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 1  Review

1  Review

"Lovely host family, super nice contact Duang and a full village experience. As Duang is a noted (vegetarian) chef we feasted three times a day with Thai specialities" Read more reviews

 
 
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COMMUNITY

Lively village in the valley of green hills
 

LIVELiHOOD

Agriculture &
tourism

FAMOUS FOR

Elephant camps & sanctuaries

RELIGION

The village is Buddhist 

LANGUAGE

Thai and very limited English

TRAVELLERS

Possible to meet other foreigners

We recommend this village especially for food lovers, vegetarians, families with small children and for those experiencing Duara concept or homestays for the first time.


3 nIGHTS IN TUNG LAKORN VILLAGE

160 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook Thai food from ingredients from the back yard and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (visiting vegetable garden & chicken farm or rice field in the rainy season)

  • Motorbike trip to the nearby river to wade in the stream (especially fun for kids)

  • Visiting the temple or making offerings for the monks

  • Visiting the local farmers' market (on Wednesdays)

Children at 5-15 years old for 50% of the price.

6 nights IN TUNG LAKORN VILLAGE

260 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook Thai food from ingredients from the back yard and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (visiting vegetable garden & chicken farm or rice field in the rainy season)

  • Motorbike trip to the nearby river to wade in the stream (especially fun for kids)

  • Visiting the temple or making offerings for the monks

  • Visiting the local farmers' market (on Wednesdays)

  • Having an after work barbecue with locals on the food joint

  • Fishing with locals in the stream

DUARA CONTACT: DUANG

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Duang is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Tung Lakorn. He contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact him in case you have questions before or during your stay.

I used to be a vegetarian chef with my own restaurant, TV show and cook books. But I wanted to escape the busy city life and moved to the peaceful surroundings of Tung Lakorn to cook for the monk in the temple. I'll teach you how to cook Thai delicacies.”

 Are you hesitating to book directly? Annika from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: annika@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Annika from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: annika@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Take a red truck (THB 40 per person) from Chiang Mai towards Fang. Ask the driver to drop you off at Mae Malai bus stop (about one hour from Chiang Mai).

The village is 11 km from the bus stop. Duang asks someone in the village to come and pick you up. Be prepared to pay the driver THB 150 (one way).

You can also rent a car with a driver from Chiang Mai. It costs about 25 euros (53km / one way) and takes about an hour.

The famous Pai town is in the same direction so you can continue there, especially if you have your own vehicle.

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OTHER things to do near TUNG LAKORN VILLAGE

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There are plenty of elephant camps in this area so you will most likely see these beautiful animals during your stay, especially as some of our host families work at these camps. Duara does not support unethical animal tourism (activities with elephants performing or being ridden by travellers) but if you wish to visit an elephant camp, ask your local contact Duang about ethical activity options and prices.

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You can also spot elephants on your bamboo rafting tour along the Mae Tang river in the jungle. It takes about one hour and costs THB 300-1000 depending on whether you have a private raft or a shared one. Duang gets discounts from organizers. Rafting is worth trying as it is relaxing, fun, easy and suitable for small children as well!

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If you want to have a good thai massage, there are a couple of well-educated masseuses in the village who can heal your body for a very reasonable price. One of our hosts actually works as a masseuse in Mae Taeng hospital. Tested and warmly recommended by Duara team!


TRAVELLER RATINGS (1 Review)

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TRAVELLER REVIEWS

IINA & HER FAMILY OF TWO KIDS, FINLAND
FEBRUARY 2018

"We had the best of times in Tung Lakorn, a village nestled between mountains, rivers and elephants, one hour north of Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Lovely host family, super nice contact Duang and a full village experience. As Duang is a noted (vegetarian) chef we feasted three times a day with Thai specialities - and helped by picking ingredients from an organic farm, local market and a hen house before cooking them together with the family.

Our kids loved the village life (and wanted to move there), riding with Duang's motorcycle around, washing the car in the waterfall, making sugarcane treats for the elephants and sweeping the temple's yard together with the resident monk. Basic rural thai life that is.

We also visited a small happy elephant home (stay away from the factories), rode a bamboo raft down the river with the father of our host family and visited hmong-hilltribe village near by.

We also went gathering tree ant's eggs with the villagers, but on the way home the motorcycle rode into a pumb and they all flew away from the tray I was carrying. (Un)fortunately they had some eggs stashed somewhere and we could still bake that delicious ant's egg omelette in banana leaf on open fire that night.

Would recommend to anyone with an open mind and mouth."


SAVINGS GROUP

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In Tung Lakorn your 10% of the payment is directed to a local women's savings group. They use savings received from Duara to give small micro-loans to its members or to purchase new seeds and plants for cultivation for common good.