Awchaw Tours can take you where no other tour company can go. Only Hill Tribe people can access the remote communities.
Awchaw Tours knows the best way to interact with their communities. Join in ceremonies and truly experience Hill Tribe culture, not just a tourist village. Awchaw Tours guides speak the Hill Tribe languages (eg. Lahu or Akha) and are able to navigate the mountains… and find the hostels!
Each tour is unique for you. Two to five day tours are recommended. If you sponsor a child through the Borderless Friendship Foundation, you may want to visit your sponsor child or visit a particular hostel or orphanage.
Teerawat Akhar Hostel
A stop over at Teerawat’s hostel is very worthwhile. Mr and Mrs Teerawat look after 30 Akha children in a wonderful hostel near Chiang Rai. The hostel is set on the side of a mountain, and extends into a valley. Here they practice sustainable agriculture with pigs, fish and other animals. They also offer places for short and long-term volunteer tourists. Side trips may include the White Temple, Mae Sae Long, Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle.
Chiang Rai Mountain Tours
Travel through the spectacular mountains past the tea village of Mae Sae Long to Prao hostels. Meet the inspiring young people who are working so hard at their new secondary school. This is a great place to experience the children – they will sing and dance for you, eat with you and then you can walk to school with them and volunteer at school.
Travel to the lovely village of Huakjakan - half hour west of Chiang Dao. Stunning scenery. This village is doing amazing things. So many things are happening here - a microcredit group, fish pond, crops, and an innovative school program for hill tribe children. You can also enjoy trekking, rafting, zipline (flying fox) or take an ox cart ride. See elephants at a special location run by Hill Tribe people. Relax in the Onzen natural hot spring.
Awchaw Tours can recommend some excellent hotels in Chiang Mai – suitable for any budget. We can also provide tours to popular spots in Chiang Mai and other northern cities. Popular tours include trekking, rafting, ziplining (flying fox) or ox cart ride. See the elephants at a special location run by Hill Tribe people. The Karen long-necked tribe is also close by. Picnic lunch or dinner at Sankampaeng Hot Springs. Cook eggs in the thermal springs, eat picnic food, swim in the healing pool and have a massage if you choose.
Kae Noi Mountain
A trip to Kae Noi, close to the Myanmar border - a beautiful 3-4 hr drive. There are 2 orphanages - stay the night (or longer as a volunteer) and the kids will charm you plus Naomi , Jafa, Nami Shaw and Nahae - the people who care for 74 kids will welcome you like you wouldn’t believe. The second orphanage is on the grounds of a Buddhist temple. This is overseen by Pra Jafu and the manager, Nachi.
Thanks Thak for another memorable tour with Awchaw Tours - breathtaking mountain views, welcoming people and I love my little bamboo hut at Chiang Dao Base Camp. I always felt safe and your translation skills in all the hill tribe villages and hostels were appreciated. Looking forward to sampling the hill tribe tea! Can't wait to return in November. LM
You can be a tourist and be awe inspired by the natural wonders of the mountains, the rivers and the waterfalls. But to be amongst the Hill tribe people and witness the opportunity they are creating is a unique and heartwarming experience. Chris Herrmann