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Jungle Wisdom Survival Trek provided by Chailai Orchid

Jungle Wisdom Survival Trek

Jungle Wisdom Survival Trek
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On this private trek you can learn some jungle survival skills in a relaxed and fun environment from indigenous Karen hill tribe guides. A unique experience and chance to connect with locals and appreciate their culture.  UNPLUG. RECONNECT. Karen people have lived peacefully in the in the mountains for generations combining hunting, gathering and farming. On this trek you guides will teach you to return to indigenous roots and enjoy the simple pleasures of the jungle life. On this Chai Lai Sisters tour will experience what life is like without wifi, supermarkets, factory farms, and 7-Elevens on every corner. ““Many people live in a society where they don’t know how to make their own clothes make their own shelter or get their own food. Knowing how to meet your most basic needs leads to a sense of confidence and well-being or feeling more sabai. Also food from the jungle is good because it’s all organic!— Golo, Chai lai Sisters Guide
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • TRIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: • Hike a scenic trail to a remote waterfall • Sleep in a jungle camp • Ride and learn to guide a bamboo raft Karen women still know how to make their own clothes completely by hand and without electricity by weaving on a back loom. It takes time to master but you will have a chance to try it out. In addition to other outdoor survival skills you guide can so you how to how to build in the jungle. Karen houses were traditionally bamboo with roofs made of grass or leaves. Your guide can teach you to make a basic shelter using only these items and a machete. SOME OF THE WILDERNESS SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN: • Identify wild edible plants • Cook and eat in the jungle • Make cooking utensils from banana leaves • Identify medicinal plants • Find water in bamboo • Build a basic shelter using bamboo, grass and leaves • Weave cotton into cloth to make clothing“On this tour you don’t just have fun, you also you also give jobs to Karen people and we are happy to share indigenous jungle wisdom with you— Nukul Chai Lai Sisters Founder Chai Lai Sisters is Thailand's 1st trekking company owned and operated by Karen women. We strive to make the impact of tourism a positive one for both our community and the ecosystem.     7:45- 8:00am Pick up from your hotel or the 3 Kings monument  18:00 (next day) Return to  your hotel or the 3 Kings monument 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • TRIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: • Hike a scenic trail to a remote waterfall • Sleep in a jungle camp • Ride and learn to guide a bamboo raft Karen women still know how to make their own clothes completely by hand and without electricity by weaving on a back loom. It takes time to master but you will have a chance to try it out. In addition to other outdoor survival skills you guide can so you how to how to build in the jungle. Karen houses were traditionally bamboo with roofs made of grass or leaves. Your guide can teach you to make a basic shelter using only these items and a machete. SOME OF THE WILDERNESS SKILLS YOU WILL LEARN: • Identify wild edible plants • Cook and eat in the jungle • Make cooking utensils from banana leaves • Identify medicinal plants • Find water in bamboo • Build a basic shelter using bamboo, grass and leaves • Weave cotton into cloth to make clothing“On this tour you don’t just have fun, you also you also give jobs to Karen people and we are happy to share indigenous jungle wisdom with you— Nukul Chai Lai Sisters Founder Chai Lai Sisters is Thailand's 1st trekking company owned and operated by Karen women. We strive to make the impact of tourism a positive one for both our community and the ecosystem.     7:45- 8:00am Pick up from your hotel or the 3 Kings monument  18:00 (next day) Return to  your hotel or the 3 Kings monument 
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 46083P1
Call +852 30184991
Important information
Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Overnight accommodation
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 2-course dinner
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Duration
2 days
Departure details
  • Location Name: 8:00 Any hotels in the old city
  • Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Overnight accommodation
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 2-course dinner
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Location Name: 8:00 Any hotels in the old city
  • Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Duration
2 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Andras V
8 contributions
Memorable!
Aug 2019 • Couples
Zen, our tour guide was suuuuper nice and amazing and so knowledgable, teaching us along the way everything about nature, culture and Thai life and thinking! Elephant day, trekking day, homestay in bamboo hut - do it guys!!! Especially Dey, our host at the trekking hide out where we spent the night was super cute and humble and nice, with his father playing the Thai tena harp at a camp fire. Amazing yummy lunch dinner and breakfast was provided and all together we would recommend this to anyone who wants to experience the real life outside and reconnect to NATURE!
Written 28 August 2019
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Wikakrol.mindfultravel
Warsaw, Poland147 contributions
Eye opening experience
Feb 2019 • Couples
Amazing experience And the great option to interact with elephants. But there is a lot more about this place you need know. Chailai Orchid is an amazing place connected to a Druthers Rising charity organization supporting woman’s at risk in Thailand and Burma. It’s a eye opening experience. While visiting northern Thailand Be sure to take a jungle trekking trip or a night stay ate their place. So much more than you can imagine
Written 6 February 2019
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Denkidude
37 contributions
Simply incredible!!
We went to Chiang Mai just to go on this tour because our neighbor here in California loved the Elephant experience.
Once we were their we loved it too. First to spend a day with the Elephants was incredible and then that evening we stayed in the mountains with P LAH as our night and morning Host and then our Elephant Host Golo came in the morning and took us on a day hike through the jungle explaining the plants and Karen culture as we went. Ended up at a beautiful waterfall for lunch that P LAH had prepared for us wrapped in banana leaves. Loved this trip and my Daughter loved the Elephants. One of those bucket list trips!!
Written 9 January 2019
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Michael G
San Francisco, CA11 contributions
Amazing and authentic eco-tour experience!
Oct 2017 • Couples
My wife and I visited Chai Lai Sister's Orchid for an overnight stay in the middle of October as part of a week exploring Chiang Mai. There are a lot of eco-tours and elephant encounters in the region, but we're really glad we picked this one.

