Karen hill tribe culture, rainforest & stunning views 

 
 (2 Reviews)

(2 Reviews)

"Visit to Pha Mon was definitely one of our top travel experiences – and we travel a lot. But this unique way to take a deep plunge into everyday life of a different culture is really heart warming... Read more reviews

 
 
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COMMUNITY

Traditional Karen village on forested hill slopes
 

LIVELiHOOD

Weaving,
agriculture &
flower production

FAMOUS FOR

National park & the highest  mountain peak of Thailand

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RELIGION

The village is a mix of Christianity and Buddhism

LANGUAGE

Karen (and Thai). Hosts do not speak English

TRAVELLERS

Possible to meet other foreigners

We recommend this village especially for couples on a romantic trip, coffee enthusiasts,  nature lovers, hikers, handicraft fans and those looking for a deep dive into the magnificent Karen culture. Notice that during December and January it can get close to zero degrees at night so bring warm clothes with you. Luckily warm blankets are available. 


3 nIGHTS IN PHA MON VILLAGE

128 EUR* (norm. 160€)

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Per person / 3 nights (children -50%)
including:

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 Karen food and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (working in the plantation or rice field depending on the season)

  • Trying traditional back strap weaving or basket weaving

  • Learning about coffee production from plant to bean and from drying to roasting

* Notice that on top of the price, you have to pay THB 300 per person as an entrance fee to the national park. There's no public transportation to the village so prepare to pay also some extra for the pick up if you are not travelling with your own vehicle.

6 nights IN PHA MON VILLAGE

208 EUR*(norm. 260€)

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Per person / 6 nights (children -50%)
including:

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 Karen food and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (working in the plantation or rice field depending on the season)

  • Trying traditional back strap weaving or basket weaving

  • Learning about coffee production from plant to bean and from drying to roasting

  • Hiking in the surrounding rainforest with a local guide (don't go into the forest alone, there might be snakes)

  • Joining an English class at the local school

DUARA CONTACT: EH PAW

Phamon Doi Inthanon Hill Tribe

Eh Paw is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Pha Mon. 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 have born in this village and I'm taking care of many development projects here,of which sustainable tourism is one. I am also a licensed trek guide. Growing exclusive hill tribe coffee is my passion and I'll show you the coffee making process from a plant all the way to the hot cup of fresh filter coffee.”

 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 blue bus from Chiang Mai to Chom Thong. In Chom Thong bus station change to yellow truck (300 thb one way) to Doi Inthanon. You have to wait until the truck gets full. Ask the driver to drop you off at Doi Inthanon hospital where someone from the village can come and pick you up.

More convenient option is to ask someone from the village to pick you up from Chom Thong (THB 1200 one way or 600 with a motorbike if you are travelling alone and with a backpack) or all the way from Chiang Mai (90km, THB 2000 one way). You can ask the driver to stop on the way at Wachirathan falls and then take you to the top to see the stupas, the garden on the top and the stunning mountain view.

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OTHER things to do near PHA MON VILLAGE

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Doi Inthanon has the highest mountain peak of Thailand (2100m). On the top there is a garden with two stupas and magnificent views above clouds. You can visit it on the way to Pha Mon or when you leave the village.

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Local Duara contact Eh Paw is an experienced trekking guide. If you are interested in a trekking tour in the cloud forest, ask him about the options beforehand.

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There are many waterfalls in the area but Wachirachan falls are the highest (80m). You can stop there on your way to the village.

On January we recommend you to stop at the hospital to see Thai sakura, blossoming cherry trees.


TRAVELLER RATINGS (2 REVIEWS)

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Communication with the local contact person

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Hospitality of the host family

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Sense of security in the village

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Facilities in the home you stayed in


TRAVELLER REVIEWS

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MAAIKE, THE NETHERLANDS,
MARCH 2018

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"Together with the host Eh Paw I visited the village Pha Mon. It is a hill tribe village where you can experience the real authentic lifestyle of the villagers. A really unique experience which I really liked! The people are really friendly. Nobody (except Eh Paw) speaks English so you have to talk in body language, but that doesn't bother the experience for me."

 
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IINA & HER FAMILY WITH TWO KIDS, FINLAND,
FEBRUARY 2018

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"Visit to Pha Mon was definitely one of our top travel experiences - and we travel a lot. But this unique way to take a deep plunge into everyday life of a different culture is really heart warming.

Eh Paw, our super contact person, picked us up, drove to the village and introduced to our host family. He is from the village himself, so he knows everybody and we could ask him anything about local customs, traditions or what ever questions popped up about Karen culture.

Our family was the kindest and most welcoming. Their son and ours became instant friends, and we were sad to leave after three nights. Our rooms (in private bungalow!) were clean, comfy and provided a super view to the surrounding mountains. Of course under every house are their roosters and pigs, so no alarm clock needed.

Dispite no common tongue with the family (except google translate and often helpfull Eh Paw), we made food together, visited the family's flower and coffee plantations and sat evenings around the fire pit in their living room talking and singing (or some of us sung and some just admined) and drinking hot water as the night cooled down.

The village lies 1250m above sea level in a national park, and might be one of the prettiest I have ever seen – if you like hilly bending roads and pictueresque atmosphere. Highlight of our stay was attending a local home coming ceremony where we wandered from house to house, drank rice whiskey and laughed the day away. Thank you!"


SAVINGS GROUP

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In Pha Mon your 10% of the payment goes to the local school and its parents' association lead by our Duara contact Eh Paw. The association will spend the savings from Duara to organize activities for pupils. Travellers who stay in the village for six nights can visit the school and join the activities.