Trekking in the North of Thailand
Surrounded by lush hills and mountains, Chiang Mai is an ideal base for trekking. For many visitors a trek through the jungle, broken up with river rafting or elephant riding, stopping to spend the night at a hill tribe village, can be the hightlight of their trip. For a real adventure, a trek of 3 to 5 days is usually recommended but most operators offer shorter one or two day excursions. The walking can be quite strenous so you need to be in reasonably good shape.
The cool season from November to February, when the weather is cool and dry, is the best time to go trekking. During the rainy season from June to October, wet weather gear is essential.
The most popular trails are in Doi Inthanon National Park, which has the highest peak in Thailand and the largest number of bird species found anywhere in Thailand.