Hill Tribe Immersion
Chiang Rai – Akha Homestay
€ 550 Euros – Per Week

Quick Overview

Hill Tribe Immersion, Get immersed in the world of the Akha people, experience fun cultural activities and the natural surroundings of one of the most sublime parts of Thailand. During this week, you will enjoy one of the most charming and fascinating areas in Thailand. Our program was designed to merge together two completely different worlds: the Akha’s and yours. Through either teaching, gardening or construction work, you will help them develop their infrastructure whilst helping to preserve their lifestyle and culture.

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Program Description

Hill Tribe Immersion, One of our most diverse programs in one of the most stunning spots in Thailand. This visit to Thailand's Northern Hill Tribe community will be hard to forget. The Akha people are a disadvantaged minority that migrated into Thailand. By living and breathing their culture you will learn about their unique and distinct lifestyle. This program will have you immersed in the village, experiencing a range of cultural activities, as well as enjoying the surrounding fauna, wildlife and tourist attractions on the final day. Your main activity will be to help out the local Akha people through various means such as teaching, gardening and light construction and renovation. The idea here is not to try to alter their culture or perceptions in any way, but rather to embrace their way of life and learn from one another. This means open-mindedness and a willingness to help and understand the needs of the Akha people. The hilltop village is not far from the Northern city of Chiang Rai and is surrounded by lush jungle, which provides with natural resources that the Akhas use to survive. Plants are used for healing, bamboo helps construct their homes, hunting and farming provide them with food. The Akha people have their own unique language, religion and culture.

Aims & Objectives

  • Assist with the development of infrastructure and education of the local Akha people
  • Learn about and experience a unique way of life while broadening your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture

Schedule for Hill Tribe Immersion

Sunday

Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • After dinner, you will take an overnight bus to Chiang Rai (Northern Thailand)

Monday

Akha Village Chiang Rai

  • Pickup in Chiang Rai and head to the village (1 and a half hour drive)
  • Visit the local dam where you will have breakfast and get a chance to swim
  • Lunch
  • Explore Akha village and the Akha, it’s a holy place
  • Dinner

Tuesday

Akha Village Chiang Rai
  • Breakfast
  • Working for the Akha village. Tasks vary depending on the needs at the time ranging from teaching at the school, construction work or agricultural activities
  • Lunch
  • Akha language lessons
  • Visit the local evening market
  • Dinner

Wednesday

Akha Village Chiang Rai

  • Breakfast
  • Trekking into the jungle
  • Lunch
  • Natural hot spa or kayaking on the lake (depending on the weather)
  • Dinner

Thursday

Akha Homestay

  • Breakfast
  • Working for the Akha village. Tasks vary depending on the needs at the time ranging from teaching at the school, construction work or agricultural activities
  • Lunch
  • Exploring the Akha hill tribe village and learning more about the hill tribe culture
  • Dinner
  • Sleep at a local’s home in order to experience and get fully immersed in the Akha lifestyle

Friday

Akha Homestay

  • Breakfast
  • Working for the Akha village. Tasks vary depending on the needs at the time ranging from teaching at the school, construction work or agricultural activities
  • Lunch
  • Visit a pool or canoeing
  • Cooking for the hill tribe people, who will pay us a visit in the accommodation to try out our dishes
  • Dinner
  • Goodbye party with the locals, they will perform a ceremony typical of their culture which you will partake in

Saturday

Akha Village Chiang Rai

  • Brunch
  • Travel to Chiang Rai
  • Stop at a waterfall to swim
  • Chiang Rai City tour with visits to the White Temple, the Saturday market and other activities
  • Dinner
  • After dinner, you will head back to Singburi

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Location

For one night during the week-long program, you have the option to fully immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the Akhas by having a homestay with a local family. In this way, you will learn about their morning routine, how they sleep, how they cook, what they eat, etc. This experience will provide you with opportunities to learn the true way of life of the Akha people, firsthand.

Accommodation & Food

About the Accommodation
  • Some of you might like to choose this location for a night, to fully experience living in the village as a typical village. If you go into this homestay, you will be sleeping on the floor on basic grass mats in wooden huts. You will be sharing space with a local family and will eat and live with them, even taking part in the completion of their daily chores.
  • During your stay, you will be sharing a room with other participants. Your “bed” will be a thin Thai mattress - don’t expect much luxury! We recommend that you bring your own mosquito nets with you due to your rustic lifestyle at this location.
  • Cell phone reception is incredibly limited - you really are living in and experiencing rural Thailand at this location! You might be able to reach some reception at higher levels.

