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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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Coline wrote a review Aug 2022
9 contributions8 helpful votes
We did the 2 days in Doi Inthanon trek during the rainy season. We found the trek in a tourist agency in Chiang Mai. Most of agencies are selling the classic "bamboo rafting and elephant sanctuary" trek but we wanted more nature, only walking and less touristic hike and the Hilltribe one was the perfect one to do that. The hike was a little bit hard, above all because of slippery paths. We unfortunately were not able to see the first viewpoint because of the weather. Nevertheless guides were perfect. Helpful when needed, they showed us plants and insects, answered all our questions, shared their way of living with us. It was real sharing and they were so nice. The fact that they promote small groups (we were only 3) helps a lot. We ate a padthai from the morning market and fresh fruits. During the afternoon we saw beautiful rice fields and little villages. We spend the night with them, cooking, chatting, eating a delicious dinner, it was really great. The farmstay is not luxurious, but you will have everything you need. There is a shower, toilets, and small private bamboo houses with small maitress and mosquito nets. No electricity or hot water but the fresh fruits (and toasts) in front of the rice field for the morning totally worths it. The second day was perfect too. Beautiful rice fields, great trek, a beautiful viewpoint and talking. We ate noodles with vegetables they cooked in the morning. To sum up the trek was a little bit intense but exactly what we wanted. Thank you very much for everything !
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Amir Y wrote a review Jan 2022
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The business misinformed us about the trail and the itinerary. Let me first explain the trail and what you should exactly expect to see in this hike: - We has two tour guides with us. One couldn’t speak any English and one knew only some English words. This could be for some people unique, but stating that the business offers English speaking tour guides is clearly wrong. - The trail is not medium by the way. It was ok for us, but I would suggest to clearly check with them before getting on this trail. - Based on the information on their website (they updated their website right after our complains to them through email), we expected to hear about the culture and heritage of the community. However, we didn’t hear anything about the tribe and its heritage. So don’t expect that to happen on your experience. - While the view for lunch was interesting, but the food itself is not high quality. They bought already prepared cold Pad Thai from market and served us. Don’t get me wrong, the food was ok, but don’t have high expectations. They don’t cook or prepare the food for you there. Also, they provided fruits which was good. - The trail itself was good and I would suggest to experience it. We saw two waterfalls and hike through the Jungle. Again don’t have high expectations, I have seen better trails in the US. The main reason for me to go on this trail was to learn about the tribe rather of the trail itself, which didn’t happen. - [Misinformation] In our conversation with the business owner, they mentioned that the fee includes park fees. That gave us the impression that we are going to cross the national park. Even in their previous version of their website (which I have a copy of) they mentioned the national park. However, once we got on the trail, we were surprised that our trail did not cross the national park. After that, we respectfully asked for the fee to be reimbursed and yet got a bad response from the owner (I can share the email thread with anyone who is interested) that we were not going to give any money back and this is what is. Not even a simple apology about the misinformation. Also, it is not clear to me how the money is used to help the tribe and its people. I would have hoped to see more clear information on that. I would strongly advised against this business. If you need more information please contact me and I’d be happy to share more.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Flavie wrote a review Mar 2020
Paris, France15 contributions7 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 Zealand29 contributions8 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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