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1. Posted by J-me484 (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Hello Travellers!

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,

Jamie.

2. Posted by rag7 (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

I am currently looking at trekking/home stay trips in Chiang Mai, can anyone recommend a good company to do it with?

3. Posted by Gavsta (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Hi Jamie,

There's a place in Laos not too far from Vientiane called Ban Na that does a good treck / overnight stay in an elephant watchtower

http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/laos/vientiane_and_surrounds/vientiane/phou_khao_khouay_national_park/all/3178

I found it to be not too touristy and the price was reasonable for an overnight stay and meal.

Or if you want to stay in Thailand, I found the Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary (around 3 hours drive from Nong Khai) was very good, we stayed in a makeshift treehouse / elephant watchtower that the monks run, warning prepare to have your comfort levels tested we had to stay in the tower for 16 hours because the elephants wouldn't leave the saltlick well worth it though.

http://thailandwildelephanttrekking.com/phu_wua_wildlife_sanctuary.html

Hope this helps