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Pooh Eco Trekking Day Tours

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Victoria M wrote a review Jul 2020
La Coruna, Spain2 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Willem wrote a review Mar 2020
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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!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Monique M wrote a review Mar 2020
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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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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beáta h wrote a review Feb 2020
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I have just made the nature trek tour with them. I can just highly recommend them. Te and his cousin belonging to the Karen tribe were taking care of us, cooked and show the plants of the rain forest. Please book with them, they are very nice people and the guest guides for ever!!! I hope I will see you again and have a chance to make a 2 days tour also with you!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Usha C wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions17 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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