Thinking of doing a tour for about 4 days from Chang Mai taking in Mae Hong Son and Pai. Ideally finishing in Chang Rai, but ok if it finishes back in Chang Rai) that encompasses the trekking (i.e. Elephant Rides, Waterfall trip and Rafting).
Does such a tour exist and is it fairly easily to sort out from one of the hostels/agents in Chang Mai? Any recommendations on such a tour?
#1 Amitsanghvi100 has been a member since 20/4/2006. Posts: 3
Sorry meant, ok but ok if it finishes back in Chang Mai!
#2 Amitsanghvi100 has been a member since 20/4/2006. Posts: 3
Hmmm, Mae Hong Son and Pai are in the opposite direction to Chiang Rai, so I think would struggle to find a tour that took in Pai, MHS and Chiang Rai in the one trip.
That said, any man and his dog (including your hotel) in Chiang Mai can arrange a Chiang Rai tour -- this tends to include the boat trip up the Kok river, a visit to Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle and sometimes Chiang Saen. Some tours offer to cover this in as little as one day, though 2-3 days is far more comfortable.
You'll tend to find less tours offered to Pai and MHS as they're frequently done independently, and particularly in Pai's case the attraction isn't so much "sights to see" as it is just hanging out in Pai. The tours that do head out this way from Chiang Mai are generally trekking focussed.
We took a 1-day tour which was arranged at the travel agent outside the Montri (outside Tha Phae Gate). We rode the elephants, river rafted, walked to a waterfall, short trek to Hmong "village" and AC mini to Karen "village".
We ALL concluded that more days out would have been too much. One day was plenty. In fact, the hilltribe village thing could have been skipped and nobody would have complained. YMMV
That said, I wanted to head to Pai but my buddy said I should skip it. Business and a new Thai friend caused me to stay put in CM, but I still want to spend some days in Pai.
#4 ding has been a member since 8/1/2006. Posts: 3
hi there ding, would you be able to tell me how much one day trekking tour was in Chiang Mai?
I've been searching tour companies online and I get such a variation in rates, even though the tour appears to cover similar things.
#5 tennie has been a member since 6/4/2006. Posts: 17