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A road leads off Route 1256 two kilometres before Doi Phukha National Park entrance to the small village of Ban Toei, four kilometres off the main road.

Little differentiates this village from any of the hundreds of others in northern Thailand, this is, except for an excellent guest house that is a great spot to relax and take in the surrounding beauty.

The area surrounding Ban Toei has incredible potential for trekking and caving. There are a number of beautiful walks you can do in the area around here ranging from half-day strolls to the river through to three or four day demanding caving trips and treks.

Because this area is so off-the-map from a tourism perspective the groups are small (often just a couple of people), so there is considerable scope to customise trips in a way that isn't possible to do in the bigger trekking centres like Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai. Costs remain low, though, speaking from personal experience, don't expect any creature comforts whatsoever -- none!

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This is one of those places where we just sat on the balcony of our hut for hours looking out over the valleys and mountains thinking, "Wow!" Come for a night, stay for a week.

If you're in Ban Toei, you're there for the trekking. We did a fantastic trip here, which included crawling through a cave through a mountain to a rainforest sinkhole, a la Lord of the Rings, where we camped and ate curried bush rat (it was good!).

Text and/or map last updated on 12th July, 2012.

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