I plan to visit Thailand again :) in the November 07.
This time I want to pay attention to North. There is enough information about Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle and so on. Also I want visit "highland" people (hill tribes), but I don't want to visit "human zoo" villages, where people posing for photo all day long. I want to see real live.
Does anyone suggest right direction? :)
p.s. I plan to rent a car, so long distances are not problem for me.
For trekking, would suggest trekking out of Pai or Mae Hong Son. For something more off the beaten track, try Mae Salong -- lots of Akha villages around there (and great driving/riding too).
Another option is Nan -- spectacular scenery and far fewer tourists than say Pai or Mae Hong Son.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,800
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I think one should do a strange thing and just rent a small scooter and head to the hills., It will give you a better chance to see the real hill people as they are not as the trekking companies want you to. It is not so romantic as saying I did a grauling 3 day trek in the Thai mountains and meet these really great Germans. But prehaps the experience may be just as wonderful, and a little more unique in this day and age of instand referrals and eletronic guide books that send you "where every man has been before". Try the path less worn and as for NaAn is concerned wonderful place and great ride. Carry sun block!
#3 gourlay has been a member since 9/6/2007. Posts: 1
Somtam, thanks you for info!
I am going to read about Mae Salong and Nan :)
Gourlay, usually I rent scooter, but this time we plan to travel with my friends, so car (4wd) is more suitable.