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  • monicav

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    Hi,

    Looking for good agencies for trekking in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.
    Any suggestions

    Thanks

    #1 Posted: 12/9/2009 - 18:45

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  • wanderingcat

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    what are you looking for in a trek?

    specifically for Chiangrai:
    the Association for Akha Education & Culture in Thailand (AFECT) based in Chiangrai: http://www.akhaasia.org/Index.html
    can vouch for the good work that these people are doing. not sure how their rates compare to other agencies, but funds go to AFECT's projects.

    can have a look on these threads too:
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?messageID=13531674�
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?messageID=14766022�
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?messageID=14085060�

    (sorry to link to another forum, bit lazy to copy & paste the stuff i've posted there to this one...)

    #2 Posted: 12/9/2009 - 23:54

  • monicav

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    Thank you wanderingcat

    #3 Posted: 13/9/2009 - 02:01

  • jclarkson

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    I booked my tour through Julie Guesthouse and it was awesome! However, it really came down to our guide. I have no idea if you can actually request a guide, but if you can ask for "Puzza" it's a nickname and unfortunately I can't remember his real name. I just sent some mates an email seeing if they had his contact info and I'll let you know if I find it. The guy was absolutely amazing! Funny as could be and trekking with him was probably one of my top experiences in Thailand. (yea yea after FMP, call me a horrid trail seeking tourist, I could care less it was a blast, made Daytona beach look quite calm)

    #4 Posted: 13/9/2009 - 14:18

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    Can't recommend any agencies by name, but they're a good overview on trekking in Thailand here: http://www.travelfish.org/feature/18 worth a read if you haven't already.

    Agree totally with jclarkson -- the guide can make or break the trek -- if possible try to meet him/her before you sign up for the trip.

    #5 Posted: 13/9/2009 - 14:22

  • nat888

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    I can second the recommendation for the Association for Akha Education & Culture in Thailand (AFECT) based in Chiangrai:

    http://www.akhaasia.org/Index.html

    We had such a great time... it was the best of our entire 2 month trip through laos, cambodia and thailand. It might be slightly more expensive but its way above the anything else we found.

    #6 Posted: 3/11/2009 - 00:42

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