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Trekking in Northern Thailand

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One of the most beautiful attractions in Thailand is trekking along mountain villages north of Chiang Mai. Here you get acquainted with ancient Thai traditions, old living habits and you will experience a simple way of life. The colorful tribes have their own culture, clothing and rituals. If you go to Thailand this region should not be missed.
The densely forested, mountainous area is crossed by wild rivers and rice fields and it is therefore an absolute must to wander on foot. From Chiang Mai tours are organized that take you to the villages. Most walking tours have a duration of around three to five days. You can go with a group, but there is also the possibility to discover the densely forested area with a private guide. You will walk through tropical forests, bushes, meadows and hills, ditches, tree roots and along small villages and colorful markets. 

As we said Chiang Mai is usually the starting point of most treks. Chang Mai is located in the north of Thailand, on the banks of the Mae Ping river. The city is becoming increasingly popular with tourists and is now, after Bangkok, the largest city in the country. Yet it has still retained the charming atmosphere of the past. Chiang Mai has many temples and is amazing to visit.

The best time to trek

The best time to trek is November until February. The weather is refreshing, there's little or no rain and wild flowers are in bloom. The winter months bring the coolest days, but also the most tourists. Who does not mind giving up nice weather can opt for the much quieter rainy period, June to October. Rain wear and sturdy shoes are very necessary in the rainy season. You can also chose to burn away in the heat summer months of April and May. This is the hottest period in northern Thailand. Click here for more climate details in Chiang Mai.

Where to stay in Chiang Mai
High end

If you are looking for a nice place to relax before your trekking starts and you are not on a budget. We recommend visiting the The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai. It is so beautiful and luxurious and still has a unique Thai traditional feel. Also their bakery is beyond words and the people are amazing. On they get a fabulous average rating of 8.9.


An escape in the middle of nature to this eco hotel might be something you would like to experience. You will get a very warm welcome from Thai owners (speaking French and English) and it is ideally located between the Karen village and the protected elephant camps. You can make beautiful walks in complete autonomy. You can book it here on

This article was last updated on August 04, 2023.