Im currently in Thailand and due to move east into Laos and Vietnam very soon. At the moment im in Chiang Mai and at somepoint during my trip I want to do a trekking trip into the jungle and stay with a tribe for a couple of days. Also an Elephant trekking course is definetly on the cards! Obviously there alot of avalibilty in Chaing Mai/Rai todo it but everyone I speak to says its very touristy now and that the tribes arnt even real tribes (its also pretty pricey)!! So my question is, would I be able todo some decent trekking in Laos? I have been reading in the Lonely Planet and it says that trekking is avalible and also Home Stays, but there isnt anymore information other than that. I get the impression you do it from Luang Probang, but is it anygood? Has anyone done it? If so where?!
I dont want to miss my chance of doing it whilst in Chaing Mai and find that the Laos trekking isnt all that.
Any comments would be great as im only in Chaing Mai for a couple more days, unless someone tells me that Chaing Mai is by far the best place togo trekking!
Thanks in advance,