Ban Pong Huai Lan Community

At A Glance...

IncludesTraditional craft making with village elders, experienced CMRCA guide as translator and cultural ambassador, transportation between CMRCA and Huai Lan in local red trucks, Thai lunch with the community, one-day access to the CMRCA bouldering wall, 20% off one item in the CMRCA adventure store, 500 THB off your next CMRCA adventure, accident insurance
What to bringComfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing (this adventure visits a very traditional village), sun protection, reusable water bottle (1 liter recommended), small backpack

For more information or to book more than 6 weeks in advance please contact us.

Since a visit by King Rama IX in the late 1980s to address conditions of growing hardship, the village of Ban Pong Huai Lan has been a model of sustainable, locally-driven development in Northern Thailand. For the past 30 years, the community has made it its collective mission to practice and teach the late king’s monumental development ideology. Visitors to Ban Pong Huai Lan work alongside village elders as they weave palm fronds, sew cotton clothing, and cook traditional snacks using local products. A day in Ban Pong Huai Lan demonstrates how the sustainable use of natural resources positively impacts the livelihood of an entire community. For an even richer experience, spend a night in the home of a local family and gain unparalleled insight into life in this traditional community.


08:00-08:30 – Meet and get ready at CMRCA

08:30-09:15 – Transport to Ban Pong Huai Lan

09:15-10:00 – Introduction and village tour

10:00-11:30 – Weave palm baskets with village elders

11:30-12:30 – Locally-sourced lunch in the community sala

12:30-14:00 – Make cotton thread and weave traditional clothing

14:00-14:30 – Coffee and chat break

14:30-16:00 – Cook “kanom kee maew” (traditional dessert)

16:00-16:45 – Return to CMRCA

Looking for even more adventure? Make this a 2 day, 1 night experience with trekking in Huai Lan and a home stay with a local Thai family.

Extended Experience Includes

  • One night accommodation with a local host family in Ban Pong Huai Lan
  • Dinner and breakfast with your host family
  • Huai Lan Trekking Adventure (see previous)

Additional 4,995 THB per person

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TestimonialsHear from our past adventurers

Safe, highly trained, lead climbing experience

I had two days of private guiding and instruction for lead and multi-pitch climbing. I have done it before, but not often enough to feel comfortable going on my own. My guide, Gee, was very thorough and knowledgeable about mountaineering and multi-pitch climbing. He was very safe and he executed proper technique with his anchor and rope settings. While this group costs more than the competitors group, I was able to observe Gee’s technique against the other outfits guides and Gee was much safer and practiced under the Colorado Mountain School (US) standards. On the final day, I was able to complete a 4 pitch climb to the top of Crazy Horse. It was a great two days and I recommend this to those who want to climb and to improve their skills. Thanks CMRCA and Gee!

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CMRCA is the best!

I can say that going out to Crazy Horse Was by far one of the highlights of my trip. Ooan was a spectacular guide! We felt safe the entire time. He was knowledgeable and helpful. The Caving was beautiful, challenging(in a good way), and so much fun! I would highly recommend this company and the services they provide!

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Safe, professional and fun

Completed the multi-pitch intro with CMRCA at Crazy Horse and had a great time. My instructor, Add Konsingh was excellent at explaining the techniques and giving professional tips on anchors. I learned a lot in a couple of days and had a lot of fun in the process. Crazy Horse is a great location to do a climbing course and CMRCA have great guides.

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Intro to Caving was great!

My friend and I (two Americans in our early 30s) took the Intro to Caving class, and it was great. Our group was only three travelers and two guides, Ooan and Bo. Ooan and Bo were very professional and overall very nice guys with a lot of patience. The three of us felt very safe knowing that we were in good hands with the guides and the equipment. What a cool thing to do while in Chiang Mai! The cave was amazing! There a few climbs/repels/walks at the beginning of the cave before the big drop into the main part, which was quite a ways down! (You need to save your energy for the way back up!) Once in the main part of the cave, we ate lunch and took our time exploring the different formations – our adventurous buddy from Germany took a walk with one of the guides through some water to a different part of the cave where she saw millipedes and interesting spiders. Learning and using the equipment was a lot of fun. Be prepared to get a massage afterwards!

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“fun adventure, great company”

My caving trip with CMRCA was the best thing I did in Chiang Mai! The trip was well- organized, and allows you to see some incredible sights deep in the earth. Cannot say enough about the staff; the trip is led warm, knowledgable and safety oriented instructors who are passionate about the sport. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, especially those who concerned with spending their money with companies who are socially and environmentally responsible- as this is a far departure from your regular tourist operation. Definitely worth checking out!!

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