Ban Tong Luang ‘Feel the touch of original ethnic life.’
There are many different groups of people in Chiang Mai, including those ethnic groups. Therefore, if you’re planning to visit Chiang Mai, you will want to feel the touch of original ethnic life for once. There are many places for you that you can learn about how ethnic groups inhabit in Thailand. One of those, is this following place.
Ban Tong Luang
In Mae Rim County, there is a village called ‘Ban Tong Luang’. This village is inhabited by long-necked Karen people, Karen people, Lahu people, Paluang people, Mhong people, Kaya people, Aka people, and Yao people. Therefore, the atmosphere there should be joyful and charming, with various ethnic groups live their simple lives and smiling at each other.
Ban Tong Luang village is quite large. There are mostly grass fields, which you can walk across, as there are walking paths. There are also plantations. For their houses, they live in small wooden cottages. When you pass their cottages, you will see they cook or make some handicrafts. Their handicrafts are also for sale. Let’s buy some as souvenirs for yourself.
These people are friendly and kind. Don’t hesitate to make a communication with them, although you can’t understand their languages.
This is a good learning resource, especially if you’re with your children. You children can learn about how nice country life is. They can even make friends and play with the children of these ethnic groups.
Ban Tong Luang village is also a great sightseeing place. The area consists of many trees and mountains around. You will get a lot of nice photos for sure. Feel free to walk around. And don’t forget to make a stop at the church of the village. The church’s name is St.Nicholas. It was named after Mr.Nicholas Chuchart Kalmapichit. The church was built to be a heart-gathering places for villagers and tourists who respect Christianity and wish to pray for God. The church appears as a small house on a quite-steep ground. You have to walk along the stairway to reach it.
But, best of all, there are shelters for tourists at the village. Therefore, if you want to have a full-time fun to feel the true taste of country life, don’t hesitate to book a shelter. You will have a good time with your travel friends and villagers.
How to get there
You will want to begin with the heart of Chiang Mai. Let’s continue straight along Chiang Mai-Fang Highway. Be sure to head north until you reach Mae Rim-Samoeng Intersection. That’s where you should turn left, in order to switch to Mae Rim-Samoeng Highway. From that point, use the same route to Mae Sa Elephant Camp. Keep going for about 8 kilometres and you will find the sign written the direction of Eco-Agricultural Hill Tribes Village – Ban Tong Luang. Just exactly as the sign tell you to. Turn left and continue straight for a few kilometres. Soon, you will reach the parking lot of the village.
It’s only about 1.3 kilometre away from the village. This is the largest elephant kingdom in northern Thailand. Meet those cute elephant friends. See how they’re taken care of. Learn how to take care of them closely. Create amazing artworks with the elephants.
Mom Chaem is about 12.4 kilometres away from Ban Tong Luang. It’s almos like a national park, but not exactly. It’s a mountaintop area and very popular among those who love camping. There are camping grounds available, where you can set up your own tent. There are also food too.