Eco-Adventures along the Pang Soong Nature Trails.
The stunning Pang Soong Nature Trails (SKAL Ecotourism Award winner 2006) allow access to different parts of a 30 sq. km. pristine, community owned evergreen forest, protected for the past 200 years by its custodians, the Khon Muang, Chaa Mieng farmers of Ban Mae Lai, and widely acclaimed to be the best example of such forest in the north.
Chiang Mai Activities and Eco tourisme. Varius suggestions for young and old.
Chiang Mai is very interesting and has many things to offer, for any age and interest group. Specially to mention is the friendliness of the peole, nature, kulture, shopping and food.
Please studiy the list below, we are very much happy to assist you organizing some of the activities mentioned below. have a good time and enjoy exploring ching mai and its surounding - just make sure that you plan enough time to discover soem of the interesting activities here in Chiang Mai
Health & Spa
Meditation - Yoga
Excursions and Sight Seeing
Eco-Adventures on the Pang Soong Nature Trails.
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Are a collection of programmes, 1, 1.5 and 2 days in duration designed to appeal to those who are ‘fit and over fifty’, and enjoy the outdoor environment. Different trails, graded from easy to medium in terms of difficulty provide access to the 30 sq.km really beautiful pristine, evergreen Mae Lai community forest located high in the mountains just one hour outside of Chiang Mai, that has been protected by its custodians, the Khon Muang (Chaa mieng – fermented tea) farmers of the Mae Lai valley for over 200 years.
With basic but comfortable and clean accommodation available in the delightful Pang Soong Lodge, Outdoor Education & Research Centre, at the trail head, and in clean cool mountain air, this unique private sector operated – community owned attraction, is a model of responsible tourism that helps protect the forest, and provides environmental education to locals and visitors alike.
The Eco-Adventures are a number of programmes of different duration, (1, 1.5 and 2 days in length) in which one or more ‘tours & activities’ which are presented on their own or combined together under a package number (i.e. #201) according to their content and the degree of physical difficulty they represent.
The project is a model for ecotourism development. All nature programmes incorporate a biodiversity monitoring components to which guides, visitors, visiting students, interns and experts contribute. The Lodge is management by qualified foreign outdoor education professionals, and the guide force – made up of very experienced English speaking senior guides, teamed up with forest ‘experts’ from the local community are the backbone of the operation.
Nestled in the forest on the banks of the Mae Lai stream, the Lodge consists of a cluster of 3 wooden buildings overlooking a pond fed by the constant flow of the stream. There are 16 rooms, (in single, twin, 3 bunk bed, and 4 bunk bed formats.) There are 11 western shower and toilets spread across the 3 buildings.
The Eco-Adventures are run from the delightful Pang Soong Lodge, Outdoor Education & Research Centre located in a stream side setting in the Mae Lai valley, a 3 hour walk or 20 minute drive away from the Flight of the Gibbon office in Ban Mae Kampong
The Tour & Activity Choices.
The 4 tours & activities on offer for this year are as shown below. Taking a 1 and 1.5 day programme allows you to include ONE of these activities. A 2 day programme allows you to choose TWO of these activities. All programmes, allow you to visit the Royal Project at Teen Tok, and the Khon Muang village of Ban Mae Lai.
Details on the Programmes.
The following programme descriptions and pricing is all that 85% of guests would need to know before deciding to book or not. For those who need ‘much more’ detail on the programme content, and on the unique concept behind the programmes, follow the link to more detail at the bottom of the page.
1 Day Programmes.
0800 hrs., Depart from your hotel in Chiang Mai by minibus escorted by an English speaking guide for the 50km journey to Pang Soong Lodge, Outdoor Education & Research Centre. Visit the Royal Project at Teen Tok, (Coffee,Vanila) whilst on route.
Set off from the Lodge into the stunning 30 sq.m. Mae Lai Community Forest, on the tour or activity of your choice:
#101 -Activity B – The Original Nature Trail (Category: Easy/Medium) on a 3-4 hour walk.
#102 - Activity C – The Stream & Mountain Trail (Category: Easy/Medium) on a 3-4 hour walk.
Includes the Flight of the Gibbon Zip Wire & Canopy Walk programme.
Health Body and Soul
Traditional Thai massage, Chiang Mai World Capital of Traditional Massage
Foot massage 60 min.
Aroma Oil massage
Traditional herbal sauna, face mask
Health Courses and Massage Lessons
Chinese Massage Training Course, Reflexology (foot massage) (min 40 hrs)
Chinese Massage Training Course, Traditional (acupuncture) (min 160 hrs)
Traditional Thai massage (min 10 days)
Learn the secrets of traditional Thai massage 5 hours per day for 10 days,
you receive a certificate.
