Pooh Eco Trekking Day Tours

Pooh Eco Trekking Day Tours

Pooh Eco Trekking Day Tours
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Usha C
Singapore, Singapore22 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
As we were on a tight schedule, we did the one day Eco trek with our guide Thip, which was a great experience. Even though there were only 2 of us, we had an additional guide (his cousin) which meant we were very well looked after. They were great to chat to, and tag teamed to make sure we had the fullest experience possible (for e.g. one walked us to a waterfall, while the other brought the car around, they worked together to cut down banana flowers for us to eat, shared homemade rice wine with us, etc)

It’s not a trek for people who are totally unfamiliar with jungle trekking, although the guides were extremely good at slowing things down when needed. There are small rocks to climb, streams to cross, and fallen tree logs to balance on / haul yourself over. That being said, we are not highly experienced trekkers either, and we found it do-able. The description on the website to “bring a positive attitude” is very good advice indeed.

Our guides were very familiar with the jungle plants and we literally foraged as we went along, it was an amazing experience for us but if you are picky with food you may find this difficult to deal with. Lunch was cooked for us on the go, with a small number of supplies from the local market and the rest of the vegetables / cutlery / cookware foraged from the jungle !

We did get to walk around a hill tribe village but as someone else has commented here, it was more like a slightly awkward out of town guest visiting, rather than an exploitative tourist trap. We literally saw one other small guided tour along the same path, and no other tourists for most of the 4-5 hrs even though it was the tourist high season. It was very peaceful and beautiful, and the guides were very respectful of their environment.

The toilet situation is basic (squatting, no running water or toilet paper, thankfully our guides came prepared with supplies) but the outhouses are actually pretty clean, save for a little mud, and they don’t smell. There are giant vats of water for you to clean up after yourself. I’ve seen far worse in cities.

All in all, a wonderful way to get to know northern Thailand, off the usual touristy path. Many thanks to Thip and his team!
Written January 3, 2020
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Willem
9 contributions
Aug 2019
We booked this trip via the website of Pooh Eco Trekking. Everything is arranged very well. We got our instructions and were picked up from our location in Chang Mai (our valuables and luggage were stored at Eco Tours). We were with our familiy (5 persons: three kids aged 18, 15 and 12). The jungle tour is very exciting. We went along and through the river (take surfshoes with you) and slept in the middle of the jungle in a beautiful hut. Tee and our other guides cooked us a lovely meal and we ate from self made bamboo plates and cutlery... Tee knows a lot about nature, animals, plants and about the Karen culture. We also slept in one of their villages, it was very special to meet the people and that they like to share their home with you. We also planted some trees, I hope they will grow well. Overall this was the highlight of our visit to Thailand. If you are looking for something special, of the beaten track, than this is a tour you should book! Enjoy!
Written March 20, 2020
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Magdalenae
Porto, Portugal2 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
A must do! I just came back to Chiang Mai after three days of the Eco trekking. It was a unique experience and probably the best memory I'll bring home from Thailand. We spent one night in a Karen village, host by one of the families, and one in Hut by the river. Our guide Tee was spoke very good English he gave us much information about, the Karen people, the vegetation, agricultural techniques and traditional survival techniques, him and the people from the village were wonderful, very patient and gave us a real look of the life in rural Thailand.
Written January 6, 2023
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Victoria M
La Coruna, Spain2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
One day advanced tour... Not advanced at all and shorter than expected. I was told the walking time was round 7 hours... It was not even 5 walking hours and it could have been easily reduced to 2.5-3 hours). Very slow pace with multiple unjustified stops (maybe 1 out of 10 stops was justified) in a dense and uninteresting forest like any other forest. A little bit more of an hour walking uphill, no interesting views and then the biggest chunk of the 'leisure walk' is going downhill on a dense and interssting steep part of the forest. The last hour was the only time I can say it was enjoyable. I cannot understand how it can be justified the 2 hour ride to the site if only to use the name of Doi Inthanon natural park as a bait.
Information about what to bring on the website is also misleading. According to the website, your should bring along sandals, change of clothes, swimwear and towel when you don't require them for this 'trek', so extra weight is carried. On the other hand, what I believe it was required, and not mentioned, is a pair of long trousers as the legs are bound to be scratched.
Manager is not the friendliest of people go say the least. Guide with broken English, smoking a lot (not only on the multiple breaks, but also when walking even if just in front of you). No rapport whatsoever and feels like he is trying to take it as easy as possible to fill a number of hours (i.e. we stopped for lunch, 80-90 m, after the first 75 m walking at a very slow pace)
Expensive and definitely not worth the money. How this company has such a high score is beyond my comprehension. It might be that they take the 2 and 3 day treks in a more serious and professional manner. I hope so.
Written July 12, 2020
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eileenl555
Kilmarnock, UK4 contributions
Dec 2022
If you want Elephant rides ……. Don’t come here. If you want to raft down a river ……. Don’t come here. If you want long neck tribes …….. don’t come here. If you want an authentic and unique trekking trip then DO COME HERE. We did a 3-day trek with Mr. Tee, he guided us to a Karen village where we stayed with a family who cooked dinner for us on an open fire. The next day we trekked down a river to a camp site where dinner was prepared by Mr. Tee and other guides, we bathed in the river while camp was set up. On the last day we trekked up river and through a cave.
Written January 14, 2023
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Eva Lo
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium3 contributions
Dec 2022
We had an experience of a life time on our three day trek with Mr. Tee!

