“Award-winning eco lodges set in the hills above Chiang Mai, with a variety of treks, hill-tribe tours and cookery courses on offer”
There are 2 flagship lodges 1-2 hour's drive north of Chiang Mai, and 2 simpler mountain 'outposts' which are only accessible on foot or by jeep track.
Lanna Farm is a beautiful, secluded teak house set amidst rice fields near the town of Phrao. It's idyllic countryside, with hills ringing the horizon, and lanes winding through villages untouched by tourism. Gentle cycle rides into the Thai hinterland and to local markets are a highlight.
Dinner, which is served by the husband and wife who run the farm, is of exceptional quality. Among the dishes served, some particular to this region, are: ginger and chicken stir fry, pork and sweet basil, yellow chicken and potato curries, grilled snapper encrusted with garlic, spicy Northern Thai sausages and banana fritters.
Several spacious wood and bamboo huts are set in lush wooded gardens next to a Lisu village, whose inhabitants made and now staff the lodge. The 4 guesthouses are based on local Lisu design, but with a few tourist concessions such as windows and bathrooms!
The dishes are a selection of simple and often spicy Thai dishes - stir fried vegetables, noodles, fried pork with basil. Dinner is followed by a demonstration of singing and dancing by the local Lisu villagers (mostly children). A gift for the children is usually appreciated (pens are better than sweets).
This is a simple, stilted bamboo hut on the edge of a high Lahu village called Kup Kap, with spectacular views over wooded valleys. The accommodation is in 4 small bamboo rooms with a communal dining terrace dotted with traditional Thai mawn khwaan (axe pillows).
An extremely good Thai meal is prepared by the guides and served to the accompaniment of the villagers singing (and expecting songs in return!). A traditional Lahu massage is offered after dinner.
This is a simple village house, which we have not seen yet, with 6 bedrooms, 2 western toilets and 2 bathrooms.
A range of packages are available, combining hiking, cycling and bird-watching with a large dose of local culture and insight - including Hmong dance, market visits and trips into the Golden Triangle if you want. See Itineraries for details.
For trekking programmes, there is a minimum age of 10.
If you're just staying at the lodges, all ages are welcome. Babies aged 0-2 stay for free. Children aged 2-12 are charged 75% of the adult rate for an extra bed in parents' room
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available