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Chan Trekking – Trekking in Chiang Mai

Trekking isn’t everybody’s idea of a fun holiday. If you’d have asked me what I’d like to do on holiday ten years ago, I’m sure the word trekking wouldn’t have come out of my mouth! But, Harry and I wanted to experience some of Chiang Mai’s beautiful scenery outside of the city and decided to book a one day trek.

After a bit of research online, we came across Chan Trekking. He had good reviews and could offer a private trek for a competitive price. We paid 4000baht in total for a full day trek, including a very generous lunch. After emailing Chan to enquire, he replied back with an itinerary in a very timely manner. We noticed bamboo rafting wasn’t included on the sent itinerary, and this was something we were interested in doing. So, we asked if it could be included in our day and it was. No extra cost, and no fuss at all.

We booked everything online, so, on arrival in Chiang Mai, Chan was interested in meeting us at our hotel to confirm the details of our trek, take payment and give us a brief introduction of our guide, Mr Gu, that would be taking us on our trek the next day.

Mr Gu - our guide, trekking expert and companion for the  day.
Mr Gu – our guide, trekking expert and companion for the day.

Waking up to rain was a little disappointing. I was already tired and now I was going to get wet, too! Nevertheless, we were picked up from our hotel very promptly at 8am, before heading to a nearby market where Mr Gu bought the ingredients for our lunch – we were to have fried rice wrapped in banana leaves, fried chicken (KFC has nothing on Thai fried chicken!) and lots of fresh fruit.We drove approximately 1.5 hours to the starting point of our trek. By the time we arrived, the rain had stopped. And not just that, it was nowhere to be seen. Obviously, I was pretty thankful. A day trekking in the rain in a forest sounds like awful fun!

Harry and Mr Gu at the start of their trekking friendship
Harry and Mr Gu at the start of their trekking friendship

After a couple of hours trekking, Mr Gu prepared us a fantastic lunch while we rested amongst some of the most beautiful scenery. Having lunch brought to you after you’ve completed a two hour trek and swam in a waterfall is pretty great. All this before midday!

Anyone managing to look graceful whilst walking barefoot across gravel will get a round of applause from me!
Anyone managing to look graceful whilst walking barefoot across gravel will get a round of applause from me!
So delicious.
So delicious (the rice is in those leaves!).

We spent the day trekking up hills, through rice fields, through forest, swimming in waterfalls and seeing plenty of Chiang Mai’s wildlife including a snake, a herd of cows and a tarantula in its nest! Needless to say, I caught a slight glimpse of the tarantula and moved very (very) swiftly on!

Sweaty, but still smiling! It'd be hard not to with that blue and green behind me.
Sweaty, but still smiling! It’d be hard not to with that blue and green behind me.
Keeping to the tiny paths through the rice fields.
Keeping to the tiny paths through the rice fields.
Here come the cows...
Here come the cows…

After completing our trek, we were met by our driver for the day. He then took us all to go bamboo rafting. This was great! It was so relaxing to just float down the river, especially after the day we’d had. The way our driver (or bamboo rafter) steered the raft was very impressive. He’s clearly had a lot of practise, but he made it look so easy.

Away we go!
Away we go!

Anyone looking to do a something a little bit different in Chiang Mai should definitely consider doing a trek. There are lots of companies that offer trekking experiences, but I’d definitely recommend Chan Trekking to anyone. We had a fantastic day and felt comfortable and looked after the whole time. It’s great fun getting out of the city for a day, and if you have a bit more time, then Chan Trekking offers 2 or 3 day too.

Mandatory group selfie
Mandatory group selfie

If you have any questions about our trek in Chiang Mai, are booked to do one yourself or have already done one, then let me know in the comments below!

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