It was great to meet the people in the village, eat, sleep, talk and laugh with them. The scenery was amazing, every day a different environment, travelling from the farms through the community forest, the river and the cave to enjoy. Mr. Tee is an absolute professional with many years of experience, we couldn't have been in better hands.
Written January 8, 2023
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Louis B
5 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Unforgettable genuine and authentic experience. This adventure is to be lived. Mr Pooh has managed to create and maintain a real eco trekking adventure. It is undoubtedly a highlight of my stay in Thailand. I strongly recommend this reconnection with nature, simplicity, yourself. Surprises all along the way ! Thank you to the team, our amazing guide and his friends.
Written November 16, 2022
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Tom db
3 contributions
Nov 2022
We did the 3-day eco hiking trip with Pooh Trekking. Tee was the perfect person to guide us through the jungle. Truly one of the best experiences we had in Thailand. The nature is beautiful and so are the people you get to meet along the trip. everything is arranged very well for you, just enjoy and take it all in. Thank you Tee and the people of the Karen village for this unforgettable experience!
Written December 25, 2022
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Monique M
Benissa, Spain162 contributions
Feb 2020
For the second time we booked a trek with Pooh Eco-trekking. This time we chose the Nature Trek and we had a fantastic hiking day in the jungle. We had booked a private tour, so it was just the two of us and an English speaking guide Mr. Wi (?) and a local guide Poshi (?). The whole day we saw nobody. They taught us a lot about the jungle. We visited a beautiful waterfall and a Karen village. But the highlight of the trip was the lunch. Mr. Wi and Poshi prepared a delicious meal with a few things that were bought on a local market and the herbs and plants they cut in the jungle during the hike. The skewers for the meat were cut out of bamboo, we prepared bowls from leaves and the guides cut 2 spoons out of bamboo. The table and chairs were prepared: banana leaves on the ground and 2 big stones to sit on. It was so unique to sit there in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by beautiful nature, staring in the fire and hearing nothing more than the birds. Mr. Wi and Poshi were 2 funny guys and we laughed a lot. They even taught us how to whistle on a leaf. As said, it was our 2nd trek with Pooh and again it was 100% top. A company to recommend!
Written March 20, 2020
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Samira B
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Couples
This was our best experience in Thailand. If you love nature and are keen to learn about traditions of the Karen tribe people this is the best choice. Our guide Uncle Tee knows so much and could explain everything in good English.
Written January 16, 2023
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