Chiang Mai Northern Thailand
The Silver Ubosoth
Temple of Elephants
Wat Chedi Luang is built around a crumbling Lanna-style chedi (built in 1441) that was one of the tallest structures in ancient Chiang Mai.
Gone Trekking With Goo Trekking
3 day Hill Tribe Trek Northern Thailand
I made all the arrangements for
the trek well in advance of leaving the UK and after much searching and
research sent an email request to a Mr Chan. His response to the email was both
prompt and friendly. I explained in my email that we didn't want to visit any
elephant farms or sanctuary's believing the whole enterprise to be exploitative
of these wonderful creatures. He wrote back and assured us he could arrange a
tour without the need to visit an elephant place. All excellent apart from
minor alarm at an email received, whilst still in Vietnam, from MR Chan days
before our due arrival in Chiang Mai asking if we would not mind sharing the
trek with about 4 to 6 other people. Given that i had always made clear i
wanted a private trek, and was paying the extra for that, i was not best pleased.
However MR Chan responded quickly saying private trek was not a problem. What
id didn't know until we met in my hotel the night before scheduled trek he
would not be taking us but one of his colleagues Mr Goo would instead take us.
I was on the verge of cancelling when Mr Goo turned up, he seemed a nice man
with good knowledge of the hills and tribes. Little did I know this turned out
to be the best possible outcome. Mr Goo, WOW, couldn't have asked for a nicer
more hospitable human being. Also helped greatly that he had spent some 20
years as a forest ranger meaning he had a great knowledge base of plants, animals
and insects encountered on the trek. He also spoke 6 languages and could
communicate with local tribe’s people in their native tongue.
Day 2 Trekking
Bamboo rafting first leg.