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  • Chiang Mai is the land of beauty, friendly locals, warm hospitality and good manners. With its stunning mountain sceneries and lush jungles, Chiang Mai has become one of the best trek routes in Thailand. Chiang Mai trekking is considered as one of the toughest, yet enjoyable trekking in the world.

    Mae Tang provides you an excellent base for exploring the sights of Chiang Mai in-depth. Mae Tang offers you elephant trekking, family fun and sightseeing. Trekking trip in Mae Tang comprises of nature walk, forest explore and the sights of the beautiful Mae Tang River. You can also explore the traditional lifestyle and customs of Akha Hill tribe villagers.

    The Samoeng trek starts from the Samoeng area and ends at the Mae Wang area. You can experience natural wonders, dense vegetation and a wide array of flora and fauna during this trek. You can stay overnight at the Karen hill tribe village, where you will love the lifestyle of the people living there.

    Here are some of the best places for Chiang Mai Trekking:

  • 01Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap

    Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap
    The amazing Chiang Mai treks are one of the greatest attractions for tourists, across the globe especially for the adventure lovers. Among several trekking trails available one of the popular one is the Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap trek which provides outstanding glimpses of hill tribe culture and charismatic beauty of scenic excellence with enchanting mountains, lush greenery and cascading water slides. Starting from the town of Muang Kurt it’s a 600m metre trek up the mountains through the meandering trail crossing the natural water slide to Huay Kukap a hill tribe village. Explore the calm and pleasant lifestyle of the inhabitants here. For the explorers taking a dip in the cool waters of the creek can be an entertaining experience. While coming down cross through rich rain forested areas to Lahu farmland where the native farmers can be seen working.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking
    : November to March
  • 02Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap

    Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap
    When exploring nature along with fetching a decent knowledge about the hilly tribes is the motive behind a trekking trip then Chiang Mai trekking tours are the best, specially the Baan PHA Dang to Huay Kukap trek. The 3 hours trekking trail starts from the meditation cliffs and traverses through the exotic mountain cliffs, meandering streams and several local villages comprising of Hill tribes. Being a part of panoramic Northern Thailand it crosses eye catching destinations on its way like Mae Taman and finally reaches Huay Kukap which is popular for the beautiful hill tribe village. The best part of this trekking trip is enjoying the up close the lifestyle of the villagers and knowing more about their days in this area. The trekking can be done by trekkers with minimal knowledge or by amateurs by following the guidelines of the authorities.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: During cooler days of December to February
  • 03Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam

    Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam
    For the expert professionals the ideal trekking tour in Chiang Mai is the ever beautiful Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam trek where one can explore the best of nature and experience the thrill of the challenging trek. Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this beautiful peak has an elevation of 1388 meters above the sea level. The best part of exploring the peak is that it provides a 360 degree visual pleasure of the scenic vistas which is quite attractive. The nearby popular peaks in this region include Doi Pha Daeng, Doi Khun Mae Mae and Doi Pa Kia. The trekking trail although majorly is quite comfortable but it is the steep hills in the higher altitudes which make the trail so challenging. However the beauty is so mesmerizing from the above that the journey is worth it.



    Difficulty Level: Hard

    Best season for trekking: November to February
  • 04Huay Kukap to & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River

    Huay Kukap to & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River
    One of the most exhilarating and exciting trekking tour in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand is the Huay Kukap To & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River. The adventurous trip commences from Huay Kukap losing much of it height in the first 2 kms and then proceeding through dense jungle environments. Dense vegetation and lush greenery is the essence of this trek. Crossing the jungle one reaches the Tadmok waterfall where the experience of swimming in the pool is absolute bliss after the steep descent. From here through the stream bed its a hike down of 1.6km where the trail reaches the Mae Taeng River. The best activity in this region is river rafting. For the adventure lovers this is an excellent destination to enjoy the sport with a river rafting package from the travel companies.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year.

