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Trekking from Chiang Rai

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As Chiang Rai Province has less mountain and forest cover than Mae Hong Son or Chiang Mai, trekking possibilities are correspondingly somewhat more limited.

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Popular routes can get very crowded and trawling through the Jetyod agents’ suggestions and websites we didn’t see much out of the box thinking going on. If you’re in the area during low season, or if you manage to dig out a more unusual route from the piles of same, same but different programmes then fine, otherwise you may have more joy from a locally specialised guide in somewhere like Mae Salong itself for instance. Note also that while Chiang Mai or Mae Hong Son Provinces have more scope and variety the classic Chiang Rai Kok River/Ban Ruam Mit programme is also touted by Chiang Mai operators.

Expect plenty of pretty. Photo taken in or around Trekking from Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Expect plenty of pretty. Photo: Mark Ord

The principal area for organised trekking in Chiang Rai is in Lum Nam Kok National Park north of the Kok River up towards Mae Salong or southwards to Doi Chang. The mountainous areas further south and southeast in the province are very scenic but less attractive to agents due to a smaller range of hill-tribe villages, whereas the Mae Kok region benefits from the presence of Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Karen settlements in a relatively small area. Mae Kok trips also have the added plus of boat trips and Ruam Mit elephant camp.

A classic trekking programme—which you’ll see on offer in both Chiang Rai and Tha Ton agencies and guesthouses—involves boat transfer to Ruam Mit Karen village, elephant ride or trek to Yafu—a hill-top Lahu village—with an overnight stay in a homestay. A second night can be added by extending the hike to the less-visited Akha village of Aye, making for a 3 day, 2-night itinerary. The 2-day version is available for 2,000 baht to 2,500 baht per person including accommodation, meals and transport and the 3-day version at between 3,000 baht and 4,000 but prices vary depending ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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