Hello, my boyfriend and I are travelling through Malaysia, South Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand this summer.
Last year, I went trekking in Chiang Mai - 3days/2nights, with a tribe stay, elephant trekking and rafting. I really enjoyed it, but would like to try somewhere new. However, from research I've done, i'm struggling to find an area where we could do a similar sort of trek - for example in Taman Negara (Malaysia) and Khao Sok (Thailand), it seems people stay in town and do day treks. Am I right? Is there anywhere that does a similar kind of thing to the treks in Chiang Mai?
I would really appreciate any advice/recommendations people have!
#1 ehartley1 has been a member since 19/6/2012. Posts: 2
Soz can't answer your question.... but did you book your chiang mai trek in Thailand or before hand?
Are they cheapish ... and also are they group based?
#2 thejeffsy has been a member since 17/7/2012. Posts: 3
Also there are some good hiking opportunities out where I live (Issan on the Laos border), but no trekking available out here that I am aware of. Environment is not very conducive to it due to rainfall (and associated flash floods), insect (which bite a lot) and snakes (which can kill you). Sleeping in the rough out here... some people do it, but given the environment I'd be much on the cautious side.
Are you definitely not going to Northern Vietnam? Because if you were, then Sapa would be an obvious candidate - touristy but very enjoyable. Laos also has opportunities (Luang Nam Tha, Muang Sing). But, sorry, I can't think of anywhere for where you are going.
#5 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 738
In Khao Sok NP check out http://www.khao-sok-junglehuts.com and http://www.smileybungalow.com who do overnight trekking/elephant/lake tours. There is also http://www.limestonelaketours.com and other package tour outfits for Khao Sok, but they can be fairly pricey. I have taken groups through there a few times and it still seems the cheapest way is to do it yourself. Stay a couple nights near the park headquarters and meet up with other interested parties, Then get to the dam early morning and negotiate a deal with a boat driver for transport to one of the rafthouses, overnight in a floating bungalow and some guided trekking. If you go alone it will be expensive. I've also got Art's Riverview Lodge to sort out some of the details, like transport to the dam and back. Art's is a great place to stay too, in "treehouse" bungalows and a water hole where monkeys come down from the cliffs every evening to drink swim and play. http://krabidir.com/artsriverviewlodge There's also a "monkey cave temple" nearby that is a good mini-trek. Khao Sok = awesome.