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1. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 10y

What do most people wear on their feet when doing treks for example in chang mai? It'll be a 5 day elephant trek,raft,hill tribe trek- but do you wear sandels or trainers? I don't own walking boots, and I'm going in early September, so is rainy season.

Let me know your thoughts o wise ones.
jen x

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Jen,
Each has their favorite footwear, but a good rubber sandal is my choice. You can get them wet, easily washed off when muddy, don't require socks, let your feet breathe, easy off when entering a building. Get a pair with a decent tread and velcro straps and you are ready for your adventure.

3. Posted by kts (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I would choose sandels if I was you. You get very muddy so sandels are nice and easy to clean. I wore boots for a day and my feet were so hot and heavy!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting jen23

What do most people wear on their feet when doing treks for example in chang mai? It'll be a 5 day elephant trek,raft,hill tribe trek- but do you wear sandels or trainers? I don't own walking boots, and I'm going in early September, so is rainy season.

Let me know your thoughts o wise ones.
jen x

I like a cheap sneaker type walking shoe. When I use sandals or flip flops I usually end up smacking my toe into something that cuts it.

I don't believe you will need walking boots unless you intend to climb up to Mt. Annapurna.

5. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 10y

Hey thanks for all your posts. I think I'll use trainers for trekking and keep my reef sandels for everyday walks... Don't fancy banging my toe on a rock or having a creapy crawly bite me!

6. Posted by SCN (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Hi Jen

This is freaky!. Me and my girlfriend are going to chiang mai, on 9th september, AND going on a trek just like yours!!

If you dont mnd me asking, who did you book your trek with?

Thanks
Shane

7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

If its rainy season there'll probably be leeches, so sandals will be a no-no. I did the trekking in trainers in the dry season, I wore sandals for the first day, but kept getting grass, twigs in my feet, at the end of the trek my ankles ached and I kind of wished I had boots because it was quite rough, but I'd have hated carrying them around. But, like mine, if your trainers have absoultely no grip you'll spend as much time on your bum as walking.

My tip- go for a Thai massage when you get back, it's really cheap in Chiang Mai, and you'll really need it!

8. Posted by jen23 (Full Member 73 posts) 10y

Wise words Clarabell!! I think a thai massage is something every gal has to have, whether trekking or not!

Shane - I've not booked the trek yet - everyone I've spoken to advise to book when you arrive in Bangkok. There you can compare prices, deals and get a package more suitable than if you were to book this side of flying.

9. Posted by SCN (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Shane - I've not booked the trek yet - everyone I've spoken to advise to book when you arrive in Bangkok. There you can compare prices, deals and get a package more suitable than if you were to book this side of flying.

Thanks for the reply jen.

Have you any idea how much it would cost or what exactly to look for when you get there? (first time RTW!...did you guess )

We've been looking at this one http://www.eaglehouse.com/

do you have any good links for some info?

Any help would be great!

Thanks

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Quoting jen23

Shane - I've not booked the trek yet - everyone I've spoken to advise to book when you arrive in Bangkok. There you can compare prices, deals and get a package more suitable than if you were to book this side of flying.

Jen,
I would not book your trek until you are in CM. Once in BKK, get a bus/train/air to CM and then decide what company to go with. Years ago, I did this out of Chiang Rai. Much fewer tourists trekking and you have a chance of a better experience. Worth considering. Good Trekking.