Available Room Types

Standard Room

All meals included

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Persons per room

1-10

Wifi in public areas

No

Laundry facilities

No

Safety box

No

Lockable rooms

Yes

Hot shower

No

Private bathroom

No

Western toilet

Yes

Bed linen

No

Towels

No

Mosquito protection

Yes

Fan

No

Air conditioning

No

* 3 meals on weekdays, 2 on weekends ** Drinking water, coffee and tea

Food Arrangements

Local dishes are provided on site. Some families might even ask you to help out with the kitchen chores, so get prepared to learn some authentic Akha recipes!

Facilities

There is a small village shop but please remember this is an incredibly rural and authentic location - there are no ATMs, so please make sure you arrive at the location with some cash on you.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

The village is incredibly secluded, there are no major attractions nearby.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Akha Village Chiang Rai

Quick Facts

  • Name: Kingdom of Thailand
  • Population: 67 million
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Language: Thai
  • Currency: Baht (THB)
  • Time zone: ICT (UTC +7)
Country Information

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly is not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand has a constitutional monarchy currently headed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX and governed by a military junta (National Council for Peace and Order). The Thai monarchy - especially the King - remains an incredibly important part of Thai culture and is held in the highest respect.

Climate

The majority of the country is home to a tropical savanna climate which consists of wet and dry seasons of a roughly equal length. The climate can be divided into three distinct seasons:

  • Dry season: November - end of February. During this period, precipitation is at its lowest but so are the temperatures. This said, ‘low temperatures’ are of course relative and the difference is not in fact very different at all in the South. It is only if you will be visiting the northern mountains that you might need to bring some warmer clothes as temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This period is, not surprisingly, the most popular time to visit Thailand and tourism peaks around Christmas and New Year as well as Chinese New year. Flights and accommodation at this time can be more expensive.
  • Hot: March to June. During this time Thailand reaches its hottest temperatures (as high as 40°C).
  • Rainy: July - October. This is when the tropical monsoons begin to arrive, peaking in September. Although this is indeed the rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop. Storms can clear up very quickly but when it does rain, heavily flooding is not rare.
Culture

A significant feature of Thai culture is its primary religion: Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism is supported by the government and practiced by an estimated 95% of its population. Thailand not only boasts tenths of thousands of beautiful temples but you will notice that a lot of Thai people have miniature Spirit Houses in their front yards because they believe that the household spirits live in them and they make offerings to them to keep the spirits happy.

Another feature of Thai culture is the wai greeting, which is essentially a slight bow with palms pressed together in a prayer-like manner to show respect. This can be compared to the Indian namasté. Things to know about this:

  • The higher the hands in relation to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown.
  • It is made before formally entering/leaving a house
  • It can also be made as a sign of gratitude or apology
  • You do not make the greeting to those who are younger than you unless you are returning the wai.
  • The gesture is normally accompanied with the phrase “sawadee (krap/ka)” (“krap” if you are  male and “ka” if you are female)
  • A corporate wai (made by cashiers etc) can be returned with a smile or a nod

The major festival in Thailand is Thai New Year, known as Songkran. It is celebrated on the 13th-14th April of every year. It is a festival that concludes the dry season and involves a lot of water throwing!

Gastronomy

Thai cuisine is very nutritious and alongside its plentiful use of rice, it generally contains fresh vegetables and white meats like chicken and fish. Thai people love spicy food but do not fear if you do not, just say ‘mai pet’ when you order. However, flavors are not only about the spice as many people believe, Thai food can be slightly salty, sour or sweet and so there really is something to suit everybody’s pallet.

Transportation

Transport in Thailand is very varied and there isn’t one ‘main way’ to travel. Buses dominate long distance journeys. Travel in Thailand is cheap and even domestic flights are a worthwhile consideration for long distance journeys, especially with the expansion of low-cost airlines.

Taxis, tuk-tuks, and vans are also common modes of transports but tourists must be wary about being overcharged. If in doubt, always ask that the taximeter is switched on to avoid overcharging.

Available Booking All Year Round

This program starts every Monday - Ongoing

Map Of Chiang Rai – Thailand

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