Green Trails – who we are

Green Trails was born in 2010 as a trekking/outdoor company. The company was named Tiger Trail Thailand. We re-branded in October 2015. We have grown as a company and now have four brands: Green Trails, Chiang Mai a la Carte, Tong Bai Elephant Tour and Chiang Mai on Three Wheels. Each brand has its own website.

Green Trails – our commitment

We still very much believe that trekking is one of the most rewarding experiences in the North of Thailand. Trekking has changed over the years. We have written a couple of stories about trekking in the past. Times change. In the early days of the 70’s and 80’s trekking was one of the few activities on offer for tourists. That has changed. There are now so many other things to do in Chiang Mai and North Thailand. Treks of three and four days were the norm in the early days. Now one day and two day tours are more popular. We are always looking for new trails and adventures. At the same time we are striving to make the trekking experience more rewarding both for hosts and guests. We emphasize and respect local culture. We are constantly updating and extending the information on tribal culture on this website. This year we have organised our first Hill tribe Textile Tour in cooperation with Haute Culture Textile Tours. Haute Culture Fashion is a personal, professional and educational exploration focused on sharing primary experiences of worldwide travel through researching cultural costume and textiles. Our co-operation is aimed at preserving traditional dress of the tribes of North Thailand.

Mae Lai trekking guest on bamboo bridge
Mae Lai and Mae Kampong trekking

Tong Bai Elephant Foundation

Animals and especially elephants are close to our hearts. Since 2013 we have been working with the Tong Bai Elephant Foundation, based in Mae Win. The Tong Bai Elephant Tour is a very elephant friendly day tour that departs each Wednesday and Saturday. The tour is both educational for the participants as well as beneficial to the elephants of the foundation. The issue of the involvement of captive elephants in tourism is a very sensitive one. There are no easy solutions. We agree with the fifteen points of the ASEAN Captive Elephants Working Group. It is giant problem. We do our best to do the good thing.

Tong Bai Elephant Tour
Tong Bai Elephant Tour

Chiang Mai on Three Wheels

This is Green Trails’ latest project. Chiang Mai on Three Wheels is a not for profit project of Green Trails. It is our way to give something back to Chiang Mai, the city that has given us so much. Chiang Mai on Three Wheels offers a number of Chiang Mai tours by samlor. In Thai language Samlor literally means three wheels. The samlor is a bicycle taxi. In the old days before the age of the automobile there used to be hundreds of samlors in Chiang Mai. Now there are less than 70. Chiang Mai on Three Wheels considers the samlor a Chiang Mai heritage and aims to preserve the samlor as a means of transportation in the future and wants to improve the livelihood of the drivers by offering some great Chiang Mai Tours by samlor.

Samlors crossing the Iron Bridge
Ride by samlors across the Iron Bridge

Chiang Mai a la Carte

Finally Chiang Mai a la Carte is our “umbrella”. This website offers everything you want to do in Chiang Mai, including the tours of our other brands. Chiang Mai a la Carte offers tours and packages. Customization is the greatest strength of Chiang Mai a la Carte. We will go the extra mile to personalize your tour and make it a once-in-lifetime-experience. We focus on festivals, traditions, architecture, culture and meaningful encounters. We are one of the few companies that pays attention to heritage houses and buildings. We value the preservation of traditions and cultural heritage. But most of all we would like you to enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local people that make this country such a special place to visit.

Green Trails local ice cream seller at the Walking Street in Lampang
Lampang ice cream seller