what are you looking for in a trek?
specifically for Chiangrai:
the Association for Akha Education & Culture in Thailand (AFECT) based in Chiangrai: http://www.akhaasia.org/Index.html
can vouch for the good work that these people are doing. not sure how their rates compare to other agencies, but funds go to AFECT's projects.
can have a look on these threads too:
(sorry to link to another forum, bit lazy to copy & paste the stuff i've posted there to this one...)
Thank you wanderingcat
#3 monicav has been a member since 14/8/2008. Posts: 4
I booked my tour through Julie Guesthouse and it was awesome! However, it really came down to our guide. I have no idea if you can actually request a guide, but if you can ask for "Puzza" it's a nickname and unfortunately I can't remember his real name. I just sent some mates an email seeing if they had his contact info and I'll let you know if I find it. The guy was absolutely amazing! Funny as could be and trekking with him was probably one of my top experiences in Thailand. (yea yea after FMP, call me a horrid trail seeking tourist, I could care less it was a blast, made Daytona beach look quite calm)
#4 jclarkson has been a member since 10/9/2009. Posts: 35
Can't recommend any agencies by name, but they're a good overview on trekking in Thailand here: https://www.travelfish.org/feature/18 worth a read if you haven't already.
Agree totally with jclarkson -- the guide can make or break the trek -- if possible try to meet him/her before you sign up for the trip.
#5 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,770
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I can second the recommendation for the Association for Akha Education & Culture in Thailand (AFECT) based in Chiangrai:
We had such a great time... it was the best of our entire 2 month trip through laos, cambodia and thailand. It might be slightly more expensive but its way above the anything else we found.
#6 nat888 has been a member since 3/11/2009. Posts: 2