Hemmed in the mountains of northern Thailand is a string of lodges belonging to Chai Lai Orchid. This award-winning eco-travel lodge and elephant reserve is not just a tourist destination, though—one of its subsidiaries, Daughter’s Rising, is an organization dedicated to empowering at-risk girls to end human trafficking in their communities.
Run by Zomia lenders Alexa and Bay, Chai Lai hosted Zomia’s 2017 student outing, an annual event we host to give students the opportunity to connect and build relationships. Altogether, 23 Zomia students and team members joined the weekend eco-travel experience.
Hiking the Inthanon Range
Views like this of the Inthanon Range revealed themselves on our hike from Chai Lai.
Our hiking trail ran parallel to the Wang River. Here, Thukha marks the spot—a path to the middle of one of the waterfalls.
Swimming and splashing
Splash! Pwint catches Thukha off guard in the pool at the base of the waterfall.