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“Truly memorable experince - would do it again!”

Trekking Collective Co - Private Day Tours
Reviewed December 2, 2012

The contrast between us (a well-off expat family of 5) and the hill tribe people we stayed with during the guided trek organised through Trekking Collective couldn’t be bigger. This exact aspect is the lasting memory of our trip 6 months ago (April 2012) to the country we were privileged enough to have lived for two years earlier and where we have had plenty of shop/sun/dine type visits since. Despite my teenage kids feeling a bit out their comfort zone initially, they quickly adjusted and in their own way managed to interact with the two hill tribes we visited. For them, accustomed to the pleasures of expat life, it was a great way of raising awareness of how tough life can be for the majority of the world’s population. Equally educational was to see how, despite having little, a community can make use of their environment and means at their disposal to create a sustainable way of life and a future for the many laughing and happy kids we saw. I won’t forget playing waterpolo with young monks in the river, floating downstream over mild rapids on bamboo rafts, and eating a delicious lizard curry (caught the day before), watching a fisherman catch our dinner. When you see how high (~30m!) the beehives are where (without our western attitude to safety) the guys are able to collect the delicious honey we were given, you will look at produce in your local supermarket differently. Truly an amazing “un-touristy” experience, to be able to be more authentic difficult to imagine. Personally I would have loved to continue trekking for days, being out there with the good weather in the peaceful environment and under the guidance of Guide Tim and his nephew. Kudos to Trekking Collective for the organisation and their clearly long term experience/relationship they’ve built up with the local hilltribes to allow tourists this unique opportunity. I recommend them without the slightest hesitation to anyone if you are looking to deepen your understanding of Northern Thai culture through a bit of adventure.

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We recently had our honeymoon in Thailand and spent a day with the Trekking Collective. Not only was it uber organised but equally flexible and 'chilled out', but we had an amazing guide 'Chang'. He was a true guide, regaling stories of Thailand and villages and introduced us to his many friends along the trek. Honestly its worth the extra money. He bought and prepared us a delicious thai meal consisting of bbq chicken, sticky rice and sauces.

Thank keiran1982
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Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Very friendly guide, great one-day hike! We were so happy to find this among all the crap offered in Chiang Mai!

Thank ThePoo
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Chang made our day really special!!!
The trill is beautiful and challenging. sharing lunch at the tribe leader house was really a privilege!
sharing with the little children in the school was magic.
Hiking the mountain while the farmers are working is great and the knowledge and compromise of Chang with the community are incredible!
We had the privilege to encounter 2 monks in the tribe forest meditation center and it was SUBLIME!
The best hiking of our lives!!!

Thank GMayrar
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

It isn't often that a small business can have such an impact on you that you continue to recommend it after 14 years. When my husband and I were working in Thailand for two years we took two treks with Chang. It was as enriching as the website says. His relationship with the residents we visited made all of the difference and his commitment to sustainable tourism was evident throughout the journey. It's an experience of a lifetime that just might leave you sending their link to friends 14 years from now!

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