Guide at a Glance
Chiang Mai, Thailand
4WD Tour, Adventure
Pat, originally from Chiang Mai, is Shan – an ethnic minority group in Northern Thailand. From humble beginnings as a tuk-tuk driver, he has since worked over 10 years as a tour guide. He has seen the erosion of traditional Thai values and ways of life, through tourism and Westernisation.
His mother is the head nun at a Buddhist temple, almost hidden inbetween hilltribe villlages in the mountains of Mae Hong Son, which is how he came to know and work with the hilltribe communities in this area. His father is an iconic figure for the Shan people. His father was considered the first ‘freedom fighter’ for Shan state independence from the Myanmar government. It is perhaps his father’s legacy and strong family heritage that gave rise to Pat’s strong desire to help marginalised ethnic minority groups, by providing them with sustainable opportunities for growth whilst maintaining their cultural identity.
Pat saw that well managed and responsible tourism could be a means to help in this plight, and so the idea of a hilltribe homestay was born. Pat has a huge heart and wants to reach out to people from around the world, by welcoming foreigners to share in the beauty and culture of his homeland.