Hiking

Hiking

Some easy short trips

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Without necessarily summiting the third highest mountain in the kingdom there are plenty of excellent, shorter and easier treks on offer around Chiang Dao as well as alternative two-day hikes.

Travelfish says:
Scenic views. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Scenic views. Photo: Mark Ord

Most guesthouses and resorts either offer programmes, will put you in touch with a guide or at least point you in the right direction. Both The Cave and local specialists Malee’s Nature Home advertise bird-watching tours while the former also promote one-day and half-day hiking trips with or without rafting. The latter offer two-day hikes with overnight stays in hill-tribe (usually Lisu) villages. 2018 rates at Malee’s started at 1,950 baht per person for two people on a one day hike and 3,600 baht for a two day version (per person, for two people).

In addition, there are some easy hikes you can do on your own in the area such as a marked nature trail or a climb up to a mountain temple. Just a short distance past Nest you’ll see the nature trail indicated on the left side of the road. It winds its way down a wooded valley to the Chiang Dao caves taking between 1.30 and 2 hours depending on your walking speed. Note in the rainy season this can get a bit overgrown and it may be worth asking your guesthouse if they have a machete you ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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