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  • charlottem92

    Joined Travelfish
    19th May, 2014
    Location Belgium
    Posts: 17

    Hi there :)

    I visited Chiang Mai for more than a week last summer and didn't really 'feel' this place. It was one of those places people just couldn't stop praising. It quickly became the one place I couldn't wait to explore during my trip around Thailand. Things turned out a little different and I can't help but wrinkle my nose now at the mere thought of Chiang Mai. I'm returning to SEA this summer and I can't persuade my travelbuddy to skip Chiang Mai. So, does anyone have any suggestions on what to do/see around Chiang Mai area (Chiang Rai, Pai, Mae Rim, Mae Hong Song)? We plan on staying at least four nights, but can easily extend our stay.

    I don't want to do overly 'touristy' things (so no tiger temple, doi suthep, elephant rides or hill tribes). I read a lot of good things about Elephant Nature Park, so that's one thing I really want to do. Any eco-friendly places/organisations to do a jungletrek with?

    Thank you.

    #1 Posted: 20/5/2014 - 11:22

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  • caseyprich

    Joined Travelfish
    3rd March, 2010
    Location China
    Posts: 1281
    Total reviews: 53
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    Pooh Eco Trekking, a great outfit. http://www.pooh-ecotrekking.com/index.html

    #2 Posted: 20/5/2014 - 21:27


    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6955
    Total reviews: 10

    Charlotte, you might consider having your travelbuddy go to Chiang Mai and you head somewhere else that appeals to you more. You guys aren't handcuffed together (at least I hope not) and there's nothing wrong with splitting for a while and linking up again latter at some pre-determined point. Just food for thought.

    #3 Posted: 21/5/2014 - 22:16

  • somanights

    Joined Travelfish
    10th October, 2013
    Location United Kingdom
    Posts: 21

    Hey Charlotte, I cannot recommend the Mai Hong Son loop enough, really beautiful, and quite an antidote to the banana pancake circus. We recently published a blog about the place: Mae Hong Son loop, Vagabond Tribune

    #4 Posted: 11/6/2014 - 04:16

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