I am currently planning my itinerary for a few weeks in Thailand in November, and as part of my holidays I would like include some trekking. While Chiang Mai seems to very popluar for trekking (and enjoyed my 1 1/2 day stay there last year) for some reason Umphang got my attention.
I was thinking heading from Sukhothai to Mae Sot, and then to Umphang, where I would like to do a two or three day trekking, covering the Tee Lor Su waterfall and stay in one of the villages, and spend one or two days just in Umphang.
Could anyone here advise if the long journey to Umphang is worthwhile? Would love to head to a place which is not overrun with tourists and with great places to trek. I am happy with basic accomodation - the surroundings are far more important.
Also, how difficult is it to have a trek there as solo traveller?
Thanks for any help or further insight
#1 Scotsman79 has been a member since 23/3/2013. Posts: 2
WHEN-season is all important here- avoid rainy at all cost!
You did NOT exactly make clear what single means- its not advised at all to go trekking in that area as single on your own- join a group-which may mean waiting till it fills up.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
I thought middle of November would be outside the rainy season.
And I would only go with a guide, not brave enough trekking on my own...with my orientation skill I would end up in Burma or back in Europe....
#3 Scotsman79 has been a member since 23/3/2013. Posts: 2
Was in front seat with driver both ways - comfortable and good views. Did have to let one go on way to Umpang to get the front seat but well worth the wait. The back of a Songthaew is not the best way to travel on a longish trip
From TF Mae Sot page
For a songthaew to Umphang, head south down Sri Phanit and about 100m south of the mosque take the left turn. The songthaew station is just on the right side soon after you enter the soi. If you're having troubles just ask a local for 'Songthaew Umphang' and they'll point you in the right direction.