hiking

Chiang Dao Trekking

Hiking at Chiang Dao Jungle Trail

If you want to see some of Northern Thailand’s spectacular jungle and wildlife, we highly recommend getting off the beaten track and into the Chiang Dao Jungle.

Explore the jungle with the help of a certificated local guide. Largely untouched by the tourist trail in Thailand, Chiang Dao Jungle offers unique sights and experiences that you wouldn’t be able to have without an expert guide.

Suntan is a TAT licensed local guide who has lived in the area for over 8 years. He can take you on a number of unique trails, to which only few guides have access to. Single or multi-day treks can be arranged. You can also plan birdwatching excursions to see the many amazing species that live in the forest.

What to Expect

You start the day at Chiang Dao Jungle Base Camp, a private camping platform in the middle of a coffee and tea plantation, located over the beautiful rainforest. Guests start the day off with a fresh cup of coffee from beans that were grown only a few meters away, and sweetened with honey collected from the tallest treetops of Chiang Dao jungle.

While hiking, your local guides will show you different types of flora and fauna like edible mushrooms, notable birds (like the long-tail broadbill or woodpecker), and notable plants (if you’re lucky, you might spot a rafflesiaceae — the largest flower in the world!).

The hiking trail will lead you to a hidden waterfalls, incredible nature and breathtaking view point of Doi Luang, Thailand’s third highest mountain. Here, you’ll take a break to enjoy tasty traditional homemade Thai style lunch.

The jungle is bursting with sights and sounds of the local wildlife, and blooming with radiant flowers and greenery. From trekking across mountaintops, to zigzagging through dense banana groves and following a stream through the jungle to discover hidden waterfalls, the Chiang Dao jungle offers endless possibilities for adventure.

Sample Schedule

09.00am – Pick up from your accommodation and transport to the Chiang Dao Jungle Base Camp

09.30am – Tea/Coffee time and preparation for the hike

10.00am – Start hiking

02:00pm – Homemade Thai style lunch

03.00pm – Start descending back to the base camp

04.00pm – Unwind and relax at base camp

04.30pm – Head back to town

General Information

Price: 1500 baht / person (includes guide, transport, food and water)

Tour Length: ~7 hours

Hike Length: 6-8 km

What to bring: Closed-toed shoes and long pants are recommended–we will be doing a lot of uphill trekking on uneven terrain. Sunscreen and bug spray is recommended.

Who can go: We welcome people of all hiking abilities. On each tour, we bring two tour guides to be able to accommodate people of all skill levels.

Meeting Location: Chiang Dao Hut Resort

Book your guided tour today on our website (click on an upcoming event and click ‘book now’ under ticket details. The actual date you click on does not matter, you can coordinate a date that works with the local guide once you book).