Lanna Culture Experience

Visit the village of Ban Pong Huai Lan, a model of sustainable, locally-driven development in Northern Thailand.


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.

Homestay Extension

Looking for an even richer experience? Make this a 2-day, 1-night experience with trekking in Huai Lan and a homestay with a local Thai family where you’ll gain unparalleled insight into life in this traditional community.

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


3,995 THB for our classic experience

8,990 THB for the extended experience

    Is this adventure for me?

    No experience is necessary for this adventure however a decent level of general physical fitness is recommended.

    What is included?

    Traditional 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, and accident insurance.

    What should I bring?

    Comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing (this adventure visits a very traditional village), sun protection, reusable water bottle (1 liter recommended), small backpack


    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

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