  • 05Huay Kukap to Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River

    Huay Kukap to Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River
    When it comes to nature’s beauty in Thailand, Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand provides the best options with its pictorial and awe striking scenic beauty. Trekking in Chiang Mai is an excellent attraction of which a trekking trip from Huay Kukap To Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River is quite popular. This adventurous trip starts from Huay Kukap and the trekking trail meanders through dense jungle environments. After a gentle 2km walk, one reaches the remote villages where enjoy excellent hospitality and splendid sight of traditional lifestyle of villagers. One km from this location its the Huaysatan Waterfall which is considered as the best waterfall of this region. Further 1 km down one can enjoy the sight of Tadmok Waterfall which is ideal for swimming. Further 1.6km down the stream bed its the beautiful Mae Taeng River ideal for water sports like rafting.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: November to February
  • 06Trek to Mountain Doi Inthanon

    Trek to Mountain Doi Inthanon
    The Doi Inathanon hike is one of the popular hiking trails for adventure lovers. It is the highest mountain peak at 2565 meters at about 100km south west of Chiang Mai. The hiking trail starts from road 1009 and covers a distance of 4.5kms which takes about 3-5 hours time depending on the hikers to the summit of Doi Inthanon. Immense natural beauty covers the trail with dark evergreen forest and sight of colourful birds. It is better to take a guide at the base of the trekking trail as they have good idea about the roads within the forests and they can share the knowledge about the area too. The guides are usually from the local villages and charges approximately 200 Baht for the trip. The park also charges a fee for its natural trail. It’s about 100 Baht for foreigners, 20 Baht for Thais and 30 Baht for the car.



    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year
  • 07Trek to Mae Tang

    Trek to Mae Tang
    One of the best trekking sites in Northern Thailand, jungle trek in Mae Tang area attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year. Rich forested areas, beautiful nature, cascading waterfall and pleasant ambience is essence of this trekking trail. The trekking trip comprises of nature walk, forest explore, enjoying the sights of beautiful Mae Tang River and several entertainment activities like swimming, bamboo rafting, water rafting etc. The trip also comprises of a visit to Akha hill tribe village where its a pleasure to indulge and explore the traditional lifestyle and customs of the villagers. The trekking trip can be stretched from 1 day to 3 days depending upon preference.



    Difficulty Level
    : Easy

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year
  • 08Trek to Mae Wang

    Trek to Mae Wang
    Nature gets its best at Mae Wang in Chiang Mai and one can experience the best of nature through the several trekking trips offered in this part of Thailand. The trekking trip basically covers the natural wonders available at Mae Wang national Park which starts from the beautiful and traditional Shan village. One can opt for the services of travel guides who can explain the customs and rituals along with the lifestyle maintained by the villagers of this place. As the trek begins, one can explore the natural wonders of the countryside which leads to waterfalls and rain forest areas which are equally beautiful. On the trek one can visit other hill tribe villages like Karen village and know more about the life of the locals



    Difficulty Level
    : Easy

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year
  • 09Trek to Samoeng Area

    Trek to Samoeng Area
    At a distance of about 45 km south west of Chiang Mai the Samoeng trek starts from Samoeng area and ends at Mae Wang area. One can experience immense natural wonders, dense vegetation and wide array of flora and fauna. The Samoeng area is usually not very crowded for its complex trails but the Mae Wang area remains full of tourists. Karen and Hmong tribes are the major inhabitants of this area and the visitors can visit the village to know more about them. The trekking trail is not a very easy one so a little knowledge about trekking and its rules is always preferable in this trip. It is usually a two day trip.



    Difficulty Level
    : Hard

    Best season for trekking
    : November to March
  • 10Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing
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    There are many limestone caverns and rocks in the hills of Chiang Mai. This makes rock climbing one of the exciting adventure sports activities here. Thailand is becoming one of the hubs of rock climbing, thanks to Chiang Mai Island.



