This tour was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. The hiking is fun and the mountain scenery very nice, and while the trail was somewhat challenging at times, anyone who is reasonably fit should be fine. I am in my 60s and had no problem with the pace or the condition of the trails. It was interesting to stay in the villages and see how the hill tribe people live. The accommodations were very rustic, but I slept surprisingly well under the mosquito net in the huts. The guide cooked the meals and he made me wonderful vegetarian dishes as I had requested. The raft trip at the beginning of the tour was rather touristy and not too interesting, but it did give us a short break to what otherwise would've been a long drive getting to the trail head. Overall, the knowledge and helpfulness of the guide was excellent and I would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to escape to the countryside for a few days.
All was well organized. The hotel in Chiang Mai is luxury and located in the old city centre. On the day before the trip our guide met us at the hotel for a short briefing. The next morning we drove by car to a market where he bought some food, after that we went to the river rafting which was more a smooth gliding without rough water at all. I wouldn't miss it. They offer some extra activities like elephant riding or meeting a tiger in a cage. You have to pay for it extra but they don't force you to do it. My tipp: don't do it! These elephants look like they don't like their job. I felt very sorry and sad about these poor, suffering animals :
We continued to a village about 50km north of Chiang Mai. From here our walk began. Our guide was awesome! He grew up in this region and knew all the people and a lot about nature. All villagers are very kind, friendly and helpful. The food they prepare is delicious! Because this is an adventure trip you have to bring a certain level of fitness, proper trekking shoes, insect repellent, etc... You get in touch with the nature and rural people very closely. It is absolutely worth it!
the tour was well planned and the guide on the tour was very well educated on the tour that we went on.
accommodation with the local villages was excellent and the mixing with the local people was fantastic.
the meals and snacks that were provided were also fantastic.
overall, I would recommend this tour 100.
I had a great time hiking and staying at local villages around Chiang Dao north of Chiang Mai. There was only myself and my guide, Lek, on the trip so the we were able to hike/walk at my pace. Accommodation was VERY basic as expected but more than compensated by the amazing scenery, tasty food and the hospitality of everyone we met. A peaceful few days and a thoroughly enjoyable trip that I have no hesitation in recommending.
If you seek an intimate look at rural village life and don't mind hours long hikes through beautiful terrain, then you will love this hike! I happened to be the only one on this tour with my guide, he spoke great English and provided an inside glimpse into village life. You stay in a large bamboo hut similar to camping, blankets and pillows, and mosquito nets are provided, but bring a sleeping bag. There are outdoor showers fenced for privacy, so bring your own towel. If you want to help make dinner, just ask, you'll enjoy a mini cooking lesson. Be sure to bring some spare toilet paper with you on the hike just in case you need to use it. You will be carrying your entire backpack for the entirety of the trip, so pack wisely. You can leave a small amount of items stored at the hotel if you need to. I forgot the name of the hotel, but it was pretty nice, maybe 2 or 3 stars. The tour company can provide a backpack and sleeping bag as well if you don't have one. The bamboo rafting and orchid tour are the only touristy parts of the tour. Otherwise, be ready to immerse yourself in their culture. Highly Recommended!!!