Listen up adventurers, head up north towards Chiang Mai and over to Mae Taeng. Up there you’ll find a rugged hilly and jungle terrain that’s more than suitable for hiking. You’ll stumble upon tumbling rapids, plunging valleys and pristine wilderness. You’ll also come across ways of life that has been untouched throughout the centuries. This is not just any outdoor experience, this is vintage Northern Thailand terrain!
Where is Mae Taeng? It is right up there in the northern part of Chiang Mai Province, not quite the Burmese border, but pretty close to it. The area is characterized by lots and lots of green scenery, of which you’ll gladly hike across.
Before we get started, get a taste of the north’s rhythm as you stroll along Chiang Mai’s streets and markets as you witness and experience its lively happenings. This truly is an amazing city, characterized by its mountain surroundings and Lanna flair.
Ready for your hike? Head over to Mae Taeng and start walking! The challenge can be a little tough for beginners. But don’t worry. If you are with expert walkers (our guide included) you’ll feel comfortable enough to appreciate the surrounding scenery. The cooler weather certainly helps too. You’ll almost forget that you are hiking!
And what about the sites? What can we expect? There’s some good ones waiting for you! First, you’ll come across Mok Fah Waterfall. A nice little rapid if you ask us. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch right next to the beautiful Pong Duad Hot Springs. You’ll also meet your first hilltribe villagers at Baan Mae Manai, a Karen settlement. Enjoy a jungle dinner that’ll certainly get you into the tropical feel.
Wake up to a refreshing morning. Certainly calls for a hike, doesn’t it? You’ll journey across the dense jungle to your next destination, an elephant camp. You know what this means? Yes, you’ll climb aboard this friendly beast and explore the rainforest from up there. A nice view, isn’t it?
You’ll now come across your second hilltribe settlement at Pong Ngan, this time of the Lahu people. Spend the afternoon with these friendly guys. Share them your travel experience. They in turn will show you a bit of how they live their simple yet fascinating lives. Afterwards, hop on a bamboo raft and sail down the Taeng River to your third and final hilltribe settlement, the Shan village of Sop Kai.
And that’s that. Stretch those legs as you make the trip back to Chiang Mai. What do you think of Mae Taeng? If you need more, check out our adventure Thailand tours. Expect lots of eye-opening experiences, serene nature, some exercise and of course, lots of fun! Ready for more adventure?
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