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
Community ecotourism in Ban Mae Kampong
Community ecotourism in Ban Mae Kampong was initiated in 1999.Â 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.Â 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.Â The original idea of community ecotourism was raised by the present leader of Ban Mae Kampong community ecotourism.Â 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.Â Based on his experiences, he saw a potential of ecotourism resources in the village.Â These include both physical and cultural resources.Â Then he discussed his idea with other village leaders.Â Once the agreement had been reached among the small group of leaders, the villageâ€™s forum was organized to discuss and agree about â€œthe community ecotourismâ€.Â Â With assistance from external organizations, both from the government and non-government organizations, the community ecotourism was first implemented in April 1999.Â The ecotourism activities included village sightseeing, cultural shows and homestay.
For homestay, only five houses were available at the beginning.Â To date, 12 houses are able to cater for the homestay.Â The formal opening of community ecotourism was held on December 10, 2000 and it was incorporated into the government â€œOne Tambon One Productâ€ Program (OTOP).Â This helped facilitate further development of community ecotourism in Ban Mae kampong.Â Various training programs were organized to strengthen the management system of community ecotourism organization.Â In addition, the TRF sponsored the research program in identifying an appropriate model for community ecotourism in Ban Mae Kampong.Â This action research helps villagers familiar with the concept of ecotourism.
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.
Located approximately 50 kms from Chiang Mai, about one hourâ€™s drive east on Highway 1317 past Sankampaeng.
78/1 Moo 3, Huay Kaew, Mae On District,
Chiang Mai, 66 (0) 5331 5111, 66 (0) 89559 4797