Trekking

Trekking

Many options

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You will come across various trekking options on offer at Mae Hong Son tour operators’ counters—albeit not to the extent as Pai—lasting anything from a few hours to several days.

Travelfish says:
Still plenty of jungle. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Still plenty of jungle. Photo: Mark Ord

That doesn’t mean there aren’t worthwhile trekking possibilities in the area. Some interesting day hikes are available for those with reduced time or energy levels while longer treks will take you into the mountains towards the Burmese border. You won’t find the 57 hill-tribe varieties of Soppong for example but you’ll be visiting villages—primarily Karen/Karenni—that are much less frequented by tourists than those in more popular areas.

Generally, you need a minimum of two people for a departure, but if you turn up alone and flexible with your time the agencies can often find others to share the trip and costs with you. Prices vary depending on the number of people going, the distance travelled and the activities covered. As usual in picking the right trek, a lot swings on the quality of your guide. Not only will he or she guide you through the jungle, they’ll hopefully inform you about flora and fauna as well as hill-tribe culture—teaching basic survival techniques is an increasingly popular gimmick—so try and meet the guide before ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 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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