Trekking & Hill-Tribe Tours
Most of the hill-tribe villages within close range of Chiang Rai have long ago been set up for routine visits by group tours (not recommended). If your time is too limited for a trek, in-town travel agencies offer day trips to the countryside and areas less traveled. Guided tours with transport are priced on a two-person minimum and greater discounts are available for groups of three or more. The best operation in Chiang Rai is Golden Triangle Tours, 590/3 Phaholyothin Rd. (tel. 05371-3918; fax 05371-3963; www.goldenchiangrai.com). They are professional and experienced, offer an array of tours, and cater to personal interests. For hill-tribe treks, choose anything from a day trip to a week of adventure. Day trips to surrounding villages begin at 1,600B and can include light trekking to villages as well as elephant trekking for groups of two or three people (private tours cost a bit more). Longer treks range in price from 4,100B to 7,800B for a 2- to 4-day sojourn among Akha, Hmong, Yao, Karen, and Lahu tribes.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.