Into the Hills with the Mirror Foundation
We will take a comfortable night bus from Bangkok to the far northern province of Chiang Rai where we’ll be met by our friends from the Mirror Foundation. A long-term partner of ours, the Mirror Foundation is an NGO working towards improving the livelihoods of underprivileged ethnic minority groups in the country.
Our team will get a firsthand look at the Mirror Foundation’s projects while hearing the behind-the-scenes stories straight from the Mirror staff and the villagers they work alongside. Our first stop will be the village of Pak La where the Akha community receive support from Mirror towards the development of local infrastructure. Get ready to mix some cement during our time there!
We will then travel to the village of Baan Kwai, a Thai community of buffalo herders and organic farmers living along a scenic marsh nestled in the hills of Chiang Rai. Joining the villagers in the fields doing a variety of agricultural tasks, we will learn about farming, buffalos, and so much more. We’ll be exposed to what “community-based tourism” (CBT), a popular buzzword, really looks like and how it can promote immersive experiences while ensuring the hosts benefit from tourism development and preserve their culture, traditions, and environment.