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BAN LORCHA
The PDA Tour Service Center is an organization under the All North Ltd., a legally registered corporation under Thai Law. This is an organization which helps support development activities of the Population and Community Development Association in Chiang Rai province which under Thai law is not allowed to earn money. The link between All North Co., Ltd. and PDA is necessary as a strategy for sustainability of its many different rural development projects and activities.

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The village is approximately 750 meters above sea level.

Rationale :
For a long time, tourism activities to Hilltribe villages have been characterized as short stops to a group of houses and stalls selling souvenirs that are not even made in that village. This kind of tourism activity is so contrived that tourists feel they are not learning anything about the people they are visiting. Often there is no contact between tourists and villagers. In this type of activity.

Villagers selling trinkets and souvenirs often harass tourists. Taking photos of Hilltribe women is often followed by up-turned open palms asking compensation for the pictures taken.


The Community-based Tourism Development Project Which is being piloted at the village of Ban Lorcha (See map) hopes to provide an alternative model of tourism to HIlltribe Villages.

A very modest entrance fee is being charged to pay for development costs, maintenance and operating expenses. Tour guides and tour leaders are exempt from paying the entrance fee. Income earned from this activity will be deposited into a village development fund to assist orphans, widows and the elderly. A fraction of the income will is set aside for a Hilltribe Tourism Development Foundation so that this project can be replicated in other villages.
In exchange for this fee, visitors will be treated to a full tour of the community with villagers demonstrating activities normally done in their village but rarely seen unless you live in the community for a long period of time.
Thai language-capable village chaperones will accompany tour groups to act as resource persons.

Ban Lorcha is conveniently situated located along the Thaton - Mae Chan Highway. Coming from Thaton, Lorcha village is about a kilometer before reaching the turn-off to Mae Salong (Santikhiri) at Kiew Satai.
It is about one hour from downtown Chiaing Rai and about 31 km from Mae Chan district.
Village Map:The village map showing points of interest for tourists. Please note that posters are in Thai and English languages have been installed to explain the significance of these points of interest.. For details about each numbered station, please see the photo gallery. More pictures
 
The village is approximately 750 meters above sea level. Temperature is mild during the tropical summer because of the relatively high elevation. Since Thailand is located in the Tropics, rainfall can be heavy at times (especially during the months of May to August). During the winter months (November to February), daytime temperatures can be very cool to cold. It is recommended that visitors bring sweaters just to be on the safe side.


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