Just a short drive from Chiang Mai, you can enjoy a fascinating exploration of Lisu Hill tribe life in this award winning lodge, without sacrificing home comforts!
What can you experience?
Built in traditional Lisu style with western comforts, Lisu lodge overlooks the lush fields and hills surrounding the valley and is a base-camp for a menu of soft adventure, relaxation and insight.
A Lisu elder will welcome and guide you around the nearby village to experience local customs and culture. You can view the village shrine, admire the work of silversmiths and marvel at fine embroidery work. You can visit the shaman who is eager to share his knowledge about traditional medicines, local life and Lisu traditions. At the village cultural centre, you will find a collection of typical household items and tools used by the Lisu and Akha mountain tribes.
Several package tours, from day visits to multiple overnights are available including hill tribe experiences, soft adventure (cycling, elephant riding and white water rafting) and trekking. Alternatively, you can explore by bicycle or take an ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to a local Thai village, enjoy a steam bath, a traditional massage.
Prices include accommodation in comfortable king-size or twin bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms, electric fans, meals as specified in the programmes, an English speaking guide and a local Lisu guide.
Lisu Lodge is handicapped accessible, and personalised itineraries can be offered.
How does it help?
Lisu Lodge Is a pioneer of CBT in Thailand, started to operate in the 90’s, the company has never stopped engaging new activities towards more sustainability along the years. An example. All team members are villagers who are paid a monthly salary, a share of the service charges, a bonus, and welfare, exceeding the basic Thai labour standards. Most food and supplies are locally sourced, villagers are encouraged to sell their craftwork. They keep all of the income from sales. In addition health checks and vaccinations are provided for all members of the community. All staff may take time off work to assist their families during the harvest time.
The community has been an integral part of the planning and development of the lodge. The village council meets regularly; representatives from the Lisu Lodge attend all meetings but do not vote on village issues. Lisu Lodge contributes a percentage of the revenue to the Village Bank but do not interfere in the way they use the funds. Lisu Lodge works with the authorities to improve roads, access to water and electricity. Education and training programmes are constantly being developed to meet the needs of the community.
Tour guides brief travellers on local culture, communities and activities they will be experiencing, with particular attention on the conservation of resources and preservation of the environment and culture. Travellers are encouraged to protect and improve the environment, for example by collecting seeds on guided treks, for the tree planting activities organised by the Himmapan Foundation. The Lisu Lodge library has gathered the largest local collection of books related to the hill tribes.
- 2000 PATA Gold Award Heritage & Culture
- 2000 Conservation International Eco Excellence Award
- British Airways “Tourism for Tomorrow”
- 1998 Travel Asia Breakthrough Award – “Tour Operator of the Year “
Dton Loong Village
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50100
Tel: +66 (0) 2-655-6246-48