It was a bit of a rugged ride to get to the elephants, but well worth the bumpy trek. When we got to the grounds, we were able to interact with about a dozen elephants. All seemed happy, healthy, and we'll cared for by the locals, none in chains or with riding harnesses. We saw several young ones still paired with their mothers and the entire group was allowed to have plenty if elephant-to-elephant bonding time without being harassed by tour groups. We helped feed and bathe them, and were surprised that we had the opportunity to ride.
(Side note, it's not always something that happens, we just got lucky, additionally, if you do get the chance, you're riding 'bare back', so be prepared).

After the elephant experience, we went to the lovely jungle camp with our guide Nat (aka Lady Gaga). She is a lively, funny girl with a lot of knowledge about the Karen people. The setting was peaceful, the staff were friendly (especially Nukul), and we had an amazing evening. The next morning we were lucky enough to spend time with two more elephants that lived in the jungle. Unlike the rescued elephants we saw the day before, these two were 'local' elephants from the village. It was amazing to see how these animals interacted with their handlers, you really see a bond between them.

In addition to all of that, we had a great time taking a bamboo raft down the river, hiking through the jungle, and interacting with local villagers. This is a newer operation in the area, but they're mission is a noble one: help with elephant conversation/rescue, and assist with local community, particularly the young women.
Written 15 November 2017
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Jeff V
Middle Island, NY2 contributions
Highly highly recommended
Oct 2017 • Couples
So personally I was nervous when my girlfriend booked a stay in a jungle bungalow, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not for the weak of heart, as you will be without cell phone service and WiFi on the premises, but as far as glancing goes this was top notch. The girls provided the most amazing food that we would have on the entire trip in Thailand. We took a trip to have an elephant experience, which was unnerving because we know so many places in the country use unethical practices with regards to the treatment of the elephants, but this organization is deeply committed to respecting the comfort and health of the animals. The tour guide Alex who taught us to care for the elephants is worthy of special mention as he made the experience so much more fun and really reassured us he was primarily concerned with both having fun with the guests without being at the expense of the elephants safety or happiness. In all of our pictures that Alex took the elephants were actually smiling and beaming!
As for the girls back at the chai lai sisters, all of them are worthy of praise and special mention. (I’m going to butcher the spelling of their names but here it goes)
Golo was so calm, professional and helpful the whole time
Nukun was super positive, upbeat and saw to our every need
Na (aka lady Gaga ;)) was downright hilarious and insisted on us coming back, so sweet!
Da and popri (again, I cannot spell their names, sorry girls!) were the cooks and took us to their village to really sow us was the Karen culture is like. For such young girls, they really know how to whip up a good dish!
These girls made the experience, as well as Alex making the elephant trek such a pleasure. Great job all around!
They’re currently building up and improving the premises and I cannot wait to see how it turns out!
Written 31 October 2017
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Sarah OConnor
Seattle, WA639 contributions
Amazing 1 night stay
Aug 2017
