Doi Suthep Day Trekking
You can start this Doi Suthep Day Trekking as early as you like. Most people are fine with 0830 but the earlier, the better. Please let us know. Your guide will meet you at the hotel. We have to make our way through the morning traffic to the foot of the mountain, Doi Suthep. We briefly stop at the statue of Kruba Srivichai, the “monk-engineer” whose followers constructed the road that you are going to drive on up to the temple in 1935. Continue to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Walk up the 300 stairs and enjoy the view over Chiang Mai.
We will drive to the Hmong village of Doi Pui. You will meet the Hmong, who are originally from Southern China. Today you will visit their villages and learn about their history, their customs and traditions and about their current way of life. Cultivation of opium was very much part of the Hmong way of life. In 1969 King Bhumibol Adulyadej visited Doi Pui. He was concerned that the slash and burn practice of opium production was, apart from being illegal, destroying watershed areas. He initiated a Royal Project, persuading several Hmong communities to move from the high mountain to lower elevations where cash crops such as tomatoes, cucumber and strawberries would flourish. You will see the remains of the old settlements and taste the strawberries as we walk past the fields.
Start a beautiful four hour trek on a nature trail on the slopes of Doi Suthep to Ban Mae Sa Mai, the largest Hmong community in Northern Thailand. We will pass huge wild banana trees and witness a natural water source. Now and then we will enjoy the magnificent views through the thick foliage. The trek will be done at a leisurely pace. There will be enough time for making photographs and enjoying the natural environment. We will visit the small Hmong museum before return back to Chiang Mai. This is the end of your Doi Suthep Day Trekking.