great website and so informative.
i'm planning to bus over to pai after staying in chiang mai (2nd or 3rd week of this august), and would really like to go trekking in pai (since i've heard that pai gives you more of an authentic thai experience than chiang mai). however, i know it's the rainy season, where it rains 1-2 hours/day in the afternoon or nonstop for a few days, so i'm not sure if trekking is safe to do or recommended?? also, will there be enough people for a trek is commence?
as for tour operators, the url as stated per travelfish www.thailandpai.com for pai adventure doesn't take me to their homepage rather it appears to be a search engine..
thanks for your help!
#1 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
Thanks - glad you like the site and welcome to Travelfish!
No problems trekking that time of year -- you'll probably get a little bit wet along the way -- but that's all a part of the experience! Also, there's always quite a crowd staying in Pai so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding a group ready to go.
There's a bunch of operators working out of Pai and as our advice for trekking out of Chiang Mai also holds true for Pai, you may want to give our Trekking feature a read.
Thanks for letting me know about the dead URL I'll get that fixed up.
thanks for the fast reply.
what things do i need to bring that the trek operator won't provide besides toiletries and food? do i need to bring a sleepbag or a sleep pad? perhaps, these questions are so obvious, but i want to be prepared. :)
and are there a lot of mosquitoes in pai? how about in chiang mai and koh tao? i'm the type that mosquitoes love. i'm planning to take a time-releasing 20% deet. is that sufficient? and is there a brand that works the best that i can buy in bangkok?
#3 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
and how about drinking water? will they provide that?
#4 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
to fight mossies try the thai brand "sketolene". it is inexpensive and it works. you can get it everywhere.
#5 wolfman has been a member since 31/5/2006. Posts: 80
Cali - so many questionsssssss! ;-)
Yes they'll provide water.
They should provide bedding and a pillow though if you're a stickler for clenliness, you may want to take your own sleepsheet or sleeping bag.
You'll oft come across mozzies - no problem getting DEET in Bangkok.
have another question.
while on the trek, where do you store the rest of your belongings? and will your guesthouse/motel, store it for you? what if you refused the trek that they offered? and do they expect you to pay for any room days while you're on overnight treks (and again, if you didn't use the trek service that they provide? will they be miffed?
don't mean to be negative, just want to get the facts b/c i've been reading to shop around for treks and the ones offered by guesthouses may not be ideal or could be substandard b/c they need the extra cash.. which is why i ask if they will store your stuff if you don't take theirs
#7 calitraveler has been a member since 24/7/2006. Posts: 25
That's not one question - it's five ;-)
Q) while on the trek, where do you store the rest of your belongings?
A) Most guesthouses offer storage facilities either for free or for a nominal fee.
Q) Will your guesthouse/motel, store it for you?
A) In most cases yes, though not always for free.
Q) What if you refused the trek that they offered?
A) Generally this isn't an issue, but if you feel uncomfortable see if the place who you organised the trek through will allow you to store your bags with them - normally they will.
Q) Do they expect you to pay for any room days while you're on overnight treks?
Q)What about if you didn't use the trek service that they provide?
A) Well if you didn't use their service, why would they be holding a room for you? I think the answer is no, though I'm not exactly sure what you're asking!
Generally speaking you're best to store your luggage with whoever you organised the trek with -- there may be a fee, but if there is it will probably be nominal.
Hope that helps!