We booked the 2 day 1 night jungle trek and homestay and had a wonderful time. Our first day we spent about 4 hours trekking to and from a beautiful waterfall. We then went to our homestay and were able to swim in the river and by another waterfall. Our second day was spent with elephants near by in the morning and in the afternoon we went to chai Lai orchid. We had a wonderful time ! Our guides were amazing and so friendly !
Written 26 August 2017
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Abby B
36 contributions
Incredible 2 day jungle trek and elephant experience
Aug 2017 • Couples
My husband and I stayed at The Chai Lai Orchid Eco-Lodge and this was one of their excursions. We met our tour guide, Golo, about 9:30 to drive an hour or so into the mountains/jungle for a 3 hour trek to a waterfall. We stopped to pick up food on the way up. Everything we ate was grown or raised locally. Lunch was wrapped in a banana leaf. We saw the chickens who's eggs we would eat with our fried rice from rice fields we drove past. The jungle trek was fantastic! We hiked with a family from Spain, they had two girls around middle and high school - everyone had a great time.

The hike ends at a farm where our guide picked corn and passion fruit for us which we later ate for dinner. The woman working the land road back with us to the Karen Village we stopped in to say hello and pick up dinner items before heading to Chai Lai Sister's for the night.

Chai Lai Sisters is a camp set up in a Karen Hill Tribe Village. It's on a river/waterfall with beautiful outdoor showers, running water and shared bathroom area/toilet, all very clean. This is glamping. There is minimal electricity so bring your portable phone charging battery because you will take 1,000 photos. The beds are very firm but you are so wiped out from the days activities and the sound of the rushing water that you're asleep in moments.

Dinner was cooked for us, again all locally grown/raised food, cooked over fire. Beers are chilled in the river. We had yellow curry with rice and banana leaves with pork, some veggies and a ton of fruit for desert.

Breakfast was served at 8:30am the next day. I showered in the waterfall which was exhilarating and the scenery is beautiful!

Then the elephants show up! We walked an hour through the jungle with a bull elephant and an older female. It was INCREDIBLE! This experience topped anything else we saw there. I highly, highly recommend it!

We also purchased some beautiful, handmade scarves that were made by the Hill Tribe women running the camp.

As if that wasn't enough, we then took a bamboo rafting trip down the Chiang Mai River, had a delicious lunch of Pad Thai back and Chai Lai Orchid and then spent the rest of the afternoon with a different set of elephants.

I recommend this experience to anyone wanting a nature adventure and up-close interaction with elephants. It was something I will never forget.
Written 25 August 2017
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA823 contributions
excellent with exceptions
Jun 2017 • Solo
On the one hand, I had an excellent tour/trek and I absolutely loved it: great hiking, a fantastic Karen guide who was so helpful, friendly, and informative, absolutely beautiful scenery, a really wonderful time with elephants, etc.

On the other hand, three problems:
(1) I booked with Chai Lai Sisters because they hire and empower ethnic minority Karen women, support girls' and women's education, and fight human trafficking, all of which is important to me. Unfortunately, however, my first two drivers were men, my guide was a man, and all the elephant mahouts were men. ALL of the guides featured on their website are women, so it's a bit deceptive. I expected differently from Chai Lai Sisters and hope they incorporate more women into these and other jobs as time goes by.
(2) I asked for vegan lunch, they said no problem, and then all I got was fresh pineapple and plain rice, which was disappointing. No one knew why this happened.
(3) I really enjoy and respect elephants, so I was disappointed that they use chains and allow riding (someting Elephant Nature Park, for example, does not do).

