Photo: Fancy some rafting?

Trekking

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Formerly a rather off the beaten track destination for trekking, Mae Wang is now getting popular though not on the industrial scale of certain other areas; there are still some good hikes to be done and some very traditional villages to be visited.


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Mae Wang itself has no agents, apart from those located at the two guesthouses we list, so most trekking in this area is pre-arranged from a Chiang Mai guesthouse or operator. Formerly a rather off the beaten track destination for trekking, Mae Wang is now getting popular though not on the industrial scale of certain other areas. There are still some good hikes to be done and some very traditional villages to be visited. Thanks to the waters of the Wang, the valley and adjacent hills are much lusher and greener than the arid Pha Chor badlands to the south, and you’d be mostly hiking through valley farmlands and mixed deciduous forest on the hill slopes.

Frank at Swiss Ticino knows the area well and can suggest routes and help hire guides while Chai Lai Orchid offers one or two-day treks in the region. Overnight stays for both are generally in Karen and or Hmong villages.

Chai Lai’s short day treks to Karen, Hmong or Lahu villages go for 1,500 baht while their two-day trips including rafting, bathing with ellies and Karen village stay is 4,500 baht. (Both are per person, based on a minimum of two people.) Full detailscan be found on their website. You can also find cheaper options on offer in backpacker-orientated guesthouses in Chiang Mai.

Chai Lai Orchid: T: (086) 923 0867; www.chailaiorchid.com; explore@chailaiorchid.com


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