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Trekking Options in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Choosing the best trek for you

 

Mae Wang Waterfall Hike

Time: 2 Hour hike + 1-2 hours swimming and relaxing at the waterfalls

Terrain: Mostly flat, very good paths, steep steps to get down to the waterfall

Best Time of year: All year. Note: The waterfalls will be full of locals celebrating the water festival “Songkran” in April, so if you want a secluded escape, it’s better to choose waterfalls that are farther away from Chiang Mai.

Good for small kids? Yes! The hike is not difficult and there is a swimming hole just behind Mae Sapok village where kids love to play.

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Sights: Karen Village, handicrafts, waterfall, rice fields, forest

Drive From Chai Lai: 10 minutes From Chiang Mai: 1 hour 10 mins

What to wear/ bring: Sunblock, swimsuit (wear under your clothes or change in the outhouse style bathroom at the waterfall.)

Guide: Yes, you will need a guide for this hike.

1000-1500 thb


Hidden Temple Trail

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Time: 4-6 hours + 1-2 hours swimming and relaxing at the waterfalls

Terrain: Rugged. 6 out 10 in dry season, 8 out of 10 in the wet season. Steep uphills and downhills.

Best Time of year: June- Jan

Good for small kids: No, maybe 12 and up

Sights: 3 sets of waterfalls, Hoi Yuak Karen Village, Wat Lung Khun Win temple

Drive: From Chai Lai: 15-45 mins. From Chiang Mai: 1 hour 45 mins

What to wear/ bring: Sunblock, modest clothing for the temple or a sarong, a swimsuit (wear under your clothes or change in the outhouse style bathroom at the waterfall.)

Entrance fee: No. If you wish to make a donation to the temple (food, water or money) you are free to do so.

Guide: Yes!

1500 thb


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Chai Lai Sisters trek

Time: 4 hours

Terrain: Uphill and downhill, uneven & narrow paths, parts are slippery in rain season

Difficulty level: 5-6

Best Time of year: Cold season and dry season is easy and beautiful. Rain season best for experienced hikers

Good for small kids: Yes, 6 years and up

Sights: Birds, rare plants, medicinal plants, Pandan waterfall, Royal Project farm, Hmong village, remote Karen village, strawberry farms, passion fruit orchid, Sakura blossoms in January and February

Drive: From Chai Lai: 50 minutes. From Chiang Mai: 1 hour 50 minutes

What to wear/ bring: Sunblock, bug spray

Entrance fee: No

Guide: Yes!

1500 thb


Rambo Waterfall Hike

Time: 3 hours

Terrain: Some uphill and downhill, uneven & narrow paths and cliffs

Difficulty level: 6

Best time of year: all year

Good for small kids: Yes, 9 years old and up

Sights: 4 place to swim, 2 waterfalls, 2 swimming hole, 1 natural slide, 1 Karen village, edible wild mushrooms in rain season

Drive to trailhead: From Chai Lai: 30 mins. From Chiang Mai: 1 hour 30 mins

What to wear/ bring: Sunblock, bug spray, swimsuit (wear under your clothes or change in the outhouse style bathroom at the waterfall)

Entrance fee: No

Guide: Yes!

1500 thb


Hoi Hoi Waterfall

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Time: 3 hours

Terrain: Some uphill, with a good path

Difficulty level: 4

Best Time of year: all year

Good for small kids: Yes, 9 years old and up

Sights: 2 waterfalls, 2 villages, rice fields

Drive to trailhead: From Chai Lai: 40 mins winding road. From Chiang Mai: 1 hour 45 mins

What to wear/ bring: Sunblock, bug spray, swimsuit (wear under your clothes or change in the outhouse style bathroom at the waterfall)

Entrance fee: No

Guide: Yes!

1500 thb


Mae Sapok Waterfall

Time: 15 minutes walking on the trail

Terrain: Flat

Difficulty level: 1-10

Best Time of year: Wet season and cold season

Good for small kids: yes

Sights: 1-2 waterfall, 1 swimming hole, meditation cave, 1 natural slide, 1 Karen village

Drive to trailhead: From Chai Lai: 15 mins. From Chiang Mai: 1 hour 15 mins

What wear/ bring: Sunblock, bug spray, swimsuit (wear under your clothes)

Entrance fee: No

Guide: Optional. You can just get a driver if you want to see the falls and take photos. Book a guide if you want to find the cave and swimming hole

1000-1500 thb

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Doi Inthanon

Time: Doi An Ka trail 20 minutes walking on the trail. Kew Mae Pan Kew 1 hour hike

Terrain: Flat

Difficulty level: 1 - very easy

Best Time of year: Anytime, but in the cold season the cloud forest is especially beautiful.

Good for small kids: Yes.

Sights: 2 waterfalls (no swimming), 1 coffee farm (optional), 1 Hmong market/ village, 2 pagodas

Drive to trailhead: From Chai Lai: 1 hour 30 mins to park entrance. From Chiang Mai: 2 hour 15 mins. The roads are well maintained but have lots of curves

What to wear/ bring: A jacket for the top of the mountain. It can be cold and even have frost in the winter!

Entrance fee:

All Inclusive -540 THB Includes everything (Pagodas, Keaw Mae Pan, hightest point in Thailand, Wachirathan Waterfall, and the Mae Ya Waterfall

Entrance + Pagodas - 340 thb

Entrance + Keaw Mae Pan trail - 500 thb

Entrance only - 300 THB for adult 150 THB for children

Guide: Optional

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Pha Chor Canyon in Mae Wang national park

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Time: 1 hour

Terrain: Hot, Dry and rocky, good trail, some stairs

Difficulty level: 1 - very easy

Best Time of year: All year

Good for small kids: Yes

Sights: Natural canyon with 30 meter tall pillars

Drive to trailhead: From Chai Lai: 45 mins to park entrance. From Chiang Mai: 1 hour 30 min

What to wear/ bring: Sunblock, bug spray

Entrance fee: 200 for adult 100 thb for children

Guide: Optional