Chiang Dao trekking area

Location of Chiang Dao

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. It is a drive of around 1,5 to 2 hours.

Protected areas

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.

mountains of Chiang Dao
Chiang Dao mountains

Chiang Dao 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 needs 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 tribes are still very welcoming.

Textile group at Lisu village
Textile group at Lisu village

Other activities

On the way to Chiang Dao, it is possible to do either bamboo or rubber boat (white water) rafting on the Taeng River (Mae Taeng). It is also possible to combine the trekking here 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 Camp, Elephant Nature Park and many others.

Overview of Kantha Elephant Camp
Kantha elephant camp

Villages

There are villages of Palong, Karen, Lisu, Lahu 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.

Green Trails Palong
Palong Dara Ang woman. Picture by Donna Bramhall

Attractions

Doi Luang Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao Cave and Wat Tham Pha Plong are in the vicinity of the Chiang Dao area. Doi Luang 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 organise the climb on Doi Luang Chiang Dao because of the overcrowding. There are a couple of waterfalls in the area as well.

Doi Luang Chiang Dao sunset view with leaves
Doi Luang Chiang Dao sunset

Royal Projects

There is an interesting Royal Project in the Palong village Pang Daeng Nai.

Entrance to Chiang Dao Cave
Chiang Dao Cave entrance

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