Explore the beautiful Chiang Dao National Park on this one day adventure with us! The trail that you will follow is fairly easy and extremely beautiful and along the way, you will get to experience tropical rainforest and learn about the flora and fauna of the jungle.
During the adventure, we also pay a visit to the intriguing Chiang Dao Cave and the nearby temples, we will visit a local hilltribe village and enjoy some hot mountain springs where you can soak your skin in the healthy natural minerals in the water.
We will also visit the unusual and beautiful Sticky Waterfalls (Nam Tok Bua Tong) in Sri Lanna National Park where your feet will actually stick to the limestone rock meaning that you can climb up the waterfall!
This one day trek is a great way to get out into the amazing countryside surrounding Chiang Mai! As the trail is fairly easy and there’s a lot of adventure included, it’s also the perfect day trip for families.
Transport and lunch included.
Chiang Dao Trek – Itinerary
We will pick you up from your hostel or hotel in Chiang Mai between 7-7.30 am and drive two hours to reach the start point of our trek.
Along the way, we will stop at a bustling market to grab some local snacks and take a bathroom break.
Once we arrive in Chiang Dao, our first stop will be Chiang Dao Dave which we explore thoroughly, as well as the temple on the grounds.
We will then hop back in the car to make a short journey to the start of our trail. Here, you will walk from a local Karen Hilltribe village towards the Chiang Dao Hot Springs.
Here, we will stop for lunch and you’ll have the opportunity to relax in the hot springs.
We will then drive to the famous Sticky Waterfall and spend a while here climbing up the limestone falls and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
We will arrive back in Chiang Mai around 6.30 pm.
Duration: 10 Hours. Trekking Level: Easy.
Please note: This trek cannot run with less than 3 people. If you are booking for 3 people your trek date is guaranteed. However, if you are booking for less than 3 people we will join you with an existing tour. Please select your preferred date using the calendar and we will contact you to tell you if there is already a tour running on your chosen date, or suggest an alternative date. We will not take your deposit until a date is agreed upon.
Ethnic Hilltribe Trails
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Why we chose Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails
Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails are a small family-run tour operator, based in Chiang Mai, focused on ethical tourism and sustainability.
The company was created after Kischa from South Africa (co-founder) met and fell in love with Thai trekking guide from the Karen ethnic minority, Mit, (co-founder) on a jungle trek in Chiang Mai.
Together, they founded Ethnic Hilltribe Eco Trails to give people the chance to get off the beaten track outside of Chiang Mai and experience the amazing hiking opportunities in the local hilltribe villages in the area.
At the same time, they wanted to protect the indigenous communities from so-called ‘zoo-like’ tourism that can damage communities and takes away much more than it gives. They have seen first-hand how education and training local communities in sustainable tourism can lift people out of poverty. When done correctly, it can be beneficial to all.
Ethnic Hill Tribe Eco Trails offer authentic hiking trails that immerse you with the local ethnic hilltribe cultures of Northern Thailand. They work with local hilltribe guides and families in Doi Inthanon, Huai Nam Dang National Park, Doi Luang and Chiang Dao National Park.
They offer different types of treks from one to three-day trails that are suitable for young and old. They can also arrange private treks or other activities such as visits to an ethical elephant sanctuary, bamboo rafting and caving.
On all of their tours, they use only local hilltribe guides who have a wealth of knowledge about the fauna and flora of the rain-forest which they share with the guests.
Their tours are also very interactive, for example along the way, you’ll pick fruit from the trees and make your own plate from banana leaves for lunch!
They have different trails for different seasons and trails that suit everyone from avid hikers to families.
Above all, they are hoping to steer travellers in the direction of responsible tourism, one that benefits and empowers local communities as well as family-run business, which are the forefront of an economy.
They teach skills development in Farmstay management, building and guide training to help empower ethnic minorities by giving them opportunities to make an income without having to leave for the cities.
Departure and arrival times – We will pick you up from your hotel between 7-7.30 am. We will drop you back off in Chiang Mai around 6.30 pm.
Included – Pick up and drop off from your hostel or hotel, a delicious lunch, fresh water, an English-speaking guide, national park fees (300 THB) and travel insurance.
Not included – Snacks and soft drinks, private hot spring (if you prefer) and any emergency costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances, for example, landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
What to bring for the trek – Wear shoes with grip suitable for trekking and climbing and a bathing suit for the hot springs and waterfalls.
In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker.
If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.