    Location: Crazy Horse Buttress is where this activity starts taking action. The place has 16 crags and 200 sports routes that offer unlimited entertainment to tourists coming here. Rock climbing is done all through the year at this place.

    Highlights: Ensure that you have all the safety gear and equipment necessary for rock climbing before you proceed. All gears are available for rent at famous rock climbing venues in Thailand on a piece by piece basis or as a full set. 

    Price: 
    Approximate price starts from 1875 THB to 3195 THB per person

Trekking in Chiang Mai

Attractions

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Warorot Market (Kad Luang)

Situated approximately two minutes from the Chang Mai Night Bazaar and sitting beside the Ping River, Warorot Market is a daytime hub of Locals. It opens early in the morning and closes when dark. You can buy almost anything from here. This is basically a Local market where you get goods better than a tourist market at even cheaper prices.

Highlights: Everything is here, fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, bakery items, handicrafts, souvenirs, ceramics, clothes etc. Also, it is an amazing place to try on local snacks and sweets from the food stalls in this market. There are back and side streets around the Warorot market full of hill tribe and Northern Thai Handicraft products. Visiting this market is a must when you are at Chang Mai to witness local Thai shopping.

Location: Near the Chang Mai Night Bazaar, by river Ping.

Price: The experience is free. 
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Maesa Elephant Camp

If the love is for Asian elephants then the apt place to get close to them is the Maesa Elephant Camp. The camp is by far the largest one in assembly of domestic elephants in the Northern part of Thailand. It also showcases the most entertaining as well as educational elephant show which has managed to enlist itself in Guinness book of Records 2005. The camp houses nearly 80 elephants which were all employed in timber and logging industries but with modern process they are all now taken care of in these centres for conservation and training. Visitors can enjoy the location playing with the baby elephants, feeding and bathing them and also interacting with the same. The elephants draw excellent pictures which can be purchased here.



Location
: Tapae Road, North of Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Price: Entry: 200 Baht,

Elephant ride: 1200 Baht for 1 hour and 800 Baht for 30mins
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Saturday Walking street market

Based on the opposite side of Chiang Mai Gate, Wui Lai Market or Saturday Market is another popular market in Thailand. On every Saturday the 1 km stretch market area remains close to traffic so that visitors and locals can shuffle around various shops and purchase goods according to preference. There are plenty of shops in Saturday Market almost like Sunday Market on all goods but the silversmiths shops are the primary attraction here because of the silverware sculptures and goods available here. Apart from this one can find clothing, belts, lanterns, candles, perfume, shoes, street performers, food stalls, sketch artists, wood carvings and woodwork ornaments, housewares etc. Evening time remains entertained with local night show and puppet show.

 

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Massage and 7 Eleven Supermarket.

Location: Wu Lai Road, Thailand
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Anusarn Night Market

Based near the bottom end of famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, this market is a pleasure to visit. Having its own charm this is equally popular as the famous Night Bazaar. During day time the vendors of the market are usually are not present though the eateries, bars and permanent shops remain open. The market starts in the evening and the key attraction of the market is the low cost delicious meals available here. Be it Asian, Seafood or Indian cuisine all remains available here. Another attraction is the open air Thai message which charges around 60 THB for ½ hour and 120 THB for 1 hour. Apart from this one can find shops of all kinds of goods that includes clothing, electronic items, gift items, accessories, shoes, music stores, and household items

 

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 7pm to Midnight

Highlights: Fish Massage

Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand
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Chang Puak Gate Night Market

One of the most attractive markets Chang Puak Hate Night Market is quite famous among the tourists. For all those who love to walk around the streets and check out different shops this is the ideal location. With outstanding collection of various goods like clothing, perfume, , wood carvings and woodwork ornaments, shoes, street performers, belts, lanterns, candles, food stalls, sketch artists, house wares one can find it all here. It is quite crowded place and there are unique vendors who sells exclusive Thai foods which is quite delicious and mouth watering. Apart from this there are other stores of clothing, shoes, and accessories with reasonably good stock.



Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Massage

Location: Prathu Chand Puak, Thailand
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Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center

At Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center primary importance is given towards making the elephants feel comfortable in a natural environment. As a result the camp provides an experience to its visitors which combine both jungle activities and training schedules with a one to one interaction with a single elephant making the whole experience more interesting and absolutely unforgettable. There are about 32 elephants which provide excellent rides in the adjacent teak forest and the nearby Ping River. The highlight of the destination is watching the baby elephants get trained in the morning with lessons on how to walk, how to bath etc. Bamboo rafting sessions are also available here on the Ping River. A visit to hill tribe village is also organised.



Location
Chiang Mai-Fang Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Timing: Open daily from 7 am Price: Starting from 60 Baht.
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Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp

65km from Chiang Mai International Airport, the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp is a ideal location to enjoy elephant trekking, pleasant stay, excellent meals and superb spa treatment. The arrangements are superb with 15 tents with white crisp bedding, copper tubs, and leather recliners setting the jungle safari mood. The brilliant ambience of the forested environment, the excellent elephant rides and superior Thai massage after a elephant rides along with excellent relaxation makes it a preferred destination in Thailand.



One can explore the flora and fauna, get up close with the elephants and enjoy a entertaining day with the luxury of a resort to stay. Riverside pool and river boat trips are some additional entertaining activities done here.

Location: 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai City.




















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Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp

To experience the best eco travel tour and immerse in the beauties of nature Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp is the best experience. One can spend the days, feeding, bathing, playing and taking care of the gentle giants. There is option for elephant ride which is equally interesting. The visitors of this camp need to accommodate in eco hut and enjoy the panoramic beauty of nature. Be it river rafting or swimming in the cool pools, enjoying the mountain sun or tasting the sweetest juicy fresh fruits, life here is simply entertaining.



Elephant experience here can be either enjoyed with a single elephant or with shared elephant. With friendly staff and excellent trainers the experience is a pleasant one guaranteed.

Location: Mae Win, Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Thai Elephant Home

One of the best destinations to enjoy brilliant time with the gentle giants, Thai Elephant Home is located in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The camp has sufficient number of elephants all rescued and conserved in the camp to make them lead a happy life. Tourist can visit the destination and enjoy feeding, bathing and taking care of both the bigger and baby elephants.



There are several packages which can be opted for to ensure some decent time spent playing with these animals. It’s a eco friendly tourism where apart from enjoying the elephants one can also take pleasure in beautiful lush greenery and natural pools. The home has beautiful eco huts on a twin sharing basis with all necessary utilities for travellers to enjoy their stay for as long as they want.

Location
: 2 Kuedchang Maetang Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Sunday Walking Market

Based almost in the middle of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai, the market stretches for almost a km from Phae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road. The road also famous by the name of walking street remains close on Sunday for the traffic so that all can enjoy the Sunday Market here. The Sunday Market remains very much crowded with both locals as well as tourists. Unlike Night Bazaar one can find here exclusive handicrafts and art of the Northern Thai inhabitants. There are shops of various other goods like clothing, accessories, home décor etc which are perfect for both own use and gifting others. After dark, the Sunday market gets more entertaining with different dance shows and entertaining programs. It’s a km long market and has much to explore.



Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Foot Massage

Location: Ratchadamnoen Road, Thailand
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Baan Chang Elephant Park

Based at a distance of 50 minutes from Chiang Mai, The Baan Chang Elephant Park is a beautiful sanctuary located at Mae Taeng. The place is by far one of the best locations to be up close with elephants and enjoy quality time with them. It’s a beautiful park dedicated to provide good life to the elephants. The special program named as Magical Elephant Mahout Training is scheduled here to make the visitors learn, know more and interact with this giant, clam and beautiful animal. Elephant feeding, elephant bath, bare back elephant ride, their medication and interacting with them all are included in this program. It organizes usually a day tour where lunch is included in the package.



