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Treks near Chiang Dao/Phrao/Doi Inthanon?

Posted by Bilby09 on 15/10/2009 at 07:02

Hi, staying in Chiang Mai in January and plan to do a 2 day trek during this time (I know.. would love to go trekking somewhere more off the beaten track such as Soppong or Mae Sariang but just don't have the time).

Just wondering if anyone can recommend any particular trekking companies (especially guest houses) that offer 2 days of full on hiking (if possible in slightly less visited areas)? Not interested in elephants or rafting as we will probably ride elephants and go kayaking down in Khao Sok.

Trekking around Chiang Dao sounds alright but the only trekking I can find is with Chiang Dao Nest and they don't seem to have English speaking guides.

Anyone know of any others?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 15/10/2009 at 07:20 admin

There's a good intro to the Thailand trekking scene here: https://www.travelfish.org/feature/18

The main problem with recommending particular guesthouses for their trekking is that they often don't run the trips themselves, but rather put pax across to a consolidator that actually runs the trip.

Also, what really makes or breaks a trip is often the guide -- and they're often freelance, working for a few companies... so specific recommendations get a bit tricky. -- sorry that's prob not the answer you're after! Perhaps others will be more help.

That's interesting re Chiang Dao Nest -- did they say they can't arrange an English speaking guide -- seems pretty odd.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 15/10/2009 at 07:21 admin

Ahh see you reposted (I moved the thread just after you posted) will delete the new post. Cheers

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Posted by Bilby09 on 15/10/2009 at 08:05

Thanks for that Somtam (sorry about the posting confusion).

At the bottom of each page of the different treks offered by Chiang Dao Nest it has written:

Please note: while you will normally encounter some English spoken on this trek it will normally be very little and occasionally none at all. The emphasis for this trek is on the outdoor adventure, and hiking, while catching glimpses of simple mountain village life, in what is a beautiful area. We employ local guides from the villages who's English is mostly non-existant. We pay them well, as we want the local residents to benefit from the visitors. While they cannot speak English, they do know the way, know how to look after people and will communicate in other ways. It seems to work out ok for most people but we understand that this will not be suitable for all.


So yeah, they have a point, but I think I would prefer being guided by someone who can explain to me information about the surrounding area and tribes.
Have you heard good reports from others who have trekked with Chiang Dao Nest otherwise?

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