Baan Hua Thung community is located approximately 85 km’s from Chiang Mai city, at the foot of Doi Chiang Dao mountain, close to Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary and Baan Tam Chiang Dao. Behind the village, there is a wonderful view of Chiang Dao.
The highlights of Hua Thung Community
“Share real insight into local Thai life; Learn how people live with their natural resources.. The people nurture the forest, and the forest nurtures the people in return.”
Why is Hua Thung Community special?
Chiang Dao supports a unique environment, including alpine forest, and habitats for many indigenous species which are not found elsewhere. The biodiversity of the mountain and surrounding forest have been recognised by the government, and are protected inside Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary.
In Baan Hua Thung village, local people also play their part to support conservation. Community members have worked together to establish a nationally famous ‘community forest’. In this common area, villagers may collect wild foods, but not cut trees. The forest is protected by a combination of community regulations and sacred ‘forest ordination’ by Buddhist monks.
Villagers also have a community bamboo forest. Every year, they help each other to harvest bamboo, and divide the profits between the village families.
The village is well known in Thailand for the success of their community initiatives, and often welcomes Thai and foreign students who are interested to learn more about how to manage forest resources in a sustainable way.
Villagers are also keen to share their life and culture with guests who would like a real insight into local Thai life. Villagers hope that tourism will be a great experience for guests, provide a useful additional income for local families, and also contribute towards various environmental and community projects.
Visitor numbers to the summit of Chiang Dao are carefully controlled, and it is only possible to climb the mountain between November and May. However, guests can visit local villages and participate in cultural exchange programs all year.
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Activities for guests:
- Experience daily life Guests can visit a community forest, which community members manage together. There are many different kinds of herbal medicines and wild foods in the forest. Guests will also hear about the inspiring practice of ‘forest ordination’ whereby trees are ordained as monks… The people nurture the forest, and the forest nurtures the people in return. Make a bamboo basket, or meet a traditional village herbalist. Homestay with a local family is possible in Baan Hua Thung village;
- History: Chiang Dao is known for many ancient historical sites, dating from the King Meng Rai and King Naresuan eras. Guests can visit local caves and temples, and listen to royal tales from years gone by;
- Doi Chiang Dao Luang Trek: (Seasonal– November to May). Trekking to the peak of Doi Chiang Dao, accompanied by local guides is a classic adventure. On route, trained local guides will introduce you to rare plant species. An early start will be rewarded by a 360 degree view of sunrise from the peak of Doi Chiang Dao. Watch surrounding peaks gradually appear through a sea of clouds. Stops can also be made to visit other scenic areas, such as caves and waterfalls.
Green Corner: People and Planet
CBT in Hua Thung contribute towards the local cooperative, which generates income for all community members as well as funding a range of social and environmental activities. These include tree planting; building a buffer line to deter forest fires; and buying sports equipment for secondary school.
The CBT group are aware of the pressures which tourism can put on a small community. Group members meet regularly to discuss tourism management and community preparation in terms of staff, natural resources and fair distribution of profits. Local guides explain Hua Thung’s cultural and environmental guidelines to guests.