Extreme outdoor adventures in the wilderness 

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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 CONTACTS: AEY & JIM

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Aey 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. Jim meets you in the village, makes sure everything is fine during your stay there and takes you to hike in the forest.

Aey: “I organize charity events for Karen people so I have a good network in the villages around Northern Thailand. I live in Chiang Mai."

Jim: "I have a lot of eco projects going on in Pong Nam Ron. I love camping and outdoor activities. I have also organized an event where we cycled all the way from Bangkok to the village to raise funds for the local school."

 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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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.