So, I very much like and respect Chai Lai Sisters in their efforts to help others and hope they will improve their ways to become truly excellent.
Written 3 August 2017
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Michelle M
1 contribution
A journey that will take your breath away!
Jul 2017 • Friends
Chail Lai Sisters is the only place where you can truly be one with nature and animals. Trekking through the mountain with elephants, free from chains and ropes, just being natures creatures. You will not find a mean soul in the entire trip! Everyone on site is amazing and very helpful. They cooked lunch for us and we all shared stories about ourselves and about the different lives that we live. The views from on top of the mountain is incredible. I walked away a more humble person from the experience and it is one that I recommend to all of my friends and family! Bring outdoor clothes because you will be getting dirty and it will be amazing!
Written 21 July 2017
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Emily M
New York City, NY3 contributions
Incredible experience
May 2017 • Friends
You can't ask for a better experience in Thailand than Chai Lai sisters. The girls are incredibly knowledgable and great, the views and accommodation are perfect, and the treks are the perfect experience. I would recommend this to anyone - this is not to be missed!!
Written 30 May 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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GarydelaRosa
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Lovely stay
Lovely room nice ryver view and elephant so cute na and have beer and cocktail on ryver and nice and chilled out si
Livingtheamerikandre
Livingtheamerikandre
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Excellent Two Night Stay
This place is incredible and supports a worthy cause. We had fantastic food at the Riveside Cafe. The penang curry
Scenic762231
Scenic762231
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Incredible experience
The Chai Lai Orchid has quickly become one of my favourite spots in Thailand! The ambiance was amazing and food was
tinan2020
tinan2020
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One Night and Half Day Tour
Found this place through Instagram. It is about an hour away from the airport. You can book a driver with Chai Lai
seekingsadie
seekingsadie
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A sweet day with elephants and an excellent tour.
We did a day tour through Chai Lai Orchid that includes hikes to waterfalls, bamboo rafting and feeding and bathing
Luke B
Luke B
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Wonderful guide, lovely animals, rude owner
We had a wonderful time on our tour, spending our time with elephants, hiking and bamboo rafting! The only downside
LeslleyC
LeslleyC
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2 day elephant excursion and Karen homestay
My friend and I had a wonderful time at Chai Lai Orchid. We booked the 2 day excursion which includes hotel pick up
tonychang19833
tonychang19833
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Best Elephant Experience & Highlight of our Trip!
Words cannot describe how exhilarating this experience was for me and my wife. We did the 1 Day Elephant Adventu
Kristine T
Kristine T
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Unforgettable experience
I had the most amazing and unforgettable experience with Chai Lai sisters! The girls are so beautiful and welcoming
Victoria R
Victoria R
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Fun with room for improvement
We did the one day trek, bamboo rafting and elephant experience. Getting there: it was not an air conditioned van
danlangpm
danlangpm
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Long, fun, hot day!
We did a full day trip to this little piece of paradise. The only complaint was the 1 hour drive in the back of an
Mackenzie K
Mackenzie K
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Feeling Deceived & Disappointed
ANIMAL LOVERS BEWARE My friend and I came here with high hopes. We had done a lot of research. We felt inspired by
lauralS5705JF
lauralS5705JF
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Trekking with Chompoo
We enjoyed the two day trekking with Chompoo a lot. This was a private trekking and therefore the role of the trek
Elena B
Elena B
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Excellent experience
If you are looking for an over-scheduled trek where information is being spewed at you every second, this is not fo
MomFromOrondo
MomFromOrondo
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Great hike but aggressive elephant
Our tour was spoiled by an elephant who for no apparent reason grabbed my daughter and rolled her on the ground. We
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