hello - we will be in chiang mai/chiang rai area for 2 weeks starting May 1st. We would like to do a trek that does not involve a hill tribe - it is a little too commercialized for our taste. Any recommendations for tour operators? Thanks!
never ever have heard/seen that in that area-even if only you have to stay overnight and all small villages in the mountains are by some tribeys. Maybe our dear other captain knows more-he works and lives in that area and his wife runs such an agency. In short; for the right sum ANY silly wish of any foreigner can be accustomed for. Perhaps climbing Thailand highest mountain, Doi Intanon, qualifies.
Do you motosy? here are so many set-out tours, advice etc for such bikers in that area.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Captain - I think he means where some tribe or other is the objective of the hike. You know, that whole fishbowl thing. I actually approve of his sentiment, although I don't like hiking or trekking in the first place.
You stay with a hill tribe usually because it is the most comfortable place to stop, i think that is what captainbkk was saying. I went with Pooh Eco Trekking (Chiang Mai) and we stayed with a family, partied with the locals and tasted some local food - but it wasn't an objectifying thing and a share of the money goes to the family. They also rotate families and do a pretty sustainable job of things. The two night trek involved a second night staying in a cabin built by the river - very quiet and nice. So, even though it involves a 'hill tribe' it is not exploitive and very interesting.