Khum Lanna Thai Country Living (3 days / 2 nights)
- Location: Chiang Mai Province, Phrao
- Highlights: Rice History, Bicycle Tour, Herbal Bath, Therapeutic Massage, Thai Cooking, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Buddhist Food Offering Ceremony
- English-speaking tour guide
- Private Tour
Day 1: Khum Lanna
Arrive in the morning and be greeted by local Lanna guides, who will share some locally harvested tea or fruit juice with you, and will provide you with a work shirt that local farmers wear to stay comfortable. You’ll have a chance for a short rest in your room before meeting a local chef who is going to train you in the art of Thai cooking.
You’ll even get to take a home a recipe book which has several variations of the meals you cooked in class and a guide to the benefits of Thai herbs. Afterward, you’ll be treated to your handiwork with a four course dinner featuring the meals you made.
During your dinner, your host will teach you some Thai words that will come in handy during the next day’s market trip. After dinner, we will head to the garden for a campfire where you’ll be able to enjoy the bountiful starry night.
Day 2: Khum Lanna
Wake up early with some coffee or tea brought to your room. Kick off your day with a beautiful trip on bicycle down a rural road leading to the market, where you – with a little help from your guide of course – can purchase local food and garlands to gift the monks when we arrive at our temple stop. We’ll take a little walk to a hardware store specializing in farming supplies, where the owner will teach you about rice species and the benefits of rice.
Next we will drop in at a Buddhist temple and view religious art of the Buddha resting beneath a sacred tree (we’ll also be able to gift the monks some of the things we bought earlier!). We will continue on our bikes down a lovely path in order to get our traditional Lanna breakfast – yes, it pays to wake up early!
Thailand is known for being a large rice producer; indeed, the crop is one of Thailand’s popular exports. The Khum Lanna’s intent is to share the wonder of Thai rice with visitors – their motto is “Rice For Life” and you’ll get to know exactly why. During our second day of the outing, you’ll learn all about rice’s long history, the different types of rice grown in Thailand, and how rice is harvested from the fields. We’ll also get have some fun in the kitchen and make some tasty, steamed sticky rice, a go-to dish in Thailand.
We will also be privileged enough to see the organic vegetable and herb garden, where the chef will share tips on collecting the perfect ingredients for our cooking class which will occur later that day.
Enjoy a delicious, Lanna barbeque lunch where you will get to finally eat that tasty sticky rice you prepared earlier in the day, alongside some country style favorites.
That afternoon, you can choose from several options to fill your time:
- Take a guided bicycle tour of the tranquil Khum Lanna countryside
- Take a fruit and vegetable carving class to make some edible art
- Take an herbal bath to relax – we use refreshing, local herbs
- Receive a therapeutic, hot press massage also featuring local herbs
Please Note: You can choose a second one hour activity for a small fee, and feel free to take a bicycle out for a non-guided tour using our road map.
After your activities, we will participate in a second cooking class! Here we will learn how to prepare three more tasty Thai meals. After the class, we once again enjoy the fruits of your labor with a fun and delicious dinner!
Day 3: Departure
If you can wake up by 7 AM, you will have the opportunity to join the host in a Buddhist ceremony of offering food and alms to the local monks. You can purchase small items to use as offerings.
Breakfast will be served by the river, and afterwards we will take a cycling trip around the village.
Our first stop will be a visit to the beehives on a sacred tree near the Ban Nam Phrae community. Here we will learn about bees, bee conservation, and the danger bees are in. Next we will bike to Wiang Phrao Wung Hin, an ancient city that is home to the temple Phra Chao Lan Tong. This temple has one of the most important Buddha pieces in the area.
We’ll make another visit to a temple next. At Tham Dork Kum, there are many stucco Buddha figures and a relaxing Buddha statue. Here, atop a hilly orchard, we will indulge in a delicious picnic lunch and take in a stunning view of the valley.
When we return to Khum Lanna, we will eat refreshments and say our goodbyes.
- English-speaking guide during our program activities
- Overnight accommodation (non air-conditioned, twin bed, shared room)
- One afternoon activity: bicycle tour, fruit carving class, herbal bath, or massage
- Meals and drinks as specified, an d local coffee at market
- Baggage handling
- Transportation from Chiang Mai airport or hotel to Khum Lanna
- Airfare, taxis
- Other meals, drinks besides those mentioned
- Other expenses such as souvenirs, telephone, laundry, tipping, etc
- To keep your Thai Lanna Farmer’s Shirt, you must purchase your own at the gift shop. The shirts are provided for use only during your stay.
- Children between 2-12 years old may share parents’ room with extra bed at half price. Younger children are free.
- Group Discount: For every 15 participants, receive one free of charge.
- We can arrange transportation from Chiang Mai via minibus for an extra fee; no guide provided.
- If you are interested in a private, English speaking guide feel free to contact us directly.
- If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please inform your tour guide. We can serve vegetarian food upon request.
Learn more about our cancellation policy.
Private Tour Price
|Group Size||Price / Person|
|A/C Car, 3 people maximum||฿3,800.00|
|Open air truck, 7 people maximum||฿3,000.00|
|A/C Van, 7 people maximum||฿4,600.00|