Mountain Treks in Northern Thailand

Welcome to Thailand! (Photo credit: RebelXTious)

Treks can vary from a single day up to seven days, with the majority being 3-5 day treks. You have to be reasonably fit to enroll on one, as there is a lot of walking involved. Some of the treks involve camping, and in some you stay in small cabins, depending on your preference and budget.

A mountain trek really is one of the best ways to get to know Thailand. There are many possible activities, but usually they involve trekking through the jungle, where you may see wild animals and learn about the plant life around you. Most treks make a visit to one of the many hill tribe villages in Northern Thailand, where you will see how these tribes live and interact with them.

Trek-group walking through bamboo forest (Photo credit: Alpha)

Depending on which trip you choose, you may make a visit to an elephant camp, where you can view these beautiful creatures in the wild, and you might get to take a ride on one. Some trips will take you to the Golden Triangle (the point where Myannmar, Thailand and Laos meet) or you may even cross the border to go to the Burmese border market.

A Mountain River (Photo credit: Neale Bryan)

There is so much to see on mountain treks in Thailand and it is a great way to get to know more about the country as all of these tours have guides and most of them are extremely knowledgeable. To ensure you get a great guide, it is a good idea to shop around or to take a recommendation from someone who has already been on a trek.

Doi Inthanon mountains (2007-02-267) (Photo credit: Vyacheslav Argenberg)
Krabi (2007-02-811) (Photo credit: Vyacheslav Argenberg)

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