Thailand’s natural environment makes it a great place to go trekking, especially Chiang Mai which has numerous jungle and mountain trails. For the best experience it’s worth going with a trekking guide, at least the first time you visit. Local guides will have the advantage of being able to identify plants and animals and let you into some secrets of the jungle… and you won’t need to worry about getting lost!

Before setting of on your own trekking adventure here are our top tips:

1. Two Water Bottles (1 Liter Each)

Staying hydrated is crucial during a trek, especially in Thailand’s warm climate. Carry at least two one-liter water bottles to ensure you have enough water to keep you going throughout the day.

2. Planned Route and Map

Before setting out on your trek, plan your route and familiarize yourself with the trail. Download maps and GPS tracking apps on your smartphone or invest in a GPS watch to ensure you stay on the right path. If trekking somewhere remote its worth informing friends first.

3. First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen, so it’s wise to carry a basic first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any personal medications you may need.

4. Good Trekking Shoes

Your choice of footwear can make or break your trekking experience. Invest in a pair of high-quality trekking shoes or hiking boots that provide ample support, traction, and comfort. Ensure they are well broken-in before your trek to avoid blisters and discomfort during long hikes.

5. Light and Comfortable Quick-Drying Clothing

Thailand’s tropical climate means you’ll be dealing with warm and often humid conditions. Opt for moisture-wicking, quick-drying clothing that keeps you cool and comfortable throughout your trek. Lightweight, breathable fabrics like nylon and polyester are ideal.

6. Spare Waterproof Jacket

A waterproof jacket or rain poncho can be a lifesaver when an unexpected downpour strikes. Look for compact, packable options that won’t weigh you down.

7. Bug Spray

Thailand’s jungles are teeming with insects, including mosquitos. Protect yourself from pesky bug bites by carrying a reliable insect repellent. Opt for a product with DEET or other effective repellent ingredients. 8Adventures recommend ‘Off! Spray’ (look for the bright orange can)

8. Sunscreen

The sun can be intense in Thailand, and trekking for hours under its rays can lead to sunburn and skin damage. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating before your trek and reapply as needed.

9. Hat or Cap

A wide-brimmed hat or a baseball cap will provide shade for your face and help keep you cooler. Plus, it offers additional protection from the sun.

10. Snacks

Pack energy-boosting snacks like trail mix, energy bars, and dried fruit to keep your energy levels up during the trek. These snacks are easy to carry and provide quick sustenance when you need it most.

    8Adventures organize the highest rated trekking tours in Chiang Mai, our local guides have grown up in the area and can help you to understand many interesting things about Mae Taeng. We have the radio communications, first aid and wilderness training. 

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