Extreme outdoor adventures in the wilderness 

 
 1 review

1 review

"I booked this trip as I wanted a chance to meet real local people, away from all the tourist industry and this was just that!!"

 
 
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COMMUNITY

Rural Karen village near the wilderness
 

LIVELiHOOD

Weaving &
farming

FAMOUS FOR

Hot springs just
outside the village

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RELIGION

The village is buddhist

LANGUAGE

Karen & Thai. Some hosts speak English

TRAVELLERS

No other foreigners around

We recommend this village especially for outdoor enthusiasts, eco minded, nature lovers and adventure travellers. Notice that during December and January it can be cold at night so bring warm clothes with you. In March we do not recommend this village as it is the driest month of the year and there are many forest fires and black smoke in the air.


3 nIGHTS IN PONG NAM RON VILLAGE

160 EUR*

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home or separate hut/cabin on the yard, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook Karen food from very local ingredients and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (Dying cotton or basket weaving, visiting rice fields on rainy season)

  • Bathing in hot springs in the village (as many times a day as you want) and cooking an egg in the spring!

  • Hiking 9km along the river in the jungle and having lunch in the farming hut
    OR
    Climbing your way through the rocks to the hidden waterfall in the jungle. Both options include dipping in the crystal clear nature pool so bring your swim suit – and lot's of drinking water!

* There's no public transportation to the village so prepare to pay some extra for the pick up (see how to get there) if you are not travelling with your own vehicle.

6 nights IN PONG NAM RON VILLAGE

260 EUR*

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home or separate hut/cabin on the yard, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook Karen food from very local ingredients and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (Dying cotton, traditional back strap weaving and/or basket weaving, visiting rice fields on rainy season)

  • Bathing in hot springs in the village (as many times a day as you want) and cooking an egg in the spring!

  • Hiking 9km along the river in the jungle and having lunch in the farming hut. Bring lots of water with you!

  • Climbing your way through the rocks to the hidden waterfall in the jungle. Dip in the crystal clear nature pool so pack your swim suit. On the way back visiting small lake with a damm.

  • Visiting a local school (you can join the lectures if you want to)

  • Having a volley ball game with local girls or a football game with local boys

DUARA CONTACT: JANE

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Jane is your responsible English-speaking contact person for Pong Nam Ron. She contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. She makes sure everything is fine during your stay there. 

“I am a teacher at the primary school of the village. I know the villagers and the Karen culture well as I'm originally from the village. My parents and my sister also live here. I am a mother of a baby girl. "

 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 public truck from Lampang town to Soem Ngam bus stop (about 45 min). There is no public transportation all the way to the village, which is located at the end of the public road, so someone form the village will drive you the last 25 km (40 minutes). The pick up costs about 25 euros by car (one way) or if you are travelling alone with a backpack and can be picked up with a motorbike the cost is about 15 euros.

You can also ask your contact Jim, who often works in Chiang Mai, if he happens to be driving back home and can give you a lift if you compensate the fuel.

The famous Wat Phra That Lampang Luang temple is on the way to the village – you don't want to miss it!

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TRAVELLER RATINGS (1 REVIEW)

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

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TRAVELLER REVIEWS

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SAMUEL, UNITED KINGDOM
JUNE 2018

 

"The 3 days spent in Pong Nam Ron has got to be one of the highlights of my month in Thailand. Jim, Jane and their whole family were absolutely amazing in welcoming me into their family. I booked this trip as I wanted a chance to meet real local people, away from all the tourist industry and this was just that!!

The first day I was taken around the village to see the hot spring and meet all the friendly villagers. But later that day they said that had a special experience planned for the next day...spend a night in the jungle! This was something I had been dying to do since I first got to Thailand so when the offer arose I leapt at the opportunity.

The next day me and Jim set off into the jungle along a shallow river. After a couple hours of hiking we come across a local farmer who quickly offers us some food. I enjoy the noodles and vegetables that he gives me but end up politely declining his offer of BBQ rat!! Once we have finished our hiking for the day we go to the river for a bath. Jim show me a great spot where there are pools of fresh mountain water the perfect size for a good wash.

The final day we head back to the village and spend time with the locals. One woman shows me the traditional way of dying clothes with using only bark. The trip is finished with a very healthy dosage of some local whisky!

I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone who wants an adventure! If you aren’t a naturally adventurous type this experience will put you out of your comfort zone and you will come out the other side a better person! A truly priceless trip!! Lastly I want to thank Jim, Jane, their whole family, the village and Duara for making this a trip I’ll never forget. Thanks again, Sam"


SAVINGS GROUP

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In Pong Nam Ron your 10% of the payment goes to eco projects aiming to sustain the exceptional nature around the village. These projects include preventing erosion that makes the river dry out, transferring farming from mono crop to multi crop and offering people alternative income through cultivation so that they won't have to cut local forests to make a living.