Chiang Dao trekking area

Chiang Dao trekking area is an area east of road no.107, from Chiang Mai to Fang. It is about 70 km from Chiang Mai, a drive of around 1,5 to 2 hours. The Chiang Dao trekking area borders the Sri Lanna National Park and it’s very close to the Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sri Lanna National Park was declared a protected area in 1989 making it the 60th national park of Thailand. It covers about 1400 square kilometres in the Mae Taeng, Phrao and Chiang Dao districts of Chiang Mai province.

Banana leaves with mountains in the background
View on Doi Luang Chiang Dao

Great trekking

We have been organising tours in Chiang Dao district for more than 20 years. The Chiang Dao trekking area is very suitable for families with children of all ages and first-time trekkers. There are many villages, many trails and the trails are not too steep. Most villages are accessible by car year-round. We can be very flexible here. It is very easy to adjust the trekking to the requirements of trekkers. We can offer a very challenging trekking in this area. We offer a wide array of programs in this area. Although the villages often receive guests, the local hill tribe people are still very welcoming. Are you interested in Chiang Dao Jungle Trekking? You will need three days to get into the real jungle of Sri Lanna National Park.

Two men walking the forest
Exploring old trails in Chiang Dao

Multiple activity trips

Cjhiang Dao is a great area because you can stop on the way at Mae Taeng, an area which offers a multitude of activities. You can do bamboo and whitewater rafting on the Taeng River (Mae Taeng), cycling or a zipline adventure.It is also possible to combine trekking in Chiang Dao with kayaking on the Ping River, cycling or a zipline adventure. There are many elephant camps in the Mae Taeng area such as Kantha Elephant Sanctuary, Elephant Nature Park and many others.

Another great place to visit are the Bua Tong Waterfalls, better known as the “Sticky Waterfalls”. In recent years this pretty waterfall has become incredibly popular. You can walk up and down the falls because the limestone is not slippery, hence the name Sticky Waterfalls.

Elephant and child at Kantha Elephant Camp Bamboo rafting

Many different hill tribe Villages

Chiang Dao is the area with the highest variety of tribal villages. There are villages of Palong (Dara-ang), Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Hmong and Akha ethnic minorities in the Chiang Dao area. Especially the Palong communities are of interest here as there are not many villages of this ethnic minority in Northern Thailand. With several of these villages, we have worked for many years. We have organised tours for textile lovers to the Chiang Dao area. Especially the Palong (Dara-ang) women are exceptional weavers, who produce beautiful textiles.

Guest trying weaving Palong
Weaving Palong

Doi Luang Chiang Dao

Doi Luang Chiang Dao aka Doi Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain in Thailand. The climb to the summit of the mountain can be done in two days and even in one. It is only allowed in the dry season. There is a campsite just under the summit of Doi Luang Chiang Dao. Over the years this climb has become increasingly popular. Especially during weekends in the cold season, many people go up the mountain. We have decided not to offer the climb on Doi Luang Chiang Dao because of the overcrowding and environmental concerns.

Corn field with mountain in the background
Doi Luang Chiang Dao with corn

Chiang Dao Cave and Wat Tham Pha Plong

The Chiang Dao Cave has been a major attraction for many years. It is a limestone cave with Buddha statues and interesting stalactites and stalagmites. Access is not difficult. Just wear a good pair of shoes and you don’t have to worry. Part of the cave is illuminated. To go a bit deeper and darker you can hire a local person who will guide you with a lamp. Not far from the Chiang Dao Cave is the Wat Tham Pha Plong, an atmospheric and interesting cave temple, built into the rockwall of Doi Luang Chiang Dao. You have to walk up quite a few steps to get to the temple but it is very worthwhile. We love Wat Tham Pha Plong. Highly recommended!

Buddha Statue at Chiang Dao Cave
Chiang Dao Cave Buddha Statue

Here are some of the tours we offer in the Chiang Dao trekking area: