A Horse Riding Adventure through North Thailand's Jungle
If you’re looking for an authentic adventure out in nature, horseback riding in the jungle just North of Chiang Mai might be your thing. Thai Horse Farm offer unique horse riding tours combined with a fun and unique culinary experience.
The horse farm is run by Boris and his family, who made this day experience very personal and memorable. I got to know Boris, his wife Mila, their children, and extended family and over the course of the day we had some good chats. Had I stayed in Chiang Mai longer, I would have definitely gone back just to see them.
Boris picked us up in the morning to drive North to the farm, which is located in Maejo. Once we got to the farm, Mila had prepare one of the best breakfasts I had had in a long time. We ate as a group (three elderly Japanese men who joined me on the tour and Boris’ family) in the unique open-air dining/lounge room. It felt very homely and cosy. The atmosphere reminded me of having breakfast on a Sunday morning back at home, which isn’t too surprising, seeing the Brunch-like breakfast food selection we had: amazing (!) fresh bread, butter, homemade passionfruit banana chilli and vanilla jam, plum jam, honey, olives, cheese, scrambled eggs, tomato, cucumber, pineapple, and a delicious, healthy and healing “superfood” tea called Jiaogulan.
After breakfast we joined the rest of the team who had got the horses ready for us and headed off into the forest, ready for a full day of horseback riding.
We made it through the deep jungle, passed a lake, fought our way through crazy green plants all around us, and up mountains within the jungle. I have no idea how our guide remembered the route and knew which way to go. A lot of the time there wasn’t even a path, we were literally riding through the jungle.
For lunch we stopped at a hidden spot near by a stream, where Mila and the team had prepared an amazing lunch for us - Tom Khaa cooked in bamboo over a fire.
Pretty exhausted when we got back to the farm in the afternoon, we ate bananas (and cold beer for the guys), before Boris took us back to Chiang Mai.
The day was definitely a memorable experience of my time in Chiang Mai, not only a jungle adventure, but also a culinary one. And most importantly, it was one that lead to new friends, who I hope to see again very soon. Always the best kind of experiences.