Groups and local people in Chiang Dao on a family trekking
Group on one of our family trekkings in Chiang Dao

Our Code of Conduct for trekking

Green Trails is very much aware of its responsibility when it comes to the impact of our guests in local communities. We want to do everything right. This doesn’t only concern the behaviour of our guests in villages but it also our impact on the natural environment. That is why we have our own trekking code of conduct.

1. Try to be mindful of local customs and follow the advice of your guide regarding appropriate behaviour.

2. Please dress conservatively
Wear conservative clothes to respect the customs of the villages. If you go swimming, keep in mind that wearing a bikini or bathing suit may offend the villagers. Shorts and a t-shirt are more appropriate. Shorts should reach the knee.

3. Always take off your shoes before entering a house. This is a local custom.

4. When taking photographs, respect privacy by asking permission and use restraint.

5. Each ethnic group has its own traditions that have been passed down through many generations. Respect their rules, values, and beliefs.

6. Express interest in local customs, beliefs, languages, traditional clothing, etc. to foster cultural pride. Please buy local goods and handicrafts to supplement the community’s income.

7. Take your garbage with you. Hilltribe communities have limited capacity to treat garbage. Your guide can collect the trash and bring it back to Chiang Mai so we can dispose of it.

8. Society is still conservative. Please don’t indulge in public displays of affection. Do not display affection to members of the opposite sex like hugging, kissing or holding hands.

9. We discourage consuming alcoholic drinks during our treks. In the villages you can usually buy beer but please be modest and don’t get drunk.

10. If you encounter trash along the way during your trek please pick it up and give it to your guide.

11. The use of plastic water bottles can unfortunately not be avoided in many of the places we visit. Please give any plastic water bottles after the trip to your guide so we can recycle them.

12. Don’t pick flowers or damage trees during your trek.

For trekking information, please go to this page.

Green Trails Ecotrekking code of conduct
Guide Taksin shows our ecotrekking code of conduct. Picture by Frans Betgem