Hey everyone, looking for soem advice (again)
When we get to the north of Thailand we hope to do some sort of hilltribe trek. I'm wondering whether it would be better just to spend a day in Chiang Mai and then go to Chiang Rai to do the trek
do the trek in Chiang Mai, skip Chiang Rai and head straight to Chiang Kong where'll we'll cross the border to Laos.
#1 kierjan has been a member since 14/4/2008. Posts: 11
Generally speaking Chiang Rai has the less adulterated trekking, though both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are major trekking centres and you'll see similar tribes regardless of which centre you go from. There's a feature story on trekking in Thailand, which may be of interest. A lot depends on how long you're planning to go trekking for -- generally a three or four night trip will be more interesting than an overnight one.
#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,651
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chiang rai is generally a better base if you are just interested in trekking and don't mind skipping the sights and markets chiang mai has to offer.
also, chiang rai seems to have better ethical hill tribe trekking options. my experience getting tours from chiang mai is that it's much more "transactional."