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Trekking in Chiang Mai
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    Trekking in Chiang Mai

    I'm planning to visit Chiang Mai next month. I would like to do a 2-4day trekking to jungle/mountains there. Is there any special healt risks?

    Do you recommend to take medicines against malaria or dengue fever?

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    I was wondering the same thing.
    I'll be there in February!!

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    hankey, i might run into you up in chiang mai. i've never been before, but i have looked into your question. as for dengue fever, there's no prevention except to avoid mosquito bites. as for malaria, the cdc website says:

    Thailand: Limited risk in the areas that border Cambodia, Laos, and Burma. No risk in cities and major tourist resorts (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pattaya, Phuket Island, and Ko Samui.)

    i don't think i'm gonna take any malaria prevention in thailand (but when i get to india that's a whole other story). anyway, cover up from mosquitos and good luck.

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    I really don't think you need to protect yourself too much other than from irritation.

    I have never heard of anyone getting those diseases which also normally take place in your more rundown areas and
    contracted generally by people you have lower immune systems.

    If you are going trekking you should be fine.

    If for any reason though you are bitten by mosquitoes and get flu like symptoms if you get to the doctor within a few
    days you should also be fine.

    Something else to suggest, if you want to go trekking there is a beautiful little town on the way to Meh Hong Son called Pai.

    It is about 4 hours out of Chiang Mai and it's worth it just for the bus ride.
    There is lots around there from waterfalls to hot springs to trekking and the people are great.

    Just an idea

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    Thanks grink, Pai sounds nice, I'll check it out.

    My friend and I will also be travelling to visit some hill tribes while in the North. Is there a higher risk of infections or viruses there? Do we need a guide in the hills? I'm learning to speak Thai, but will I be understood? Hill tribes usually speak different dialects including Pali, do they not?

    Any other suggestions for the hills? Thanks, y'all!

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    Well as far as Virusus go ...I wouldn't worry at all, but that's me. You should do what you feel comfortable with but you should be fine.

    As far as speaking thai goes, it will be nice to have but by no means essential. There are many many foreigners living and travelling in the Chiang Mai area so many of the Thai people in that industry can speak some English, especially the tour guides. That's not saying you wont have a chance to usae your Thai, you will and many people you speak to will probably appreciate you making the effort.

    The nice thing for me about Pai is that it is a little way out and not as commercialised as Chiang Mai.

    For example on the Trek I went on the guy had a maximum number of 6 ( no minimum) where as a lot of the bigger companies in other places will sometimes require a minnimum of 6 people or so and can get quite big.

    Our guide was also friends with the tribes people and knew them and not many people go through there.
    It is a small village with only about 100 people.

    The guide could speak a lot of English and was very interesting.
    You can't go up by yourselves, which I also wanted to do, but afterwards I had learnt so much more than I would of because we had a guide.

    He told us about the plants, the people ...everything. Very interesting.
    I can only tell you about Pai though because i haven't trekked in Chiang Mai, I'm sure they have nice Treks too but someone else would have to comment.

    Either way I am sure you will enjoy it, if you want the name of the guy I trekked with let me know. He is awesome and I would recommend him to anyone

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    Grink - can you give us the name of the person you trekked with in Pai and how to find him and contact him? Also how much did he charge? Thanks!

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    I would also like to know this guide's name... no minimum and 6 maximum sounds good to me!!

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    He was fantastic, his English is good, he is interesting and very funny.

    His place is called 2001 Restaurant and guest house.

    His e-mail is trek_2001@hotmail.com

    His phone number is 01-706-3753

    His name is Mr Somsak but most call him Mr Sak (suk)

    If you speak to him could you tell him that the South African who came trekking with his mom says Hello.

    Thanks...enjoy

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    Thanx...

    I will be in Chiang Mai come February and will most likely make it to Pai soon, so I shall say hello for you.

    :namaste

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