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anyone been to Um Phang?

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1. Posted by jen23 (Full Member, 73 posts) 3 Apr '06 06:06

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Hi all. My friend and I will be going to Thailand in September. We'd like to visit Um Phang with its waterfalls, elephant rides, trekking, rafting etc...has anyone been there? If so, what is the transport like going from Bangkok to Um Phang? Costs? Is it relatively safe for two girlies?!
My guide book doesn't really give much info on how to get there.
Any suggestions would be a great help! Jen :)

2. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member, 516 posts) 3 Apr '06 09:17

Its not an easy journey but worth it for the sake of the waterfalls and scenery...take VIP bus (cheapest way) from Bangkok at Morchit bus station at 9.30pm (maybe earlier). You will arrive at Mae Sot about 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning next day. From here, you take truck bus (about 7am)for a 4 hr journey (beautiful mountain passes,etc,also known as death highway!!!) to Um-Phang. Here there are GHs...and you can get the GH to plan your trip (guide, permission,etc) to the Umphang widlife sanctuary, Ti-Lo-Cho waterfalls, bamboo rafting, trekking,etc, visits to karen tribe villages...
Good time to visit is from November through May... but best to enquire first with TAT for information regarding travel conditions and camping opportunities.

dana

3. Posted by jen23 (Full Member, 73 posts) 3 Apr '06 09:40

hey thanks. Could you please give me an idea of price if we were to do a package once we get there? (In thai Baht?)
I'm also very aware that you said Death Valley?! I'm not a wimp, but how dangerous is it? I've been told its not unheard of for people to be taken hostage, or robbed? bit concerned there!!!

4. Posted by allthai (Full Member, 85 posts) 3 Apr '06 17:18

Quoting jen23

hey thanks. Could you please give me an idea of price if we were to do a package once we get there? (In thai Baht?)
I'm also very aware that you said Death Valley?! I'm not a wimp, but how dangerous is it? I've been told its not unheard of for people to be taken hostage, or robbed? bit concerned there!!!

Hi Jen,

My wife and I have been on this safari several times in Umphang. Our friends that come to visit us here in Thailand like us to take them on this journey for about 5 days.
Prices very depending if you want elephants and for how many days. Elephants are expensive but walking can be difficult. The rafting to the the take out point to Tee Lor Su waterfalls is very crowded with Thai tourists on weekends so plan to go on the weekdays.

We haven't had any problems and we have been going at least twice a year since 1997. I have written a detailed journal about the safari in Umphang with friends who have children. If you would like a copy please let me know by sending me a message here at TP. I wanted to add it to my travel blogs here but it is just too long and doesn't fit.

I can also give you information on who to contact if you wish. I don't want to put it here as that would appear like spamming.

Randy and Ning