Energy Balancing Treatments (non-invasive)
Asian Bio-Energetics : balancing with acupuncture diagnostics, magnet
Reiki treatment (all levels) by traditional Reiki Master with long experience 1 - 2 hrs
Asian Bio-Energetcis : acupuncture diagnostics, magnet + piezo therapy, Tibetan breathing 5 days
(3 hrs per day)
Reiki training (all levels) by traditional Reiki Master with long experience 5 hours
Retreats at the International healing Tao Garden. Courses are designed for all levels.
Ancient Arts of balancing energy
Ancient Arts of balancing energy, holistic therapies that address the body, mind and spirit
going beyond symptoms.
Hathayoca lessons (half day)
Hathayoca lessons take place in a beautiful, natural environment to relax your mind and
strengthen your spirit.
Quantum Healing (min 1-1.5 hrs)
Quantum Healing, Aura-Chakra Balancing, Contemporary Meditations and Spiritual Life
Wat Rum Pueng or Wat Umong, meditation lessons (10day)
E -Universal energy healing (half day)
Universal energy healing at Wat Jedi Luang
A fully appointed luxury spa at award winning Lanna Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Ban Sabai Spa at Ban Sabai Village Resort & Spa, Spa Packages, Rejuvenation and health packages available
Ampai Health Club, Hillside Condotel, Huay Kaew Rd.
Chiang Mai Sport Club
World Club fitness Center, Hang Dong Rd.,
For more information please contact reception
Cycling & Kayaking (full day)
Exciting day of cycling to Sri Lanna National Park and paddling kayaks on Mae Ngat Lake
Reservoir including a mouth-watering Lanna lunch on a bamboo floating raft house.
Mountain bike (full day)
Discover the beautiful countryside surrounding Chiang Mai on back roads close to the river,
ride through tranquil villages and pass shimmering rice paddies. Taking time out to visit
Buddhist temples and see the local people at work in the fields.
Enduro Motorcycle Tours (1-3 days)
Beautiful scenery along dirt roads for having fun, as well as luxurious hotels and resorts to clean up and
relax in the evening make northern Thailand a top destination for a great adventure holiday.
Lisu Lodge Adventure (full day)
1 hour drive from town is Lisu Lodge. Enjoy the mountain bike for 13 kms to Mae Taen
Elephant Camp and elephant ride through the jungle. Then white water rafting to Akha
village Back to Lisu Lodge for refreshments and enjoy hilltribe activities.
Off the beaten track (2days 1 night)
Enjoy a 10 Km gentle bike ride followed by an elephant safari and a picnic. Afternoon raft
for a 1.30 hr on Mae Taeng river, walk up to Akha hilltribe village to have tea with the locals.
Ride back to Lisu Lodge. After dinner enjoy a display of dancing and Lisu music. Overnight
at Lisu Lodge. The next day tour around the Lisu village and see a curing ceremony.
Drive along scenic roads which climb up and down hillsides of Samoeng District.
The road climbs up and down hillsides. There are several beautifully landscaped resorts
with good restaurant such as Bang Klang Doi Restaurant & Resort, Pong Yang Resort
as well as Orchid Farms, Elephant Camps, Snake Farms and the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
Trekking 1-3 days.
English Speaking guide, meal and accommodation are included.
Jungle Survival & Eco Adventure
Trekking and absailing, including a Jungle Lunch cooked in bamboo and coconuts.
Chiang Mai Speed Way (go-cart),
Test your driving skills and experience the thrill of high speed racing at the track.
Chiang Mai Sky Adventure,
Enjoy the thrill of Microlight flying and see beautiful views of Chiang Mai from the sky
The Peak, enjoy the excitement of adventure rock-climbing in town
Jungle Bungy Jump,
An experience that will scramble your insides and leave you with exciting memories.
For information please contact Guest Relation Officers
Excursions and Sight Seeing
Interesting museums Open
-Chiang Mai Art & Cultural Centre (Discover the true idenity of Chiang Mai City) Tue-Sun
-Chiang Mai National Museum (History to Lanna Kingdom) Daily
-Chiang Mai Art & Culture Museum (Modern Art) Tue-Sun
-Chateau Kum-Une Art Museum (Maerim) Daily
-Creative handicrafts "Baan Roi An Phan Yang" (Sanpatong) Daily
-Dara Bhirom Palace Museum, Mae Rim (Wife of King Rama 5) Tue - Sun
-Hilltribe living museum and NGO handicrafts Daily
-Insect Museum, Sirimanakalajaan Rd. Muang Daily
-Pa-da Cotton Textile Museum, Chom Thong Daily
-Postal Museum (Maeping Post Office) near Varorat market Tue-Sat
-Wat Ket Museum (There are many interesting antiques of Lanna displayed inside) Daily
Universities visit including lunch (full day)
-Chiang Mai University (general) ( min. 2 pax )
-Mae Jo (Agriculture)
Chiang Mai Bowling
-Bully Bowl, Kad Suan Kaew, Suthep Rd.
