The Spirit of Lanna
Tour code : WT.CBT 03
Duration : 3 days 2 nights
Type of tour :Private Tour
Start and end : in Chiang Mai
Minimum passengers : 2 persons
Trip grade : Easy
Destinations : Chiang Mai - Lampoon- Lampang
Activities : homestay, community based tourism, elephant conservation center
Day 1 Chiang Mai - Lamphun – Ban Ta Pa Pao
09:00 Met by local guide at Chiang Mai Airport or Chiang Mai Railway Station. Transfer by van to the village, Ban Ta Pa Pao, about 60 kilometers from Chiang Mai.
10:30 Arrival at Ban Ta Pa Pao Community Based Tourism community. Welcome by the villagers with a welcome drink, served in a coconut shell cup. Check-in at the home stay. Hosts inform the guests about the family and the accommodation.
12:00 Local lunch at the home-stay, prepared by the hosts.
13:00 After lunch guests join the community in their daily activities such as making rice cakes, folding banana leaves etc.
15:00 Time to explore the community, including a small temple and museum on the hilltop with panoramic view over the village. Then visit the local village school. Here the young generation learn about recycling waste plastic bag and papers as well as helping to conserve the local culture. Elder people transfer their wisdom and knowledge to the school children.
16:00 Continue to explore the fascinating community forest with the local guide and learn about medicinal plants and herbs in the forest.
17:00 Return to the home stay. Relax.
19:00 Guests dressed in proper attire meet with the villagers at the community. Taditional Kantoke dinner accompanied by northern style music. Guests have an opportunity to socialize with the villagers and learn more or exchange with them about way of life, culture and traditions.
21:00 Overnight at the home stay
Day 2 Ban Ta Pa Pao - Lampang
07:00 Join your hosts to give morning alms to the monks.
08:00 Thai breakfast at home stay.
09:00 Check out. Drive to Lampang.
09:45 Visit a center for coconut shell products at Hang Chat district which are produced by the villagers including bags, lamps, mobiles, accessories.
10:30 Continue to visit Lampang Herb Conservation Assembly. Introduction and briefing about the activities of the assembly as well as its health and spa services including herbal steam and Thai massage. Enjoy one hour Thai massage with herbal compress. (Herbal products available for sale).
12:15 Drive to BB Coffee Restaurant for lunch.
13:30 Among the various family businesses, visit a home factory producing Lampang’s famous rice crackers
made of sticky rice and water melon juice called “Kao Tan Nam Taeng Mo”. Taste the delicious rice crackers and see the production process before continuing to Patamasevee Learning Center which locates in a well conserved old northern Thai house. Learn about production process of beautiful paper lanterns made of bamboo sticks and colorful hand-made papers. The lanterns contain several wisdom and metaphoric meanings in Buddhism and therefore, have been used in religious and traditional ceremonies.
15:00 Visit the temple Wat Pong Sanuk, which won international plaudits for its inspirational model of community-led conservation in saving a unique form of Lanna architecture. The temple received a Heritage Award of Merit in 2008 form the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its inspiring restoration efforts.
16:00 Transfer to the city center to board on a horse carriage to explore Lampang city passing by well conserved old wooden houses and buildings built in traditional northern style along the Forestry Lane and Gad Gongta old market.
17:30 Drive to ambient Lampang River Lodge Resort. Check-in
19:30 Transfer to down town of Lampang city for a Dinner at Khong Gin Ban Hao Restaurant. Enjoy typical northern style food which contains various kinds of local herbs and vegetables. Overnight at Lampang River Lodge.
Day 3 Lampang – Chiang Mai
07:30 Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 Depart for Thai Elephant Conservation Center.
08:30 Arrive at the center and have a short briefing about the conservation activities of the center. Then get on an elephant’s back to enjoy one hour of gentle elephant riding, passing by the elephant nursery.
09:15 Stop at the elephant’s hospital. See how sick or wounded elephants are cured by the veterinary team.
09:45 See how elephants are bathed and trained by the mahout to work in the forest. The clever elephants here are also enthusiastic to play some musical instruments and even to paint a picture!
10:30 Transfer to Chiang Mai. On the way visit Ban Ta market to see interesting exotic fresh products offered by the villagers.
12:00 Arrive Chiang Mai. Lunch at the local restaurant Just Khao Soy. Here the famous Northern style curry noodles called “Khao Soy” will be served, followed by home-made herbal ice cream or seasonal fruits.
13:00 Transfer to Chiang Mai Airport or Chiang Mai Railway Station.
Service and Sustainability Highlights in Lamphun and Lampang
TA PA PAO COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM
“We are proud to share what we have.”
LAMPANG HERB CONSERVATION ASSEMBLY
"Our aim is to encourage people to love herbs, propagate knowledge about their use and simultaneously teach the need to conserve them."