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THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL MAHSEER CONFERENCE

11th -15th February 2020, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Field trip

IMC2 field trip, from 15-17 February 2020. / Field trip.....

Date

Option

Activities

Total Budgets

15th February 2020

Maetang River trip
  *Includes food and transportation

Mae Taeng River Discovery: white-water rafting bird watching, snorkeling, underwater photography and ecological observations.

45$

15th February 2020

Inthanon Royal Project trip
  *Includes food and transportation

See amazing waterfalls and hike in the cloud forest ecosystem of Inthanon National Park. Visit the royal project fish farm and the highest point in Thailand and the pagoda of King Rama IX and Queen Sirikit.

30$

16-18th February 2020

Mae Ngao Natural Field Trip
  *Includes meals, all camping equipment, and transportation

Mae Ngao River Discovery: This 2 night trip will include rafting, traditional methods of catching fish, bird watching, snorkeling, underwater photography, fish sampling and identification, and learning about fish conservations efforts among the Karen communities.

150$


 

Rafting on the Mae Taeng River

Thanon Kon Dern Chiang Mai on Sunday

Experience a day of world-class whitewater rafting on this exhilarating expedition down the beautiful Mae Taeng River. The Mae Taeng is a tributary of the Ping River that flows through Chiang Mai and is part of the Chao Phraya basin, home to around 280 species of fish, including many endemic species. Our day on the Mae Taeng River will include bird watching, snorkeling, underwater photography and ecological discovery.


Inthanon Royal Project trip : Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand, yet the easiest and most comfortable to visit, as there is good road access. Approaching Doi Inthanon the first landmark is Mae-Ya waterfall, one of the most beautiful and grandest in Thailand. It originates from the Mae-Ya River that flows down against rocks and cliffs over 280 meters high and 80 meters wide. At eight kilometers is Mae-Klang waterfall where tourists come to have a picnic in the cool shade. Close by is Brijinda cave containing exquisite, stalagmites and stalactites, and underwater Buddha statues. Vajiratan and Siritan waterfalls at 21 km offer stunning views of rainbows and thick abundant green forest even in the middle of the day.

The Inthanon Royal Project Research Station is situated in Mong Khun Glang village. The building is decorated beautifully with a winter plant glasshouse and offers cozy accommodation and a restaurant. Siripoom waterfall (originally known as Lao-Lu Fall among locals) at 30 km. gives a spectacular view of two streams of white water. On the right side of the road not far from Doi Inthanon National Park Office is a line of wooden stalls where villagers come to sell their agricultural products, fresh and processed, from early morning until the evening. This is called Mong market. Drive on for another 4.5 km. and you will arrive at Doi Pa-tang, twin cliffs on a mountaintop, another magnificent viewpoint of Doi Inthanon. Pra Maha Tat Napametaneedon and Pra Maha Tat Napaponpoomsiri are perfect spots for blossoms viewing and watching the sunrise and sunset.

There are both short and long nature trails in Doi Inthanon for tourists of all abilities and ages. Giw Mae Pan is a short trail of approximately 3 km. abundant with wild flowers such as rhododendron, white roses, and orchids that bloom colorfully in the late winter. You may also find Chinese gorals prancing in the morning if you're lucky. In addition, Ang Ka Luang nature trail on the top of Thailand is 2,560 meters high and can be reached by car. The highlights of this trail are the moss and fern covered trees rhododendrons, and green-tailed sunbirds.


Mae Ngao Natural Field Trip : Mae Ngao River

Thanon Kon Dern Chiang Mai on Sunday

The Mae Ngao River is home to Tor spp., Neolissochilus stracheyi, as well as more than 50 other fish species. Communities throughout the Mae Ngao valley have created a network of 50+ small reserves to protect Mahseer and other species from intensive subsistence fisheries. These reserves also support a nascent catch-and-release recreational fishery that provides a financial incentive for continued conservation. Trip attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local community members and organizations, Thai National Park officials, scientists, and conservation-oriented anglers about this unique system. There will also be opportunities for canoeing, hiking, snorkeling, angling with local guides, and learning about traditional fishing methods.

This field trip will leave from Chiang Mai on Sunday, February 16th in the morning and travel to Mae Ngao National Park, approximately a 4.5 hour drive. We will stop for lunch at Mae Siriang on route to the park. Departure will be on Tuesday, February 16th and participants will be back in Chiang Mai by 5:00pm.

This trip will include two nights of camping at Mae Ngao National Park. Campsite and all camping equipment will be provided within the park, along the Ngao river. Traditional food and drink will be provided. Costs include all travel, meals, and camping equipment rentals.