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Chiang Mai Trekking areas

This section lists all the trekking areas we operate tours in. We operate in different trekking areas around Chiang Mai. They all have their different characteristics; some are in national parks; some are in more rural areas that have lots of villages. There are areas that have tribal villages, there are areas with only Thai villages. Some areas are steeper and more difficult than others. Doi Inthanon is a national park and contains Thailand’s highest mountain as well as numerous waterfalls that are at their best in the rainy season. For tribal culture there is less variety than in other areas.

Doi Luang Chiang Dao Green Trails trekking areas
Doi Luang Chiang Dao. Picture by Frans Betgem

Both the Chiang Dao East and West areas though have more tribal villages of various groups. There are Akha, Palong, Lisu, Lahu and Karen villages in these areas. Thailand’s second highest mountain, Doi Luang Chiang Dao, can also be found in this area. Trekking to the summit of Doi Luang Chiang Dao can be done in two days/one night. Overnight will be in tents just under the summit. Conquering Doi Luang Chiang Dao is really a challenge.

The Mae Wang area and the Huay Nam Dang National Park offer the best bamboo rafting. We pride ourselves on being one of the few companies that offers tours to Doi Khuntan National Park. Doi Khuntan is a hidden gem just south of Chiang Mai with an interesting history and with lots of stories. It is in the only national park that has a railway running through it. It also has the longest railway tunnel of Thailand. Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park also offers great trekking.

rafting Huay Nam Dang Mae Taeng trekking areas
Great rafting in Huay Nam Dang National Park

Another interesting area is Chaeson National Park and Mae Kampong. Mae Kampong is the base of Flight of the Gibbon, a zipline adventure. The forest is beautiful but the trekking can be very challenging. It is one of our favourite areas though.