The Mae Wang Trekking Area
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Fantastic trekking in Mae Wang
We have named this area after the Mae Wang river. The Mae Wang trekking area is about 45 km southwest of Chiang Mai. It takes about one hour and 15 minutes drive. This area is located in the Tanonthongchai mountain range that is between 400 and 2000 meters above mean sea level. The mountains in this range are the main sources of three rivers: Nam Mae Chaem, Nam Mae Wang and Nam Mae Teun tributaries of the Mae Ping, the Ping River. The Mae Wang Trekking area borders the Doi Inthanon National Park.
Great flexibility and many trails
The Mae Wang trekking area offers challenging trekking but also easier treks. That makes this area suitable for families as well. We offer several two- and three-day treks in this area. The area gets many visitors due to its proximity to Chiang Mai and the abundance of different activities and attractions.
During trekking, we usually meet other trekkers, but once you go further into the forest, you meet hardly anyone. We are constantly surveying more programs in this area. Our multiple day Doi Inthanon trekkings end in the Mae Wang area. Our only two small group tours, Meet the Karen People of Mae Wang and the three day trekking and cycling adventure take place in this area.
Other activities and attractions in the Mae Wang Trekking Area
Before the Corona crisis there were many elephant camps in this area that offer elephant experiences and riding. These camps housed hundreds of animals but most of them went back to the villages of their owners. According to the owner of one of the camps there were more than 250 elephants in the Mae Wang area before Covid arrived.
Pha Chor, Thailand’s Grand Canyon
Pha Chor is an impressive landscape of strange eroded rock formations, reminding some people of the famous Grand Canyon in the United States. There is a short but very nice nature trails and a great viewpoint. Most people combine a visit Pha Chor with a visit of Doi Inthanon. Pha Chor is definitely worth a visit, if you have the time. It is located within the boundaries of Mae Wang National Park.
Karen Tribal Villages
There are many Karen villages in the Mae Wang area. There are some Hmong villages but they are quite remote and not often visited. Overnights of our multiple-day tours are always in Karen villages. We have worked with villagers in these communities, such as Baan Huay Hoi and Baan Huay Khao Lip, for many years. During our multiple-day trekkings we spend the night in Karen villages.
There many streams that come from the mountains and feed the Wang River. Lots of waterfalls in this area, amongst others the Khun Puay, Pra Duk Daeng, Phong Noy, and Phong Samid, Mae Sapok Falls. During our trekkings we spend time at the Huay Hoi and Mae Sapok Waterfalls.
Bamboo rafting on the Wang River
The Wang River is ideal for a short but entertaining trip by bamboo raft. Don’t expect too much excitement but it is very worthwhile doing. The source of the Wang River is in Wiang Pa Pao district in Chiang Rai province. The river flows through Lampang and feeds into the Ping River, north of the city of Tak.
Before humans started to influence the water level by building dams and weirs, the Wang River regularly caused floods in Lampang and other areas. That doesn’t happen anymore but it is still nice for an entertaining bamboo raft trip.
Tours in the Mae Wang trekking area
Three Day Tours
Two day tours