the herbs used and the health benefits of each. Get an introduction to Thai language (which will prepare you for your market shopping the next day).

 

Enjoy the fruits of your labors with a full 4-course sit-down Thai dinner with your host and friends.

Day Two

05:30 Am.  Coffee/tea will be brought to your room for your wake-up call before we start our sunrise biking trip along the rural country road via San Kwang village to Phrao to visit an early morning local market where local coffee is available. With the help of your guide you may buy local cookies and flower garlands for the temple offering on the way back.

 

Then walk to visit a farmer’s rice and traditional tools shop, chat with the owner, and learn more about the rice legends and differences & properties of the varieties of rice. Your local escort will translate.


Cycles back to Khum Lanna with a stop to visit Wat Pa. Pay respect to the Buddha image under the sacred tree. Continue biking to Khum Lanna along the local canal with a stop in the rice fields to get more information about the rice-growing process and the place of rice in Thai life.

 

Upon return, refreshment or shower before a local Lanna-style breakfast which is set on the riverside.

 

10:00 Am.  You will be given an orientation of the concept “Rice for Life”. and also learn about the history of rice cultivation, the types, the equipment used in the past and the future needs.

 

Try your cooking skills out by steaming the Thai sticky rice and following this take a casual walk to the organic garden where we have a variety of produce including the different rice harvesting stages. You will also have the opportunity to collect herbs and vegetables from the garden and use these in your cooking class.

Lunch will include a country-style Barbeque, sticky rice that you prepared earlier, and all the scrumptious
dishes to complement.

 

14:00 – 16:00  Choose one of the exciting following (approx. one-hour) activities:

  • A Guided biking tour around Khum Lanna country side.
  • Creative Fruit (or vegetable) carving
  • A local herbal steam bath to relax and rejuvenate your body. A therapeutic Hot-pressed herbal massage (consisting of 8 kinds of herbs: ginger, zingier, lemongrass, plantain, tamarind leaves, soap pod, camphor and Aom Kiew).

Early Evening Thai Cooking Class.

 

You will learn to prepare and cook your gatherings from the garden and enjoy making 3 new Thai dishes. Then, enjoy a full 4-course sit-down Thai dinner with your host and friends. 

Day Three

07:00 Am. (Option)   Walk to the temple and join your host in the traditional alms offering, giving food to the monks for merit. As a symbolic gesture the guests must make this small purchase themselves.

 

08:45 Am.  Leisurely breakfast by the river.

 

09:00 Am.  Light cycling to the rural village in the morning. See the incredible accumulation of beehives on the sacred tree at Ban Nam Phrae and get information about the need for bees and the reasons for local conservation.

 

Continue biking to Wiang Phrao Wung Hin (the ancient city 30 years older than Chiang Mai) to visit a temple and Phra Chao Lan Tong, the most significant Buddha Image in the Phrao district. Here, King Mengrai (1259-1317) assembled the villagers and trained them as soldiers to defend the city.

 

Bikes toWat Tham Dork Kum and visits to different Buddha stucco figures and the huge reclining Buddha.

 

Picnic lunch will be provided on the orchard hill, which has a fantastic overview of the entire Phrao valley and Khum Lanna.

 

Cycles back to Resort.

 

Refreshment or shower before checkout. Receive your Thai Cooking Diploma and a gift from the owner.

 

14:30 Pm.  Time to say goodbye.

  • Meal as listed in the itinerary ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
  • Accommodation in non air-conditioned room with electric fan based on half twin-bedded room.
  • Activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Assistance of English-speaking during visit and join-in activities
  • Your choice of one activity
  • The price is exclude transportation to resort
  • If you come 3 people. We will prepare an extra bed in the room. In case you need an extra room, Please contact us.
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