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Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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About Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails
Experience real authentic, non-touristic hiking trails. On our trails you can hike in 2 of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand's most beautiful National Parks. One being home to the Highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon National Park and the 3rd highest mountain in Thailand, Pha Daeng National Park in Chiang Dao. Rich in fauna and flora. Incredibly scenic and non touristic. Here you will hike one of a kind special hiking trails. Hiking 5 - 6 hours through the heart of the rain forests. Visit waterfalls, view points and even have the chance to see Gibbons in the Doi Inthanon National Park. Visit hilltribe villages and learn about the traditional herbal medicine used for centuries in home made saunas. Our 2 day trails will either take you to sleep in a hilltribe village in the Mountains of Pha Daeng National Park or to the Churkee Farm stay on the rice fields of a Karen Hilltribe Village in Doi Inthanon National Park. In cool season join us on a summit to Doi Luang Mountain.
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Flavie wrote a review Mar 2020
Paris, France15 contributions6 helpful votes
We did not the trek we booked (misunderstanding apparently...). So disapointed to not see the Karen village and the two waterfalls. We walk a lot into the jungle. The lunch was a very nice moment. One point of view and one little waterfall. Cool moment but no so amazing, we expected more after 2 hours of transport from Chian Mai. Be carefull to your trek choice!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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RJB wrote a review Mar 2020
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My wife and I found Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails while searching for things to do in Chiang Mai, and it was the best thing we did during our week there. We have commented multiple times since, "Wow, so glad we did that!" We opted for the two-day, overnight experience in Doi Inthanon, and we booked directly through their website (you can Google it). The flora and fauna, especially the butterflies, flowers, trees, and the gibbons (we were told by our guide, Yod, that they don't always see the gibbons, so I'm grateful we happened upon them - they sound so amazing when they call out to one another!) were beautiful, and the vistas (even though it was the smoky season when all the farmers are burning stuff) were lovely. We went during the dry season, and they told us that there is not much fruit then as in the rainy season. They also said that the leaves on the ground are more plentiful and more apt to make you trip during the dry season, whereas in the rainy season there are less leaves and you're less likely to slip (though I imagine there is more mud in the rainy season, I can attest that those leaves are quite apt to make you slip!). Yod showed us interesting things and shared fun facts along the way. We stopped by a waterfall and ate a delicious lunch halfway through the first day's hike. Know that this is a pretty arduous hike. You would benefit from cleats in your shoes. As far as hikes go, on a scale of 1 to 10, you're looking at a 6-8 range. There will be moments when you looked down from your tiny little path and think, "Huh, if I trip or lose my footing right now, I'm probably going to die." You won't die, though, if you are careful and take your time when you need to, and it was so worth every minute of the effort needed to complete the trek. They told us that they don't take folks up to the peak of Doi Inthanon because there are poisonous plants and at least one venomous snake that is more likely to be encountered up near the summit, so they don't go quite that high up the mountain. They said you can take a car up a road to the top on your own and see toucans and other things. Oh yeah, they said more snakes in the rainy season, and we only saw one or two over the two days (dry season). The steam bath on day 2 was great and intense! Oh, one weird thing is that the water on the 2nd day was not included in the cost of the trip, and we had to pay extra for that. I'm kind of rambling with random facts at this point. The gist: Worth it, go for it!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nick B wrote a review Feb 2020
Wellington, New Zealand28 contributions7 helpful votes
We just got back from the 2day trek with an overnight stay with a local Karen Hilltribe in the Khun Phuy Village. We had an absolutely fantastic time and would highly recommend this trip to anyone who comes to Chiang Mai. It is not cheap but it’s absolutely worth it. Our guide Pisak was the best, working tirelessly to make sure we had a good time, and sharing his wealth of knowledge of jungle living and the local culture and traditions (having grown up in a Karen Hilltribe himself). The locals were very warm and welcoming towards us, and despite the language barrier still tried to communicate with us and we had a great evening having dinner and whisky around the fireplace.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kim wrote a review Feb 2020
The Hague, The Netherlands8 contributions2 helpful votes
Our two day Doi Inthanon hike was our fourth hike in the Chiang Mai/Pai area and thankfully, we had saved the best for last. It isn’t an easy hike (some steep parts upwards and downwards) but very doable for anyone who is reasonably fit (easier than most other hikes we did). Your efforts are rewarded with great views. The trek combines views of the forest/jungle, beautiful viewpoints over the valley and walks through farmlands and Karen villages. The guides were very knowledgable about the local flora and fauna. The food was the best we had on any trek. The whole experience is very authentic: no touristic Karen villages but real people living in the Doi Inthanon area. We loved the farm stay, which – perhaps also due to the little amenities – was very peaceful. On the first day the group was relatively large but the second day is only with the people who join the farm stay (i.e. max. 6 people). The herbal steam room is also a great experience (pack a towel!). The contact before the hike with Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Tours via Whatsapp was very quick and helpful. We highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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CarysSian wrote a review Jan 2020
St Helens, United Kingdom23 contributions13 helpful votes
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Review... I did a 2 day 1 night trek with this company in Doi Inthanon National Park and highly recommend it. I did a lot of research before choosing a tour and was not disappointed with this. The trek itself is in quite a remote area and you will not see any other tour groups which for me was a huge selling point. Our tour guide, Sak, was great - not only was he super knowledgeable about everything in the jungle (pulling off plants and herbs for us to taste) but he was also very friendly, funny and always smiling. I would definitely recommend that you for the overnight stay as although more expensive thatn a day trek, you get so much more for your money. The overnight stay was the highlight for me... Staying in a little village with a real fire and looking up at the stars. The trek itself is advertised as medium which I would agree with and as long as you are relatively fit then it's fine. Last but not least, I found the company to be really helpful. Whenever I had questions before booking they were quick to answer. I also left my rain jacket at the homestay and they arranged to deliver it to my hostel the next day. Do this tour.... YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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