Welcome to Mae Kampong

Perched at an altitude of about 1300m, Ban Mae Kampong is locally famous as a centre for the production of mêeang (pickled tea leaves), and local coffee is sold at many small coffeeshops dotted along the road through the village. The steep road continues through the forest into Chae Son National Park, where you'll find waterfalls, hot springs and cottages in the woods.

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$72.80 Cultural & Theme Tours

Chiang Mai to Mae Kampong Village Private Full-Day Tour

Start your full-day, private tour with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai. Depart for Ban Mae Kampong. You’re enlightened with a brief history of the village before an easy forest trek, following your guide along a nature trail past a tea and coffee plantation and fruit orchards to Mae Kampong waterfall. Enjoy great photo ops of the wide cascade, which falls down seven levels. Then walk back to the village for a delicious home-cooked or picnic-style lunch, served while you have time to relax. Any sore muscles from your hike will be soothed with a 1-hour Thai massage, as limbs are maneuvered and rhythmic pressure is applied to your body while you remain fully clothed. Follow up with a guided village tour and observe forest-tea orchard farming. Most of the villagers in the small mountain community of Ban Mae Kampong are engaged in the production of fermented tea, called miang, and you’ll see some being made along with handicrafts in local homes.
In the late afternoon, visit a village home and briefly help prepare a Thai meal. Afterward, enjoy dinner before the 1.5-hour return to Chiang Mai by private vehicle with drop-off at your hotel.

$58.06 Outdoor Activities

Chaesorn National Park trekking

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productDrive to Mae Kampong village. The village is set in the midst of a largely untouched forest and is the base of Flight of the Gibbon, the first zipline in Chiang Mai province. Community Based Tourism in Ban Mae Kampong was initiated in 1999. It was developed in response to the decline of demand for fermented tea production and as an alternative source of income for local villagers. We will stop briefly here. Duration: 30 minutesLocation: Mae Kampong Village, Mae OnChae Sorn National Park is often spelled Jae Son National Park. This National Park’s area is 592 square kilometres. In 1988 Chae Sorn National Park became Thailand’s 58th protected area. The mountains are part of the Khuntan range and are an important water source for the surrounding area. Highest peaks in the park reach elevations of 2000 meters. Doi Mon Lan is one of those peaks. At 1700 meters elevation Doi Mon Lan is one of those peaks. The trek starts and ends at Mae Kampong village. You will trek through the forest for hours. Duration: 6 hoursLocation: Chae Son National Park, Lampang, Lampang ProvinceWe will visit the Mae Kampong Waterfall along the wayDuration: 30 minutesLocation: Mae Kampong Waterfall, Mae On

$421 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Chiang Mai Discovery Tour

Take your family on this cycling discovery of old city Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside. Touring by bicycle offers unique hands-on experiences to immerse you and your kids into the culture and history of Chiang Mai. Every member of the family from Grandpa on down to the youngest kid will come away with great insights into how Thai people once lived and live today in the city of Chiang Mai.Begin on day 1 with an easy bike tour of the Old City of Chiang Mai, discovering the historical sites and temples of Chiang Mai, and interacting with friendly locals. On day 2 pedal rural lanes and backroads as you cycle past beautiful rice fields, charming local villages, and along the rolling hills of the Lanna countryside. The finale of this family excursion is a thrilling day in the forest tree top flying on a zipline.This bike adventure is a wonderful opportunity for your family to take in all the highlights of northern Thailand while also getting behind the scenes and experiencing local life.ItineraryDay 1 | City Tour of Chiang Mai | 15km cycling | Meals: LDYour local, English-speaking tour guide will meet you at your hotel this morning with your bicycles. Cycling from your hotel to the heart of Chiang Mai to visit the Chiang Mai Cultural Center. Here you’ll get an introduction to the history and design of the city which was the capital of the former Lanna Kingdom. From here pedaling your bikes through Chiang Mai’s back streets, ride along the famous moat circling Chiang Mai’s old city, and cycle to colorful markets and famous temples. The last stop today is to visit the temple of the silversmiths, Wat SrisupanDay 3 | Cycle to Lamphun | 53km cycling | Meals: LDToday’s pedaling takes us first to Wat U Mong, an ancient forest meditation temple. We continue meandering around the outskirts of the city cycling through the Botanical Gardens. As we make our way to the town of Lamphun, we will bike to the Bee Keeper Training Center where we’ll learn all about bees and the techniques of beekeeping. We’ll bike through a handicraft village called Ban Tawai to do a bit of shopping for one-of-a-kind souvenirs. In Lamphun, we’ll travel along the canals and finishing our bike tour at the old train station. Your guide and driver will drop you off at your hotel in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon.Day 4 | Flight of the Gibbon | Meals: BLTo conclude the action-packed bike tour, the FLight of the Gibbon team will meet you at your hotel and drive you up the mountain to Mae Kampong village, for a morning of thrilling ziplining through the forest canopy. After lunch we will return to Chiang Mai, forever holding onto this incredible experience of exploring the environs of Chiang Mai.

$65.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Mae Kam Pong and Hot Springs from Chiang Mai

Few villages around Chiang Mai are blessed with natural beauty, an unspoilt side of nature, and more agreeable temperatures than Mae Kampong. Often described as a ‘perfect destination to cool down’, it is the elevated location that definitely is considered as a magnet for visitors who enjoy an escape from the often soaring temperatures. Averaging between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius, Mae Kampong’s vegetation and rustic atmosphere are the perfect ingredients for locals to grow coffee and tea. Additionally, San Kamphaeng is an example of how a natural phenomenon can contribute to relaxation: the sulphur-rich waters between Mae Kampong and Chiang Mai are home to hot springs are an oasis for the mind, body and spirit. This full day tour is an excellent example of finding the right balance between an authentic ways of living without destroying the balance of nature.Your day commences by meeting your guide and driver at your hotel in Chiang Mai who are eager to show you Mae Kampong and its lush surroundings. The village lies an approximately one hour outside of the Rose of the North in a mountainous region of Northern Thailand. Upon arrival at Mae Kampong, you will immediately feel the temperature differences between Chiang Mai and our main goal for the day, dominated by its green surroundings and a small mountain stream. The residents of Mae Kampong are very hospitable, and there is not a better way to see how they’re moving on in their daily lives than at the market. It is here where not only goods are exchanged in return for Baht, but the local market forms a prime meeting spot for the smaller surrounding communities to share the latest news. Following in the footsteps of your guide, the communal forest is one of their treasure troves; while walking, you gain an insight into how the villagers keep their traditional ways of living in harmony with nature. The whole concept of Mae Kampong relies heavily on self-sustainability, a practice that is aligned with the vision of the late H.M. King Bhumibol.Back in the village, you will wander along the tea fermentation processing areas of Mae Kampong, see how exquisite handicraft and products are made for sales and visit the local temple and nearby school (visits may not be possible, depending on the permission from the teachers and/or when the school is closed). The 7-tiered waterfall completes this morning tour before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we head over to the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, situated around 35 kilometres outside Chiang Mai. The healing powers of these hot springs, both physical as well as for mental relaxation, is widely known in Thailand. The high amount of sulphur in the ground waters, aligned with the peacefulness of its surroundings, make this an excellent stop to ease your mind. When time permits, we finally visit one of the most popular forms of handicraft at the Umbrella Making Centre before reaching your hotel at around 16:30 hrs.