-Chiang Mai Bowling, Sripoom Rd.
-U.F.O. Bowling, Nong Hoi Rd.
Movies in Chiang Mai
-Enjoy the movie at the Media Shop with home-theatre sound system in comfortable room
-Vista 12 Huay Kaew, 12 Huay Kaew Arcade (2 theatres)
-Vista Kad Suan Kaew, Central Department Store (7 theatres)
-Major Cineplex, Central Airport Plaza (7 theatres)
All movies in original language, Thai subtitle.
Bully Sing-A-Long Karaoke, the music fantasy for families.
Test your bravery & enjoy the exciting experience of Ice Skating. South East Asia Biggest
fully equipped Ice Rink.
25 Chiang Mai Zoo
The first and only zoo in the North, Fresh water aquarium and Children's zoo
26 Silver Shop visit (Wualai) (half day)
27 A unique holiday retreat
Floating bamboo huts on the Mae Ngat Dam, picnic with bird watching or fishing, a unique holiday
28 Maetamann rafting (full day)
Elephant show and ride, ox cart ride, bamboo rafting and hilltribe village "Lisu village"
29 Chiang Dao Elephant Camp (half day)
Elephant at work show, elephant ride for 1 hr and bamboo rafting.
30 Hand paint your own bag or your skin at The Umbrella Making Center, San Kampang
For more information please contact Guest Relation Officers
31 Celadon Ceramic factory Chiang Mai (half day)
32 Hot spring at Sankampaeng includes bathing (full day)
33 Doi Inthanon (highest mountain in Thailand) (full day)
Royal Project visit, waterfall and wood carving village.
34 Chiang Rai (full day)
Golden Triangle and Mae Sai (border town include long tail boat on Mae Khong river and
35 Mae Hong Sorn (full day)
Round trip air tickets, lunch, city tours, visit the Long Neck Karenee by long tail boat and Fish cave
( Specially in November BuaTong flower season )
36 Lampang (full day)
Elephant Conservation Center and Elephant Hospital, ceramic factories, city temple incl.
lunch (min 2 pax)
37 Golfing in Northern Thailand ( green fee and transport )
-Chiang Mai - Lamphun Golf Club ( 18 holes )
-Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort ( 18 holes )
-Green Valley Golf Club ( 18 holes )
-Lana Golf Club ( 18 holes )
-Gymkhana Golf Course (100 years old) ( 9 holes )
-Waterford Valley Golf Club ( 18 holes )
-Santiburi Golf Club ( 18 holes )
-Mae Moh Golf Course ( 18 holes )
38 Doi Angkhang (based on half twin) ( 2 days )
Royal Project visit, Bird watching including accommodation with breakfast
**from June to September depending on season**
39 Shooting Adventure, (half day)
Practice gun shooting with safe, high-tech arms and facilities, experienced coaches, a short
drive from town.
40 Thai Buffalo Training Camp, (half day)
You will learn how to ride and how the buffalo are trained, Thai Style farmhouse displays a
unique rice farming demonstration from growing all the way to cooking of the rice.
41 Fly for fun with Chaing Mai Flying Club
visit and fly or learn how to fly with the Chiang Mai Flying Club, you can enjoy flying high with the
experienced pilots or take flying courses to become a pilot yourself!
42 Sai Baht
Offering food to monks at "Ta Pae Gate" at 7.00 hrs. or Wat Sri Soda (500 monks)
For more information please contact Guest Relation Officers
43 Cooking classes/Fruit & vegetable carving at the hotel (half day)
(full day incl. lunch)
44 Tree planting in hotel garden with name sign
45 Lanna Folk Puppets Performance, (1.30 hrs.)
The stunning and exotic puppets are newly created by Hobby Hut artisans and directed by
lecturer of Chiang Mai University.
46 Visit McKean Rehabilitation Center and purchase handicraft made by (half day)
47 Zoo with animal interaction Marie Ann (half day)
48 Fresh markets of Chiang Mai, Ton Lam Yai and Warorot Market (half day)
To get more experience about the life style of the local people
49 Naem Pa-Yon, Local Sausage Factory (half day)
50 Naen-Na Studio, traditional Silk weaving (full day)
51 Wiangping Children Home ( HIV Positive children ) (half day)
52 Blind or Deaf school visit (half day)
53 Oriental Balloon Flight (Early Morning)
A gentle free-floating balloon flight over the mysterious contryside and get a certificate for your once in
a lifetime memory. (1 hour)
**Can Fly only Winter Mid of October until End of February**
54 Thai traditional ceremony, (full day)
Join traditional Thai ceremonies in and around Chiang Mai with a tour guide, such as
Songkran Festival, Loykrathong-Festival, Makabucha Day, Visakabucha Day, Asarnhabucha Day
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