Northern and Central Thailand have long been a enormously popular destinations with visitors who are looking to explore the wild and mountainous scenery by signing up for one of the many treks in the area. There are lots of different options with respect to the routes you can take for exploring this region, whether you’re looking for a relatively easy trek, or something much more challenging. If you planning on making a trekking trip in Thailand then here are a few pointers on how to go about arranging it.
Decide where you want to trek, as it’s much easier to book something without getting sidetracked if you know exactly what you want. In Central Thailand Kanchanaburi is a very popular trekking spot for those who want to explore around the Mae Klong river and the nearby mountain range. Only an hour from Chang Mai is Doi Chiangdao where you can trek through some typical Thai jungle, complete with waterfalls and thick vegetation. If you’re up for a challenge, somewhere like Tak province offers much more remote trekking, with wild vegetation and lots of wildlife to spot.
Decide how long you want to go for, as this will also determine how much you end up spending. If the trekking is the sole reason for your trip to Thailand then you might want to consider signing up for one of the longer treks of a week or more, or several smaller treks across each of the different areas. The shortest treks in Thailand tend to be two nights long, although there are some day long treks available out of the area around Chang Mai.
Look at your budget and make sure that you can afford the kind of trip that you want to take. If you are looking to take a trek with some luxury accommodation and chef cooked meals thrown in then this is going to cost you considerably more than staying in Hill Tribe style accommodation and eating simple food. Remember also that these kinds of trips can often be a better experience the more basic you can do them, as you will get to know the real Thailand this way.
Think about whether there is anything else you want to do, such as heading down to the many islands in the south of the country for some quality beach time or the odd Full Moon Party. It may be that you can book a package trip that includes all the trekking you want to do, as well as the travel and accommodation in the other areas of the country that you’re interested in seeing, which can be a much more cost effective way than booking everything separately.
Pack light but don’t forget the essentials as a real trekking trip is going to require more than just a few pairs of flip-flops and a bikini in your rucksack. Remember to take some sturdy shoes and thick socks to guard against blisters, plenty of mosquito repellant and sun cream, long sleeved, warm clothes for the evenings and waterproofs if you’re going during the rainy season.
It’s really very easy to arrange a trekking trip to Thailand, no matter what the kind of trip you’re looking to take, or when you’re planning to take it. You just need to have a clear idea of the kind of experience you want to have, where you want to go and what you want to see, and you’ll be able to plan the very best for trek your budget.