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Best places to trek in early May? First time solo traveler

Posted by JMM on 1/3/2013 at 07:18


From reading articles on this site I know it will be hot and somewhat rainy during early May in Thailand but trekking is something I would really like to do during my first visit.

With that in mind, does anyone have any suggestions on the best areas to trek during this time? Are some areas more swampy during this time; would I be better off trekking in higher altitude areas? I am not an experienced trekker but I am a healthy and active and not afraid to rough it out in heat/rain.

Any pointers are appreciated!


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Posted by JMM on 1/3/2013 at 07:23

I should also mention I am a 24 year old male and will be in Koh Samui and surround islands during April so was leaning towards a trek in northern Thailand for early May

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 1/3/2013 at 08:11

Most of the northern trekking takes place in the hills above 1000M, especially the multi-day treks that allow time to get higher. This will help to escape the heat even during the hottest time of the year. The first big rains of the season usually arrive in May, but it's usually a quick and heavy downpour which also takes the edge off the heat. Be prepared for mixed wet/warm conditions and bring some good shoes with decent tread because you're likely to be dealing with muddy trails. No need to choose anything far in advance, and in fact you can easily arrange trekking a day in advance at any of the hundreds of guesthouses and travel agents in Chiang Mai or other busy towns like Pai, Chiang Rai, and Mae Hong Son. Just compare prices and people so you're happy with the deal. Most guesthouses will hold a room for you and store your big bag if you book trekking with them. They also usually give you a list of recommended things to bring with you and provide a daypack if you need it. Group-based treks are the cheapest with 10-12 people at around 1200/1500 baht for 2/3-day treks. Enjoy.

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Posted by Kannap on 22/4/2013 at 22:17


When do you plan to arrive in Chiang Mai? I am currently in Bangkok and also want to do some trekking in the north.

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