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Mae Kampong Ecotourism Village

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Mae Kampong Ecotourism Village

Mae Kampong Ecotourism Village

A picturesque village, with teak-wood homes raised on stilts bordering a rushing stream, Mae Kampong has won several awards for its eco-friendly home stay tourism program. Mae Kampong village is an ideal destination for anyone seeking both greater cultural and environmental awareness of Northern Thailand as well as the chance to relax and enjoy the unspoiled beautiful countryside.

 

Mae Kampong Ecotourism

Mae Kampong Ecotourism

Community ecotourism in Ban Mae Kampong

Community ecotourism in Ban Mae Kampong was initiated in 1999.  In fact, it was developed in response to the decline of demand for fermented tea production and as an alternative source of income for local villagers.  According to the village headman, as poverty is still a main problem in the area, there is a need to generate jobs and income for villagers in order to prevent them from illegal forest encroachment.  The original idea of community ecotourism was raised by the present leader of Ban Mae Kampong community ecotourism.  At that time, he was a former village headman.

With that position, he attended various training programs and study tours on ecotourism supported by the government.  Based on his experiences, he saw a potential of ecotourism resources in the village.  These include both physical and cultural resources.  Then he discussed his idea with other village leaders.  Once the agreement had been reached among the small group of leaders, the village’s forum was organized to discuss and agree about “the community ecotourism”.   With assistance from external organizations, both from the government and non-government organizations, the community ecotourism was first implemented in April 1999.  The ecotourism activities included village sightseeing, cultural shows and homestay.

For homestay, only five houses were available at the beginning.  To date, 12 houses are able to cater for the homestay.  The formal opening of community ecotourism was held on December 10, 2000 and it was incorporated into the government “One Tambon One Product” Program (OTOP).  This helped facilitate further development of community ecotourism in Ban Mae kampong.  Various training programs were organized to strengthen the management system of community ecotourism organization.  In addition, the TRF sponsored the research program in identifying an appropriate model for community ecotourism in Ban Mae Kampong.  This action research helps villagers familiar with the concept of ecotourism.

Accommodation

Homestay and nearby resorts

Mae Kampong Acctivities

Flight of the Gibbon, Thai massage, visiting local herb garden, touring nearby

Mae Kampong Attractions

Mae Kampong Waterfall, Mae Mon Waterfall

Best time in Mae Kampong

For cold climates, visit from November to January, or to experience the festive Songkran festival, visit in mid-April.

Getting there

Located approximately 50 kms from Chiang Mai, about one hour’s drive east on Highway 1317 past Sankampaeng.

Contact

78/1 Moo 3, Huay Kaew, Mae On District,

Chiang Mai, 66 (0) 5331 5111, 66 (0) 89559 4797

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