Chiang Mai Mae Taeng – Indigenous Hill Tribe Adventure

Chiang Mai Mae Taeng – Indigenous Hill Tribe Adventure
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Chiang Mai Mae Taeng – Indigenous Hill Tribe Adventure

The weather in Thailand starts to get chilly after the rainy season. The best time to experience the fresh crisp air without the scorching heat and humidity in Chiang Mai is from November to February.

Chiang Mai in Thailand has always been one of our bucket list of destinations to visit. Beloved by temple spotters, coffee connoisseurs, cultural geeks and nature seekers. This city is a rich melting pot of different cultures traced back to its early Lanna Kingdom roots when it was once independent.

chiang mai view suthep mountain
Chiang Mai view from suthep mountain. Recommended family Homestay in Chiang Mai

A must place to visit in Chiang Mai is Mae Taeng at a traditional lodge. The lodge is a community-based learning center set to create awareness for and to preserve the cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes. Originally from Southern Tibet, they had migrated to escape turmoil from home and eventually calling Northern Thailand their new home.

mae taeng chiang mai
Mae Taeng Hill Tribe – Chiang Mai District
traditional hill tribe chiang mai
Traditional hill-tribe building style

The learning center’s private compound overlooks the lush green fields stretching out to the mist-shrouded mountains. Built in traditional hill-tribe style with straw thatched roofs and supported by bamboo pillars, the interiors were embellished with woven rattan floorings, teak wood windows and doors fitted with rustic latches. The entire architecture was a gleaming display of brightly hued furnishings, reflecting the traditional styles of hill tribe homes.

green fields chiang mai

lush green fields chiang mai
The learning center is surrounded by lush green fields

At the learning center, we had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive village walk curated by the learning center. We were accompanied by a local guide who personally brought us around the entire village. We got to see up-close and personal and experience the hill tribe villagers’ way of life, traditions and caught a glimpse of their beliefs in Animism.

green fields chiang mai

traditional chiang mai

A wide variety of adventure and cultural experience activities were also available within the vicinity. We tried out a 3 hours mountain trekking with our young kids led by a local village guide, bamboo rafting on gentle white waters and ox cart ride during our 1-week stay in Chiang Mai.

traditional chiang mai

traditional chiang mai

traditional chiang mai

The entire experience was truly an eye-opener. It was a pleasure for us and our young children to be able to see and to experience a different culture this close. The place felt out of this world to us and we were deeply inspired by their will to persevere and to preserve their indigenous identity, heritage and endured traditions. Monies paid towards activities led by the local villagers contribute as part of their livelihood. While we reminisce in the unearthly beauty and enduring traditions of the hill tribe ethnic minority, we continue to soak up the northern spirits in our next destination….

ancient temple chiang mai

authentic chiang mai

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Remark- This travel story is contributed by Fleemeatrip, one-stop destination travel platform for all authentic things in Thailand.

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