Hill Tribe Immersion in Thailand

Akha Homestay, Thailand

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15 people
7 days
Code: 36
Activity and Adventure, Cultural Experiences
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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 provide with natural resources that the Akhas use to survive. Plants are used for healing, bamboo helps construct their homes, hunting and farming provides them with food. The Akha people have their own unique language, religion and culture.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

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
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 to 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 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
  • Visit to 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.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment
  • Warm clothes as the temperature can cool down a lot during the evening in this area of Thailand

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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