Location
: Ratchadamnoen, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Price: Starting from 2900 Baht
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Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre

Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre were established in 2009 with the motive of rescuing ill-treated elephants and saving them with proper shelter, food and healthcare. Though this initiative started with a single elephant but it later on got transferred into a business. Tourists visit this destination on a daily basis and enjoy interacting with the elephants and help them in their daily schedule which is an equally interesting activity. In the centre there are various single day programs as well as a multiple day schedules and transportation is available from the hotel. There are exclusive riding tours available which can be included in the package. White water rafting is an entertaining activity in this center. Another popular program here is the baby care programs where one needs to take care of the baby elephants and spend time with them. Its a memorable experience for all.

 

Location
: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Timing: 8am-5:00pm
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The Tiger Kingdom

The Tiger Kingdom is a great combination of tourism with wildlife preservation. The preservation provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with several Indochinese tigers of varying ages and sizes that have been raised by hand in captivity since birth. The vicinity also boasts facilities to camp for the night with several amenities.



Location:  Located right next to the Go?Kart track in Kathu at the foot of Patong Hill. 

Things to Keep in Mind: Before entering the visitors are asked to leave the belongings outside in a locker, remove your shoes and wash hands.

Timings: Open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Price: The approximate entrance fee is around 800 Baht.
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Kalare Night Market

Based towards the end of Night Bazaar, this is one of the prominent markets of Thailand, though the same remains much less crowded. It is much less hectic and it holds a host of shops like artistic studios, garment shops, Jewellery stores, accessories, shoes, gift items and souvenirs. This is almost like an undercover arcade where there are various shops and food court supporting coupon dinning. Here one can find foods of all kinds and can enjoy delicious cuisine of almost all continents. Other attractions here include Thai dance performances which changes every week and puppet shoe which is quite popular among the young crowd. The Warorot Market at a distance of 2 minutes from Kalare Night Market is famous for fresh vegetables and meat.



Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 7pm to Midnight

Highlights: Have a sketch of own by talented sketch artists

Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand
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White Sands of Turtle Island

Ko Tao or Turtle Island has gained its latter name owing to its resemblance to a turtle nose-diving towards neighboring island of KoPhaNgan. This easily accessible island is much more laid back and is known for providing a completely soothing experience to all its guests as compared to neighboring islands. The powdery white sand touching the azure waters of the beach and the beautiful lining of the coconut trees are certain ingredients that make this place a perfect vacation destination.


Things to Do: Apart from all the pristine beauty there are two specific elements that make this island all the more popular – coral reefs and colorful fish. While here, get ready to explore these stunning beauties by embarking on a thrilling snorkeling trip. At some specific intervals,it is even possible to feed the fish – get ready to dazzle yourself while feeding these diversifies school of fishes.

Getting There: Ko Tao Island is easily accessible via ferry from both KoSamui and KoPhaNgan. You can even opt for an overnight bus journey from Bangkok to Chumphon which will then be connected via boat ride to Ko Tao

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The Night Bazaar

Based on the eastern side of the old walled city, on the Chang Khlan Road, The Night Bazaar is one of the preferred destinations for the shopping lovers. During the day hours the place remains filled with shops, restaurant, snacks eateries, pizza outlets and shopping arcade but all this only fails to match the charm that the Night Bazaar produces in the same location. One can find here goods of all kinds be it clothing, electronic items, accessories, shoes, household items and many others. The key skills for shopping here is bargaining so for the best deal bargain more. About 20 to 30 percent reduction in the prices asked should be made for good deal. There is availability of both branded and local goods.



Open on
: Monday to Sunday, from dusk to Midnight

Highlights: Daddy’s Pizza and Steakhouse Restaurant serving Chinese food.

Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand

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