Trekking shoes and Clothing

Trekking shoes and boots

To wear the right trekking shoes is very important. If you are not wearing the right footwear an easy trek can become a nightmare. We advice comfortable, light waterproof hiking shoes or boots with soles with good grip such as these.

Trekking shoe
Hiking shoe Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai

Wearing comfortable trekking shoes with good grip is very important. With uncomfortable shoes an easy trek really can become an ordeal.

Your choice of shoes depend on quite a few factors:

– your personal hiking style

– the weather conditions

– the difficulty of the trails

– the amount of days you are trekking

– the amount of luggage you are carrying.

We don’t recommend teva sandals such as these:

Sandals with straps. Trekking shoes.
Teva Sandals. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai

They don’t protect you against insects and thorns.

If you are doing an overnight trek we recommend to take flip flops for use in the village or in the homestay.

one flip flop
Flip flop. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai

They are for sale everywhere in Thailand.

What to wear during the trek

Hat with strings
Trekking hat. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai

Wearing a hat or cap

We advise you to don a hat or cap while trekking. This prevents sunburn and heat stroke. This will do:

Blue sports cap
Sports cap. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai.

 

Or the typical New Yankees cap or any other cap…..

Tank Tops and hot pants

The areas where we do trekking are in general conservative. Showing too much skin is not really appreciated. Apart from the risk that your shoulders will be sunburnt it is also considered inappropriate to wear tank tops such as these. They also protect you against branches and foliage in the forest.

Sleeveless shirt
Sleeveless shirt. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai.

Shorts and leggings

During the day shorts are comfortable. They should not be too short. Shorts such as these are fine:

 

Shorts. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai.

Wearing these will not be appreciated by local people:

Too short shorts
Too short. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai.

 

Please don’t wear leggings such as these:

Black leggings female
Leggings. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai.

 

Rain coats

A poncho such as below are ideal for hiking. If the use of a poncho is not included in your trekking, you can buy them in Chiang Mai for less than 3 USD.

Dark poncho. Trekking shoes
Poncho. Source: Decathlon Outdoor shop, Chiang Mai.