If the following trips seem a little too commercial, then it's best to wait until you arrive in Mae Sot and then ask around in the guest houses as to which guides are offering trips and where they go.
If you plan to go to Umphang it can also be cheaper to wait until you get there and then locate a local guide. Either way, this area of Thailand is not as cheap for trekking as in Chiang Mai.
Mae Sot Conservation Tour
Mae Sot Conservation Tour specialises in bookings for private tours, and isn't so geared up to cater to walk-in customers. Nevertheless, they've many variations of tours and trips with some aimed towards family groups and some towards hardcore trekkers. A one day trip including seeing the gibbons, rafting, a two hour trek, and visiting a Lahu hill tribe starts at around 2000B including lunch. A three day two night trip for families, encompassing Umphang's Tee Lor Su Waterfall, Ox Cart riding and a farm stay starts at 5,900B per person; while a similar, but more strenuous trip (not for families) which includes Tee Lor Su, hot springs, and outdoor camping comes in at 7000B. There is also a four day, three night trip which includes elephant riding and bamboo rafting for 8,000B. Prices include guides, transfers, and all meals. You can book via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively give them a call on the numbers below or call direct to the manager Mr Wiboon on (081) 962 5980
T: (055) 532 818;(055) 544 726
Umphang Hill Riverside Resort & Tour Services
Umphang Hill Tour services are another outfit worth contacting if you are coming through with a group. They run similar trips to Mae Sot Conservation Tour. See their website for up-to-date prices and detailed information on their trips. As a guide, trips from Mae Sot start at 5,000B, and from Umphang 4,000B (2 persons minimum)
Mae Sot: T(055) 531 409;(055) 536 167
Umphang: T(055) 561 063;(081) 886 6599
Last updated on 15th November, 2007.