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1. Posted by Shalx (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi, My boyfriend and I are planning a trip around SEA... and we're hoping to see a bit of the Thai wilderness.
Has anyone gone hiking in thailand who can recommend a good place to see some jungle action? I've read that the north is best for that sort of thing, but I've also read a lot about scammers who rob you in the forest.
I know that there tours that will take you into the jungle for a couple of nights, or shorter.
Please tell me all you know, as I am very lost as to where to find this information. Plus it's always nicer to get a recommendation!

Thanks
alex

2. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

Hi

Good Morning

If you are looking for good hiking areas in jungle locations in Northern Thailand then a really good place to use as a base is Pai, its about 6-7 hours by bus north-west of Chiang Mai close to the border with Myanmar.

The other place that has various hiking & jungle homestays that might well suit you are around Chiang Rai which is 5-6 hours north of Chiang Mai by bus.

I live in Chiang Mai and have a website & a blog crammed full of visitor information & tips, and will be writing a detailed article on hiking & trekking in Northern Thailand within the next couple of weeks, so take a look at my website & blog, and ask me any questions you like, I will always give you a very honest answer.

Website: [snip]

Blog: [snip]

Regards

Kevin:)

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3. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 7y

One of the main problems with trekking in Thailand is the lack of enforcement of eco -regulations.
in most cases no provision is made for the impact trekking has on the environment.
Please, if you are not already, get genned up on the issues surrounding this.

many places are claiming all sorts of things related to eco-tourism" but the sad thing is the operators neither know or care one iota about the environment from which they are earning a living

4. Posted by Shalx (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Thanks so much.
Yeah, I understand the impact of trekking on the environment--- it's a hard thing to know that you're contributing to the perpetuation of a problem as serious as environmental degradation. But, it's not always easy finding the tours that are actually environmentally friendlier than others.
Also, a big reason why I'm so curious as to other people's experiences in the area.

But I will for sure be checking out the website and the blog that was posted above.

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 7y

Beware of tours that cut new tracks through forest - these are hugely disruptive to both flora and fauna.
Obvious signs too are the precautions they take with rubbish and behaviour of their customers.
I'm sorry but I have no experience of the trekking around Chiang Mai which has been going on for years, my main concern is with some other National Parks that are being encroached on by various businesses including trekking. This is done without supervision or permission. Koh Chang is an example of this.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Mar-2009, at 00:09 by wildfk ]

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7. Posted by sandysarah (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

A good place to see Thailand's natural beauty is Khao Yai National Park. Hire a guide and trek through the jungle. You can camp here overnight too.

8. Posted by KevinRB (Inactive 76 posts) 7y

check out my guide to trekking in Northern Thailand.

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Regards

Kevin:)

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