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FAST answer needed! best treks for this time of year

  • halongbay07

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    im in bangkok at the moment and we really want to do a good jengle trek in the north. one travel agent told us chiang mai national park is the only option at this time of year, is this right?

    and if not where is the best place for the most authentic treks with the best scenery ect?

    brucemoon suggested chiang daio which i would have been happy to go to until the travel agent advised us you cant go there cos its still the wet season.

    any help & tips would be great!

    Thanks.

    #1 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 17:41

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    Isn't it still wet season in CM too?

    Bruce Moon is not the ultimate expert on everything believe it or not. I'd look at the link Somtam posted too if I were you.

    http://www.travelfish.org/feature/138

    Looking at the weather map, Tak seems to be relatively dry in September so Sangkhlaburi might be an option but check what local papers are saying about the weather right now.

    #2 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 17:53

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    halongbay07

    Very simple solution - go change your travel agent.

    Also, read this thread...

    http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/thailand/7448_trekking-in-northern-thailand--

    ps. is this fast enough???

    Cheers

    #3 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 17:55

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    It's going to be wet regardless of where you go in the far north and I'd ignore what the travel agent said about Chiang Mai National Park -- primarily because there is no such thing.

    If you're looking for a three night/four day trek and time is tight (ie you can't sit around and wait for a group to form) I'd say ignore the agent and go to Chiang Dao -- better still give one of the guesthouses there a call (we list the best ones on TF) and ask them what they can do for you -- they'll be able to better advise you on local conditions than some agent in Bangkok.

    If Chiang Dao doesn't work, then Chiang Rai would be my second choice -- I'd go there before Pai or Soppong.

    The other option is to go west instead of north -- Sangkhlaburi for example -- but then there are no "hilltribes", but plenty of stuff to do.

    #4 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 17:57

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    halongbay07

    Despite the venom from SBE, I try to help.

    There's a good weather map at:

    http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/48327.html

    For the next week or so, it suggests the area may incur storms, but not all-day wet.

    If you 'click' on the map box on the left, it 'explodes' to a googl weather map:

    http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=18.78000069&lon=98.98000336&zoom=8&pin=Chiang%20Mai%2c%20Thailand&type=hyb&rad=0&wxsn=0&svr=0&cams=0&sat=1&sat.num=1&sat.spd=25&sat.opa=85&sat.gtt1=109&sat.gtt2=108&sat.type=VIS&riv=0&mm=0&hur=0

    I don't know when you are planning to go trekking, but if the next day or so, you may get damp, but probably not 'wet'.

    Cheers

    #5 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 18:02

  • halongbay07

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    thanks alot guys thats quality! and yeah bruce that was alot faster than i expected!!

    #6 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 18:03

  • halongbay07

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    cheers bruce, we are planning on heading north around the 9/10th of this month.

    #7 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 18:07

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    "Despite the venom from SBE, I try to help."

    Drowning other posters' advice out ... even Somtam's ... is not necessarily the most helpful thing you can do Bruce.

    Somtam already posted the link I mentioned on another similar thread.

    http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/thailand/7448_trekking-in-northern-thailand--

    There too the OP seemed to be under the mistaken impression that you knew more about trekking options in Thailand than Somtam does ... why is that do you think?

    #8 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 18:59

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    if you are bent on heading to upper north (Chiangrai/Chiangmai) to trek - when you get there, ask around if anyone knows when Akha villages in the area will be celebrating their swing festival:
    http://akha.hilltribe.org/english/akha-swing.php

    should be about this time of the year, & different villages stagger their dates so that people can go visit relatives & friends in other villages. some villages will also build the Akha version of a ferris wheel.

    #9 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 20:28

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